Last month on 19th October, unpaid family carers across India Nepal and Bangladesh came together to celebrate Carers Day for the first time. It was a fantastic day and over 10,000 carers and their supporters joined forces to make their voices heard.
Throughout the day, caregivers held rallies, formed human chains and submitted memoranda to their local government authorities, focusing on carers’ issues, rights and needs. They also read out and signed our Carers’ Charter, showing recognition of and commitment to unpaid family carers.
We are delighted to share that so far over 4,250 people globally have signed our Carers Charter. You can add your name to the list online, and pledge to do what you can in your own sphere of influence, however big or small, to highlight and support unpaid carers.
Since Carers Day, we’ve certainly seen that the profile of family carers and their issues has increased significantly across our areas of operation in South Asia:
- The City Municipal Council, Koppal in India has distributed Carers Allowance to 66 family carers who weren’t previously receiving it.
- Our Founder Anil Patil was interviewed live for an hour by a regional TV channel in Karnataka India, Doordarshan Chandana, and the interview was repeated on 3 occasions within a week and was viewed 2.89 million times!
- The Tamil Nadu government, India, issued an order to pay extra allowance for high-dependence care.
- Anil is getting invitations to speak at various conferences, summits and workshops at state, national, and international level.
- Many service providers in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh have been in touch to express interest in collaborating with Carers Worldwide.
We couldn’t have held such an impactful day without our fantastic local charity partners, you can read more about them here, and couldn’t do the work we do supporting and advocating for unpaid family carers without your generous donations. If you’d like to help us continue our work, then please do consider giving a gift. Thank you!