The Bishop of Leicester is asking for urgent financial support for the city’s diocese partners in India amid the country’s devastating Covid crisis.
Bishop Martyn Snow hopes to help fund a new ambulance, oxygen concentrators, a ventilator and more.
Covid cases in India surged in a harsh second wave that began in February this year, leaving thousands dead as hospitals were left under-resourced.
The Bishop of Leicester’s partner diocese in India, Trichy-Tanjore, of the Church of South India (CSI) wrote to Bishop Martyn to describe the devastation that the pandemic has caused.
With the country in lockdown, many communities have been starved for access to food and other essentials.
Church of South India members, including two pastors in the diocese, have died from the virus and many others are still hospitalised.
Despite this, the church has continued to organise relief work including providing food, counselling, financial support, medical support, helping to organise funerals, prayers and more.
The diocese in India has also opened food counters in local churches for those in need.
‘Mission Hospitals’ providing speciality care in the city of Trichy and the town, Dharapuram, have dedicated treatment for Covid-19 patients.
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But as the country continues to face mounting deaths, the diocese of Leicester is seeking local support for the country.
The effects of India’s Covid crisis have also impacted communities in Leicester, with many families mourning the loss of loved ones from thousands of miles away.
Grassroots groups and individuals have stepped in throughout the last few months to raise funds and provide aid to the country.
Click here for details on how to make a payment to the ‘Trichy Appeal’.