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Bhaktivedanta Manor’s charity wing The Lotus Trust raises £140,000 to help Covid victims in India

By: on May 22, 2021
Covid-19

University compound turned into a COVID-19 clinic in Delhi, India

The Lotus Trust, the welfare arm of Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK is working with the ISKCON Temple in Delhi. This help has come at the most vital time for India.

Sundaranand das (Dr Sanjiv Agarwal) a consultant Urologist at Imperial College and Director of the Lotus Trust said “to achieve this enormous help at this scale and sustain the care for 3 months, will cost £1.85m. With donations so far received, they have already started treating patients in hundreds of beds and the daily cooking and distribution of 30,000 meals” So far, the Lotus Trust has collected £140,000 with the help of the congregation and friends of Bhaktivedanta Manor.

The money raised by Lotus trust, in a matter of a few weeks has allowed a university premise to be converted into a COVID nursing care center with an initial capacity of 250 beds (potential to increase to 1,000 beds) and provide the COVID care facilities free of cost to all comers. This will provide care for roughly 2,500-5,000 patients over an initial 3-month period.

The charity has also been able to assist in the distribution of free meals to the individuals and families that are not able to cook or afford food due to the current circumstances. They target a distribution of roughly 2.7m meals over the 3 month period.1 patient, for 1 day, can be fed for as little as £11, and 100 hot meals can be provided for a donation of just £55.

Sundarnand das said that he was well aware some other charities are struggling to reach those who need it. “The Lotus Trust is constantly ensuring that 100% of the donations are making a difference and I am constantly in touch with those providing this service to make sure that it reaching those who need it most”, he said. 

The Lotus Trust is an educational, relief and development agency seeking to transform lives and improve the environment both in the UK and overseas. The trust works with all, irrespective of belief, religion or race. The Lotus Trust previously assisted those affected by the Philippines Typhoon and Haiti Earthquake.

Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hare Krishna Temple, originally gifted to The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) by late Beatle George Harrison is housed in 78 acres of land outside Watford. It has become one of the most important sites of pilgrimage for European and British Hindus and hosts the biggest Hindu festivals outside India attracting over 65,000 people.

For more information, please contact Dr Sanjiv Agarwal:
sanjiv@krishnatemple.com

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