Hand of good: NGOs, organisations, volunteers across India rise to challenge in all-out battle against COVID-19

These selfless bunch of people are keeping the spirit of humanity alive. In the first of a series, here’s the list of a few.

Published: 08th May 2021 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2021 08:53 AM   |  A+A-

The children are all smiles after receiving food.

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By Express News Service

Despite challenges in these desperate times, many NGOs, organisations and volunteers are actively engaged in helping those in need by providing food, shelter, running errands, animal care...you name it.

These selfless bunch of people are keeping the spirit of humanity alive. In the first of a series, here’s the list of a few.


Sahrudaya, charitable organisation

Sahrudaya, a charitable organisation under Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese of the Syro Malabar Church, caters to the needs of the destitute in the district under its project ‘Karunya Sparsham’. Food packets are distributed on all weekends. 



People For Animals (PFA)

The organisation has been engaged in rescue, rehabilitation, feeding and taking care of animals. PFA provides shelter for pets when all family members are Covid positive. 



Fr Davis Chiramel’s Hunger Hunt

Fr Davis Chiramel, Founder of Kidney Federation of India, is engaged in feeding those requiring food anywhere in Kerala. This priest has started another humanitarian effort to provide food for those in his locality — Thrissur — in coordination with a group of people. 



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Rakshak Accident and Rescue Service 

The service is providing help by getting medicines and other facilities for Covid care. The NGO helps people get medicines that are unavailable in their area. Those in need can contact Rakshak 24/7

Angamaly (Ernakulam)


Sehion Preshita Sangam 

The organisation has been providing food for those in quarantine and also those suffering due to the lockdown, besides the poor. The central kitchen provides food for over 1,000 people and this sometimes goes above 2,000.



For Speech and Hearing Impaired

National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has launched a 24*7 helpline exclusively for speech and hearing-impaired persons.

The helpline offers counselling services to stress-related issues in addition to answering queries and concerns relating to Covid-19. Sign language interpreters are available to attend WhatsApp video calls.

9446750983, 9496918178, 9249505723.


Their cancer care campaign under Caritas India has launched a telemedicine helpline for cancer patients who can’t travel to hospitals during the lockdown. Oncologists will attend to cases 
through video calls. 



Rajiv Youth Foundation

The Malappuram-based NGO provides home delivery of food kits and medicines to people during lockdown. 


rajivyouthfoundation5@gmail.com rparamban@gmail.com

Annapoorna Charitable foundation 

The NGO distributes food kits to the poor in society. Providing food and essential items to those who are in need during the pandemic. They are also helping in blood donation.


94477 35845

Mini Sports and Arts Club 

The volunteers have stepped into social service like, giving food to the beggars, protecting animals, taking care of around 200 palliative patients and providing ambulance services.

Mattannur, Kannur

0490 2473512

Pet care

Sachithra Soman

She takes care of pets especially dogs and has been offering her service to people who have been quarantined or hospitalised. She will visit the pets and feed them. 




Hachiko is a dedicated pet boarding, grooming and pet clinic in Vennala. Since March, Hachiko provides facilities for pets whose owners are in isolation or quarantine. Have clinic facilities, pet supplies and other facilities at the center. 



Ambulance help

All Kerala Ambulance Owners and Drivers Association has been on the forefront of helping people reach hospitals on time. They help make available vehicles in areas which has a dearth of it anywhere in the state.

9895261141, 9846021141


Cyber Jagrithi

With illegal online sale of remdesivir injections and other Covid-related resources, cyber crime is increasing. They help in filing such complaints.




Feed the needy

The group is helping people to coordinate with patients and donors for plasma donation. They are also helping with ambulance service.



No food waste

Providing free ambulance, food and medicine kit to patients isolated at home. They renting out oxygen cylinders (two) and concentrators (two) without fee.




Shakina Foundation

The foundation is providing free food, oxygen cylinder, isolation centres, medicine, oxygen on wheels.



Rikit Shahi

Delivery of commodities or run errand for any one in home isolation in Khairatabad area.

Khairatabad, Hyderabad


Relief riders

They are delivering medicines at the doorsteps of elderly people, epsecially to those who cannot venture out due to the pandemic.



