BAPS Swaminarayan came forward with essentials and care kits helping the vulnerable and the needy during the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand in the last eight weeks.

BAPS Charities volunteers in Auckland helped organise, prepare, pack and deliver Kiwi Essential Care Kit, doing it silently, behind the scenes and helped several families who lost the means to buy their essentials and groceries during the lockdown in the country.

“We provided these care kits to ease the hardships of the members in the community during the lockdown to counter the Covid-19 pandemic,” a spokesperson from BAPS Swaminarayan said.

The car kits prepared were distributed among the ones in need in the community, Auckland City Mission and also supplied to the Consulate of India who too conducted multiple runs of free food distributions for Indian nationals stranded in New Zealand, students and temporary visa holders out of a job, and to seniors of the community.

“Humanity must unite across communities, cultures, religion and science in these uncertain times to safeguard, serve and support those impacted by this pandemic,” the spokesperson from BAPS Swaminarayan said.

These care kits had basic groceries and essentials such as rice, cans of beans, oil, tea, biscuits, lentils, snack items, juice, crackers, nuts, face tissues, fruit cans, milk, energy bars, soap etc., enough to help an individual or a small family survive through the lockdown for a week or two.

BAPS Swaminarayan has centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Rotorua & Christchurch and the boxes were arranged accordingly in all the centres to be either picked up or delivered by its volunteers at their doorstep keeping ample social distance.

Priests from BAPS Swaminarayan with Hon Consul Bhav Dhillon hold blessing prayers at Consulate of Indian office in Auckland last month

BAPS Charities provided over 60 boxes of food and essentials to the High Commission of India in Wellington which was further distributed to the needy community members in Wellington city. 

High Commissioner of India in Wellington Muktesh Pardeshi receiving the BAPS Charities Care Kits at HC office

Under BAPS Charities, a blood donation drive was also conducted on April 8 last month to support the NZ Blood Services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BAPS Swaminarayan members with HC team with BAPS Charities Care Kits in Wellington

A representative from NZ Blood Services thanked BAPS Swaminarayan for its initiative under BAPS Charities organise blood donation that helped them maintain their stock of blood required by hospitals for surgeries and transfusions.

BAPS Swaminarayan members dropping BAPS Charities Care Kits at High Commission Office in Wellington

BAPS Swaminarayan members dropping BAPS Charities Care Kits at High Commission Office in Wellington

High Commissioner of India in Wellington Muktesh Pardeshi receiving the BAPS Charities Care Kits at HC office