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Impacting Lives- COVID-19 Response
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Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.

As the coronavirus cases in India climb, imposing a lockdown on 1.3 billion people was always going to be challenging. So far, the country has had a reported 23,239 active cases and 725 deaths.

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created a global health crisis that has had a deep impact on the way we perceive our world and our everyday lives. India is a country with extreme poverty in many areas; and many of its cities, such as Mumbai and Kolkata, are extraordinarily dense. We do have enough food to feed its entire population, just from a public stock. But it’s not clear that the food is getting to those places, or that it can in such a short period. In India, even if the intentions are good, the execution can be challenging, because there are a million blocks along the way. By taking up this challenge, to provide food services to the unreached population of the country, United Way Network is getting ahead of coronavirus by saving lives and livelihoods in India.

United Way India’s impact across Food Supplies

Credit- United Way Baroda
Credit- United Way Hyderabad

Healthcare professionals have been confronted with several pressing challenges since the onset of an outbreak. Not all hospitals had been equipped with sufficiently protective resources. Improved personal protection and hygiene management at community levels were then officially endorsed to protect the population from infections. United Way India believes that the development of technologies is urgently needed to fight against COVID-19.

United Way India’s impact across Healthcare

United Way Mumbai

Countries that are experiencing COVID-19 have adopted different approaches to slow the spread of the virus. In India, actions would need to be implemented locally, with different approaches. United Way India cooperates in dynamically developing and helping execute healthcare-expansion efforts with the help of our local chapters in Bengaluru, Baroda, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

We may currently need to keep our physical distance, but that doesn’t mean we can’t facilitate togetherness. Those human connections are what will get us through this crisis.

Credit- United Way Bangalore

We can together give people reasons to smile. Let’s stand united and fight against COVID-19. Donate generously to the United Way India COVID-19 National Response Fund now- https://uwindia.org/donate-covid-19/

United Way India Network’s COVID-19 Response
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#LETS US STAND UNITED & STOP THE COVID-19 TRANSMISSION

EMERGING NEEDS FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

  • Break the chain – spread awareness and engage communities via social media to contain the spread of COVID 19
  • Support local hospitals and health workers
  • Provide food supplies, health and hygiene kits

The sudden outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus also known as COVID-19 has caused severe panic and social disruptions forcing Governments to impose complete lockdowns globally. The virus has affected 198 countries in a span of 3 months.  The World Health Organization has already termed the deadly COVID-19 virus as a “Global Pandemic”. India has also reported cases from almost every state and the government is trying to contain the spread of the disease through rigorous measures. As the 21-day nationwide shutdown comes into effect to break the chain of human to human transmission, charitable and non -governmental organisations (NGOs) have stepped up efforts to tackle the challenges posed by the unprecedented situation and the consequent socio-economic impact on the weaker sections of society.

United Way India with extensive cognizance and capacity in conciliating disasters across India since their inception has pledged to commit to the cause of stopping the spread of this virus through every possible measure in convergence with its 7 local networks across the country. In the immediate response phase, United Way India network is working in areas that are most vulnerable or at greatest risk. With the number of people affected by COVID-19 expected to rise in the upcoming days as predicted by The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and ICMR, hospitals, private health centres and isolation units are being equipped with adequate Personal Protective Equipment as it is imperative to protect those at the frontlines – the doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff.

United Way Mumbai Staff distributing protective gears in the Hospitals

United Way Mumbai has intervened to replete the diminishing numbers of protective gears by distributing Sanitizers, masks & gloves at KEM Hospital, Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital & Bhabha Hospital in Mumbai. The Mumbai Network of United Way India is also in the process of delivering shoe covers, disposable gown & gloves, mask, punk goggles and hand sanitizer dispensers to ensure the safety of the healthcare workers at all cost.

United Way India network is addressing the needs of the indigent communities consisting of labourers and daily wage workers etc who form the base of the social pyramid. This section of the society is deprived of numerous social welfare schemes and economic support and remains mostly affected during unprecedented disasters.

United Way Baroda staff in collaboration with Gujarat Police distributing hot pack meals to the indigent communities.

