Get involved Donate to our programmes Coronavirus Appeal to our friends world-wide Donate Fundraise As Coronavirus tightens its grip across the world, we are working tirelessly to support the most vulnerable children and families. Many families are reliant on daily wage labouring work to feed their children which has now ceased. The effects of the virus in India is devastating and the state of Tamil Nadu where RTU is based has a particularly high number of cases. The situation is changing daily, but we are committed to do whatever it takes to help those who need us, regardless of cost. Father Antony Paulsamy, the Director of RTU, says: "We are ready to give support to the most vulnerable people in this difficult situation, to overcome this crisis." On Government orders we have closed our clinic and schools, and have had to send many of the children in our Children's Villages home to their relatives in their native villages. We are in touch with these children on a regular basis to check on their welfare and we are also monitoring those with long-term health conditions such as HIV, continuing to provide their medication and additional support when it is required, as well as money and food. Our mobile health clinic is going out to attend to the medical needs of the people in our area. In our local communities, we are working tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of Coronavirus. We have distributed information leaflets in 28 villages and, until the lockdown, running regular awareness sessions ensuring children and adults alike were aware of the life-saving importance of social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing face masks in public. We also explain how to recognise the primary symptoms of the virus so that medical help is sought at the earliest opportunity if someone falls ill. Meanwhile, our community outreach team and self-help group leaders are working together to provide practical support to those in the greatest need and with the local Panchayat authorities to help keep communities safe. These are just some of our emergency responses, implemented at speed wherever the need has arisen. Providing washable face masks to staff and local people in our village in G.Kallupatti Distributing grocery parcels to families struggling with their daily meals, containing rice, pulses, cooking oil, spices and other basic ingredients Giving regular meals prepared in our kitchen to elderly people and others nearby, as well as to vital health workers and support staff Providing shelter and food for any who need it, such as migrant workers stranded by the lockdown and others who find themselves homeless or destitute at this uncertain time Buying spraying equipment and disinfectant for the Panchayat so that public areas can be cleaned, lowering the risk of infection We are committed to continuing with these activities for as long as they are needed. However, the situation is changing daily and the weeks and months ahead will bring new and unexpected demands on our resources. We urgently need your help so that we can continue to support the most vulnerable during this unprecedented crisis. £50 could ensure 5 hungry families receive emergency food ration packs containing rice, cooking oil and other basic ingredients £125 could provide 150 fresh, nutritious meals, distributed directly from our kitchen £250 could help us produce vital education materials, enabling school lessons to continue during lockdown Thank you so much, at this difficult time for us all, for your kindness, compassion and generosity.