An Indian father named, Tejas Mehta was in an irrevocable search to raise money for his 3 years old daughter, Ira, suffering from brain tumor. Ira was diagnosed with a relatively large brain tumour at the end of April 2017 and her parents were expecting expenses of 18-20 lakh Indian rupees for her treatment. They had already exhausted all their savings and were having a hard time gathering more money. That's when Crowdera came to their rescue.
Read on and know more about Ira's story.
Ira is a 3 years old young girl, suffering from a brain tumor. Her father Tejas says, "Ira has always been a joyous and energetic girl who loves to dance. It came as a shock to us when she was diagnosed with a relatively large brain tumour in the end of April 2017. She underwent a very difficult but successful operation at Bombay Hospital to remove almost 65% of the tumor."
"However, her recovery was stalled post surgery due to several complications. It has already been a month and seven surgeries but she's still weeks away from a healthy recovery. Once she fully recovers, doctors will take a call on removing the remaining tumor and she might need to go through radiotherapy or chemotherapy later."
Check out Ira's medical history to have a clearer opinion about her case.
Tejas explains, "We have already spent close to 15 lakh in the last one month and have exhausted all our savings. We are expecting the expenses of 18-20 lakh in the coming months for further treatments. Ira has a strong will, Bombay Hospital has an able team of doctors and our family is determined to withstand any hardships to take Ira home again all fit and fine."
These were the words of Ira's father before he started the campaign on Crowdera.
To save their daughter's life, the Mehtas did not leave any stone un-turned. However, good treatment came at a high cost. They couldn't opt for a bank loan as it would have been a risky proposition considering a lot of uncertainties. They couldn't approach NGOs as they only support people from economically challenged backgrounds. They then considered the option of crowd-funding, however, they were apprehensive about asking for funds from strangers, until one of their friends, Chintan Siriya, counseled them. Mr. Siriya also convinced them of a success from his past experiences and by getting the commitment of a certain amount of contribution from people in his network.
After thorough research, they decided to use the online crowd-funding platform- www.GoCrowdera.com which is a completely fee-free platform, whereas other similar platforms charge anywhere between 8-10%.
This pie chart, clearly represented how the funds raised were used.
And it did not stop here.
Crowdera is one of its kind, a truly free online fundraising platforms for nonprofits and individuals. It was founded by Chet Jain in the October of 2014 in Palo Alto, California. Chet says, "Let's believe that we can create a giving economy where compassion & empathy fuels the engine, where doing good is the purpose, where happiness is the byproduct and abundance is the result. Truly Abundance Starts with Giving." Till date, Crowdera has helped raise over $5,37,000 that amounts to almost 3.5 crore Indian rupees.
While commissions are a reality in the world of donations, where most crowd-funding platforms charge the nonprofit organizations for their campaigns, Crowdera's founder Chet Jain has always believed in a different philosophy. He says, ''Doing good must not be penalized.''
"The crux of the campaign was to get the right message about Ira across to people who were complete strangers. An effective crowd-funding appeal has 3 essential elements – an emotional connect, practical details and enough evidences proving the request is genuine", says Chintan Siriya who helped the Mehtas in designing and curating their crowd-funding appeal. "With help of the Crowdera team we could setup our campaign page in no time and they also supported us in promoting our campaign in their global network in the US, UK, Canada and other countries, from where we raised about $8,000 (5 Lakh rupees) overnight", said Tanmay Mehta, Ira's uncle who took the responsibility of leading the campaign. "The campaign target of 20 lakh was raised in less than 2 days, a feat which is unheard of in the world of crowd-funding" said Chintan Siriya who has done similar fundraising in the past.