The internet giant Google on Thursday pledged $1 million relief to flood-hit areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh. relief fund will be given to NGOs Goonj and Save the Children which is is responding to the floods in all three countries.
“We are committing $1 million from Google.org and Google employees to Goonj and Save the Children for their relief efforts,” Rajan Anandan, Vice-President, South East Asia and India said.
Save the Children’s efforts include providing food and livelihood support, temporary shelter materials for those most in need, hygiene items, and water source restoration, while also focusing on setting up child-friendly spaces where children can gain access to educational materials.
Children are the most vulnerable in situations like these. Save the Children is focused on setting up child-friendly spaces where children can gain access to educational materials and playtime.
Meanwhile, Goonj aims to reach 75,000 affected families across nine states of rural India. The efforts include providing families with basic needs kits such as food, mats, blankets and hygiene items.
Apart from offering relief funds to the NGOs, Google has also activated SOS alerts in the three countries. “These alerts include the latest news about the floods, an approximate map of the affected area, and local updates from Twitter and other resources. Our thoughts are with the people of the region,” Rajan Anandan, vice president-Google for Southeast Asia and India, said.