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As yet another example of fashion with a cause, international footwear brand Crocs, Inc. has donated 5,000 pairs of shoes to migrant families in Cheeta Camp, Mankhurd, Maharashtra in partnership with CRY and S4S. The donation aims to provide relief to vulnerable families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, by providing easy-to-clean and comfortable shoes.
The initiative is carried out by Jeevan Dhara, a project supported by CRY works at the grassroots level and has deep connections to those at Cheeta Camp. The donation brought ease of mind and overall wellbeing during this unprecedented time.
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Talking about why such initiatives are crucial at these unprecedented times, Kreeanne Rabadi, Regional Director (west), CRY (Child Rights and You) says, “While all sections of society are facing the brunt of this on gong crisis, there are considerably worse issues in the slums. Living in congested homes with narrow alleys, there is no prospect of social distancing leading to a higher chance of getting infected and constantly lurking fear of the disease. With children, unable to go to school not only has their education come to a standstill as they do not have access to devices and the internet, but the threat of child labor and early marriage is also very real. With the parents losing livelihoods, the children battle with the increase in violence in their own homes.”
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She adds “In terms of nutrition and health, what used to be a malnutrition issue is now exacerbated by hunger and starvation and parents not taking the children for regular monitoring and immunizations leading to an increase in health problems. With these extremely critical circumstances, the families are not feeling any cause for hope and are living day to day. An association with Crocs provides the community a ray of hope ï¿½ while everyone is providing food, the families are using their old footwear some in a rather deplorable condition. With the distribution of high-quality, all-weather footwear the families are not worried about purchasing shoes. These shoes work wonderfully well to protect the feet walking through the narrow lanes of the slums.”
Buddy Teaser, President & CEO, Soles4Souls said “We are thrilled to continue our global partnership with Crocs. Helping to distribute thousands of pairs around the region to more than a half dozen countries is another great example of how for-profit and not for profit companies can solve business challenges while helping those in need”
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Earlier in the year, the brand and Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined forces to support the frontline workers by donating 10,000 pairs of shoes in India and the US under the global donation program “A Free Pair for Healthcare”. Under the program, Crocs has donated over 860,000 shoes across the globe to healthcare professionals. Crocs have always been a brand that encourages everyone to be comfortable in their own shoes. In the face of adversity and the coronavirus pandemic, many individuals needed that support more than ever.
Sumit Dhingra, Managing Director of Crocs India said, “We know that doing the right thing is the right thing for Crocs. That’s why are pleased to join hands with CRY and support the society by donating 5,000 pairs of shoes to women and children in Cheeta Camp. We are hopeful that this donation will add comfort to the lives of migrant families. We will continue to work relentlessly and serve the community to ensure we reach out to those in need.” (IANS)
Facebook has announced a donation of 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) to Bletchley Park, a heritage attraction and museum that served as the British code-breaking hub during World War Two.
Now considered the “birthplace of the computer,” the wartime code-breaking center in Milton Keynes has been hit hard by a drop in visitors and revenue this year due to COVID-induced challenges, pushing it toward difficult decisions about its future.
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The donation by Facebook is aimed towards keeping the center open to the world.
“By figuring out how to crack the Nazis’ secret communications, the almost 10,000 people who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II – 75 percent of them women — changed the course of the war and saved millions of lives,” Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer, wrote in a blog post on Monday.
“They did it by building the world’s first programmable digital computer and laying the foundations of modern computer science,” Schroepfer wrote.
Ideas developed at Bletchley Park remain at the heart of cutting-edge research in fields like Artificial Intelligence (AI), online security, and cryptography today, more than 80 years after the first codebreakers set up shop there.
Facebook said that it simply would not exist today if not for Bletchley Park.
“The work of its most brilliant scientist, Alan Turing, still inspires our tens of thousands of engineers and research scientists today, and is foundational to the entire field of computing, which has and will continue to shape the lives of billions of people,” Schroepfer said. (IANS)
It’s almost been nearly 5 months since the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, which started spreading from the Chinese province of Hubei. Now it has spread its tentacles to almost all the countries in various corners of the world.
Shockingly, most of the COVID-19 cases reported are from developed countries like the USA, Italy, Spain, Russia, etc… These are some of the counties that have one of the best medical facilities around the globe but couldn’t find a suitable cure to prevent the spread of this pandemic virus. The virus is still spreading at a faster rate, thus making thousands of people’s life.
