Langen, Germany: Social commitment is a key issue at Schaeffler. The Automotive Aftermarket is also making an important contribution to this and is supporting the fight against the pandemic in India with the help of the Association for India’s Development, or AID for short. Globally, the country was among the hardest hit by the pandemic – more than 34 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in India, the World Health Organization estimates. More than 460,000 have died so far. Rural areas, in particular, have little access to medical infrastructure, and the effects of the pandemic will be felt for a long time to come.
“Looking at all the suffering and sorrow caused by this pandemic and the urgent need for global solidarity, we decided to act now. With our donation we can contribute to the effective and direct efforts of AID, helping people who cannot help themselves,” said Michael Söding, CEO of Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket. It has become a meaningful tradition for Automotive Aftermarket to donate to a good cause during the holiday season.
Support for those who need it most
AID will use the 45,000 Euros donation where the need is greatest: In Gujarat, as well as in Tamil Nadu, new COVID centres will be created in remote communities to provide immunisation for the population. Medical equipment will also be provided to rural hospitals and food will be distributed to families in need due to the pandemic. “We will use Schaeffler’s donation to improve the situation in many communities. Improving public health care and other important infrastructure in rural areas is essential for this,” says Somnath Mukherjee, Development Coordinator of AID.
AID is a volunteer-driven, U.S.-based organisation that works to bring sustainable, equitable and just development to India’s most disadvantaged communities. The charity partners with more than 100 non-profit organisations across India to bring about impactful change in various areas of development, including health, utility infrastructure and education.