Washington: Twitter CEO Jack Patrick Dorsey tweeted on Monday that the microblogging giant has donated USD 15 million to help India’s battle against the unprecedented second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. The amount has been donated to three non-governmental organisations — Care, Aid India and Sewa International USA.
While CARE has received USD 10 million, Aid India and Sewa International USA have been provided USD 2.5 million each.
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.”
“Equipment will be distributed to government hospitals and COVID-19 care centers and hospitals,” the statement said.
— jack (@jack) May 10, 2021
Sewa International’s vice president for Marketing and Fund Development, Sandeep Khadkekar thanked Dorsey for his generous donation. “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.’ Khadkekar was quoted as saying.
“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,” Khankekar added.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty.
Twitter said the grant of USD 10 million will support CARE’s urgent action to help the deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections devastating India. It said, “Funds will be used to supplement government efforts by setting up temporary COVID-19 care centers; providing oxygen, PPE kits and other critically needed emergency supplies for frontline health workers; and addressing vaccine hesitancy and helping ensure that people get vaccinated, particularly in remote, marginalised communities in India.”
Similarly, Association for India’s Development (AID) is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development, its partners are grassroots organisations in India in interconnected areas of education, health, agriculture, livelihoods, environment, and human rights, Twitter said.
Twitter also 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.”
India has been severely affected by the second wave of the coronavirus and hospitals in several states are facing a severe shortage of health workers, vaccines, oxygen, drugs and beds.
Meanwhile, after recording over four lakh fresh cases for four consecutive days, India witnessed a single-day rise of 3,66,161 COVID-19 cases on Monday, which pushed its tally to 2,26,62,575, according to the Union health ministry.