During this crucial situation, most of the counties have allocated billions of dollars of budget to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, a number of Hollywood celebrities have also donated a large amount of money to help people during the Pandemic.
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Here is the list of some of the Hollywood celebrities who have donated for the cause:
Jack Dorsey: Beyonce and Twitter CEO
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey has donated $6m to the coronavirus relief fund and total Net Worth of Jack Dorsey is $3 Billion. This money will go to those who are affected by the pandemic and to frontline workers. It will be shared via Beyonce’s BeyGood foundation and Dorsey’s #StartSmall initiative.
Maleficent Actress, Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie, one of the famous Hollywood actress and humanitarian has donated $1m during the outbreak of COVID-19 to fight child hunger, the disease caused by a coronavirus.
She has donated the cash to No Kid Hungry Foundation which will provide meals for children belonging to low-income families across the US.
One of the popular American singer, Lady Gaga has also donated a percentage of profits through her beauty brand HAUS to support food banks.
The brand said in a statement, “In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, it can be easy to feel powerless,” Furthermore, it told that “We’ve been thinking a lot about our community and responsibilities in this time of uncertainty. Social distancing is one of the most important things we can do to control the spread of this virus and we encourage our community from across the world to participate if you can.”
The pop star, Justin Bieber had pledged to donate £23,500 to help with the relief efforts to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation, a children’s charity in China, where the virus originated.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
The famous Hollywood couple, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated over $1m to help provide food for older people and low-income families. The Deadpool star also shared a post on Instagram wherein he said that “COVID-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families.”
The Barbadian singer, Actress, and Businesswoman who is recognized for embracing various musical styles has also contributed in large for the ongoing pandemic.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has donated $5m towards organizations in the US and around the world.
These Funds will go towards protective equipment for frontline health workers, food banks in America, research to develop a vaccine and work to accelerate testing and care in countries such as Haiti and Malawi.
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The Oscar-winning Hollywood actor has helped launch America’s Food Fund with $12 million in response to the global coordinates pandemic through the Ford Foundation. This new initiative is said to be hosted by GoFundMe and benefit Feeding America and World Health Kitchen.
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By Bharti Raizada
I personally know many Swayam Sevaks and Swayam Sevikas. Their dedication and endless efforts to serve humanity cannot be described in words. This is just a small effort to let masses know that there is someone always willing to step up and serve when needed. Yes, I am talking about SEWA organization and its volunteers.
SEWA International is a Hindu faith-based., humanitarian, nonprofit organization founded in 2003. It has many chapters in different states in the USA. Its working area is international.
SEWA work area is very wide and encompasses many different levels of actions from as simple as providing a listening ear to coordination with many other organizations and entities e.g. embassies, ministries, etc.
Swayam Sevaks do mostly anonymous work, as the intention is to help and not to become famous or show off. Volunteers feel thankful for the opportunity they get to help someone, they are thankful to be a medium to help, they are thankful to know that they are in a position to help. Swayam Sevaks even shy away from calling this a help as they believe in selfless service and consider it as an opportunity to practice what they believe in from their heart, what they inherited from sages and their ancestors, and what they want their children to believe in by observing.
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Volunteers selflessly work day and night. They are always ready to help or arrange for help as much as possible. Many do not even mention the work they are doing
Everyone can serve and can get served too. Service or donations can be in the form of money, groundwork, time, spreading the word around so that people who need the service get it.
Help and donation can be for any chapter of SEWA. SEWA people never insist on helping or donating to a particular chapter, as this is a truly selfless service. They provide information about any chapter, area, and the person you want to connect to. Besides, people can reach out to any volunteer and he or she will work to connect you with the right support system.
SEWA is a Hindu faith-based organization but considers all humans equal. There is no discrimination in helping. No biases regarding race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, and social status as they believe in ‘Vasudev Kutumbkam’ meaning the whole world is one family and believe that there is divine in everyone.
Service recipient’s faith, social status, lifestyle choices, views about Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma, religious beliefs, etc. do not matter for the Swayam Sevaks.
SEWA is donating many masks, PPE’s, food, medicines during COVID -19 pandemic. It has arranged for shelter for many, started a 24-hour helpline service, and arranged for educational webinars.
I urge you to go to the following links to know more about SEWA and its contribution to societies, communities, and humanity. Please share with anyone who can benefit from this noble service.
Following is the link to SEWA’s mission, vision, projects, and guiding principles.
SEWA received widespread media coverage for its work during COVID -19 pandemic. https://sewausa.org/Media-Coverage