Knowing nothing about the production or supply of oxygen, the American-Indian couple embarked on a research, made cold calls to suppliers of oxygen concentrators, found a reliable distributor, and launched a fundraising on gofundme.
“When we started it was scary because we didn’t know if we would be able to raise the necessary funds. We got the support of friends, families, friends of friends, people we haven’t seen for 20 years, UK, Singapore, Switzerland. For my husband and I, having no fundraising skills, without a large organization backing us, it seems to have paid off, ”Kanika said.
They far exceeded their goal of $ 100,000 in a matter of hours.
Indian Americans are directly affected by the public health disaster unfolding in India, with parents, siblings, relatives and friends infected in their homes. Social media is teeming with desperate requests from Indians looking for oxygen cylinders, concentrators, hospital beds and ventilators. But instead of reacting to the near collapse of health systems in Indian cities, many of them are actively organizing aid.
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Renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and billionaire investor Vinod Khosla reached out to India with a tweet: “I’m ready to fund hospitals in India that need funding to import bulk oxygen planes or supplies. in India in order to increase supply. ”