Coronavirus in India is not like it is here in America. They don't have the same resources that we have so the main tool that they have to combat the virus is LOCKDOWN. One major hotspot for Covid 19 cases is in Pune, right in the center of our mission field. This area is completely locked down. No one is going to work. No one is traveling around. Everyone has to stay home.
India doesn't have a welfare system or unemployment where people have access to money if they don't work. This is posing a much deeper issue in that people are literally starving to death. Hunger now is the number one issue people are facing here. Also, many families are committing suicide because they can't provide for themselves.
Fortunately, Joseph and Vishranti Hiwale and their family are reaching out in their community. They are giving from the little that they have to feed as many other families as possible. Currently they are able to help feed about 25 families by providing rice and lentils for them. Inside every package sent out, Joseph puts a note with his phone number and a message of hope. He's offering to help them in any way they can.
The Mantis Foundation is helping by sending funds to buy more food and send it to more families. We don't know how long this virus will cripple the community but we are determined to make a difference. As aggravated we may get with all the issues going on here in America, we have to know that we are still living in huge abundance in comparison to the poorest people in the world.