As the world struggles through possibly the worst public health crisis right now, people from different fields and backgrounds are trying to help the weaker sections of society through various coronavirus relief funds.
The lockdown, in and outside the country, has put a lot of people in trouble. Thus, to help the weaker sections of society in dire need, let’s join hands with different coronavirus relief funds to combat this pandemic. We have compiled a list of various online platforms such as Paytm, Razorpay, etc who are working along with central and state Government’s relief funds, as well as various NGOs that are accepting donations to fight this pandemic. You can use this list as a ready reckoner of different ways you can contribute to COVID-19 relief funds.
Here Are 10 Ways You Can Donate To Coronavirus Relief Funds
In these uncertain times of the Coronavirus pandemic, the online crowd-funding platform Ketto.org has a dedicated page for all its COVID-19 fundraisers to help combat this public health crisis. Through its multiple initiatives for daily wage earners, waste-pickers, and migrant labourers across Indian cities, the platform has already raised more than INR 1.8 crore. Ketto has waived off its campaign fee for all the campaigns pertaining to Coronavirus making their online crowdfunding service free of charge to patients of coronavirus. This way, one can start a fundraiser on their own to help people get access to the emergency kits, as well as support the families of victims who have difficulty coping with the pandemic. The platform is also collaborating with various NGOs to raise funds for the same.
Contribute through Ketto here.
To cope with this evolving economic and public health crisis, online crowdfunding platform Milaap is making it possible with its various fundraisers such as #MercyMission – Fighting COVID-19 In Bengaluru, COVID-19 Face Shields For Doctors, Street Vendors, Police, Help the Underprivileged – COVID 19 crisis and Youth Against COVID-19. You can help the cleaners protecting Chennai streets or make a donation based on a cause you support, on this platform. These initiatives for Coronavirus donation will help provide funds, medical aid, food and other essentials to anyone in need.
Contribute through Milaap here.
Foodtech unicorn Zomato has launched various initiatives to support the community: customers, delivery partners, restaurant partners, and daily wage workers who have been impacted the most in these times. It has launched Rider Relief Fund to support all their delivery partners whose earnings have dropped sharply amidst the reduced demand for food delivery. They have also started the Feeding India initiative which helps gather food for families of daily wage earners. To donate, you can visit feedingindia.org which will help provide these families who are most affected by the COVID-19 lockdown with a meal kit. Each meal kit is enough for 5 people and contains wheat flour, rice, and two types of pulses. The kit’s ingredients can be used to cook meals for the family for a week.
To contribute to this COVID-19 Relief Fund, click here.
4CM Relief Funds
You can also contribute to various Chief Minister’s Relief Funds (CMRF). States like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya have set up these funds. To contribute, you can find the option on Google Pay or use Domestic VISA, Mastercard, Rupay Debit/Credit cards, Net Banking and International Cards, Wallets, Mobile banking options.
Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus in India, the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund was launched in March 2020 as a separate prime minister’s emergency fund. PM CARES was created with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like the one posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide relief to the affected. Since then, many philanthropists and celebrities alike have pledged their contribution to it.
You can visit the website pmindia.gov.in and use these details to donate to the dedicated COVID-19 Relief Fund:
Name of the Account: PM CARES
Account Number: 2121PM20202
IFSC Code: SBIN0000691
SWIFT Code: SBININBB104
Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
UPI ID: pmcares@sbi
Following modes of payments are available on the website:
- Debit Cards and Credit Cards
- Internet Banking
- UPI (BHIM, Google Pay, PhonePe, PayTM, Amazon Pay, Mobikwik, etc.)
6Goonj’s RAHAT COVID-19
Non-profit organisation Goonj has launched a RAHAT COVID-19 initiative to support the daily wage earners who are out of jobs and are returning to their villages due to the lockdown. The initiate aims to:
- Send kits including essentials to families in need. These essentials will include largely dry ration and personal care material that will be distributed to over a million people (2 lakh families) in areas specifically well known for migration and where they are already working.
- Reach Goonj’s Vaapsi initiative kits. These kits will be used to support rural/local livelihood for around 10,000 people across rural/low-income groups from urban areas in India. To know more about Vaapsi, click here.
Donate to this coronavirus relief fund by clicking here.
7Paytm Collab With Lifebuoy With YouWeCan
Indian digital payments leader Paytm has collaborated with Lifebuoy, the hygiene brand from Unilever and YouWeCan (a foundation established by Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh) to launch India Fights Corona campaign. This initiative will help prevent and manage the spread of the novel Coronavirus in communities with the greatest need.
One way you can contribute to this COVID-19 relief fund is by opening the Paytm app and clicking on the icon India Fights Corona. Or you can click here.
8Give India’s #IndiaFightsCoronavirus
Give India is a non-profit organisation and an online donation platform which aims to channel and provide resources to credible non-governmental organisations across the country. As part of its initiatives towards coronavirus relief funds it has launched the #IndiaFightsCoronavirus initiative for two COVID-19 programmes at the moment:
- Donation for food parcels for daily wage earners.
- Hygiene kits for those in high-risk areas.
These public contributions will be used to purchase hygiene kits (containing soaps, sanitisers and masks) for the most vulnerable, and cash support for daily wage earners who lost their livelihood due to lockdown. The fund seeks to collect INR 10 crore to help lakhs of people and their families fight against Corona. The contributions start at INR 500 and can be made through their Facebook Page #IndiaFightsCorona page.
To avail their crowdfunding service in order to donate money during the coronavirus outbreak, click here.
Another homegrown giving platform Our Democracy is doing many fundraisers for the most vulnerable sections of society such as sex workers and trans people, daily wage workers, migrant workers and rag pickers of different states. For example, the fundraiser for daily wage workers in Gurgaon initiated by Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch aims to raise INR 50,00,000 to help reach rations to them and their families in Gurgaon.
You can click here to find all the initiatives at this online platform.
10SAFA + RazorPay
Many organisations and businesses across India have taken up initiatives with the help of Fintech major Razorpay to bring India back on its feet from the current health crisis. You can also do your bit by checking out Razorpay’s COVID-19 Relief page for NEFT transfer and donation details.
For example, they have collaborated with Hyderabad-based NGO SAFA Society to donate COVID-19 kits to daily wage earners, migrant workers, single parents, old widows, and street-dwellers who have been worst hit by the lockdown. These kits include basic ration and hygiene supplies.
Click here for RazorPay’s COVID-19 Relief fund page and donate.
Let’s Do The Needful And Contribute So We Can Fight This Together
While there are some of us who might not be feeling the heat of this pandemic, there are many who are in dire need of our help in the form of money or basic necessities such as food or medical kits. With this list of verified Indian organisations and online platforms, you can offer help too – and do so immediately. Let’s all be responsible citizens and do our bit in contributing to various Coronavirus relief funds. Every drop counts.