Reach neglected and adversely affected indigenous (Tribal) groups Ravaged by COVID-19

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Stage 1: COVID Awareness program and informational campaign ₹2,05,600 = $2800

Stage 2: COVID Helpline and Video Consultations ₹1,65,135 = $2,255

Stage 3: Local COVID Care Center for Isolation ₹5,14,200 = $7,020

Stage 4: Supporting larger government-run facility with oxygen and medical supplies ₹3,82,000 = $5,220 

About the Fundraiser:- 

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in India has crossed 21 million, with over 400,000 (reported) cases per day and 4000+ fatalities each day, and the infection rate is increasing by the minute. Resources are incredibly scarce. Patients and their families all over the country are scrambling for the few oxygen cylinders, ventilators, food and medicine available. But as many donations are being sent to our urban centers, are we paying enough attention to less-accessible indigenous ethnic minorities and tribal groups? 

If they were underprivileged and malnutritioned before, now their condition is dire.

Must Samaj Sewa Samiti is a nonprofit organization devoted to one such neglected community in India: the Khalwa block of the Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh, India. Must Sewa has been based in the community for 6 years, since 2014. It has the trust and critical relationships with community members and leaders to effectively reduce the suffering and help these villages fight COVID. 

Our work benefits the Korku tribal community and the campaign covers over 100 villages in the Khalwa block. This block covers a population of 1,50,000. The organization has devised a 4 stage plan to combat COVID. The plan targets all people in the region who are currently at different stages in their fight against COVID-19, ranging from individuals that are unaffected to those who are critically ill and require life support. 

Stage 1:- COVID Awareness program

The first part of the campaign focuses on raising awareness about the COVID-19. The community members do not know exactly which symptoms to watch out for and what to do in case they do fall ill. For those villages or village members not yet infected, we educate the members of the Korku tribe on different aspects of COVID: its causes, symptoms, necessary precautions and the phone number for a helpline if they have symptoms. These direct conversations can reduce the fear villagers feel about asking for medical care and trusting city doctors. The awareness campaign has already covered 20 villages and will be carried out across 100 villages in the Khalwa block, covering 2 villages per day. This campaign is conducted in coordination with the local government and local village headmen. Different channels like posters, pamphlets and loudspeaker announcements are used for raising awareness. Further, 5000 masks and some simple medicines will also be distributed to members of these villages. This work has the potential to affect 1 lakh people!

Budget need: 

  • Masks for distribution (₹15x5000): ₹75,000 = $1,020
  • Fuel for transportation (₹1500/day x 30days): ₹45,000 = $600
  • Poster and pamphlet printing (11,000): ₹36,000 = $500
  • Other (mics, banners, drivers): ₹49,600 = $680

Total: ₹2,05,600 = $2800


Stage 2 :- COVID helpline 

If a villager feels sick or recognizes that they have COVID-19 symptoms, they can call Must Samaj’s COVID-19 WhatsApp helpline. Must Samaj currently maintains a helpline so that members of the community can interact with our volunteer doctors for video consultations or our other volunteers with general questions about the virus. If symptoms are more severe, they are given oxygen cylinders and provided information for or given transportation to the nearest hospital for more help, and the hospital is given their details for rapid entry. This helpline has been running since April 15th and has already helped 700 people get lifesaving information. 24 patients have recovered out of the 40 patients admitted to the government covid centers. With additional funding, we can continue this service for our community. 

Budget need:

  • Medicines: ₹1,00,000 = $1,365
  • Patient transport to hospital via ambulance (₹2000x30) = ₹60,000 = $820
  • Other (volunteer calling phone recharge) = ₹5,135 = $70

Total: ₹1,65,135 = $2,255


Stage3:- COVID Care Center

Villagers in one-room homes with multiple family members cannot isolate if they show COVID symptoms. We are establishing a local COVID care center within the community for those with mild to medium symptoms. Patients with COVID can be admitted to the COVID care centre and will be provided with food, medicines, beds, and isolation facilities for free. Volunteer doctors will provide daily consultation to these patients. This facility will house 40 beds (beds, electricity and infrastructure is provided by the Indian government). This will also reduce the burden on regional government healthcare facilities. The need for such a centre arises due to the unavailability of a similar facility within a 40 km radius.


