Social media giant Twitter has donated Rs 110 crore to help India in its battle against COVID-19. An announcement in this regard was made by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday. Notably, the social media giant instead of donating the sum to the government chose three NGOs—CARE, Aid India and Sewa International USA.
Twitter has provided $10 million to CARE, whereas Aid India and Sewa International USA have been provided a grant of $2.5 million each.
Dorsey tweeted, “$15 million split between @CARE, @AIDINDIA, and @sewausa to help address the COVID-19 crisis in India.” In a spreadsheet shared by Dorsey, the reasons and the expected outcome behind the donations were shared.
Donation to CARE
“CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty. This grant will support CARE’s urgent action to help address the deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections devastating India. 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,” Twitter said.
Donation to Aid India
Similarly, for Aid India, the social media giant said, “Association for India’s Development (AID) is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable, and just development. AID partners with grassroots organizations in India on interconnected areas of education, health, agriculture, livelihoods, environment, and human rights.”
“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,” it added.
Donation to Sewa International
For Sewa International, Twitter said, “Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, nonprofit service organization. This grant will support the procurement of lifesaving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPap, and CPAP 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.”
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