Seva Bharthi

The organisation is providing beds in Covid isolation centre at RVK School, Annojiguda, for mild and asymptomatic cases. Everything is free.



Pet care

Scoobies Pet service
They pick up and take care of your pet incase you are Covid positive




Rajasthan Youth Association Cosmo Elite Foundation

The foundation is providing free lunch to Covid patients in home quarantine. They have provided food to more than 2,800 patients around the city since launched last week. 


99405 63528

Relief Riders

They help in buying groceries, essentials and over-the-counter medicines for Covid patients in home quarantine and senior citizens. The group has two doctors among them to verify the medicines. They plan to start food delivery too.



Karunai Ullangal 

The group runs free emergency rescue vehicles to transfer patients from one hospital to another, get CT and other scans or pick up and drop services to and from government hospitals. They have two vehicles with oxygen, one normal rescue van and an auto-rickshaw. 



Pasi Illa Thamilaham

The NGO is performing last rites of Covid victims along with a free hearse service. They bury or cremate the corpse and conduct rituals according to the victim’s religion. They also distribute food for the homeless on Sundays.


88833 40888

Community kitchen

Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, said that his company’s community kitchen has begun providing meals to people in Tenkasi. People who have been struggling for food can get a meal there. 


97914 26564

R Soya (Self help group in coordination with Tirunelveli Corporation)

They distribute food to approximately 1500 people every day. They are also providing shelter at two homes for the homeless. (at the Corporation as well as at a shelter near the high ground in the city)



YMJ Trust

Provides food to patients’ relatives who wait at government and private hospitals. The trust also offers financial help to those in need and provide an ambulance service.



Rajesh Udhavum Karangal 

Ambulance service, hearse vans and last rites of Covid victims. Also distribution of food to those in need, especially during Sunday lockdowns. 

Aruppukottai (Virudhunagar)

98421 22046 / 7010763134

Virudhai Vizhudhugal 

Distribution of food to the homeless as well as other programmes like door delivery of items to patients in isolation.


99941 81139

Anbaal Inaivom Ilaignargal Sangam 

Distribution of food to the homeless as well as those in quarantine. Also supply of medicines and food if there is demand. Subsidisation of grocery items in villages and town area.


73392 37879

Aram Trust 

Last rites of Covid patients and, distribution of food and medicines to isolating patients. 


90807 70910 / 93453 96026

Food on pushcart 

To cater to the needs of daily-wage labourers, who have lost their source of income due to Covid, a financier has come up with a novel way to give them food. He places food parcels and bananas in a pushcart near Gobichettipalayam bus stand.


Sri Sathya Sai Seva 

The organisation will be providing lunch to patients in isolation from Saturday. 


9994349579, 9487569702

Pet care


The animal rescue group offers free pet care if families are down with Covid. They take care of dogs, cats, birds and fish. 




Seven Hills Arcade

Residents of this society have set up provisions to distribute food to patients in home isolation. Report needed to avail free services. 

Vidyanagar  (Tirupati) 


Student organisation

A team of students working in an organisation is supplying medicines and other essential commodities to Covid patients in home isolation.

Gudur, Nellore    


Nari Sena Global Women Forum 

The forum is providing free food for Covid positive patients in home isolation. 


9603648754, 7893656403, 8106407087

Homemade Goodness 

Providing free food to families in home isolation. 



Satish Savitri Sarella

Sarella of Future-India Foundation is delivering food packets to people in home isolation. 



Cooking food

Padmaja, a cooking teacher (also part of Art of Living) and her team are providing food packets to those in home Isolation and unable to cook



Sanjeevini Seva Trust

V Venkataramana Reddy of the trust is helping in transporting unclaimed bodies of Covid victims and performing their last rites. 



Life World Charitable Trust

Uday Kumar of Life World Charitable Trust in Hindupur of Anantapur district, with the help of his friends, is performing last rites of victims. 



May I Help You

Arranging transportation to hospitals, taking care of aged and those orphaned. They are also performing last rites of Covid victims.

Prodattur, Kadapa  


The Bashas

SK Mehaboob Basha and brother SK Jillani are providing free food and operating ambulances for free transportation of patients to hospitals and shifting bodies to burial grounds. 




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