HOPE Launches Coronavirus Grocery Rations for the Poor in Pakistan
Dear HOPE Supporters,
Below is our recently launched Grocery Rations Campaign on LaunchGood, a host site where we are proud to have hosted at least two campaigns every year for the past five years.
Covid-19 Grocery Rations for the Poor in Pakistan:
HOPE USA is stepping up to the plate to provide grocery staples to 500 poor families (3,000 individuals total) in Pakistan who have lost their wages during the COVID-19 crisis. For just $20, we are delivering grocery rations to these needy families. One ration bag can feed 6 people for one month and includes the following:
Our goal is to provide 500 needy families with basic groceries so that they can feed their families during this pandemic. We plan to deliver groceries in the following areas of Pakistan: Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Sujawal, Muzaffargarh, and Muzaffarabad.
The Entire World Has Been Affected:
The Covid-19 pandemic is one that has affected every single family in the world. In the US, millions of families are currently sequestered in their homes in order to practice social distancing and abide by government orders. We worry about how this pandemic will affect our job security and how long it will be before we resume a normal routine.
The Poor in Pakistan have lost their jobs due to Covid-19:
In Pakistan, the Covid-19 situation is even more perilous for the already impoverished population. Millions of hourly wage earners who used to earn their living as domestic laborers, shopkeepers, and street vendors have lost their jobs as Covid-19 spreads across Pakistan. We hope that the effect on Pakistan is not severe, but for poor people who depend on daily wages, this pandemic poses an additional threat of them not being able to put food on the table for their families. In addition to the danger of the virus, poor families face the threat of starvation. At HOPE USA, we are aiming to alleviate some of that financial burden for these families with the delivery of grocery basics to those who need it most.
About HOPE USA
Health Oriented Preventive Education (HOPE) was the inspiration of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla, a pediatrician by profession who helped eradicate polio from Pakistan in the early stages of her career. Due to Dr. Mubina's medical background, HOPE's initial objective was to provide the poor with better access to medical centers and hospitals. In a country grappling with basic issues such as lack of access to clean drinking water, poor maternal and infant health, malnutrition in children, prevention and treatment of diseases such as malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis, it already seemed as though HOPE had enough of a challenge on its hands. But soon Dr. Mubina realized that the cornerstone of a productive and forward-thinking community relies on both a healthy body and healthy mind. She honed her vision to an integrative approach that was twofold: health and education.
As a single woman in a male-dominated country, Dr. Mubina faced many challenges and setbacks; it was through perseverance and hard work that HOPE grew from a dream to a reality. Today, HOPE has a countrywide presence throughout Pakistan which includes hospitals, formal schools, informal schools, vocational centers, basic health clinics, mobile health clinics, and maternal health clinics, all which provide free or minimal-cost healthcare and education. Additionally, HOPE has been active in disaster relief efforts throughout Pakistan. We are humbled to say that we have grown to a network of hospitals and schools that treats 500,000 patients and educates 10,000 students per year, mostly women and children.
Director - HOPE USA