As business owners in the region, we have been working with the people of this community for over a decade. Many of our company's team members live in this area and this is our opportunity to give back to a community that has given us so much. Raising funds in this part of the town is not easy. We are asking everyone to come together and contribute what you can to support this community now. We have an overall goal of raising 1 Crore INR (approximately $140,000 USD). Nishant Patel and Neha Sampat (organizers of the fundraiser) have committed to matching all contributions up to $70,000 USD.
In our community of Vasai-Virar, we are faced with a unique challenge to local Indian communities. Many workers are stranded far from their homes without the luxury or privilege of being sheltered safe with their families. They are fighting this pandemic without food or shelter, and in some cases, without access to proper healthcare. Necessity forces many to work, risking exposure - just to be able to feed themselves or their families.
We are working with a trusted local organization to raise these funds by the end of April. This organization is called Vishnu Waman Thakur Charitable Trust and they have committed to feeding 3+ lakhs families (over one million people). The Trust is also committed to providing PPE and additional facilities for overrun health institutions for the isolation and care of COVID-19 patients. Every rupee will go to a good cause and support COVID relief locally. Please help and generously contribute what you can.
For donations on the Milaap platform, 100% of funds raised goes towards the cause and Milaap has waived all fees for this campaign! Please consider sharing this with your friends and family to help support our goal. For donors based in India, any amount contributed through Milaap is eligible for tax exemption.
If in the US or Europe, contribute through this link on GoFundMe.