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10 NGOs empowering persons with disabilities

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ABOUT 15% of the world's population lives with some form of disability and 2-4% among them experience severe difficulties in day-to-day functioning. According to the United Nations, of the one billion population of persons with disabilities globally, 80% live in developing countries. The World Bank data indicates that the number of persons with disabilities in India ranges between 40 and...

10 NGOs helping people battle HIV/AIDS in India

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HUMAN Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), is one of the world’s most serious public health challenges with no vaccine or cure. And for those who are infected, it is not just a battle with the virus but also a struggle for dignity and equality because of the social stigma associated with the disease. While...

‘We treat the elderly with dignity and respect’

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EVERY year, thousands of elderly people are abandoned by their children in India. Many of them are left with nothing and are forced to live on the streets or live in pitiable conditions. For over ten years, Delhi-based NGO Abhinav Samaj - founded by G.K. Gupta who faced the same fate - has cared for the elderly, abandoned and...

10 NGOs helping victims of violence against women fight back

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ACCORDING to the United Nations, one in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime - most frequently by an intimate partner. The incidences of violence against women reached a new level in India during Covid-19. For instance, the number of domestic violence complaints received by the National Commission for Women rose sharply from 2,960...

Why institutional giving in India can be “better, together”

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INSTITUTIONAL Giving is not new in India. Large corporate houses like the Tatas have been pioneers in setting up organizations and structures for doing philanthropy at scale decades before CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) regulations made it mandatory for qualifying corporates to spend a percentage of profits every year. While most do the minimum as required by regulations, there are...

10 NGOs rejuvenating education in India

10 NGOs rejuvenating education in India
Read the success stories of India's top 10 education NGOs which have transformed India's education system by reaching out to the underprivileged children.

‘The intellectually challenged are inherently capable’

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INDIA is home to over 31 million individuals with disabilities - among them the intellectually challenged - and, according to some estimates, over 60% of them will not find work or become financially independent. Since 2011, Mumbai-based Mann - Center for Individuals with Special Needs has been trying to change just that. The organisation believes that all individuals, regardless of...

Is climate change becoming a child rights crisis?

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FROM wars to natural disasters and every other crisis in between, children have always been the most vulnerable. Climate change is no exception. The threat posed to youngsters of today and the future by the global warming crisis will worsen unless the world unites and takes emergency and long-term measures. In the just-concluded COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow,...

Padma Awards: 10 exceptional winners driven by compassion

AFTER the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Awards are among the highest civilian honours in India. Over the years, exceptional people have been nominated for their distinguished service in various fields of activity and service. The Padma Awards are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. They are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma...

‘The world is not perfect, but it can get a lot better’

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I MADE my first donation on GiveIndia around 2006. At that time, mobile phones meant Nokia and you could easily sign up for firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Online commerce was rare and online donations were nonexistent. I remember wondering how powerful this platform could be, if millions of people donated a small part of their income to causes they believed in. I also...