Twitter has donated USD 15 million to help with the Covid-19 pandemic in India, where the deadly virus is causing an unprecedented second wave.
The money was donated to three non-governmental organisations – Care, Aid India, and Sewa International USA, according to Twitter CEO Jack Patrick Dorsey. Aid India and Sewa International USA each received USD 2.5 million, while CARE received USD 10 million.
The San Francisco based company said in a statement, “Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, non-profit service organisation. This grant will support the procurement of lifesaving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines as part of Sewa International’s ‘Help India Defeat Covid-19’ campaign.”
It further said, “Equipment will be distributed to government hospitals and Covid-19 care centres and hospitals.”
Sandeep Khadkekar, Sewa International’s vice president for Marketing and Fund Growth, reacted positively to the news, thanking Dorsey for his generous donation and expressing gratitude that Sewa’s work has been recognised.
“We are a volunteer-driven non-profit organisation, and we believe in serving all, following the sacred Hindu benediction, ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ — ‘May all be happy’,” told Khadedkar
He also said, “Our administrative costs are about five per cent, meaning that every dollar a donor offers, we spend 95 cents of it on the work that it is earmarked for. In these past two weeks, we have seen how overwhelmed India’s healthcare system is, and we want to do as much as we can to come to the aid of people who are deeply affected. Twitter’s generosity will go a long way in helping us do the work we want to do, and that we need to do.”
Sewa USA, based in Houston, has raised a total of USD 17.5 million for the India Covid-19 relief efforts.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty around the world. The USD 10 million grant, according to Twitter, will fund CARE’s urgent response to the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections ravaging India.
The Association for India’s Development (AID) is a volunteer organisation dedicated to fostering long-term, fair, and just development in India.
According to Twitter, AID collaborates with grassroots organisations in India on interconnected issues such as education, health, agriculture, livelihoods, the environment, and human rights.
Twitter further added, “This grant will help under-resourced communities identify COVID symptoms, prevent spread, access care and treatment, benefit from medical equipment including oxygen, oximeters, thermometers, protective gear and vaccination, survive lockdowns, regain livelihoods and will strengthen hospitals and NGOs that serve rural and low-income communities.”
The unprecedented second outbreak of the coronavirus has wreaked havoc in the United States, with hospitals in many states suffering from a shortage of health staff, vaccines, oxygen, medications, and beds.
According to the most recent data available, India saw a single-day rise of 3,66,161 Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the total to 2,26,62,575.
The death toll from the viral disease has risen to 2,46,116, with 3,754 more people succumbing to it, according to the ministry’s data.