How Indian Start-ups and NGOs are Helping Fight Covid-19 through Crowdfunding Campaigns

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The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to claim lives of loved ones in India, putting unimaginable pressure on healthcare professionals and infrastructure in the country. And while the government and healthcare authorities do their best to control the situatuon, some individuals and organisations are doing all they can to help by minimize the struggle of the general public, pulling up resources and ensuring they are delivered to those who need them the most. Even as India recorded 3,52,991 new Covid-19 cases and 2,812 deaths in the last 24 hours on Monday, a number of crowdfunding initiatives have been launched to help defeat the coronavirus.

ACT Grants:When the pandemic first hit India in March 2020, the Indian start-up community joined hands to set up ACT Grants to help the country face the crisis. With an unprecedented number of positive cases in some states, the start-up is now focusing to tackle the immediate shortage of oxygen in hospitals by supporting deployment of 50,000+ oxygen concentrators and cylinders across India. It is accepting donations at https://actgrants.in/donate/.

Zomato:The online food delivery platform is helping hospitals and patients with oxygen and other medical supplies through its not-for-profit arm, Feeding India. Zomato has partnered with logistics firm Delhivery to address the acute medical oxygen shortage.Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal also tweeted about it.

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Paytm:The Paytm Foundation said it israising money for health institutions across the country. Itwill match the amount donated by individuals for supply of oxygen concentrators in the country. Donate here.

Swasth App:The telemedicine app has also started a crowdfunding campaign across several platforms to help hospitals across the country get immediate access to oxygen concentrators. Details can be accessed athttps://www.swasth.app/home.

Hemkunt Foundation:The Gurgaon-based NGO is distributing oxygen cylinders to COVID-19 patients through its network of volunteers. Check the details for contribution here.

Give India Foundation:Give India is also working on the ground to provide relief to Covid-hit people by providing free oxygen cylinders. It tweeted the details for those wanting to aid its initiative.

Milaap:The NGO is running food support programmes to covid patients across Delhi. It is providing 1,000 food packets to homeless people daily. For donation details, checkwww.milaap.org.

Democracy People Foundation:Democracy People Foundation began with a self-funded initiative to help hospitals across the country get immediate access to oxygen concentrators. However, as the demand grew, it took the crowdfunding route to start a fundraiser, said Rahul Aggarwal, Founder Democracy People Foundation. The fundraiser can be accessed here.

KVN Foundation:Founded by entrepreneur and investor K Ganesh, KVN Foundation has launched the Mission Million Air Initiative to provide oxygen to the needy in Bengaluru and Mumbai. It has partnered with Portea and Razorpay for this and is seeking donations.

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