World Vision India and Uber Mumbai to provide drought relief

World Vision India and Uber Mumbai to provide drought relief

Mumbai, 2nd May 2016: Are you residing in Mumbai? Are you concerned about the drought situation which has affected 330 million people in the country? Are you willing to contribute to the ongoing relief work in the affected areas? If your answer is a yes to all three, Uber has decided to pitch in to make giving easier and faster. The transportation giant has joined hands with World Vision India for supporting the ongoing relief work in Maharashtra’s drought-affected villages.

Uber has launched a week-long campaign to generate funds, which in turn will be used by World Vision India in their drought relief response. The NGO is the implementation partner, and will provide dry ration and water to over 100 affected households in the state. The campaign enables fund collection through an online campaign and on-demand collection of cheques via the Uber app. Right on the heels of the Maharashtra Day, Uber’s campaign runs from today to 7th May. Riders will be able to see a new view called ‘UberAID’ from 11 AM to 4 PM daily. Through this view, riders will not be able to request for a ride, but they will be able to call for a cab to come and pick up their cheques. The cheques collected in favour of World Vision India will go towards the NGO’s drought relief for Maharashtra. Uber has also created a dedicated page for riders to also make online payments toward this effort.

“We are glad that Uber has decided to contribute to mitigating one of the most severe droughts India has faced in the recent past. Uber is using its expertise in prompt and hassle-free service to promote giving for a humanitarian cause. World Vision India has started its responses with Bhokar, aiming to reach 5000 beneficiaries. The first step is to provide drinking water, which is the most pressing concern at the moment. We believe that collaborative efforts are key to making a significant change in the situation. The best results happen when the government, NGOs and civil society come together for a cause,” said Kunal Shah, Director – Disaster Management, World Vision India.

 “There are over 1800 villages across Maharashtra that are facing acute water scarcity. It is a growing concern which needs immediate attention. Through our campaign UberAID in partnership with World Vision India, we aim to provide relief to over 100 households. We’ve made it easier for contributors by setting up an online campaign and working with our driver-partners to collect cheques at their doorstep. We urge Mumbaikars to be a part of this campaign and help make a difference. A small donation of Rs. 500-1000 can go a long way if we combine our efforts and give back to Maharashtra.” Shailesh Sawlani, General Manager, Uber Mumbai.

About World Vision India: World Vision India is a Christian grassroots humanitarian organisation that serves all people regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity or gender. Through development, relief and advocacy, we strive/seek to create lasting change in the lives of children, their families and communities living in contexts of poverty and injustice. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries worldwide, and we have been in India since 1951. Today we work in over 6200 urban, rural and tribal communities spread over 163 districts across 26 states impacting the lives of 26 lakh children.

About Uber: Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our app, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. Today Uber is available in almost 400 cities in 68 countries. The service is available in 26 Indian cities — more than any other country outside the United States.