CoviRescue has information on resources across 40 Indian cities
Multiple SOS messages and potential leads regarding Covid-19 resources are being circulated on the internet every minute, but precious time is lost in verification.
Two brothers studying at La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata, decided to bridge this gap by creating a website that provides government-verified Covid-19 resource leads.
Class XII student Dhruv Sadani and his younger brother Pranay, a student of Class IX, launched CoviRescue by the end of April. The website provides leads for vacant beds, state-wise Covid-19 helplines, food availability, oxygen supply and more across 40 cities in the country. It receives approximately 700 hits globally every day.
How the website came into being:
The second wave had just begun, with both cases and mortality rates rising rapidly. “We observed our family members, friends and peers incessantly writing on groups and calling people to ask for leads to Covid tests, oxygen supplies or vacant beds. As students of computer science, we decided to create a website and use our programming knowledge to browse through available online resources, verify them, and bring them in an organised manner to make it convenient for people,” said Dhruv.
In order to make it more user friendly, they wrote codes to incorporate certain features and made the website an “all-in-one Covid resource bank”.
The duo called up a number of suppliers willing to provide free food and checked government portals. “A few relatives had also shared leads to some resources, which we put into our website after verification,” Dhruv added.
Circle of support:
The brothers found support in their friends, relatives, teachers and neighbours in this endeavour. Being able to help others makes them look forward to their daily ideation, they said.
“Many people reaffirmed that age wasn’t a barrier to doing good. I personally believe that technology can be put to great use and will continue to integrate it in all my future endeavours,” said Dhruv. He and Pranay update the website on a weekly basis and wish to continue doing that till the pandemic comes to an end.
“We are planning to convert the website into a community service platform. The experience I have gathered from creating this website is memorable. I am glad to be of assistance to society. It has instilled the desire to do something innovative,” said Pranay.
To know more about their work, click here: www.covirescue.org
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