Google Pledges $18 Million Grant For Covid-Hit India
The tech giant Google on Monday announced Rs 135 crore ($18 million) to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, for India that is currently going through a devastating Covid wave.
Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 Crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.https://t.co/OHJ79iEzZH— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 26, 2021
“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,” said Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and VP, India.
It also includes donations from Google’s ongoing employee giving campaign Â— so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed Rs 3.7 crore for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities.
“We’re increasing our support today with an additional Rs 112 crore in Ad Grants to local health authorities and nonprofits for more language coverage options,” Gupta mentioned.
The Covid features on Search are available in India, in English, and eight Indian languages, and the company said it is continuing to improve localization and highlight authoritative information.
Google says that it will continue to work with local governments, partners and communities to give people the tools to stay healthy and safe.