The Rebuild India Fund is a response to Covid’s long-term impact on India’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities. It is also a pre-emptive response to external shocks, like climate related disasters, that communities and frontline NGOs are likely to face in the near future.
At end of April 2021, Dasra launched its Covid relief campaign #BackTheFrontline to disburse quick and flexible relief funding to NGOs that were on the frontlines of India’s fight against Covid-19. Through conversations and feedback with the grantees of the relief phase of our campaign, we realised that although the pandemic’s harsh wave has passed us, its impact is still being felt by the millions of marginalized and vulnerable individuals who lost their families, livelihoods, access to education, and nutrition.
The support that NGOs provided to marginalized communities during the pandemic helped them survive, and reaffirmed the place civil society holds in achieving India’s development goals. Therefore, it is critical to help build resilient NGOs so that they can enable communities in becoming more resilient. With this shared objective, Dasra and the Tarsadia Foundation came together to form the Rebuild India Fund.