The COVID-19 Pandemic is a financial challenge for all ISKCON temples. With their main sources of income such as book distribution, Harinama Sankirtan, in person hundi box donations, preaching programs and more either decreased or halted, many are struggling to make ends meet.
ISKCON’s South American temples, however, have been among the hardest hit. While centers in some Latin American countries are managing to cover their minimum expenses locally, ISKCON Latin America’s Governing Body has launched a campaign to raise funds to support those temples that have been seriously affected by financial hardships.
“These financial struggles are due to the quarantine and restrictions that governments have imposed for over a month now, because of the COVID-19 situation,” says Zonal Supervisor Mathuresh Das.
“Most countries in Latin America are amongst the poorest in the world. Many of our temples are rented properties in countries with unstable economies. We understand that the crisis is affecting everyone, but in many of these countries it could mean loosing our presence there and not having an adequate place for the Deities to be worshipped.”