Updates

COVID-19

Continuing The Work

Like the rest of the world, India was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Because of the country’s dense population and limited resources, recovery has been slow. This is especially true in large cities like Chennai, where our home office is located. Fortunately, our work has continued.

In March, the government of Chennai called upon us to care for the city. Using the sewing machines from our tailoring schools, we stitched 700 masks and gave them to policemen, healthcare workers, and widows, along with food supplies.

Following the brief closure of our home office from April-June, we reopened and began working once again to meet the needs of the community.

Additional Updates

We were forced to close down our boys and girls homes in March for the safety of the children. The boys and girls have been sent back to their home villages until the homes can reopen. As far as we know, all of the children are healthy at this time! We are hoping to welcome them back soon — this decision will depend on when schools reopen.

Timeline of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh, India.

We are grateful for the opportunities God has given us to continue to care for the people of India this year. Please join us in praying for our community, and for the ongoing work of Reach India.

October

Schools are unable to reopen. Our boys and girls homes also remain closed, but we are able to hand out food once again. We are able to begin taking requests for bore wells.

September

Coronavirus cases increase rapidly, spreading from the city of Chennai to the surrounding villages. Schools are unable to reopen.

August

Schools are delayed from reopening. Our boys and girls homes also remain closed.

July

Reach India’s home office is able to reopen.

June

Strict lockdowns in the hardest-hit districts of Andhra Pradesh. Reach India’s home office is closed.

May

Nationwide lockdown continues. Reach India’s home office in Chennai is closed.

April

Government prohibits gatherings of more than 5 people; nationwide lockdown continues. The government of Chennai asks us to distribute masks and food to policemen and healthcare workers.

March

Closure of some businesses, schools, and colleges in India; nationwide lockdown begins. Our boys and girls homes are shut down, but we are still able to distribute food to widows.