The Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, in conjunction with ISKCON leaders in South Asia, has launched a Covid Relief Appeal to provide funds to aid devotees and others in need in the Mayapur region and Bangladesh. Below is an appeal letter from the GBC, as well as PDF and PPT files with more specific information about the relief efforts and where to send your donations. We humbly requests our readers and friends to also contribute to this important and urgent cause.

May 1, 2021

Dear Devotees and Friends of ISKCON,

Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Today our society faces an urgent crisis. As most of you know, the Covid-19 pandemic is now sweeping India and our devotee communities and their neighbors have not escaped the scourge. Lack of medical supplies, medical care, oxygen, and even basic food are causing great suffering. The financial collapse in some sectors is intensifying the crisis.

The ISKCON Governing Body Commission held an emergency meeting on Friday, April 30, to assess what ISKCON can do to help. We know there are many governments and agencies responding to the crisis, but we need to do our part, especially to help our fellow Vaishnavas and those they serve.

First and foremost, we need your prayers for all those struck by this crisis. But, also practical steps must be taken. In dialogue with the ISKCON leaders in the region, the GBC determined that the greatest need at this time is for Mayapur and Bangladesh. Therefore, the GBC has launched the “ISKCON Mayapur/Bangladesh Covid Relief Appeal,” to provide medical supplies, food/prasada and other support.

We urgently need to raise $ 800,000 for Mayapur and Bangladesh. And we ask for your help.  

Attached below you will find additional details of the crisis, an outline of the assistance plan, and where to send your donation. We urge you to donate today. This is an emergency and time is of the essence. Please give generously. And, please share this message with your networks of devotees and friends.

We thank you in advance for your support of our fellow Vaishnavas, and for assisting their ongoing relief efforts in Mayapur and Bangladesh.

On behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission,

Your servant,

Anuttama dasa

ISKCON Minister of Communications

Mayapur Executive Board (MEB) Chair


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