While those of us in places like the U.S. are experiencing some relief with access to the COVID-19 vaccine, it has been heartbreaking to see surges in infection, hospitalization, and death across the globe, including the dire situation in India.
Bengaluru is Akamai's largest office. And while the majority of our employees there have been working remotely for over a year, everyone has been affected by the devastation. I grew up in India and have immediate family living there now. Thankfully, they are safe, but I cannot say the same about so many others who are struggling to get a hospital bed or oxygen in order to survive. Many Akamai communities are experiencing surges, and my heart goes out to them and everyone around the world enduring the devastation of COVID-19.
Akamai has long prioritized the health, wellness, and support of our employees during times of distress. And providing support to the communities in which we live and work is one of our core values. Accordingly, the Akamai Foundation is committing US$1.5 million to COVID-19 response efforts, with a focus on growing the Akamai Compassion Fund, launching an employee matching gift campaign, as well as providing funds for other COVID-19 relief efforts. This is in addition to the global COVID-19 charitable giving campaign launched nearly one year ago.
The aim is to provide direct relief in Akamai communities, work hand in hand with Akamai employees in giving back, and expand the opportunity for social good beyond Akamai.
Our employees are our greatest assets, and I am so proud to be part of a company that is working tirelessly to provide relief to the communities where our employees live and work.
Stay healthy and keep safe.