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Partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and United Way to launch Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund, the London non profit organisers say that the fund is supported by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Emma Watson, among others.
Pratik Gauri, a Delhi-based award winning impact entrepreneur engaged in distributing sanitation and hygiene products to deal with coronavirus in India, is one of the select few recipients of funding by a global forum of young leaders based out of London called One Young World. Gauri founded non-profit leadership movement India Needs You, which in response to the pandemic is leveraging its network of partners to provide healthcare and sanitation products to at-risk people living in the fringes of state-run hospitals in Delhi in India, the fund organisers said. In Delhi, the organisation has already provided more than 1000 products impacting thousands of underprivileged people who are at high risk of developing COVID infection.
Gauri, after winning the funding, said: “We’re doing all we can to lift thousands of people and we’ve received tremendous support from partners and funders from across the world. This funding from One Young World will help us amplify our implementation efforts.” Gauri is a serial Indian social entrepreneur widely known as the Creator of the 5th Industrial Revolution. He has been named Creative Entrepreneur of the year 2020 by Entrepreneur India magazine and Entrepreneur of the year 2020 by Indian Achievers’ Forum. He is a Greenbiz Global 30 Under 30, British Petroleum Scholar, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Al Gore’s Climate Leader, to name a few.
Ella Robertson of One Young World said: “Young leaders are part of the most connected, informed and resourceful generation in human history…We now need to ensure they have the funds needed to tackle some of the largest issues created by Covid-19”. The fund organisers said statistics from 1,000 young leaders globally show that 72% have volunteered to help others during this pandemic. The fund has been established to provide the immediate distribution of finance to young leaders on the frontlines of the Covid–19 response, with donations distributed across countries and sectors.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN special envoy for youth, added: “The Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund is exactly the bold action that is required to champion young people who are so bravely combatting the coronavirus on the frontlines”.