As India fights the second wave of the corona, several countries around the world, including the United States, are responding. When the United Kingdom declared that it would send oxygen concentrators and ventilators to India, the United States retaliated. On Sunday night, the White House declared that it would support India in every way possible. Covshield said that it would submit the vaccine’s raw materials as soon as possible.
Alongside the Covid-19 outbreak, which has left India in urgent need of medical oxygen and other life-saving resources, Indian-Americans are preparing to support the country in its fight against the pandemic.
Sewa International USA, an Indian-American non-profit organization, is looking to raise $5 million (it has already raised over $1.5 million) in response to the deadly second wave of Covid-19 in India in less than two days. The organization said it is sending an initial shipment of 400 oxygen concentrators and other emergencies medical equipment and materials to India right away.
Sewa is procuring more oxygen from a variety of sources around the world in order to alleviate the oxygen shortage caused by the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India. The organization announced that it has launched a campaign to ship oxygen concentrators to Indian hospitals called “Help India Defeat COVID-19.”
Sewa also provides food and medicines to over 10,000 households, 1,000 orphanages, and senior citizen centers throughout the world, according to the organization.
“Sewa International is humbled by the outpouring of donations and support from the Indian-American community across the United States,” Gitesh Desai, Sewa’s spokesperson in Houston, told PTI. “Indian-Americans sense the pain and misery of their brothers and sisters in India, and are concerned for their well-being during the devastating crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Sewa, which raised more than USD 1.5 million.
“Thousands of donors have expressed a strong capacity to help India in overcoming this crisis, and Sewa has received a tremendous response. Arun Kankani, president of Sewa International, said, “We thank them for their generous and timely contribution.”