OLX India launches ‘OLX Pledge’, a COVID-19 Relief fund for Migrant workers in India: While the unprecedented health crisis continues across the globe, millions of small and medium-sized businesses have been adversely impacted in India by the current pandemic, leaving the contractual workforce the most vulnerable.
To encourage people in helping the workers during these times, OLX today announced the launch of a donative drive ‘OLX Pledge’ that commits to providing relief measures to migrant workers. The initiative has been launched in association with NGOs like Bhumi and India Cares, through Goodera, to support the livelihood of migrant workers.
As a part of the initiative, OLX Pledge has set up a microsite to appeal to its employees, clients & users for contributing towards this pledge. Besides an upfront initial contribution, OLX India will match contributions received on the portal and the funds will be redirected to the workers who have lost their jobs or are struggling to earn a livelihood. The funds will be used to provide migrant workers with ration kits which will include essential foods like rice, atta, dal, salt, sugar, oil, spices, milk powder and more.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most challenging crises humankind is facing. While this has affected all of us, the migrant workers and their families have been the worst-hit section of the society. More than 92.5% of migrant workers have lost up to 3 weeks of work due to the current lockdown, over a million workers are in relief camps, while around half a million have walked back to their homes. Given this situation, all our efforts will be targeted towards ensuring that the relief material and funds reach migrant workers who need it the most, and whose livelihood has been severely impacted,” said Tarun Sinha, Head, Horizontal Business Unit (HBU), OLX India.
The parent organisation of OLX, Prosus has committed INR 100 crore to the Prime Minister’s relief fund to support the Covid-19 relief work.
Additionally, OLX has extended support to its business partners which include many small entrepreneurs by extending the duration of existing paid ads on the platforms until the lockdown is over.
For more information on the initiative and to contribute to the pledge, please visit: https://www.olx.in/campaign/