United Way Baroda in collaboration with Gujarat civic authorities and officials under police supervision have started distributing hot pack meals daily to the most vulnerable and socio-economically weaker sections from April 1 till the lockdown period, considering utmost safety and hygienic protocols laid down by international medical regulatory bodies during service delivery.  

United Way Hyderabad has initiated their relief work across different locations of Hyderabad & Secunderabad. Nutrition & sanitation kits distributed to 35 migrant workers families in Indira Nagar, Dinakar Nagar, Harijana basthi areas of Old Alwal area.

United Way Hyderabad staff distributing Nutrition and Sanitation kits to the migrant workers.

United Way Delhi NCR with support of their corporate partner, delivered the first batch of essential health supplies consisting of (Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Liquid Hand Wash, Phenyl, Euro Grade Masks, Non-Sterile Gloves and PPE Kits) at Municipal Corporation Gurugram for Government Hospitals in Gurugram. The on-ground team of United Way Delhi is working relentlessly to ensure supplies reach the Frontline Health Workers.

United Way Delhi team delivering PPE Kits and other essential supplies to the Municipal Corporation of Gururgram

As India moves into the later stages of the nationwide lockdown, large scale relief work for the reparation of resources among the front line healthcare workers as well as for the economically deprived communities needs to be undertaken. Goal-17 of Sustainable Development Goals accentuates on the importance of partnerships/convergence with various stakeholders to achieve all desired objectives which is the need of the hour in our country.

In order to support United Way India for reaching out to more economically deprived communities, please donate at uwindia.org/donate-covid-19/

Earth Day Network
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EARTH DAY NETWORK INDIA TO PARTNER FOR THE INDIA PLOG RUN 2019

  • Earth Day Network – India and United Way India join hands for India Plog Run 2019
  • Earth Day Network commits to save the planet through initiatives like The Great Global Cleanup and India Plog Run 2019

Earth Day Network, the global environmental organization that engages with over 50,000 organizations in around 195 countries announced its partnership with United Way India and Go Native for the India Plog Run 2019. This unique first-of-its-kind national initiative will be held in 50 cities across the country on October 2, 2019 in the honour of Gandhi Jayanti and to commemorate 5 years of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Karuna Singh, Regional Director of Earth Day Network – India and South-Asia said, “India Plog Run 2019 aligns with our vision and mission of The Great Global Cleanup. Launched in March 2019. The Great Global Cleanup is aimed as the biggest environmental volunteer campaign that will bring together millions of people around the globe to create the largest coordinated volunteer event in history. The campaign will expand globally leading up to the 50 years of Earth Day next year in April 2020.”

Mrs. Singh added, “It is critical for the human society for its own survival and wellbeing to respect and nurture the environment. Human activities and climate change currently threaten 1 million species with extinction and our goal at Earth Day Network is to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement, driving action year-round. Earth Day Network does this through advocacy, education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. We are proud to partner for the India Plog Run 2019 and mobilise younger generations against the littering of plastic waste while promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

Organised by United Way India in collaboration with Go Native, India Plog Run will involve picking up plastic waste while jogging or walking through an established route in the locality of the participant’s choice. According to Manish Michael, Chief Executive Officer of United Way India, “India Plog Run 2019 aims at bringing together the most powerful stakeholders in environmental conservation and citizens to act against the littering of plastic and sensitize them towards this growing menace. It is now the time that we educate citizens about conscious use and right disposal of plastic.” He further adds, “We are happy with Earth Day Network India supporting our initiative and helping us mobilize volunteers through their networks in some cities. This has boosted our determination and we hope that more organisations will take part to make Plog Run a grand success this year. We believe that Earth Day is every day and this is one of the ways we want to contribute towards our Mother Earth.”

Plogging our Way to Health

Mr. Ramakrishna Ganesh, Convenor of the India Plog Run stated that Plogging is a new concept in India and we hope to motivate our younger generations to tackle the problem of waste management at individual levels and also promote a healthy lifestyle, while at it. We feel that the governments and NGOs alone cannot solve this massive problem of waste at hand and thus we thought of an innovative plogging run to generate interest among our citizens especially youth who are more interested in doing something different and unique. We hope that many young people come forward and support our initiative to make this an eventful day in the history of India. 

India Plog Run
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Press Release

Lace-up your shoes and make your neighbourhood plastic-free this Gandhi Jayanti

India Plog Run 2019 is set to mobilize a nationwide response to plastic waste accumulation in public spaces.

