A high-profile diaspora group of a few of the high Indian American company executives and leaders have raised USD 600,000 to struggle starvation and supply direct reduction to susceptible populations affected by the coronavirus pandemic within the United States and India.
ChaloGive for COVID-19 launched by Indiaspora has raised USD 500,000 from its management community. Indiaspora additionally introduced one other USD 100,000 as matching donation for its on-line giving marketing campaign beginning Friday.
“This pandemic has exposed an already existing hunger crisis,” stated Indra Nooyi, former Pepsico CEO.
“Together, as a society we must rise to this moment and address this great need knowing our investment in people, in families, and in communities will reap untold benefits not only now but into the future,” she stated.
Money raised by Indiaspora will meet demand on the bottom by way of beneficiary non-profits Feeding America within the US and Goonj in India, a media launch stated.
One of probably the most urgent and pressing challenges going through each the US and India proper now’s starvation, which is a deciding consider Indiaspora’s new ChaloGive marketing campaign, it added.
“We are facing an unprecedented situation due to Covid-19,” stated Anand Rajaraman, a Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur and enterprise capitalist, and an Indiaspora Founders Circle member who, alongside along with his spouse Kaushie Adiseshan, is a lead donor for the marketing campaign.
“The drastic measures necessary to control this pandemic have created special challenges for vulnerable sections of society across the world, particularly in India and the US. Indiaspora has the opportunity to unite the diaspora to quickly and decisively help in the midst of this crisis,” Rajaraman stated.
“While all eyes are on frontline hospitals, millions in America and across the globe suffer silently from a growing and equally alarming epidemic of food insecurity as the COVID-19 crisis threatens to push already struggling families deeper into poverty,” stated Sejal Hathi, an Indiaspora Board member and doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Now more than ever is the time for communities like Indiaspora’s to come together and rise to this call to feed people in need,” Hathi stated.
Indiaspora stated ChaloGive for COVID-19 offers a possibility for the Indian diaspora to make a collective influence towards serving to marginalized communities which have been disproportionately affected by the continuing disaster.
“This crisis has made it even harder for those who were already struggling to survive,” stated Kris Gopalakrishnan, chairman of Axilor Ventures and a founding father of IT providers firm Infosys, who can be an Indiaspora Founders Circle member. “Given the increasingly global world we are living in, India and its diaspora are in a unique and powerful position to help each other,” he added.
It is crucial that people, particularly susceptible populations who’re most in danger, preserve entry to meals throughout this public well being emergency,” said former U.S. Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy.
“I proudly help this marketing campaign and belief its influence will go far to deliver reduction to these scuffling with meals insecurity,” he stated.
In India, philanthropists Rohini and Nandan Nilekani and Bollywood actress Nandita Das even have voiced their help for the marketing campaign.
“Goonj is just the kind of organisation we can rely on in this double crisis of health and livelihoods,” stated Rohini Nilekani.
“It has decades of experience serving the most vulnerable while striving to preserve the dignity of every stakeholder, and it has time and again demonstrated a scaled up, rapid response in the aftermath of disasters. We have been supporters of Goonj for many years. They care, and they deliver,” she stated.
“Despite our extensive experience of working in disasters, the scale and still unfolding nature of this long-tailed disaster calls for massive resource mobilization for short-, mid- and long-term work,” stated Anshu Gupta, Goonj founder and a Magsaysay Awardee.
“We are delighted to partner with Indiaspora on this campaign as an opportunity to engage the Indian-American community and our well wishers from across the world in supporting their fellow citizens in this difficult hour,” he stated.
“The nation and our food bank network are facing challenges unlike anything we’ve seen in our organization”s history,” stated Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.
“We are truly grateful to Indiaspora for its support of Feeding America through the ChaloGive for COVID-19 campaign. During this time of uncertainty, the generous donations derived from this effort will help bring much-needed food and hope to countless families facing hunger across the US,” he stated.
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