Two weeks ago, we announced the Uber Care Driver Fund to help drivers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with an initial commitment of INR 25 crores. Today, we’re pleased to report that 55,000 drivers across India have received cash grants for immediate and essential family needs.
We also opened up the fund to contributions from Uber employees, riders, corporations and NGOs. In just two weeks, 23,000 riders, and employees have collectively contributed INR 2.15 crores, while corporations and NGOs have donated an additional INR 4.28 crores. Most of these donations have already been processed for immediate disbursement to the next batch of driver partners.
Driver partners have also been deeply appreciative of the generosity of the public. Here’s how you’re making a difference to their lives.
Mukesh Bharthi, Ahmedabad-based driver partner – “I’m humbled to see the help being offered to all drivers, and am thankful from the bottom of my heart.”
Payal Verma, a New Delhi-based driver partner and single mother of three daughters – “These past days (since the lockdown) have been tough, and we haven’t been able to earn any money. I want to thank you for helping me financially.’’
We are committed to raising an additional INR 25 crores, to reach a combined target of INR 50 crore for the Uber Care Driver Fund. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to reach out to employees, riders, CSR funds and citizens via our partnership with Milaap, a leading crowdfunding organization. We will regularly report contributions and the disbursement to driver partners in the days to come.
We hope you will extend your support to the Driver Fund by contributing here. All Indian donors will be provided an 80G tax receipt to claim a tax rebate according to applicable laws.