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Caritas Internationalis Launches Appeal for India as Cases Rise

As cases in India continue to rise, Caritas Internationalis launches an appeal for donations to help those affected by COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic in India continues unabated, with 29 million infections reported so far. The country on June 10 has recorded the world’s highest number of deaths from the disease in a single day, reaching a dramatic figure of almost 360,000.

For this reason, Caritas Internationalis released the touching testimony of Jacob, a staff member at the Diocesan Caritas of Dindigul, in the State of Tamil Nadu. (Read: 160 Catholic Priests in India Succumb to COVID-19 in 38 Days)

In a short video, Jacob talks about the dramatic situation facing the local population, while in the background there are images of sick people being treated in particularly difficult conditions.

Despite the situation, a strong sense of hope emerges from the video because it underlines Caritas’s commitment to helping the local population.

The Commitment of Caritas

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(May 12, 2021) Staff and volunteers of Caritas India support communities with food, primary healthcare and medical support, including oximeters and inhalers, in response to a devastating second wave of the COVID19 pandemic. (Photo from Caritas Facebook)

“This is what Caritas does: give everything without hesitation,” explains Aloysius John, Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis.

He recently launched an appeal for donations that “give hope to those who struggle against COVID and its social consequences.” (Read: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 in India)

“This is what Jacob and all the other staff members and volunteers of Caritas India do every day: distribute food, masks, disinfectants and assist doctors even at the risk of their own lives, even when the situation becomes more complex every day and it seems that there is no hope,” he adds.

John says Caritas launched an immediate humanitarian response in India, and “thanks to the support of thousands of benefactors, it was possible to set up 28 first-level treatment centers and 58 second-level centers where 2,384 patients were helped by Caritas medical assistants.”

Call for Volunteers

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With a record 300,000-plus daily infections being recorded in India over the past ten days, Caritas India has made an urgent appeal for global solidarity to respond to the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic. (Photo from Caritas India)

John also thanked the volunteers known as ‘COVID Samaritans’ who “support the needy by offering medical care, oxygen support, convalescence aid and comfort to lonely people.” (Read: US to Donate 500M Pfizer Vaccines Worldwide)

He also called for more people to join their cause. “Caritas Internationalis wants to keep its promise to be in solidarity with the most affected and all people in need,” he says.

As of writing, Caritas Internationalis has already helped in the distribution of more than 35,000 masks and 22,000 medical kits in India.

 


Text by Vatican News Staff reporter.

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