A unique first of its kind national initiative, the India Plog Run 2019 aims to combat the increasing threat from plastic pollution by bringing together the most powerful stakeholders in environmental conservation: citizens themselves. Organized by United Way India in collaboration with Go Native, the Plog Run will involve picking up plastic waste while jogging or walking through an established route in the locality of your choice. India Plog Run will be held in 50 cities across the country on October 2, 2019, in honour of Gandhi Jayanti and to commemorate 5 years of the Swacchh Bharat Abhiyaan.

In 2018, The Bengaluru Plog Run led to the collection of 33.4 tons of plastic waste by more than 7000 participants in under 12 hours. This subsequently led to the entry of the Bengaluru Plog Run into the Guinness Book of World Records. 

According to Manish Michael, Chief Executive Officer United Way India, “India produces 25,940 tons of plastic waste daily out of which 10,000 tons remain uncollected as stated by the Central Pollution Control Board. Waste such as this accumulates in public spaces and eventually enters water bodies thereby causing irreparable damage to the environment and marine life. As India celebrated 73 years as an independent nation, the Hon’ble Prime Minister in his speech from the Red Fort emphasized the gravity of the issue by strongly urging citizens to join the crusade against single-use plastic on 2nd October.”

“The India Plog Run aims to foster a circular economy: one that prevents the accumulation of waste material in landfills and focuses on recycling instead. The long-term vision of the Run would be to engage extensively with youth in building a stronger community that will take conservation initiatives and help preserve cleanliness at several locations. This will increase awareness among individuals and help increase the scope of environmental conservation,” opines Shailesh Haribhakti, Chairman of United Way India.

“Plogging is a Swedish concept that gradually made its presence felt in the European nations. The India Plog Run 2019 introduces this radical and innovative method of conservation to the Indian public. Through the proactive participation of every individual, we hope to create communities committed to maintaining the ecological balance of their neighbourhoods,” adds Anvitha Prashanth, Founder, Go Native.

“India Plog Run looks to mobilize citizens across 500 different locations in India to detox their surroundings. It is also a promising avenue for corporate stakeholders as it will provide them with an opportunity to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate by actively participating in the initiative. We are looking forward to partner with NGOs, businesses and associations and various communities to make the Plog Run a grand success,” says Ramakrishna Ganesh, Convener of the India Plog Run.

To register, please visit https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/india-plog-run/ET00109980 or  www.indiaplog.run

Each participant will be equipped with a kit comprising of safety gloves, aprons and garbage bags in preparation for the India Plog Run 2019. Plog individually or with your family for a cleaner India!

About United Way India

United Way India is a trusted charitable organization and is part of United Way Worldwide, a 132-year-old volunteer-led global movement of 1600 community chapters across 47 countries. United Way Worldwide is headquartered in Virginia, USA.


United Way of India network has been impacting underprivileged communities in areas of Education, Health, Income Stability and Environmental Sustainability for more than 32 years. Today it has a nationwide presence operating from 8 cities through its network of local chapters namely Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Baroda, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.

About Go Native

Go Native is a holistic lifestyle brand that integrates food, commerce and community. Its first location in the heart of Bangalore serves delicious traditional food and retails curated furniture, home decor, fashion, skincare and F&B products. Its vision is to revive India’s traditional sustainability practices so we’re able to leave a better world for the generations to come.

Following are the links to the media coverage received for the India Plog Run pre-event press release:

  1. India Today- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti 
  2. Business Today- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  3. IANS- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti 
  4. AP Herald- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti 
  5. WebIndia123- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  6. PTI- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  7. Odisha Sun Times- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  8. Mangalorean- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  9. Odisha360- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  10. Smart Tech Today- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges To Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-Free On This Gandhi Jayanti
  11. New Delhi Times- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  12. DevDiscourse- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  13. Business Fortnight- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  14. NRI News 24*7- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  15. Business News This Week- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  16. Telangana Today- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  17. IBTN9-India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti
  18. Bihar Prabha- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti 
  19. Hello Mumbai News- India Plog Run 2019 Pledges to Make Neighbourhoods Plastic-free on This Gandhi Jayanti 
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