The Hemraj Goyal Foundation is supporting Carers Worldwide with a grant of £15,000 to promote the wellbeing of carers of sick and disabled family members in India over the next 12 months.
Carers Worldwide currently supports over 9,000 mostly female carers across four states in India: Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The funding from the Hemraj Goyal Foundation will primarily be used to support the following activities:
- Carers Groups: With its local partners, Carers Worldwide operates a network of local-level support groups for carers throughout the areas where it works. These groups are designed to reduce isolation by bringing together 10 – 15 carers who provide each other with emotional support. The groups meet on a regular basis, with meetings facilitated by trained Community Mobilisers who are able to advise carers on their rights and entitlements.
- Education and Training: Many carers are unable to earn an adequate living due to their caring responsibilities. Carers Worldwide enables carers to set up home based income generating activities which can co-exist with caring duties. Many of these activities help to lift entire households out of poverty.
- Advocacy: Carers tend to be isolated and invisible within their communities. By strengthening the capacity of carers to advocate for their rights, Carers Worldwide’s work means that carers become more able to participate within their communities and lobby for the provision they and their families need.
More information on the work of Carers Worldwide across India and elsewhere in South Asia can be found at www.carersworldwide.org