UK-based charity, Feed The Hungry, have seen an incredible response to their “Oxygen for India” campaign, raising over £9,000 in just four hours. Feed The Hungry work to take people from a place of ‘survival’ to one of significance, through both their domestic work here in the UK, and overseas. The impact of Oxygen for India has encouraged the charity’s efforts to empower the UK Church to step up in international giving.
India is in need of over 13million cubic metres of oxygen per day. The money raised through the Oxygen for India campaign will help to buy life-saving oxygen generating equipment. The ventilators will go to Kachhwa Christian Hospital, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, which serves the people from 90 local villages.
Gwyn Williams, Operations Director for Feed The Hungry says,
“What is happening in India is devastating. We’re so grateful for the response we’ve seen from supporters in such a short space of time, but the need is still there. Whether in Coventry, or Delhi, our heart is to care for those in need. We can all follow Christ’s call to ‘love our neighbours’ and fulfil the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others.”
According to The Institute of Fundraising 86% of UK charities have either cut back or are considering cutting back in overseas programmes. This comes as national governments have also been criticised for their lack of support to poorer nations through the pandemic across previous months. Yet, the response to the crisis in India has shown that many around the world can make a difference to save lives in the midst of crisis.
“The UK Church is a mighty force for good, in both this country – as we have seen especially over the last year – and overseas. When the church steps up to help crisis situations many miles away, we know God is at the heart of this work and will multiply our offerings. We can play our part from here to help those in need in India. I encourage you to take a small step to help today, in the knowledge that your gifts will make a big impact to the residents of Uttar Pradesh.”
To donate to the campaign please visit: https://feedthehungry.org.uk/oxygen-for-india/