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Mental disorders need everyone’s attention

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MENTAL health issues are disabling to the persons affected and burdensome to the families. People affected by mental disorders experience stigma and discrimination both within and outside the family. This is because of persistent and progressive disability in two-thirds of persons with severe mental health problems and poor functionality. Both the factors are related to the lack of early...

A giving collective like no other

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THIS year’s deadly wave of COVID-19 was much more ferocious than when the pandemic first hit India in early 2020. When the situation quickly deteriorated in April, we launched ICRF-2 - the second version of our India COVID Response Fund - to get to work immediately as infections and the number of deaths soared.In many parts of urban India,...

Top 5 celebrity fundraisers for India’s COVID crisis

Top 5 celebrity fundraisers for India’s COVID crisis
THE concept of celebrity endorsement is probably as old as marketing itself, or at least a century old. Take, for instance, Mark Twain, one of the most famous authors in the 1900s who endorsed Fountain Pens, his co-branded cigars, shaving accessories, clothing, Old Crow Whisky and more. Celebrity fundraisers are an extension of this, but for charity, and they...

We have become blind to the hungry

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IT began as a response to lockdown-induced hunger that was ravaging Mumbai's urban poor.  Khaana Chahiye has served 6 million+ meals to the hungry so far, and it is determined to continue its mission beyond the pandemic.What began as a one-off drive, with the powerful army of volunteers with support from celebrities and ordinary citizens, Khaana Chahiye ventured into...

Skilling youth: A journey of hope

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ON World Youth Skills Day, I reflect on my decade-long journey in skilling youth, especially our young underprivileged boys and girls, and placing them in jobs. I have done this in several avatars - in senior government positions, with multilateral funders, and now as a changemaker. It started with the rural and tribal youth, and I now focus on...

Celebrate Malala Day, support girls’ education

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A YOUNG Malala Yousafzai became an international icon after she was brutally attacked by the Taliban, in 2012, for opposing the militant group’s ban on girls’ education. The teenager was returning home from school in her hometown of Mingora in Swat district, Pakistan when she was shot in the head.Malala became a target after she spoke up against gender...

5 NGOs that facilitated access to education during COVID-19

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THE coronavirus pandemic has brought about several challenges to the country - access to education was one of them. Schools were shut, and education came to a standstill for many children from underprivileged backgrounds in urban and rural areas.While “e-Learning” or online classes became indispensable for many children in urban areas, schools and children in rural areas had to...

Fighting Hunger: In Anfield or Mumbai, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

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THE distance didn’t matter. Only the emotions did. As many vulnerable sections of Mumbai suffered because of little access to food after the pandemic-induced lockdown, the fans of the Liverpool Football Club resolved to do their bit in fighting hunger and supporting the community kitchen initiative of Khaana Chahiye Foundation.‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ has been Liverpool FC’s anthem for...

5 ways to thank our saviours on National Doctors’ Day

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PEOPLE across the world are still largely confined to their homes to contain the spread of Covid-19. But doctors and healthcare workers continue to be on the frontline of the battle against the virus, putting their families and their own lives at risk. On National Doctors' Day, we want to express our gratitude to these heroes. According to the...

‘As a nutrition education org, we’ve never distributed food’

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SHRUTHI IYER  spearheads Foundation for Mother and Child Health India (FMCH), an organisation that empowers pregnant women and new mothers belonging to  vulnerable communities through innovative, community-based nutrition specific interventions.Founded in 2006 as a grassroots organisation, FMCH has been focusing on encouraging preventive health, balanced nutrition and child developmental practices in underprivileged communities by adopting a holistic approach -...