Pandemic spurs surge in donations in India

Tens of thousands give for the first time amid efforts from online crowdfunding platforms

The non-profit Khaana Chahiye Foundation distributing free food to the needy outside a railway station in Mumbai last month. The collective distress of the pandemic brought not only new donors, but also new fund-raisers, said crowdfunding platform Ke
The non-profit Khaana Chahiye Foundation distributing free food to the needy outside a railway station in Mumbai last month. The collective distress of the pandemic brought not only new donors, but also new fund-raisers, said crowdfunding platform Ketto's co-founder. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Nationwide volunteer efforts to help those affected by Covid-19 have sparked an unprecedented explosion in online donations in India.

As people raised funds for oxygen supply, medical expenses, funerals and food, tens of thousands of Indians dipped into their pockets for the first time ever.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2021, with the headline 'Pandemic spurs surge in donations in India'. Subscribe