A Tsunami called WINTER

It’s the chilling killing cold, not Tsumani, that we should be worried about

Winters are worse than Tsunamis in India. Across the country, there are 170 million slum dwellers, accounting for 63 per cent of all slum dwellers in South Asia. Hundreds of homeless people die on the cold streets of Delhi and north India every winter. This is a direct appeal to everyone to give much needed warm clothing, including scarves, gloves, woolen hats and blankets to needy children


Jan 2013: Harsh winter kills 175 in north India - 

India's harshest winter in more than four decades killed about 175 people over the last week, mostly the old or homeless in its freezing north, charities and officials said. For about a week now, the average temperature has remained 7 deg C to 10 deg C below normal in many northern cities, including capital New Delhi, where the mercury dropped to just above 1 deg C at the weekend....


Bone chilling winter kills, scores across North India: The mercury dropped below four degrees Celsius in many parts of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday (27 Dec. 2012). At least 30 people died in the freezing cold in the state. The state government allocated over Rs 15 crore for blankets for distribution among the poor and homeless. The tendering process, however, is still to begin in several districts.


Winter Woes: For Indian homeless, life's a cruel joke(4 Jan. 2013) For many a years, his frail body braved rain and shine under the open sky of New Delhi. Like a true soldier he fought handsomely the pangs of hunger. Finally, last Sunday he surrendered to the adversaries of life. Raghu, a migrant labour from Bihar died on the streets of national capital. The homeless rickshaw puller was around 50. A friend of Raghu, Arshad who shared the same footpath with him near Nehru Place flyover in south Delhi for several years said, "How long a body can withstand the vagaries of weather without a roof over its head? Moreover, hungry stomach is always a defeated soul." Arshad, a homeless daily-wage earner is praying hard that he survives this harsh winter. Like Arshad, millions of homeless in national capital and rest of India are battling hard to overcome the "nightmares" of winter times. Winter is a "test of survival" for homeless in India.

Contribute your usable clothes

Contribute your usable warm clothes at one of the collection centers listed here. We collect, wash, pack usable warm clothes to dress the homeless and needy in under developed countries. With over 100,000 homeless people in Delhi, India alone exposed to intense cold weather; the cold doesn't kill people, lack of clothing does.