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Oxygen is need of the hour in India

Oxygen shortage in India
ONLY days ago, a prominent Delhi hospital ran out of medical oxygen that led to the death of 12 coronavirus patients, including a doctor of that very hospital - the head of its gastroenterology unit Dr R K Himthani. The hospital, facing an acute shortage of ventilators and ICU beds, raised an alarm over dwindling supply of O2 while...

10 top fundraisers to donate to for COVID relief in India

COVID relief fundraisers
ALL hearts are bleeding for India, as the unrelenting tragic news of the toll the ferocious second wave of coronavirus is having on the country. Millions are battling every day for oxygen and treatment at hospitals. Thousands of families are losing loved ones and friends. Poverty has spiralled and families are facing extreme hunger. And as we watch in...

5 NGOs working for climate change in India

Climate change NGOs
IF you have ever wondered what is causing the summers to be too hot or why the winters have become colder. Or why are cyclones and tornadoes appearing so frequently and the ice in the North Pole melting, the answer is climate change.In acknowledgement to this, in an Earth Day message the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a...

GiveIndia’s India COVID Response Fund is active again

India Covid Response Fund launch
ALMOST a year to the date that we at GiveIndia set up our India Covid Response Fund (ICRF) to provide relief to the mammoth humanitarian crisis that unfolded when the pandemic first began, we are reopening the Fund and relaunching our Covid missions.Sadly, our work in bringing relief to communities during the coronavirus crisis is not done, as cases...

Sex workers and their children long for freedom

Sex worker & her child
SULEKHA was just 10 when she ran away from an abusive father who beat her and her mother regularly. At the railway station the hungry young girl was lured with food and work by two men… and thus began a nightmare she will never forget. Sold to a brothel full of trafficked sex workers, Sulekha was forced into prostitution...

‘Our English medium school caters to lowest of low’

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BASED in Patna, the capital of India’s poorest state, Shoshit Seva Sangh provides free quality education in an English medium school to the Musahar community in Bihar, whose literacy rate is just 6%. The Musahars live in subhuman conditions in ghettos scattered across several villages in the state. The children, therefore, have to be given boarding, lodging and all...

Rising child malnutrition is a serious cause of concern

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HERE is what child malnutrition looks like: Four-year-old Kamini is in agony as she lies in a government hospital in a district in Maharashtra. She has flaky skin and swollen limbs hang from a reed-thin frame revealing her life-threatening condition. She is severely undernourished and suffers from Kwashiorkor - an extremely severe form of malnourishment caused by low protein...

5 NGOs helping cancer patients facing monetary crisis for treatment

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CANCER, of which there are about 200 different kinds, is by far one of the most costly diseases to treat. With over 17 lakh cases a year, it forces six crore Indians below the poverty line annually. On World Health Day, we focus on NGOs who are trying to help the poorest cancer patients win their battle against this...

The arts both connect & comfort us through difficult times

IMAGINE a time somewhere in the near future. You step out to meet a friend. There’s the corner chai shop. You spot them and smile, and they rush over and you hug. Chai and conversation happens. No one is wearing a mask.See what I did just there? I told you a story, and for a moment, it tugged you...

5 NGOs empowering people with Autism in India

AAHAN was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was around five years old. He also had a speech impairment and did not interact with others like children do. Aahan attended regular school but could not make friends. He was unable to connect with people around him, including his family members. The doctors had said that he wouldn’t...
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