04 May 2021 Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

The Covid-19 crisis in India has escalated in the past month, with the country reporting several hundred thousand new cases per day and the total number of cases surpassing two million on May 4.

Hoping to raise money to support efforts in the fight against Covid-19 in India, one Singapore-based couple started a dollar-for-dollar matching crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than S$192,000 from donors around the world in just 11 days.

Singaporean permanent residents (PRs) Prantik Mazumdar and Dipti Kamath told Mothership that they started the fundraiser because of deep concern for their family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones living in India.

Prantik has been been living in Singapore for 20 years, coming here initially to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) School of Computing. He became a PR in 2007.

They decided to provide help from the outside by galvanising and mobilising the Indian diaspora, as well as their friends, colleagues, and network in Singapore, through a campaign on local crowdfunding platform Milaap, which was founded in Singapore by two NUS School of Computing alumni, Anoj Viswanathan and Sourabh Sharma.

Prantik and Dipti are partnering with two organisations — Swasth Alliance and ACT Grants — that are currently focusing on procuring and delivering oxygen concentrators from overseas to India.

In an update on Milaap about one week after the campaign began, Prantik and Dipti said that the first deployment of oxygen concentrators had landed in Delhi, and were being deployed across the country.

Mothership, 5 May 2021

e27.co, 5 May 2021