(Duisburg, 22.05.2020) Kindernothilfe is providing emergency aid amounting to 50,000 euros for the victims of Cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh and is calling for donations. According to the United Nations, around 10 million people are affected by the storm, and around 500,000 people may have become homeless. In addition, the corona pandemic is greatly complicating relief efforts on the ground.
"In these situations, we are always primarily concerned about the children, as they are particularly affected by disasters and their consequences," says Katrin Weidemann, CEO of Kindernothilfe. "With the corona pandemic, new challenges are coming not only for the helpers, but first and foremost for those in need of protection. We fear that the virus could spread unhindered in the overcrowded shelters." The supply of medicines and food as well as the rapid improvement of hygiene conditions are therefore the focus of the emergency measures of Kindernothilfe's local partners. A major outbreak of Covid-19 would have fatal consequences for the children and their families in the region.
Kindernothilfe is calling for donations for further relief measures:
Purpose: Cyclone Amphan
Donation account: Kindernothilfe e.V.
Bank for Church and Diakonie eG (KD-Bank)
Kindernothilfe has been active in India since 1959 and in Bangladesh since 1971. It is currently supporting around 75,000 children and young people there through local partner organizations.
Since 1992, Kindernothilfe has regularly been awarded the donation seal of the German Central Institute for Social Issues for the transparent handling of donations.
Kindernothilfe is a member of the "Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft".