INDIA RELIEF – COVID Donations- Status Update
Dear GWAPI Members,
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the GWAPI Mothers!!!!
Again, a HUGE Thank You and recognition to Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar and his wife Dr. Rimi Bhatnagar. The Bhatnagars founded the Non Profit “Human Uplift” last year. Proceeds from this organization go towards improving health, and education for the less fortunate. Drs. Rishi and Rimi Bhatnagar have pledged 100K to our Oxygen Concentrator Drive!!!!! We are so appreciative of this remarkable contribution, however we will only exercise this pledge, once we can confirm that the initial shipment has reached the final destination in India. Thank You so much for this!
As you know, GWAPI is a Not for Profit Organization established as a 501c3. Under this, all contributions being made are Tax Exempt. You should receive your individual acknowledgment letter/receipt by the end of this week. If you have not, please contact Trishna Batra at (317)903-0882.
Current Status as of May 8th
We have received confirmation that the Oxygen Concentrators were shipped from San Francisco and have arrived in Los Angeles. Once we have confirmation that they are on the cargo headed towards New Delhi we will update you once again.
We have been told that the oxygen concentrators should be reaching Delhi Airport by Tuesday morning.( May 11th)
We are hoping to get the concentrators in the hands of the local charities as soon the customs in Delhi gives the green light.
We will of course keep you posted.
100 units @ $409 were obtained from Beachwood Medical Supplies in Los Angeles, CA.(Approximately$40,900 towards 100 Dynarex 5L/min model).
Our 100 oxygen concentrators are part of a larger shipment consisting of 324 units. The (Silver Spring )Guru Nanak Foundation ( (Gurdwara)/ and Rajasthan AAPI is paying for the shipment of the other 224. These units will be shipped out via an Air India aircraft.
Arranging Transportation has been a tedious process requiring a lot of maneuvering and attention to timing & tracking in an effort to make sure that oxygen concentrators will find their way to the entities in India which are taking care of patients directly in an earnest charitable way.
We are indeed extremely grateful once again to the “ Friends of GWAPI -as the PunitaGroup LLC continues to guide us as in regards to all the necessary advice about the best and most economical shipment options.
Cost of shipping:
As we are making sure that GWAPI is able to keep control of the concentrators as they arrive in India to be distributed to various different entities across India, we have to bear the air freight cost. We had been quoted upwards of $125 per piece, but thanks to the Punitha Group the cost will be approximately between $ 80-100 per unit.
Transparency to our members is of utmost importance to us, and we will continue to provide you with the detailed information as we receive it.
Once again a huge thanks to the PunitaGroup as they are allowing us to utilize their EXIM license, staff for paper work, and Delhi Warehouse at no additional charge.
This is truly a honorable example of coming together for the greater good!
On the ground logistics:
We are hoping to get the concentrators to India as soon as possible, and we have been in constant touch with charities such as Hemkunt foundation, Mata Gujri Hospital, and Beena Anand charitable trust , CIIWI to name a few. All of them have assured us of providing “ Oxygen Langar “ with continuous feedback.
Our goal is to have a solid “boots on the ground “ distribution plan in place, in order to ensure expeditious delivery units to the patients without any cost to them.
We truly appreciate our donors and are committed in ensuring that every penny will go towards the oxygen needs of our beloved Indians residents .
Thanks a ton to all the GWAPI team members who have been working around the clock to make this happen!!
If you have not already made your donation, please do so TODAY via Venmo @GWAPI-GWAPI or by contacting Trishna Batra directly at (317)903-0882. Thank you!