Better Masks for India: COVID-19 response

A Personal Story
As an Indian citizen living away from my family and friends, my heart sinks to see the dire situation back home. There is not enough protection available for essential workers, including my father who owns a pharmacy in India. As a founding team member of Breathe99 , our core values are rooted in supporting all human lives and we believe it's our responsibility to give back and help others. 

A Dire Need for Better Protection
Unfortunately, the devastating situation in India is only getting worse. The country’s health care system is overwhelmed, and India has recorded over 19 million+ confirmed COVID cases and it continues to break global records, reporting more than 400,000 new cases daily. As of May, 222,408 people had died. The actual death count far exceeds the official figures due to lack of hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, and PPE to prevent people from catching the virus.

Better Masks for Young Cancer Survivors
We decided we could have the greatest impact by sending our B2 Mask to cancer survivors and others who are more susceptible to airborne diseases. We're teaming up with with various charities to help distribute better masks first to immunocompromised youth and essential workers in India, as the country fights the world’s worst coronavirus surge. 

Our mask will provide individuals exceptional protection against airborne droplets and also against against urban pollution (another significant environmental health risk in India). With each donation, we will provide enough filters for up to 8 months of protection. 

Fundraising on GoFundMe
We're on GoFundMe with the goal to raise enough funds to protect up to 1200 children and teens battling cancer. We have identified small organizations that can accept hundreds of masks at a time.

MaskTite has donated 600 packs of MaskTite strips to be distributed at local pharmacies in India.

Below are funding thresholds and the amount of donations. These totals include the cost of masks, shipping, 28% duties & taxes. Breathe99 will cover the cost of additional filter packs.

$35,000 - 300 B2 masks, 600 additional filter packs
$68,000 - 600 B2 masks, 1200 additional filter packs
$100,000 - 900 B2 masks, 1800 additional filter packs
$130,000 - 1200 B2 masks, 2400 additional filter packs

Donation + Distribution Partners

The donations raised through GoFundMe will enable us to support the following non-profit organizations with whom we are personally connected. They are very much involved on the ground and are able to facilitate donation distribution. We have included the link to each organizations so that you can be follow their movement:
1) CanKids:
2) Sankalp Beautiful World:
3) TamilNadu Police

About Breathe99 / B2 Mask
Breathe99 is a for-profit Public Benefit Corporation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our mission is to make sustainable, human-centered products that provide unparalleled protection against environmental health risks. Our first product is the B2 Mask: a washable, reusable mask with disposable high-efficiency filters that was named as one of TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2020. 

About MaskTite
MaskTite strips are medical-grade double-sided adhesive tape that eliminate fogging glasses, slipping masks, gaps and works on kids' masks. They’re hypoallergenic and latex-free, manufactured in Wisconsin. MaskTite strips can be used with paper and cloth masks and improve mask fit in a variety of environments including schools, healthcare facilities, retail and restaurant settings, manufacturing, offices and more. 

Your generous donation can make a meaningful impact on the health of a child battling cancer. We thank you for your support, and are excited to work with you to combat the impact of COVID-19 in India.

- Bhuvaneswari and Breathe99 Team

Donations (219)

  • Sashaank Kasturirangan
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $5 
    • 3 yrs
  • Greg Kochanski
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Jay Lauture
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team (5)

Breathe Pbc
Raised $2,005 from 46 donations
Minneapolis, MN
Max Bock-Aronson
Alison Lee
Team member
Raised $2,123 from 58 donations
Julia Duvall
Team member
Raised $45 from 2 donations
This team raised $3,720 from 98 other donations.

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