Non-profit Vibha joins Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna to provide Covid relief in India

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Volunteers of U.S.-based non-profit Vibha which is working with Michelin star Chef Vikas Khanna to help in the devastating second wave of the Covid pandemic in India. Photo courtesy Vibha

A second wave of coronavirus infections has ravaged India, leaving millions of people infected and the country’s already overtaxed healthcare system is under stress, notes Vibha, a U.S.-based non- profit which is engaged in mobilizing assistance to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent health needs of people in India.

The organization has disbursed $600,000 of which $125K was deployed  immediately through their twenty trusted partner NGOs (with whom Vibha has been partnering for several years for education initiatives) to take care of the immediate needs of the communities.

The Indian partners procured 850 oxygen concentrators. The first batch is being distributed to Ambedkarnagar (UP), Meerut (UP), Srungavarapukota (AP), Beed (Maharashtra), Bengaluru (Karnataka), and Beawar (Rajasthan), a press release from Vibha said.

Michelin-star Chef Vikas Khanna whose “Feed India” initiative fed 50 million Indians during the first wave of the COVID pandemic, has partnered with Vibha during this challenging time.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on national media, Khanna said, “We all need to be part of the solution. We need to create force and muscle power here and use our resources to help India.” He also said that “No one is safe until everyone is safe, so along with Vibha in the next phase the plan is  to open vaccination sites and awareness centers,” the press release said.

Poster of Vibha non-profit joining with Michelin star Chef Vikas Khanna for carrying out covid relief work in India. Photo courtesy Vibha

Vibha, has also been granted US$650,000 by Texas Instruments to set up a 100-bed modular hospital in association with Texas Instrument and the Government of Karnataka in Bengaluru

In the next phase, Vibha is working on getting PPE and medical supplies.

Keyur Shah, Vibha’s board member noted that the spirit of  Vibha volunteers is embedded in a saying by Steve Jobs –  “Things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.”

Since 1991 Vibha has been able to reach out to and provide opportunities for over 2.3 million under-served and marginalized children, according to Shah, and urged people to visit vibha.org/donate to join Vibha’s effort for India.

Join them in their effort and donate at vibha.org/donate

To date, Vibha has supported more than 250 projects in India and 10 projects in the U.S. Currently, Vibha supports 30 projects in India and 7 projects in the U.S.

All donations to Vibha are tax deductible. Vibha is a 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the USA in the State of New Jersey. Vibha’s Tax ID is 22-3122761.

 

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