Prank for a cause; Ola banks on April 1st phenomenon to crowdfund toilets for 20,000 people

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Prank for a cause; Ola banks on April 1st phenomenon to crowdfund toilets for 20,000 people

●        Ola customers to have the option of donating Re. 1 per ride towards the cause

●        The campaign will run for a period of 6 months, starting today and will end on October 2nd, 2019

●        Partners with Gramalaya to support on-going efforts of building toilets across India

Kolkata, April 1, 2019: Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, today launched a nationwide crowdfunding campaign to enable building toilets across India to positively impact over 20,000 people across India. Launched under Ola’s ‘My Ride. My Cause’ program, users will be able to contribute Re. 1 per ride from April 2nd until October 2nd, 2019. Ola has partnered withGramalaya, an approved key resource centre from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, who will use the proceeds in their on-going efforts to build toilets for the underprivileged across India.  

The announcement follows the launch of Ola’s April Fool’s video, “Ola Restrooms”, which aimed at building awareness around the need for accessible and hygienic lavatories in India. Highlighting the need for more public toilets in the country, the digital campaign introduces ‘Ola Restrooms’, a new solution that seeks to address the dearth of facilities. Known for its unconventional campaigns, Ola used the occasion to draw attention to a social issue and turn it into a cause based initiative.

Speaking about the initiative, Anand Subramanian, Sr. Director – Marketing Communications said, Since inception, Ola has been committed to supporting causes that deeply impact our cities and citizens. Access to toilets and sanitation can significantly improve hygiene and quality of life for people. Through this campaign, we aim to heighten awareness amongst educated audiences and enable them to contribute meaningfully.” He further added, “We are proud to partner with the team at Gramalaya who have been leading efforts to build sustainable sanitation infrastructure for the past 30 years in rural India.” 

S.Damodaran, Founder & CEO of Gramalaya, said, Sanitation provides safety, security and privacy for women and adolescent girls and we envision a society where everyone has access to safe sanitation facilities that empower individuals and communities. Gramalaya has successfully demonstrated sustainable sanitation models over the past 30 years and plans to expand these facilities to other parts of India. We are grateful to Ola for facilitating the crowdfunding campaign to help us achieve the goal of making India cleaner and healthier.”

There is a dire need to eliminate open defecation and urination in India, which is a leading cause of diarrheal infection affecting women and children in rural India. Lack of adequate toilets that adhere to the scientific sanitary standards is detrimental to India’s mission to be free of Open Defecation by 2019. Through this initiative, Ola aims to bridge the gap with the support of millions of users that take rides on the Ola platform every day.

Here’s how customers can start contributing:


Step 1: Once a ride is booked, customers will be able to see an option to contribute INR 1 on the ride booking screen

Step 2: Upon clicking ‘see how,’ customers will be able to see detailed information about Gramalaya and how their contributions will be used

Step 3: The button at the bottom of the screen that says ‘Donate INR 1 on every ride’ enables the contributions

Step 4: Once accepted, customers will see their contribution towards the initiative in the ride details screen for every ride. Customers can choose to opt in and out at any point of time
Step 5: Alternatively, customers can activate contributions from the ‘Donations’ section, under Profiles in the global menu

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Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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