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COVID-19 Crisis in India: How You Helped


A devastating second wave of COVID-19 engulfed India in April and May, placing children in danger.

New cases soared to over 400,000 at the peak. Many hospitals ran out of oxygen supplies and beds; thousands of people sadly lost their lives.

Schools closed, leaving children isolated and putting their mental health and wellbeing at risk.

Without urgent action, millions were in danger of going hungry and missing out on life-changing education.

Together, you’ve raised over £160,000 for our Emergency Fund to help children in India and around the world. Thank you.  

Page updated on 23 June 2021

Chandra's* Story

Chandra*, a child from India, washes her hands in soapy water.

Chandra*, 7, is a child refugee who lives in India. 

Save the Children has shown her how to wash her hands properly to protect against COVID-19, and now she is showing members of her community how to wash their hands to keep themselves safe. 

*name changed to protect identity

How We're Helping Children

Because of you, over 34,000 children and adults are getting the lifesaving support they need. 

Together with partner organisations in India, we’re:

  • Supporting health clinics with oxygen concentrators
  • Supplying PPE to health workers
  • Providing families with cash, food and other essentials like hand sanitiser
  • Providing mental health support for children who have lost one or both of their parents due to COVID
  • Raising awareness on the importance of handwashing, social distancing and wearing masks
  • Helping children to keep learning from home

Support like this is critical. But much more help is needed. You can make a difference and save children’s lives for emergencies like this and others around the world - please donate now to our Emergency Fund.

Salim's* Story

Salim, a 19 year old Child Champion in India, educates a child on COVID-19 using a tablet provided by Save the Children. Both are wearing protective face masks.

Salim*, 19, is a Save the Children Child Champion. 

He’s helping to educate children in his community during COVID-19, using a tablet provided by Save the Children.

*name changed to protect identity

You can make a difference

Whatever the disaster, thanks to our Emergency Fund, we can be by a child's side within days of a disaster striking - to help children survive and rebuild their lives, before it's too late. 

You can donate now to support those wherever the need is greatest.

Photo credit: Rohit/Save the Children

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