The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting India hard, with the country experiencing record deaths from the coronavirus. Now a group of writers is trying to help bring relief to the nation.
Author Sonia Faleiro (The Good Girls) is spearheading a campaign called #ArtistsforIndia to bring in donations for the charity Mission Oxygen, Literary Hub reports. The organization seeks to help hospitals in India obtain oxygen concentrators.
“Our hospitals are going through dire situations,” the group says on its fundraising page. “We urgently need more oxygen cylinders and concentrators to save as many lives as possible.”
Faleiro announced the #ArtistsforIndia campaign on her Twitter account last week. Readers who donate at least 100 British pounds (about $139) to Mission Oxygen will receive a signed book by participating authors, including Salman Rushdie, Ali Smith, Jodi Picoult, Alpa Shah, and Fatima Bhutto.
#ArtistsforIndia is a group of writers from around the world who have come together to support the important work of @india_oxygen. Receive a signed copy of one of our works through a direct donation #missionoxygen https://t.co/7LE0infFMN pic.twitter.com/m2drpWWfUf— Sonia Faleiro (@soniafaleiro) April 29, 2021
Other authors offering signed books include Molly Crabapple, Tahmima Anam, Eimear McBride, Nikesh Shukla, and Curtis Sittenfeld.
As of Monday morning, Mission Oxygen had raised more than $3.8 million through a variety of donations and fundraisers.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.