Budget Needs:

  • Oxygen concentrators (₹92,000 x 4): ₹3,68,000 = $5,000
  • PPE Kits (₹650 x 120): ₹78,000 = $1064
  • Oximeter (₹1350 x 40): ₹54,000 = $737
  • Thermometers (₹360 x 20): 7,200 = $100
  • Air cooler: ₹7,000 = $95

Total: ₹5,14,200 = $7,020

Stage4:- Support for nearest government care facility

If the condition of the patient is too critical for occasional doctors’ visits and irregular consultations, we transport them to one of two government hospitals approximately 60km (40 miles) away. These hospitals, which had always been overwhelmed and understaffed, are now completely crushed by the weight of this virus. These government hospitals are short on bed availability and very short on oxygen cylinders, sanitizers and medical supplies. We fundraise to find and transport oxygen cylinders and necessary materials to these facilities so that they stay open and save lives. We have already raised approximately ₹4,40,000 ($6000) for these hospitals and are constantly in need of more supplies and support for these hospitals so they can treat more patients. Please help us to supply oxygen cylinders to patients that require oxygen cylinders at no charge. 


Budget need: 

  • Oxygen cylinders (₹500 x 25/day x 30 days): ₹3,75,000 = $5,120
  • Sanitizer (₹4000 for 20 liters): ₹4000 = $55
  • Travel expenses (₹100/day x 30 days): ₹3000 = $42

Total: ₹3,82,000 = $5,220 

For more information, please contact Taushif Malik at the (hunarkipaathshala@gmail.com). Please join our mission to support this neglected and imperiled indigenous group through supplies, medical care and information. More details about our team, budget, past successes and current and future actions can be found at these respective links. We will share twice-weekly updates about our work on this page.


We are all in this together. If we raise no funds, we will still do what we can for a few people. If we raise some funds, we will reach more villages, more people and more sick patients. If we are fully funded or exceed our funding goals, we can take care of people in all of our villages. We have the manpower and capacity, but we can’t take care of everyone without your financial help!


Pledge your support, donate now!

(₹12,66,935) = $17,300

About The Beneficiary Organisation

Stage 1: COVID Awareness program and informational campaign ₹2,05,600 = $2800

Stage 2: COVID Helpline and Video Consultations ₹1,65,135 = $2,255

Stage 3: Local COVID Care Center for Isolation ₹5,14,200 = $7,020

Stage 4: Supporting larger government-run facility with oxygen and medical supplies ₹3,82,000 = $5,220 

About the Fundraiser:- 

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in India has crossed 21 million, with over 400,000 (reported) cases per day and 4000+ fatalities each day, and the infection rate is increasing by the minute. Resources are incredibly scarce. Patients and their families all over the country are scrambling for the few oxygen cylinders, ventilators, food and medicine available. But as many donations are being sent to our urban centers, are we paying enough attention to less-accessible indigenous ethnic minorities and tribal groups? 

If they were underprivileged and malnutritioned before, now their condition is dire.

Must Samaj Sewa Samiti is a nonprofit organization devoted to one such neglected community in India: the Khalwa block of the Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh, India. Must Sewa has been based in the community for 6 years, since 2014. It has the trust and critical relationships with community members and leaders to effectively reduce the suffering and help these villages fight COVID. 

Our work benefits the Korku tribal community and the campaign covers over 100 villages in the Khalwa block. This block covers a population of 1,50,000. The organization has devised a 4 stage plan to combat COVID. The plan targets all people in the region who are currently at different stages in their fight against COVID-19, ranging from individuals that are unaffected to those who are critically ill and require life support. 

Stage 1:- COVID Awareness program

The first part of the campaign focuses on raising awareness about the COVID-19. The community members do not know exactly which symptoms to watch out for and what to do in case they do fall ill. For those villages or village members not yet infected, we educate the members of the Korku tribe on different aspects of COVID: its causes, symptoms, necessary precautions and the phone number for a helpline if they have symptoms. These direct conversations can reduce the fear villagers feel about asking for medical care and trusting city doctors. The awareness campaign has already covered 20 villages and will be carried out across 100 villages in the Khalwa block, covering 2 villages per day. This campaign is conducted in coordination with the local government and local village headmen. Different channels like posters, pamphlets and loudspeaker announcements are used for raising awareness. Further, 5000 masks and some simple medicines will also be distributed to members of these villages. This work has the potential to affect 1 lakh people!

