UPDATE – Feeding the hungry in South India

On Friday, June 4th we have wired an additional $21,416 to India bringing our total donation up to $42,513.

“I have seen many of the people we give rice to immediately start to boil water to cook the rice.  They are that hungry.”


We have distributed 25,000 25kg bags of rice so far to only the neediest people in rural villages.  Next week we are looking to distribute another 25,000 bags of rice.

The lockdown in India is crippling the poorest of the poor leaving many of them hungry.  Here is your chance to directly impact the life of someone who needs your help.  

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Here are some images of the relief you have helped to bring to those most in need.

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COVID Relief Update South India

I have been utterly blown away by the generosity of our customers!  
As of 8 am on Friday morning, May 28th, we have raised $28,327!

On top of the $2,000 initial donation, Lotus Sculpture is matching the $8,338 donated in the first 24 hours. That brings the total to $36,665!

From the $2,000 wire payment made to Balan on 5/19, we were able to donate 175 bags of rice to needy villagers in India. An additional $19,097 was wired to Balan on 5/24 to purchase rice for another round of distributions.

Balan has focused on the villages around where he lives in Mamallapuram by contacting village leaders and asking them to give names of families who have the most need.  
These are mostly agrarian families who live day to day earning their living by working in the fields for their daily needs. With a full lockdown in place, they are unable to work and are going hungry.   

We made the decision to donate 25kg rice bags because rice is the central staple of the Indian diet and can easily feed a family for up to 3 weeks.  

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“It is difficult to explain the feeling I got when I saw their eyes fill with relief.”

Our Plan:

Balan has already purchased 1800 bags of rice (25kgs) with the 2nd wire sent of $19,097 on 5/24.He has been in contact with village leaders around Mamallapuram compiling lists of families with the most need.  

Currently, no one is allowed to leave their homes with police enforcing people staying in their homes. 
On Monday, May 31st, when the harsh lockdown lifts there will be 8 local points where the bags of rice will be distributed. 

These points will be at Balan’s home as well as the homes of his friends and local leaders.  (We will send a newsletter with pictures of the 2nd round of donations next week.)

What Is Still Needed:

We will continue to give as long as there is a need.  With the lockdown measures in place indefinitely there is still a need for aid.  

In the first week of June, we will send another wire for rice distribution around our bronze artists in Kumbakonam and Swamimalai. We have already contacted our artisans and have started compiling lists of families in these areas. 

Give knowing that 100% of every dollar you give goes to buying rice in South India.  

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Together we can make a difference…

As many of you have already seen on the news, the situation in India is very dire. With over 26 million cases of COVID and close to 300 thousand deaths and counting, India’s daily death toll has hit the world’s highest and unfortunately is not showing signs of slowing any time soon. Spreading to India’s rural communities which lack adequate medical facilities, people are desperate for any help they can receive. 

I have been brainstorming with my good friend and Lotus Sculpture artist, Balan, on what we can do to help. Balan, who lives in Mahaballipuram in Tamil Nadu, India, toured local villages to speak with the people and see what families need. Two of those stories are below and I encourage you to read them and hear firsthand what daily life is like in India. 

“I had visited more than 20 villages nearby Mamallapuram.  I just understand… we must help them with 25-kilo rice bags to every poor family… the basic food is rice. 25 kilos rice bags cost 1000 Rupees ($13.75) depending on the quantity we buy.”


Together we came up with a plan to distribute an everyday staple that families need; 25-kilogram bags of rice. Earlier this week Lotus Sculpture donated $2,000 for Balan to purchase rice for local families. He will be distributing the rice on Monday, May 24th. 

I am personally asking you to help us with donations for the 2nd round of aid scheduled for later this coming week.

Lotus Sculpture will match every dollar donated. 

100% of the money donated will go to direct aid to the people struggling to make ends meet in this terrible time. 

Not one Rupee or Penny will be wasted! 

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One 25kg bag of rice costs $13 and can save a family in need. Please click on the link above to make a donation or contact me directly if you would like to donate more; [email protected]

This is one of those times that you have the ability to change the lives of families who need help. 

– Kyle, founder of Lotus Sculpture

Below are two of the most extreme stories we have heard but these are the people who will benefit from your donations…

Kumar and Chathanthi are a couple also from Karumarapakkam village. They have two sons, Johnson and Ruben. Both of their sons have down syndrome.
Kumar and Chathanthi work in the fields and earn 100 to 200 Rupees daily ($1.40 – $2.80). They use this income to feed their sons, for medical expenses, and for essential items including rice, sugar, cooking oil, and kerosene at the ration shop in the village. In the current situation they are unable to feed their children and take them to the hospital without any money coming in. They too are relying on charity and desperately waiting for the curfew to be lifted.

