On Monday, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google took to Twitter to express his grief about the situation in India because of Covid. He also vowed to donate Rs. 135 crore for medical supplies and support in the country.
He tweeted, “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs. 135 Crore in finding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”
The India Country Head of Google Sanjay Gupta wrote in a blog post that Google will be contacting and collaborating with local governments in India and support them during these tough times.
He wrote, “Our Google community and their families are feeding the devastating impact, too. We’re asking ourselves what more we can do as a company to ensure people get the information and support they need to keep their families and communities healthy and safe.”
He continued, “Today we’re announcing Rs. 135 Crore ($18 million) in new funding for India. This includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totaling Rs. 20 Crore ($2.6 million). The first is to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India. It also includes donations from our ongoing employee giving campaign-so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed Rs. 3.7 Crore ($500,000) for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities.”