UPDATE (5/17/21): Because the target was met, this project is marked as funded. 450 machines arrived in New Delhi today and 50 will arrive in Mumbai on Friday. If you wish to continue to give to Khalsa Aid's work, you can do so at this page. Any additional funds will be used for immediate crisis response at Khalsa Aid's disrection.
UPDATE (5/8/21): Thanks to incredible response from the community, we've met our fundraising target. The match fund is also exhausted. This means that the cost for these 600 machines will be completely covered by all those who have contributed. Any additional donations to Khalsa Aid on this page or the org page will be used for immediate crisis response at their disrection.
UPDATE (5/7/21): The first order for 500 oxygen concentrators from China has been secured. They will leave the facility on May 12th. The overall project goal and levels have updated accordingly to reflect this new information we received given. Invoice shared at the end of the page for transparency.
The news coming out from India related to Covid-19 is devastating. We’re watching a whole country fall ill and thousands of members of our global community pass away. The infrastructure and resources are simply not in place to handle the sheer number of cases that arising. We’re hearing from those on the ground that the situation is only getting worse. The Khalsa Aid India team is working hard to help however they can to meet the new needs on the ground.
Dasvandh Network and Khalsa Aid are partnering to track down much needed medical equipment - particularly oxygenators that help patients breathe. Through our network, we were able to locate 600 devices. We are working with Khalsa Aid to get them shipped to India immediately by air. The Khalsa Aid team will then make sure to distribute this equipment to people who need it the most. These devices will hopefully go on to save hundreds, if not thousands of lives, as the situation darkens.
Dasvandh Network is working to help Khalsa Aid fundraise to cover the costs of this equipment. Any donation you make will be used for immediate crisis response so we can help Khalsa Aid offset the costs of this equipment, but also provide additional funds for crisis response as they see fit the situation evolves. The Khalsa Aid India team is running point on all inbound requests that are coming and distributing the devices per need.
- The first order as part of this project is for 500 units from China. These are 5 liter machines and can help one person at a time. Each device costs $512.54 including air shipping. For 500 units, this means a cost of $256.27K. This shipment is prepped and will be on its way on May 12th. Invoice below.
- The second order is from Thailand for 100 units. These are 10 liter machines and more heavy duty. Each of these devices with shipping will cost $1280. For 100 units, that’s $128K. These will be placed in hospitals as it can help 2 people at the same time. We are still working with the vendor and authorities to get this shipment out the door.
This means to fund all these devices, we need to raise a total $384K. The overall project expediture is worth it and much needed as it'll save thousands and thousands of lives on the ground. How will the cost be covered?
Thanks to strong community support, donors have contributed $114K on the Khalsa Aid organization page this past week. Any funds you or the communtiy contributed there will also be leveraged for this project. This leaves an additional $250K that we need to fundraise. Anonymous donors will match ANY contributions of ANY size on this project until we hit the remaining costs.
Given the Khalsa Aid's teams efforts are rightfully heavily focused on logistics of the operation, the Dasvandh Network team is helping to manage this page and fundraiser. Please reach out to us directly at [email protected] if there's any additional information we can provide.
Additionally, all these funds will be geared towards fundraising for these machines. However, the situation in India is changing rapidly. If the Khalsa Aid team determines these funds can be used more meaningfully in another way before we complete this project, the team has the discretion to help people on the ground in other ways that may arise.
Once the immediate need for this equipment subsides, Khalsa Aid will give this equipment to hospitals, clinics and senior care homes.
Lastly, you can find extended details for the order of 500 devices here:
Thank you for the support to help India breathe!