• Ryan Ortiz

India COVID-19 Relief

Updated: Jun 6

in the past few months, India has seen a COVID-19 crisis that is unparalleled to anything we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic. their medical infrastructure is crumbling, the people are barely holding on, and they are in need of immediate resources.

so for the month of may we decided to do things a little differently. instead of waiting until the end of the month to give to one organization, we chose to give to different organization at the end of each week for a total of *4* separate donations. in addition, i personally matched the shop’s donations up to $30 each week. and i’m so happy to show how much we were able to give this month.

Global Rights Organization

- week 1 we gave $50 to the Global Rights Organization run by Dr Yoga Sreelesh Nambiar, the first transgender person in India to receive a PhD in mental health. amongst many other mutual aid programs and services, the GRO is currently proving groceries, living essentials, and medical aid to trans and HIV positive people in India who are disproportionately being affected by the crisis.

SETU: Center forSocial Knowledge and Action

- week 2 we donated $60 to Setu, a non-profit organization in western India. “Setu’s efforts are centred around issues of equity and justice, the primacy of local knowledge traditions and community control over natural resources.” Setu is funding an oxygen plant to source 15 oxygen concentrators and medical aid.

Help Nagaland Breathe

- week 3 we gave $79 to Help Nagaland Breathe, a medical aid collective run by volunteers from all over the world. their main initiatives are the procurement and distribution of medical supplies and humanitarian aid to villages experiencing vast medical inadequacies. they work in collaboration with local government and certified NGOs to provide equitable distribution to these areas.

Week 4 - Sangama

- in our last week we donated $100 to Sangama, ” a sexual minorities, sex workers and people living HIV human rights organization for individuals oppressed due to their sexual preference.” Sangama is providing meal kits and economic support to these workers and people groups to help them survive the neglect they are facing during the COVID crisis.

i am continuously blow away by the support each of you show to my shop. you make my dreams a reality everyday and you allow me to use my art to give to and support others around me. its the greatest blessing.

thank you and much love.

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