Shadhika Shadhika

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Providing rapid, flexible, financial support to the grantee partners and program participants during this crisis.

Make a donation here, or keep reading to learn more about our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

The Need

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, Shadhika remains in close conversation with the grantee partners about how the pandemic is impacting the young women we support and how the grantee partners are adapting to meet these new challenges.

It is abundantly clear that this virus is not impacting us all equally. Those that are poor, those that are migrant workers or day laborers, those that live in crowded slum communities, those without reliable running water, are all at higher risk – not only for the virus, but also for hunger and domestic violence.

Girls in India may be at the highest risk of all.  

When food is scarce, girls eat last.

When family members fall ill, girls are tasked with care giving.

When schools are closed, girls’ education often ceases permanently.

When tensions flare at home, girls often face the brunt of domestic violence.

When emergency response decisions are being made, girls often have no voice.

The Fund

Because of this, Shadhika’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund exists to provide rapid, flexible financial support to the grantee partners and program participants so they can take action towards their unique relief and recovery needs during this ongoing crisis.

To this end, the Fund will serve to cover the costs of food, sanitation and medical supplies, mental health counseling, distance learning tools (laptops/ tablets, internet, and video conferencing), school supplies, emergency lodging, as well as other assistance that emerges as we navigate our way through this crisis.

A donation of any amount can help make sure the young women Shadhika supports remain safe and stay healthy during this crisis, and that, when the pandemic subsides, they are able to return to school and thrive.

On behalf of the grantee partners and all the young women Shadhika supports, we thank you for your generosity during this unique time of need.

*Organizations in India wishing to become Shadhika partners can fill out our interest form.