The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a health emergency. A majority of people infected with the virus have mild symptoms and can treat themselves at home but there is a small group of infected people that need greater medical attention.
Governments around the world are working very hard to equip their cities and towns with the required facilities to take care of their citizens. They need more testing kits and technicians to help diagnose COVID-19 patients. They also need more hospital beds, masks, gloves and other medical equipment to treat patients.
Many cities around the world have gone into a temporary lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus so people stay safe. In countries like India, there are many workers who work in factories and construction sites that depend on daily wages. With the lockdown, they temporarily have no income and can’t eat or pay rent. They need food supplies and shelter.
Don’t fret! People are pitching in to help solve these problems. Individuals and companies are stepping up and offering generous donations and other services. This act of donating a generous amount of money/service for the welfare of a community is called philanthropy and the person donating is known as a philanthropist.
People across the globe from all walks of life are donating money towards:
- government funds,
- setting up hospitals and isolation centers,
- the speedy development of vaccines and medicines to tackle this virus,
- production of medical equipment and
- NGO’s and organizations that need food and shelter
Many companies are pitching in too. For example, car manufacturers are manufacturing medical equipment like ventilators (machines that help people breathe better) while some are manufacturing gloves and other protective equipment.
Some companies have set up kitchens and are providing multiple meals to those in need. While others have opened office spaces and warehouses offering shelter to those in need.
The outpouring of donations is actually quite heartening. It is impossible to cover all in one article but here a few!
Business leaders like Azim Premji, Mukesh Ambani, and Ratan Tata have all given very large donations either personally or through their companies. Their companies are also helping with donating face masks, equipment and hospital beds.
Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sharukh Khan and sportsmen like Viraat Kohli have contributed generously too.
Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra has offered to convert Mahindra Holiday resorts into temporary care facilities, as well as to immediately begin work on using their manufacturing facilities to make ventilators.
In the US:
Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person, has pledged a handsome sum of money to support global detection, isolation and treatment of the virus.
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and Square announced Tuesday that he would move $1 billion of his own money to address the COVID-19 crisis.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma, the second-richest person in China, pledged to develop a coronavirus vaccine and he would also donate 500,000 testing kits and one million face masks to the U.S.
Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent, the company that created WeChat and TikTok, donated 300 million yuan (about $42 million) to help ease the coronavirus situation in the worst-hit areas. WeChat is also working on maps that show locations of hospitals that are receiving patients in over 300 Chinese cities.
People and large companies are getting together to help and share resources. If you have heard of any acts of kindness do write in.