Many NRIs and People of Indian Origin want to contribute to the NGOs helping the poor in India cope with the Coronavirus pandemic and the 21-day lockdown currently in place.
However, besides trust issues, many of these NGOs are not geared towards accepting funds from abroad.
Apart from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, here is a list of NGOs, which accept international remittances. This is not an exhaustive list, and we will keep updating it regularly after verification.
These are organisations which help daily-wage workers and other socio-economically weaker sections of India, who have been hit hardest by the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Donate generously.
1. Give India (a): Provides minimum wage to daily wage labourers identified through trusted non-profit partners of Give India.
3. Give India (b): Provide sanitation kits and essential provisions (rice, daal, salt and other basic provisions) to vulnerable communities.
4. Safa India: Hyderabad headquartered NGO, accepts donations for essential supplies -
5. Feeding India: An initiative led by online food delivery major Zomato. However, at the moment only AMEX cards seem to work.
6. Uday Foundation: Donate care kit (soaps and sanitizer) and/or food supplies (flour, rice, pulses, cooking oil, and other items) to homeless families. If you are paying by international card, click here
7. GOONJ : This New Delhi headquartered NGO wants to supply “family kits”--largely dry ration, personal care material to over a million people (2 lakh families). However, at the moment it accepts only international bank transfers and not international credit cards.
8. International Association for Human Values (IAHV): Supports Daily Wagers, and this is their Facebook page.
Disclaimer: While we have listed these NGOs in good faith, we urge you to exercise due diligence before contributing.