We are supporting the medical infrastructure by donating medical equipment, medicines, disposables and all possible tools to hospitals to help them increase beds and provide specialized treatment to complicated COVID cases.
The funds you contribute will help us provide AFFORDABLE COVID CARE and by partnering with hospitals that serve on a NOT for PROFIT basis.
We will post regular updates with utmost transparency for every penny contributed. There are no admin charges involved. Kolkata Katalysts shall continue to service each appeal with humility and grace. The funds being raised through this effort are intended to, but not exclusive to the appeals listed below.
1. RAMAKRISHNA MISSION SEVA PRATISTHAN, Kolkata:
Five High Flow Nasal Oxygen Machines
Cost: @ Rs 2.8 lakhs per machine, total cost + Rs 14 lakhs.
2. BHARAT SEVASHRAM SANGHA, Kolkata:
Covid protocol related drugs and inhalers
Cost: Rs 6 lakhs approx.
3. RAMAKRISHNA SARADA MISSION MATRI BHAVAN, Kolkata
One Oxygen Manifold
Cost: Rs 1 lakh approx., inclusive of installation.
We are in conversations with other hospitals to identify need gap and ensure we can procure and commission required equipment at the earliest. We will keep updating more projects through the Updates section of this page.
We are a group of individuals across various fields & age which are united by a mission to help our state during this pandemic. This group has previously worked in relief efforts during Aila Cyclone.
Aakash Shah graduated from ISB in 2006. He currently is the president of Merchants' Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He has previously worked in US and now is CEO for Nipha Farm Solutions, a agri machinery manufacturer.
Jeetu Rampuria, MBA. Finance Professional associated with Magma Group as Vice President. Associated with various social organisations in pursue of passion to serve the society. A dedicated Xaverian, alumni of St Xaviers College, Kolkata.
Naman Shah is CEO & Co-Founder of NowPurchase (a B2B procurement startup).He did his undergrad at NUS, Singapore & spent a year at UPenn on an engineering entrepreneurship program.
Naresh Gupta is a B.Com from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
Secretary of World Jesuit Alumni Union. Business - Trading in Iron and Steel and Stock Broker.
Neiraj Kajaria is Director, Sangkaj Group,. Co involved in 3PL & warehousing for most leading pharma companies in West Bengal. Alumni of St Xaviers College, Kolkata.
Rakesh Shah is a Director at Nipha Group, a 60 year old engineering manufacturer & export. He is also an alumni of St Xaviers College, Kolkata. He has served in leadership positions of various organizations like FICCI, Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Engineering Export Promotion Council.
Swati Gautam : Entrepreneur, Columnist, Masters in Broadcasting, University of Sheffield, UK. Owes her reaching-out-streak to St. Xavier's College, Calcutta.
Snigdha Shah is General Manager, SVP Kolkata- a novel model that focuses on giving, volunteering and building capacity to increase social impact, MCCI MLF Chairperson; Member BCCI CSR Committee. She is an MBA in Finance.
Vikas Khosla, B.Com, LLB, PGDBM. School & College- St. Xavier’s Kolkata. Business - Agriculture Machineries, Women Hygiene & Ozone Generators.
Vikhyat Khosla, BTech from Jadavpur university, schooling from St. James’ School. Software engineer in Microsoft
Every team needs Champions. The following individuals have been instrumental in helping us ramp up and make the mission of AFFORDABLE COVID CARE a reality.
Anupam Shah, BTech from Boston University & MBA for University of Michigan is a Director at Nipha Group. He is former chairman of EEPC (Engineering Export Promotion Council)
Tushar Shah, BTech for VIT Pune is a associate Director at Nipha Group. He is helping us with efficient procurement.
1) Are there any fees associated with the campaign?
No. Milaap is a free fundraising platform. We do not deduct any fees from your donation. You are however welcome to make a voluntary tip to cover for our expenses, while making the donation.
2) Why are the exchange rates lower than real-time values?
We assure you that exchange rate you see at the time of donation is purely notional - funds raised in all foreign currencies (we support around 12+ international currencies apart from INR) are held in our US custodian account and transferred as $ when the organizers request the same.
The exchange rate they receive in Rupees is based on that date of receipt of funds through their bank. For example, current (27-04-2021) notional FX rate on site is 52 INR / SGD whereas the equivalent FX rate at the time of transfer (on 27-04-2021) to recipient is around ~ 55 INR / SGD
The notional value of keeping a slightly lower exchange rate for display is to ensure that fundraisers don't suffer from a shortage should there be a fluctuation/volatility in currency movements. So we are conservative with our display. Please note that we make no money directly or indirectly in FX arbitrages or floats associated with it.
Donations above $5000 towards this initiative can be made through Milaap’s 501c3 partner in the US and will receive tax-exemption for US tax-residents.
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