Last Sunday, I told you about the big hail storm that we had in our area. While for us, the only real damage was a hole in our new advertisement board for our Ayurvedic restaurant Ammaji’s and a few dents in our car, much worse things have happened – and are still happening! The climate change and its consequences have caused big misery and even death! We want to help!
We have been having very untypical weather for weeks. Normally, we should have hot and dry weather here now, but what we do have is warmth and sun for a few days and then rain and heavy wind again for two or three days. Even while I am writing, there are clouds on the sky and it looks like it would rain again. And while normally at this time the harvest is over and the wheat is in, this year a big part of the crop is damaged by the rain, useless and destroyed!
That’s how since weeks we daily hear of farmers who get heart attacks when going out on their field or others who commit suicide and end their own lives because they are just destroyed along with their crop! Our newspaper tells today that in the past 24 hours in our state Uttar Pradesh, 44 more farmers died, 14 of them in our region, either due to a heart attack or suicide. Altogether, more than 2500 crore Indian Rupees, which is about 400 million US-Dollars, worth of crop has been destroyed until now.
If you live in a country that has a proper security system for such catastrophes, you may wonder why someone would take his life because of too much rain in a year. Let me explain this to you: there are farmers who don’t own their fields. They have taken a big loan and put everything they had in there to rent a field and buy the seeds. Their whole money and effort went into those crops – and they all were destroyed. They are standing there with nothing to eat, no money in the hand and a loan to pay back!
There is nothing like an insurance against weather and bad harvest. It brings them into a situation of complete shock. Many just die on the spot and others simply despair and see no other way out than death!
The government is trying to help financially. Many farmers who had hopes on this support however are disappointed. It is not enough, they are getting very little and many even nothing. There are just too many of them!
Many children of our school are the sons and daughters of farmers, too. Yesterday, a few of them came by and told us of their situation – it is horrible.
Apart from the government, some private organizations came up, too, and try to support farmers, each according to their capacity. Now when we see the situation of the farmers, we also feel that we should do whatever is possible for us and help them, too!
Due to money, people are losing their lives. This should not be the case and we want to help wherever we can, in any way we can! Of course, we alone cannot do much and so we want to ask you for your support! If you feel with the farmers of our area, if you want to support someone whose crop was destroyed and who depends on help from outside, you can donate here! Please also share and forward this message to friends and other people who would like to help!