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Ansari and Gunsar are a Muslim couple from the village of Karumarappakkam. They have two sons, Kalisa and John Pasha.
Ansari buys and sells scrap metal. He earns between 400 and 500 rupees a day ($5.50 – $6.50). Similarly, their eldest son, Kalisa, walks to the villages around his home every day selling samosas. He makes 50 to 100 Rupees ($.70 – $1.40) a day.
The second son, John Pasha, was born with cerebral palsy and hand and foot deformities at birth. He is 14 years old. With the coronavirus curfew, the father and brother are unable to move around and thus cannot earn an income even to feed themselves. They have been living off of charity alone and will continue to do so until the curfew is lifted.

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How COVID Has Affected Our Artists

Over the past year, I have been getting pleas from our artisans over their situation due to Covid.  With no domestic customers buying statues in each country and no tourists creating any other domestic demand, their only source of revenue has been Lotus Sculpture.  

We have tried our hardest to support our artists during this time by ordering more statues to help make up for their overall loss of orders.  A full four months into this year we have already ordered as many statues from our artists as we did all of 2020.  

I have asked a couple of our artisans to say how covid has affected them. Here is a collection of their responses.

~Kyle, founder of Lotus Sculpture

It took me 5 years of searching to find the small village where the majority of wood statues in India are produced. There, in Tamil Nadu, I met my wood artisan Natarajan (the man to my right pictured below). It has been over 13 years, and I have been working with him ever since.

Here is what Natarajan has to say about COVID and the relentless effect it has had on his business, his family, and his artists:

How has covid affected my family? How has it affected the business and my artisans?

Last year march 24 Indian Government implemented lockdown all around the country and the news suddenly became a big shock for us, because we don’t have any plans to face lockdown, At that time everything get shutdown and things turns into nightmare in our life.

While being safe and secure we need to follow all the rules and regulation implemented by the government but at the same time we requested the government to do some help to stable our life during covid time, lots of days and months get passed but we faced the crisis made by covid , Myself and My artisans need to earn money daily to run our day today day life but all the way get closed and I took some decision to help my artisans personally by getting loan from the bank and giving them monthly salary, rice and vegetables as much as I can to make their life little bit stable during covid and it continued till august 2020 and After september 2020 government made some changes in lockdown and it helped us to resume our business but it didn’t get accelerated fastly and still moving very lag and slow, Before we getting recover from covid first wave covid second wave started spreading fastly in india, lots of states already faced lockdown and we don’t know what covid second wave going to do in our life, because we didn’t get our normal life after covid first wave, Currently we are trying to get vaccinated as much as fastly we can and,All we can do now is to pray the god to help us not being affected by covid.

Balan is my dearest friend in India. He is like a brother to me. I contact him every night and it makes me so sad to hear news about the current situation

“We cannot go to the hospital for regular checkups. I am diabetic, also my 72-year-old mother. We are advised by doctors to not come to the hospital, use the same medicine.

My daughters don’t go anywhere… I am afraid they may get depression. I am not allowed to make any statues. At the same time, I need to take care of my artists’ families. I don’t want to cut their salary, so I sold many of my family gold.”

“The local police stopped everyone from moving place to place. I can’t go more than 2 kilometers.

Each and every artist faces many sad stories. A stone artist’s salary is 1200 to 1500 Rupees. In COVID time, they work as a gardener, cleaner, any work, for 500 Rupees just to live

After the first wave of COVID, many stone artists become auto drivers and gardeners. They don’t come back to stonework. Stonework is very difficult. Sometimes artists have accidents. Since COVID, I have not seen one new person come and learn how to be a stone artist.

It is difficult to find stone artists…”

~Balan, Stone Artisan

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Piyush is my brass artist in New Delhi which is at the epicenter of where the virus is exacting the harshest toll at the moment.

He has had three people in his immediate family pass away from the virus in the past month. I often say that the media overinflates the bad news, but in this case, I do not think they are doing the current situation in India justice. It is very bad there!

“Covid has affected us from our housekeeper

to my wife and from my wife spread to me.

Due to Covid, there is a shortage of oxygen.

Our artisans are sitting idle. Now they do not have work! They want to manufacture but they cannot !

Covid has made our life severely ill!”

~Piyush, Brass Artisan

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Christian lives in Bali, Indonesia with about half the artists he works within Bali and the other half in Java. Right now Bali has no tourists and thus, no business.

“I think the business from tourists is only 5% compared to before Covid.

Thank God for you. All of our workers still working normally. We try to help them as much as we can.

Many jobless people now leave Denpasar-Bali back to their village and change from worker to villager now. .”

~Christian, Stone Artisan

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