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COVID-19 Update

The number of new COVID cases are slowly decreasing throughout India, and active cases fell below 5 lakh (500,000) on Tuesday for the first time since July.  In the areas we work the local markets and shops are now open and so are the schools.  The people continue to learn how to live with the virus....

November 12, 2020

Thank You!

Thank you for the overwhelming response to our COVID Relief Appeal.  Our people on the ground will be distributing relief to our ASHA India families and community contacts in rural India. We will update you as soon as we have any further information about the distribution of the relief packages. After having many cities reel under COVID’s effect, there has been a trend reversal with rural districts in many states reporting a spike in cases.  Officials say that more than 80% positive ...

September 7, 2020

Emergency Appeal

We have just received correspondence from our ASHA India Board further outlining the worsening situation that COVID 19 is inflicting on the communities in which we are working and other individuals associated with our work. Basic provisions have become either too expensive or too scarce to obtain.  This is causing malnutrition, and sadly the emotional toll is also leading some to take their lives.  COVID 19 is directly affecting some of our workers, including the spouse of one worker w...

August 6, 2020

Children All Well.

Recent contact with our team in India has assured us that all our children are being well cared for. However, one of our team has contracted the COVID virus and is currently being cared for in hospital....

July 31, 2020

Pandemic Worsens In India

India has now overtaken Russia as the country with the third-highest total reported cases in the world. The disease is spreading quickly, and hospital facilities are already stretched. At this stage, our staff have been in lockdown for some time and thankfully we have received no reports of any cases directly affecting them. In the rural communities where we work, health care is fairly limited, and hospital facilities are both basic and a long-distance away. We are very aware of how vulnerable ...

July 9, 2020

COVID Relief Package Distribution

We are very thankful for donations that have allowed us to buy relief packages and are happy to report that they have now been distributed by ASHA India....

June 26, 2020

Things Are Going To Be Different

“We were so heartbroken about the news of Marina.  She is the first person who left us from our ASHA Family, our strongest hope and faith is we will be all together again in one place one day.  The ASHA India family are presently all well.  However, COVID-19 cases in India are growing rapidly.  Things are going to be very different in India in the future and we are starting to face a real problem now.”...

June 25, 2020

In Sympathy

It is with heavy hearts that we write of the passing of Marina Dinsdale.  Marina was one of ASHA Ministries founders and has been a NZ Board member since its inception.   Marina died peacefully at her home in Hastings on 2nd June.  She was a much-loved friend to all those associated with ASHA and we will all miss her dearly.  She exhibited incredible love and compassion to all she met and was an advocate for the least and the lost. Rest now – until we meet again...

June 11, 2020

From India

Two things struck my heart this morning. Firstly, I just want to THANK GOD for keeping us safe, from this cyclone, as well as from COVID-19, and secondly, I really felt disturbed for the migrant people who are stuck at the borders of our state and also those who are in the streets and far from their home and family. The situation is such that the people are struggling for their survival and are eager to get back to their homeland. You can imagine how helpless they are, staying without money far ...

May 22, 2020

Covid-19 Update

The Eastern states where we work suffer 25% of India's natural disasters, which means that the crisis precautions were largely already in place.  Existing cyclone shelters are being used to house migrant workers from other states during the coronavirus outbreak.  In this area, the COVID-19 outbreak has been classified as a natural disaster and lockdown happened early.  Foreigners have been put in home quarantine to stop the spread and drones are being used in some places to monito...

May 7, 2020

Relief Packages

In the battle against COVID-19, the Indian government has extended their nationwide lockdown. The lockdown has caused economic problems for India’s marginalised poor including the families that we work with. Most of the families rely on daily wages. Just one day with no work and no wages, brings immediate economic hardships. Daily workers rely on daily earnings in order to survive, they do not have any savings, neither do they have support systems to help them in these dire times. ASHA is hel...

April 21, 2020

Vibrant India

From the Himalayas in the North to the tropical regions in the South, India is a land of colour, contrast and contradictions.  India is rags and riches, the poor and the silver spoons, the monsoon and the drought, hot spices and gentle flavours, tears and smiles, doubt and hope, wrinkles and youth, chaos and harmony.  Area: 3,287,590 sq km Population:  1.4 billion  Capital:  New Delhi Currency:  Rupee  World’s largest democr...

March 3, 2020

COVID-19

There is a sense of alarm among healthcare professionals across India as the country hunkers down in wait for what many believe will be a tsunami of coronavirus cases.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, announcing a countrywide lockdown for 21 days.  In a country where day to day living is a matter of life and death for over two thirds of the population, the impact of the virus will be huge, with high death rates predicted.&...

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