Microblogging giant Twitter donates USD 15 million for Covid-19 relief to India

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As India is battling with the unrivaled second wave of deadly Covid-19, microblogging giant, Twitter donates USD 15 million to India to help address the Coronavirus crisis. Twitter CEO Jack Patrick Dorsey, tweeted about the donation on Monday. He also informed that the donation has been given to three Non-Governmental organizations, i.e., Care, Aid India, and Sewa International USA.

While Care has been given USD 10 million, Aid India and Sewa International USA have received USD 2.5 million each.

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Care has been working in India for over 70 years, primarily focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice. However, their overall goal is the empowerment of girls and women belonging to marginalized communities. Twitter mentioned that the fund of USD 10 million, will hold up Care’s urgent need for action in addressing the second wave of Covid-19. Adding up, it was also put forward that the funds will be used in setting up Covid-19 care centers; providing oxygen cylinder; PPE kits, and other emergency supplies for frontline health workers

Aid India assists grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women's empowerment and social justice. The USD 2.5 million grant will be used to brace under-resourced communities identify Covid symptoms; prevent spread; access care and treatment; benefit from medical equipment; survive lockdowns; regain livelihood, Twitter said.

Sewa International is a Hindu faith based NGO which has contributed to humanitarian causes locally and in India, especially in times of natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, pandemics etc, which cause large scale distress. This grant of USD 2.5 million will support Sewa International with the procurement of lifesaving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators. This equipment will be distributed to government hospitals and Covid-19 care centers and hospitals, Twitter said. Also, Sewa International's vice president for Marketing and Fund Development Sandeep Khadkekar thanked Dorsey for his generous donation, saying it is gratifying that Sewa's work has been recognized.

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