Covid Relief In And Around Protected Areas

Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) – To enable government and private estate hospitals in Valparai, Tamil Nadu to be more equipped to support the local population of 70,000 in their fight against COVID-19

by Nature Conservation Foundation

About the fundraiser:

We have been trying to equip both government and private estate hospitals on the Valparai Plateau, Tamil Nadu, in covid preparedness. We mostly escaped the first wave, and are coping through the second, but as cases continue, we are looking for support to continue to help the local population of about 70,000 people including estate workers, daily-wage labour, and members of tribal communities in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve.

How funds will be utilised:

The funds will be used for transport of donated oxygen concentrators and cylinders, other material like PPE, masks, face-shields, sanitisers, etc. for the hospital front-line staff. Supplies and transport of patients who are ill or for communities that are isolated.

  • Food supplies – ₹1,50,000
  • Transport – ₹2,00,000
  • Safety and hygiene consumables – ₹50,000

Impact on the ground:

The materials will be distributed to the Govt. Hospital, PHC, Covid-care Centre in Valparai and other smaller satellite towns nearby. In addition some of the supplies will be given to about 7-8 of the estate hospitals in this region. The food supplies will be mostly for the tribal communities so that they do not have to come to the markets to get their supplies. This assistance will cover about 70,000 people.

Nature Conservation Foundation

At the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), our mission is to explore, understand, and conserve India’s wild spaces and species through research and responsible engagement with society. We believe in a world where nature and society can flourish together. Our efforts focus on trying to create models of conservation, conflict management and economic development that are respectful and inclusive of local human communities, and promote nature conservation, restoration, and sustainable development. In our conservation work, we stand for equity and inclusivity, and place high premium on responsible engagement with local people and ethical treatment of wild species. NCF’s team of scientists, conservationists, and field staff study and conserve highly endangered and charismatic species like snow leopards, hornbills, and elephants, and lesser-known ones like corals and rainforest trees. We work closely with local communities, governments, and the citizenry to better understand and conserve species and habitats. Currently, we carry out field work in eighteen states of India—from the high Himalaya to the coral islands of Lakshadweep, from the rainforests of the north-east to the montane grasslands of the Western Ghats. Complementing this are our nationwide efforts in nature education, citizen science, and outreach. Our work is rooted in long-term scientific research in ecology and society.


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