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What lawyers are doing to provide covid relief – and how you can help

As India reels under a devastating second wave of covid-19, lawyers at domestic and international law firms are coming together to organise and support relief projects across the country. Efforts include a crowdfunding campaign spearheaded by lawyers from L&L Partners and Chandhiok & Mahajan to convert a Delhi school into a field hospital, an initiative by Baker McKenzie to raise money for ICU beds, oxygen concentrators and much more, and Mission Aahan Vaahan, an initiative of alumni of National Law School of India University, which has set up quarantine and covid care centres for children in Bengaluru. Below are some of the notable initiatives undertaken by lawyers, along with important information and details of how you can help.

Vaibhav Kakkar and Akshay Jain from L&L Partners, and Karan Chandhiok and Pooja Mahajan from Chandhiok & Mahajan are working alongside Aster Volunteers, the corporate social responsibility arm of Aster DM Healthcare, and Alshifa Hospital, to convert a school in Delhi into a field hospital. They are seeking to raise INR20 million (US$270,000) to bring the hospital into operation and cover its operating costs. By 17 May, they had raised just over half of this amount.

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A group of alumni of National Law School of India University who chartered 10 flights to enable almost 2,000 migrant workers to get home during the first wave of the pandemic has now launched Mission Aahan Vaahan to help children. “The continuing covid crisis in India has tragically torn apart many families,” says Talha Salaria, the founding partner of Lawyers at Work, who is a member of the group. “Many children whose parents or guardians are either hospitalised or have passed away due to covid are in need of immediate care and protection.” Mission Aahan Vaahan has teamed up with Whitefield Rising, Dream India Network, Motherhood Hospitals and Rainbow Hospitals to set up exclusive quarantine and covid care centres in Bengaluru for children affected by or infected with covid-19. The group has a fundraising target of INR15.5 million (US$210,000), of which INR2 million had been raised by 21 May.

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