Dorsey’s announcement of the grant, and his choice of which NGOs he had directed it to, also sparked controversy and gossip on Twitter.
Dorsey tweeted that the $ 15 million for India will go to three NGOs: Care ($ 10 million), Aid India ($ 2.5 million) and Sewa International ($ 2.5 million) for their work rescue.
$ 15 million split between @CARE, @AIDINDIA and @sewausa to help resolve the COVID-19 crisis in India. All tracked … https://t.co/Q0ovwMlgMd
– jack (@jack) 1620670295000
A large chunk of Twitter users said the head of the social media platform chose to fund Sewa International, an NGO they claimed was the US arm of Sewa Bharti, a welfare organization affiliated with right wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“Many of us are campaigning and warning people not to donate to RSS affiliate @sewausa, and yet…” Twitter user Sharjeel Usmani wrote on Twitter.
“Part of Jack Dorsey’s donation for India went to Sewa Bharati. Let the indignation begin !!! Another @Sootradhar user tweeted.
Dorsey’s statement defines Sewa International as “a non-profit humanitarian service organization based on the Hindu faith”. Texas-based Sewa International has raised more than $ 7 million for its India Covid relief efforts according to information on the NGO website.
Agency reports quote Sewa International vice president of marketing Sandeep Khadkekar thanking Dorsey for her generous donation. “We are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, and we believe in serving everyone as a result of the Hindu holy blessing,” Khadkekar told PTI.
“Thanks @jack. Our volunteers work day and night to help those in need. We appreciate your support, ”Sewa International tweeted on Tuesday. The $ 15 million grant comes from Dorsey’s Start Small initiative, a fund he launched in April last year, setting aside around $ 1 billion of his capital from fintech start-up Square. (nearly 28% of its wealth) to fight Covid-19 around the world.
For the sake of transparency, Dorsey has been tracking its contributions on a separate open Google Sheet, and according to the tracker, he has already disbursed around $ 397 million to various organizations around the world in the past year.
In the case of a global Care organization, the grant will be used to set up temporary Covid-19 care centers, providing oxygen, PPE kits and other emergency supplies essential to health workers in First line. It will also help tackle “vaccine reluctance and ensure people get vaccinated, especially in remote and marginalized communities in India,” Doresey tracker said.
For Sewa International, the grant will support the acquisition of lifesaving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPap and CPAP machines as part of Sewa International’s Help India Defeat COVID-19 campaign.
The Development Association of India (AID) grant will help underfunded communities identify symptoms of Covid, prevent the spread, access care and treatment, benefit from medical equipment including oxygen, oximeters, thermometers, protective equipment and vaccination, among others.
The grant comes at a time when Twitter recently made headlines for suspending actress Kangana Ranaut’s account, a move her supporters see as an attempt to stifle right-wing voices.