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Why donate to help carers in India?

Data from the European Quality of Life Survey indicates the number of caregivers in Europe to be 100 million which is 20% of EU population. If we used 20% to estimate the number of carers in other countries this would mean that there are more than 273 million carers in India alone!

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From our research across the region we know that 92% of family carers worry about money, and specifically, 87% of family carers in Hazaribagh, India are unemployed. Our Carers Worldwide Model transforms the holistic wellbeing of carers, ensuring their financial, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
“Now carers see taking care of themselves as an essential part of taking care of the person cared for.”

Racheal Rayakumari,
WORD, Carers Worldwide local partner in India

Your donation will help fund our work in India, to ensure that all unpaid family carers are provided with the basic emotional and financial support they deserve. Thank you.

Our Impact in India

23,408
Carers
23,629
Persons being cared for
93,632
Other family members

How your donations will help

Single Donations

£10

Could buy a learning resource kit made up of books, crayons, pencils & paints for children with disabilities to engage with whilst at one of our Community Caring Centres in India

£25

Could pay for a Counsellor to spend a day with a group of carers in India.

£60

Could provide vegetable seeds and equipment for a carer in India to set up a kitchen garden, feeding nutritious food to their family and selling the excess

Monthly Donations

£5

Could send a child carer in India to school for a month

£10

Could pay for a mobile phone package for a barefoot counsellor so they can support 20 carers who are struggling with their mental health with phone-based counselling

£20

Could pay for a monthly visit by a physiotherapist to treat unpaid carers and their disabled children at one of our Indian Community Caring Centres

Our Work in India

Carers Worldwide started working in India in 2012 in just three states, and our work now involves 12 partners across five states in India, as well as three more partners in Nepal and Bangladesh.

In Karnakata State, intensive advocacy efforts to raise awareness of unpaid carers’ eligibility to receive an allowance under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, resulted in over 1,500 carers securing the allowance for the very first time.

We have set up 8 Carers Associations across India, bringing together representatives from Carers Groups across the five states, to advocate for the rights of unpaid family carers.

To give an idea of the impact our work has, at the end of a three-year project funded by the Commonwealth Foundation and supporting “the recognition and inclusion of carers of the disabled and mentally ill in India”, a final evaluation found that unpaid carers experiencing anxiety or depression had dropped from 61% at the start of the project to 9% and that the intervention had significantly relieved their health worries from 55% at the start to 16% by the end.

  • Maheswari

    Maheswari

    “The carers group has given me confidence. I can share my problems and get support from my friends there. But the best thing is being able to work alongside my husband and support the family. Nobody can take this away from us and we will always be grateful.”

    Maheswari cares for her husband Yogesh who sustained a spinal cord injury which left him paralysed. On top of the shock of Yogesh’s injury, the family were also devastated financially with the loss of his earnings combined with mounting hospital fees. Maheswari struggled to care for Yogesh as well as find ways to earn money.

    When staff from our partner organisation Margadarshi heard about Yogesh, they stepped in to provide counselling, physiotherapy and practical assistance including a wheelchair and an accessible toilet.

    Maheswari was introduced to her local carers support group where she was able to connect with and get support from other carers in similar situations. She was also able to access counselling for herself.

    Before his accident, Yogesh worked as a chef. Unable to go back to work, we provided a grant to enable the couple to set up a small business cooking and selling snacks from their home. Their tasty treats became sought after in their village and brought them a steady income before COVID-19 struck and they were faced with the prospect of no income again. But this time Margadarshi were able to step in straight away, providing them with food parcels and a medical kit. Life right now is challenging, but Maheswari is confident that their small business will bounce back soon and their future will once again look bright.

  • Vijay

    Vijay

    “Since I have joined the Carers programme, my problems have worked out. I got different work opportunities from which I have earned good income. Now my family is seen well in the community. People are inspired by seeing me and what I have achieved.”

    Vijay lives in Hutpa village, in the state of Jharkhand in Northeast India, with his wife and four children. He is a carer for his 18-year-old daughter who has intellectual and physical disabilities. The team at our local charity partner Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), connected to him when they were conducting a survey of the unpaid carers of those they work with.

    When NBJK first spoke to Vijay, he was having to stay at home to take care of the four children. He was unable to work because of this and so had no source of income – he and his family were struggling financially. NBJK suggested that he should join the Gulab Carers Group in Hutpa village. The other members of the group were able to offer Vijay moral support as they had all experienced similar situations themselves. Vijay received a loan from the Carers Group to start a goat farming business. He did well and after returning the first loan he took another to purchase a cow. Step by step, with the moral and financial support he received from our Carers Group, his financial condition improved.

    As well as the goats and the cow, he also started growing vegetables to sell. He saved enough to be able to buy a second-hand auto-rickshaw and he then went on to buy a second-hand tractor. He is now financially stable due to the various income streams he has created and is able to take care of his disabled daughter and the rest of his family.

    He plans to buy a school bus to continue to increase his family’s income and standard of living. We are so inspired by Vijay’s story and his ambition to use the support we were able to provide through our Carers Group and our Livelihood and Training programme, to really make a difference to his life and that of his family. And we’re not the only ones to have been inspired. Vijay’s success has shown other carers what’s possible and there has been an uptake in people taking part in our Livelihood and Training programme in the area, due to his influence.

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Your donation will help fund our work in India, to ensure that all unpaid family carers are provided with the basic emotional and financial support they deserve. Thank you.