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An update on the COVID-19 crisis and the work of PRASAD

Women of Akloli-Pendhripada head home with sacks of nutritious, non-perishable foods after PRASAD Chikitsa’s ration distribution in their village.

Dear Friend,

We hope you and your family are staying well.

Now, more rapidly than ever, the ways in which we live and work are changing. As a result, we are adapting and doing things in new and more dynamic ways. At PRASAD, we’re thinking through the same challenges and reimagining how our global teams work together.

The most vulnerable populations are facing the threat of not having any source of income or access to food. Recommended or mandatory social isolation means that millions of people have suddenly found themselves unemployed. Without a doubt, the number of people experiencing hunger is going to increase dramatically, and it is already a significant challenge across the globe.

Please take a moment to hear thoughts from PRASAD Project Co-Chair, Dr. Vivek Panchapakesan. In the video, Dr. Panchapakesan provides an update on the COVID-19 crisis and the work of PRASAD around the world.

Dr. Vivek Panchapakesan, Co-Chair, The PRASAD Project.

Just as this crisis has caused many of us to refocus on the things that matter most to us personally, we are using this time as an opportunity to bring that same focus to PRASAD. Our mission is to work in partnership with people to benefit communities in need, and we are finding that the need and our work are especially critical during these uncertain times. Your support is more crucial now than ever. So that we can continue to meet growing needs during this crisis, will you give a gift today?

Continue to stay safe and healthy.

Warm regards,
Dr. M. Cecilia Escarra
Executive Director

PRASAD has received top ratings for financial health and program and operations accountability & transparency. For the second consecutive year, PRASAD achieved Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating. PRASAD is one of 30 top recommended charities by the respected financial website “The Street.”


For the 2020 tax year, taxpayers can take an above-the-line charitable deduction of up to $300 for certain charitable contributions. In addition, for 2020, the deduction available on cash contributions to charitable organizations has been increased from 60 percent of a taxpayer’s AGI to 100 percent. (Contributions to donor-advised funds are not eligible.) For corporations, the deductibility of cash contributions has been increased temporarily from 10 percent to 25 percent of taxable income.

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