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Coronavirus: Indian-American NGO raises $1 million for relief work in US, India

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American NGO has raised $1 million to battle hunger in India and the United States amid the the coronavirus pandemic.
This translates to 4,700,000 foods for other people within the United States and ration kits for 106,000 migrant workers in India that may remaining them seven to 10 days, stated M R Rangaswami, founder and chairman of the board of NGO Indiaspora.
It was once a volunteer group in San Jose, California that made the remaining donation of $five,000 and then the marketing campaign fund crossed $1 million.

“It is so heartening to see that this is just a group of regular Indian Americans, who're a volunteer group, and are gifting to different non-profits and charities. They on their own decided that this was once the most productive cause,” Rangaswami, an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, advised PTI.

The cash raised through Indiaspora thru its 'ChaloGive for COVID-19' online marketing campaign shall be used to provide relief immediately to prone inhabitants in both the nations.

Contributions given are sent to 2 beneficiary organisations, Feeding America in america and Goonj in India.

Feeding America is using the contributions to strengthen its national network of 200 meals banks. Goonj is using the budget to provide meals, dry ration and hygiene kits to displaced migrants in portions of eighteen states in India.

In this hour of coronavirus pandemic that has hit both the United States and India, the Indian-American community has resoundingly shown up around the country, stated Rangaswami.

“It's now not just donations to Indiaspora. The Sikhs feeding other people thru langar, babies making masks for healthcare workers, SEWA International making plasma donation matching. It has been an outpouring from around the country, which I have never noticed prior to,” stated the California-based mission capitalist, who has carefully following communities' philanthropic activities for very long time.

Such an outpouring of reinforce was once remaining time noticed throughout the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, but that point the decision was once given through the then US President Bill Clinton and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he stated.

“Since then, I have now not noticed anything of this scale (of giving through Indian-Americans),” he stated, including that the community this time is contributing both their time and money.

SEWA International, another non-profit frame has raised greater than $500,000 for its coronavirus relief paintings.

One of the donations that helped Indiaspora cross the $1 million threshold came from Bay-area founded volunteer group Aram Sei, whose vision is to reinforce grassroots charities international within the areas of schooling and healthcare.

“Our group of twelve participants is proud to reinforce the ChaloGive fundraiser initiative that helps us make a direct impact to these in want,” stated Sangeetha Lakshminarayanan, president and founder of Aram Sei.

“We really feel lucky as a way to make a difference in our country of foundation and the rustic we've got embraced and made our house,” she stated.

“There was once an enormous desire in our community to assist throughout this crisis, and we provided a very easy method to give. The Indian diaspora stood up and rose to the occasion when without equal time of reckoning arrived,” stated Indiaspora's executive director, Sanjeev Joshipura.

“We want to do everything we will be able to to assist our country of beginning and our country of citizenship. It is not both or, it's US and India,” he added.

On Thursday, Indiaspora additionally added new partnerships for the ChaloGive marketing campaign.

In addition to former Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, famous philanthropists Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and actor Nandita Das, all current 'ChaloGive for COVID-19' Ambassadors, Indiaspora introduced the addition of GiveIndia CEO Atul Satija, and Raj and Aradhana (Anna) Asava, the pioneers of the 'HungerMitao' (wipe out hunger) motion in America.

"Having enabled over 10 million foods to-date, HungerMitao is proud to spouse with Indiaspora to raise budget for the meals challenged in this time of crisis,” stated Raj and Anna Asava, who both have a a success observe report of partnering with meals banks throughout North America.

“HungerMitao is a grassroots initiative engaging the Indian-American community within the battle in opposition to hunger during the Feeding America network of meals banks," he stated.

"Just as India's social indices had begun to beef up, coronavirus threatens to convey 80 consistent with cent of India's running inhabitants - the informal sector - to its knees,” stated Atul Satija, founding father of India's largest donation platform, and Indiaspora's India spouse for ChaloGive.

"We enchantment to the huge Indian diaspora to reinforce the rapid needs of hunger and reviving livelihoods prior to they fall back into extreme poverty, and rebuilding the lives of the fewer lucky in the longer term," he stated.

The marketing campaign at continues, with a reside Facebook rally deliberate on May 4 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST on the eve of Giving Tuesday for Covid-19, a media liberate stated.

ChaloGive for Covid-19 is the second online marketing campaign through Indiaspora. Its inaugural marketing campaign was once introduced on October 2, 2019 on the beginning anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and concluded on October eight.

It highlighted greater than 20 organisations with a success observe records in areas of poverty alleviation and empowerment, health, and schooling.

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