In its first ever effort to launch rescue operations, Facebook has raised $10 million from nearly 5 lakh people and the money along with the company’s own contribution of $2 million , making it a total of $12 million.
The money will be given to support the International Medical Corps relief effort in Nepal. Facebook started anew a Donate Button on its social networking site and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will be donating an additional $2 million to “local recovery efforts to help those in affected areas”.
Last year, Facebook launched a ‘ Safety Check’ button to help users inform family or friends about the safety status of people they know during the natural disasters. It was revived again when the earthquake hit Nepal.
Ever since it was launched, 7 million people have informed their safety status on Facebook. Besides Facebook, Google Finder and WhatsApp and Messenger are put into use for Nepal quake victims and their families.
“Aid workers are using Groups to coordinate and figure out how to get to affected areas,” Zuckerberg said in his blog post.