Budget need: 

  • Masks for distribution (₹15x5000): ₹75,000 = $1,020
  • Fuel for transportation (₹1500/day x 30days): ₹45,000 = $600
  • Poster and pamphlet printing (11,000): ₹36,000 = $500
  • Other (mics, banners, drivers): ₹49,600 = $680

Total: ₹2,05,600 = $2800


Stage 2 :- COVID helpline 

If a villager feels sick or recognizes that they have COVID-19 symptoms, they can call Must Samaj’s COVID-19 WhatsApp helpline. Must Samaj currently maintains a helpline so that members of the community can interact with our volunteer doctors for video consultations or our other volunteers with general questions about the virus. If symptoms are more severe, they are given oxygen cylinders and provided information for or given transportation to the nearest hospital for more help, and the hospital is given their details for rapid entry. This helpline has been running since April 15th and has already helped 700 people get lifesaving information. 24 patients have recovered out of the 40 patients admitted to the government covid centers. With additional funding, we can continue this service for our community. 

Budget need:

  • Medicines: ₹1,00,000 = $1,365
  • Patient transport to hospital via ambulance (₹2000x30) = ₹60,000 = $820
  • Other (volunteer calling phone recharge) = ₹5,135 = $70

Total: ₹1,65,135 = $2,255


Stage3:- COVID Care Center

Villagers in one-room homes with multiple family members cannot isolate if they show COVID symptoms. We are establishing a local COVID care center within the community for those with mild to medium symptoms. Patients with COVID can be admitted to the COVID care centre and will be provided with food, medicines, beds, and isolation facilities for free. Volunteer doctors will provide daily consultation to these patients. This facility will house 40 beds (beds, electricity and infrastructure is provided by the Indian government). This will also reduce the burden on regional government healthcare facilities. The need for such a centre arises due to the unavailability of a similar facility within a 40 km radius.


Budget Needs:

  • Oxygen concentrators (₹92,000 x 4): ₹3,68,000 = $5,000
  • PPE Kits (₹650 x 120): ₹78,000 = $1064
  • Oximeter (₹1350 x 40): ₹54,000 = $737
  • Thermometers (₹360 x 20): 7,200 = $100
  • Air cooler: ₹7,000 = $95

Total: ₹5,14,200 = $7,020

Stage4:- Support for nearest government care facility

If the condition of the patient is too critical for occasional doctors’ visits and irregular consultations, we transport them to one of two government hospitals approximately 60km (40 miles) away. These hospitals, which had always been overwhelmed and understaffed, are now completely crushed by the weight of this virus. These government hospitals are short on bed availability and very short on oxygen cylinders, sanitizers and medical supplies. We fundraise to find and transport oxygen cylinders and necessary materials to these facilities so that they stay open and save lives. We have already raised approximately ₹4,40,000 ($6000) for these hospitals and are constantly in need of more supplies and support for these hospitals so they can treat more patients. Please help us to supply oxygen cylinders to patients that require oxygen cylinders at no charge. 


Budget need: 

  • Oxygen cylinders (₹500 x 25/day x 30 days): ₹3,75,000 = $5,120
  • Sanitizer (₹4000 for 20 liters): ₹4000 = $55
  • Travel expenses (₹100/day x 30 days): ₹3000 = $42

Total: ₹3,82,000 = $5,220 

For more information, please contact Taushif Malik at the (hunarkipaathshala@gmail.com). Please join our mission to support this neglected and imperiled indigenous group through supplies, medical care and information. More details about our team, budget, past successes and current and future actions can be found at these respective links. We will share twice-weekly updates about our work on this page.


We are all in this together. If we raise no funds, we will still do what we can for a few people. If we raise some funds, we will reach more villages, more people and more sick patients. If we are fully funded or exceed our funding goals, we can take care of people in all of our villages. We have the manpower and capacity, but we can’t take care of everyone without your financial help!


Pledge your support, donate now!

(₹12,66,935) = $17,300

About The Beneficiary Organisation

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net-bankingNet Banking
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