The COVID pandemic has unleashed a deadly toll across India. There is scarcely any family which has not seen the death of a loved one. Hospitals are overflowing with patients, desperate demands for oxygen have skyrocketed, and crematoriums are overwhelmed with long queues of hearse vans, each bearing multiple bodies of COVID victims. At such a time, a dedicated group of Isha volunteers have stepped up to keep the Kayanta Sthanams fully operational so that the bereaved can bid a final farewell to the departed.
When crematoriums across India are struggling to handle the daily surfeit of bodies of COVID victims, Isha volunteers are facilitating this most important service for the dead. From coordinating between relatives of the deceased and the crematorium staff, to ensuring a minimal waiting time and completing allied formalities, volunteers are striving to conduct the services smoothly in these painful times.
A common difficulty facing families of COVID victims is finding hearse vans to bring the deceased to the crematoriums. Isha volunteers are liaising with state health authorities, government hospitals and grieving relatives to arrange for transportation. In cases where close family members are also hospitalized and unable to escort the deceased to the crematorium, volunteers are contacting other relatives to ensure that last rites are performed and all formalities completed.
At Isha’s Kayanta Sthanams, volunteers ensure that the family members get enough time and assistance to pay their last respects to their loved ones, while adhering to all the safety protocols. This extra effort for last rites and a dignified send-off before the body is consigned to flames has been much appreciated by the families, and their heartfelt expressions of gratitude have deeply touched and inspired the volunteers to continue these services.
The local government authorities would like Isha to adopt as many crematoriums as possible. However, the inherent funding constraints have limited the expansion so far, as certain capital and operating costs are incurred in running these crematoriums.
Although the government refunds major costs in the capital outlay, the gap of incurred non-refundable capital costs still needs to be bridged.
Each crematorium has its own specific funding requirements. With your contribution, you can enable the adoption of a crematorium that will become self-sustainable in 3-4 years.
You can also make a donation towards meeting the running cost requirements. The cost to sustain these 11 crematoriums is approximately 1-1.25 crores per year.
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|Mandapam for performing last rites|
The ministry of corporate affairs vide its notification number S.O 582 (E) dated 27th Feb 2014 has provided Schedule VII of CSR activities to be included under CSR Policy, encompassing:
Revival of our ancient culture / tradition
Environmental sustainability: conservation of natural resources
You can fulfill your CSR mandate and also explore branding/visibility opportunities with this association. Your support provides avenues for employment for the local people and gives you an opportunity to be associated directly with the State Government and a meticulously organized social project from Isha.
Isha is 100% committed and involved in making a difference to the departed life and their grieving families.
Our current supporters include SIPRA Engineers and APAX Partners. We are already in discussion with Reliance Foundation, HPCL, ILFS Foundation, TVS Group, Cholamandalam Finance and Shriram Group, among others.
Individuals can also contribute to this project in a substantial way. You can do so by spreading awareness about these crematoriums and the importance of sustainable practices that cater to the deceased and their loved ones. In addition, you can contribute and/or facilitate raising substantial resources to meet the capital costs and other expenses. Please contact us to learn more about how you can contribute to this initiative.