India COVID-19 Relief Fund

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India’s second wave of COVID-19 is catastrophic. The country, which was reporting less than 15,000 cases a day just last month, is now seeing over 400,000 COVID-19 infections and thousands of deaths every day. The active COVID-19 caseload is in the millions and climbing rapidly.

The health-care system is critically stressed and facing collapse in some areas, with a huge shortage of ICU beds, oxygen supply, vaccines and spaces in cremation grounds. There is also a dire need for other supports such as food and PPE, and to address the often-neglected needs of people from marginalized communities.

The situation in India reminds us that this outbreak is not just a crisis for India – it is a crisis for everyone.

KBF CANADA is working with a coalition of leaders in the Canadian-Indian community as well as trusted nonprofit organizations in Canada, India and internationally to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic in India as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The evolving nature of the situation in India requires a responsive and agile response. To this end, we are diligently selecting organizations that are actively responding to the most pressing needs on the ground and that include and represent the geographic and demographic diversity of India. We are committed to transparency and the integrity of our donors and will regularly update this page on how and where your donations are being used. All contributions are eligible for a donation receipt for tax purposes in Canada.

We recognize that Covid-19 is borderless and are exploring how we partner in tackling this devastating pandemic across neighbouring countries.

Coalition Members:  Narinder Dhami (Managing Partner, Marigold Capital), Krishan Mehta (AVP Engagement, Ryerson University), Sabina Vohra-Miller (Co-Founder, Vohra Miller Foundation), Sarbjit Kaur (Co-founder, KPWcomms), Angie Rehal (Founder, Angie’s Golden Ghee), Arati Sharma and Satish Kanwar (Founding Partner, Backbone Angels & VP of Product, Shopify), Anjli Patel & Parambir Singh (Lawyer & Physician)


We are actively growing our list of partners and in active conversations to bring more Indian NGOs onboard. This list will be dynamic as we address the changing needs on the ground.

KHALSA AID INTERNATIONAL: Khalsa Aid International is a UK-based humanitarian relief charity with a Canadian office that has been providing support around the world to victims of natural and man-made disasters since 1999. They are often one of the first on the scene to help distribute food, water, clothing, medical and sanitation supplies. Khalsa Aid International is focusing its COVID-19 relief response by working across all its international chapters to assist people across India, with a focus on sourcing oxygen equipment.

GLOBALMEDIC: GlobalMedic is a Canadian organization providing disaster relief and life-saving humanitarian aid since 2002. It was founded based on the idea that aid could be delivered more effectively and efficiently by getting the right aid to the right people at the right time. GlobalMedic is responding to COVID-19 by expediting emergency relief and supplies to India.

GOONJ: Since 1999, Goonj has been addressing crucial gaps in rural infrastructure, water, environment, livelihood, education, health, disaster relief and rehabilitation. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have undertaken disaster relief and humanitarian aid, working with over 400 organizations in 26 states across the country, extending their reach into both urban and rural areas.

SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action): Since 1999, SNEHA works with vulnerable women and children to break the inter-generational cycle of poor health. For their COVID-19 relief response, they have been working to ensure continued access to health as well as distributing hundreds of thousands of PPE and ration packs, as well as providing 24/7 online crisis help line through more than 8000 community-based volunteers.


KBF CANADA was established at the initiative of the Brussels-based King Baudouin Foundation, a major international foundation created in 1976. We are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a charitable organization and oversee charitable projects everywhere in the world, in a number of different charitable fields: poverty alleviation, advancement of education, health, the arts, protection of the environment, etc.

KBF CANADA has access to a strong international network and extensive practical expertise and knowledge as a result of 44 years of relationships built through the KBF family, including strong ties with KBF US New York and the Give2Asia offices in Asia.

Our shared values are: independence, integrity and transparency, diversity and international solidarity.

The way in which donations are used is closely monitored and governed by three priorities:

  • Having concrete and measurable impacts;
  • Closely monitoring and controlling the projects;
  • Minimizing management fees to the greatest possible extent (a maximum of 5%).

How to support this initiative?

For donations above $5000, donors are able to direct to a project with a specific organization by emailing [email protected]

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Simple and fast!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to the KBF Foundation CANADA, mention ‘D505 – India COVID-19 Relief Fund” in the ‘For’ section and send it to: KBF Foundation CANADA, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6, CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: Send an email to the KBF Foundation CANADA [email protected] or call +1 514.481.2000.

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