Wadhwani Foundation offers $1 million Covid grants for Indian families

Donations to 10 charities and organizations will provide medical and financial aid to slow Covid-19 spread.

The Wadhwani Foundation would donate $1 million in grants to ten charities and NGOs to help alleviate the devastating impact of the Covid-19 outbreak in India.

These grants will provide medical resources and assistance to Covid-19 patients and their families, the Los Altos, California based organization announced Monday.

“Combatting the severe rise in Covid-19 cases and the tremendous burden on Indian families requires a comprehensive approach from as many organizations as possible,” said Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Founder and Chairman of Wadhwani Foundation.

“Wadhwani Foundation can help alleviate some of the suffering Indian families are enduring through aid to charities and organizations providing ‘last mile’ immediate relief in areas of most need”, he said.

For phase 1 of these grants, Wadhwani Foundation has selected the following charities and partners:

WISH Foundation: The Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Healthcare

Goonj: Rahat Covid 2021

American Indian Foundation: #AIFCOVID19Response

Indiaspora: Chalo Give initiative

Wadhwani Foundation, according to a press release, established a set of criteria to select charities/NGOs based on the ability to deliver immediate impact to patients and families and measure the impact of the relief.

These include:

The ability to immediately reduce the devastating impact and slow Covid-19 spread in India over the next month by providing medical resources to clinics or homes;

Deliver direct relief benefits, including medical assistance, food, and loans/grants to affected patients and families;

Organizations with more than five years of experience in the healthcare, basic-needs support space with highly developed existing infrastructure to immediately deploy to target groups.

The ability to provide high transparency, reporting, and governance and quantify the impact of assistance;

Be recognized as a registered charity in the country of operation;

Employee Sourced and Supported.

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The selection of charities and NGOs based on these criteria was aided by employees at both Wadhwani Foundation and SymphonyAI, the US-based enterprise AI company founded by Dr. Wadhwani, the release said.

The initial five recipients were selected after review and analysis by Wadhwani Foundation leaders. The additional charity/NGO recipients will be determined within days.

In addition to these grants, Wadhwani Foundation will match donations to any of the supported charities/NGOs by any SymphonyAI or Wadhwani Foundation employees through Sept. 1, 2021.

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This grant program follow the Sahayata initiative by Wadhwani Foundation to deliver skilling and innovation programs to help small and medium enterprises and public health workers through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sahayata initiative was announced in July 2020 in India and Nov. 2020 in Mexico.

Founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, with the primary mission of accelerating job creation in India and other emerging economies operates in 20 countries, including India.


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