As the deadly second wave of the COVID19 has been wreaking havoc for Indians, a Houston-based nonprofit organization Sewa International has announced sending aid to help India. The organization specializes in disaster recovery, education, and development. Sewa International is also seeking the advice of a team of doctors in the US on procuring the appropriate medical equipment and supplies to be shipped to India.
The organisation has managed to raise nearly $4.7 million from over 66,000 Indian Americans in just 4 days of beginning the campaign. An email was sent out by the NGO to its supporters requesting them to donate $51 for each family kit, $201 to support community homes with 20-30 people and $501 for oxygen concentrator. Till now about 400 oxygen-concentrators have already been shipped to India. The organisation aims at sending a shipment of 2,184 more oxygen concentrators and other emergency medical devices and supplies to India, as well as working on procuring more from multiple suppliers around the world to ease the oxygen shortage caused by the surging numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Swadesh Katoch , Vice President of disaster response , Sewa International USA personally went to pick up 2184 oxygen concentrators. Working now on the airlift to India 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/r5rZFo7cpv
— Sewa International (@Sewa_Intl) April 29, 2021
“Help India Defeat COVID-19” a campaign to ship oxygen concentrators to Indian hospitals was initially started by the organisation. It has later started providing food and medicines to about 10,000 families and more than 1,000 orphanages, and senior citizen centres across the country. The organisation aims to raise $10 million.
Sewa has already raised more than $1 million to help India in its hour of need. We are getting a great response from thousands of donors and we thank them for their generous and timely contribution. We are working closely with many organizations in the U.S. to raise funds for this effort.
Responding to the overwhelming support for their Facebook fundraising campaign Sandeep Khadkekar, Sewa’s Vice President for Marketing and Fund Development said, “We are deeply moved by the response we have received from all of you for our fundraiser. Sewa appreciates your willingness to donate to a cause that would save many lives in India. Our top priority is to procure and ship oxygen concentrators to India as soon as possible.”
A Digital Helpdesk to provide critical information on ambulance services, hospital bed availability, and blood and medicinal supplies to people has been build as well. Swadesh Katoch, Sewa’s vice president of disaster recovery said that “We need not despair as India has many resources, but we can still help people win their fight against COVID-19.”
As part of its ongoing COVID-19 relief work in the U.S., Sewa has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct vaccination drives across the country. The nonprofit is also distributing thousands of pounds of food in Houston and the San Francisco Bay area, the organisation’s release said.
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