India COVID-19 Relief Fund

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A SURGE OF COVID-19 CASES HAS CREATED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN INDIA

YOU CAN HELP BY SUPPORTING THIS EMERGENCY FUND

India’s second wave of Covid-19 was simply catastrophic. By May 2021, the country was facing over 400,000 Covid-19 infections and thousands of deaths every day.

The healthcare system was pushed beyond its limits as case numbers skyrocketed into the millions. Hospitals turned away patients and family members searched in desperation for equipment providing precious oxygen. Between April and June 2021, the virus claimed hundreds of thousands of lives[1].

Since May, 2021, KBF CANADA has been working with a coalition of leaders in the Canadian-Indian community as well as trusted non-profit organizations in Canada, India and internationally to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and ensure funds were efficiently deployed with minimal management costs. The urgent needs expressed by local organisations included emergency medical equipment, preventive and diagnostic tools to relieve the burden on the healthcare system as well as food and other basic supplies for vulnerable populations whose livelihoods had been disrupted.

Within a few weeks, over 1,000 Canadians donated over half a million dollars to support emergency Covid-19 relief in India.  Their generosity has helped some of India’s most marginalized communities access masks and other PPE, medical equipment, food, mental health support and other basic necessities.

KBF CANADA COVID-19 INDIA EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

  • Over 20,000,000 masks
  • 28,300 PPE kits
  • Over 4,600 families
  • Over 3,500 ration kits
  • 70 oxygen concentrators
  • 17 hospitals
  • 6 oxygen ventilators
  • 1 mental health hotline
  • In 16 cities across 5 states

[1] The number of reported deaths in India was around 400,000 (July, 2021). However many experts believe that this number is a gross underestimation, with the real toll possibly ten times higher.  See: https://www.cgdev.org/blog/three-new-estimates-deaths-during-pandemic

To read more about the impact of KBF CANADA’s Covid-19 emergency relief in India, click here.

Watch the Covid-19 India Emergency Relief video here!

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)

OUR TRUSTED PARTNERS

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

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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