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5 ways you can celebrate Diwali by giving

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THE festival of giving and sharing is here. During Diwali, we exchange gifts, spend time with family and friends and soak in the atmosphere of festivities all around us. Diwali is also the time when we reach out to the less fortunate and donate to charity. Since India is just coming out of a harrowing eighteen months, many Indians...

‘We have sheltered over 500 children orphaned by Covid’

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FOUNDED in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner, an Austrian philanthropist, SOS Children’s Village is present around the world. The nonprofit has been working in India for the past 57 years, helping over 25,000 children who were once parentless, or abandoned or belonging to vulnerable families through its 32 SOS Children's Villages across 22 states. SOS strives for the welfare of the...

One woman’s fight to rescue sex trafficking victims

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THE 'Wall of Blessings' is the most uplifting place at the Rescue Foundation's rehabilitation home for sex trafficking survivors in Kandivali, Mumbai. Here, the sex trafficking survivors who are rehabilitated, and are ready to leave home for a new chapter in their lives, dip their hands in colour and leave their handprints on the wall. For Triveni Acharya, the co-founder...

GiveIndia launches its Institutional Giving Practice

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TODAY, philanthropy is growing globally, and private giving has gained an important role in addressing human suffering, social justice, equitable economic growth, and so much more. As an organisation that is deeply passionate about addressing the inequalities and resolving social issues impairing our collective growth, it has been fascinating to see different approaches to philanthropy. One such system -...

Covid booster dose: Is it needed?

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ISRAEL has fully vaccinated 62% of its population against the coronavirus. On the other hand, Nigeria, whose population is almost 20 times bigger, has vaccinated less than 1% of its population. This gap is likely to grow as Israel has rolled out the booster dose for its senior citizens and other vulnerable sections. When it comes to Covid vaccinations, the...

‘Humanity and kindness help us fight problems with ease’

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LATE Dr Dwarkadas Lohiya, popularly known as Babuji, and a group of youths in the 1970s, were seeking solutions to the socio-economic problems of rural communities in Maharashtra. After several experiments, they concluded that it was possible only through economic change. The result was ‘MANAVLOK’ - abbreviation for Marathwada Navnirman Lokayat. Thirty-nine years later, now under the leadership of Aniket...

The villages that raise India’s Covid orphans

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ON a busy road in Haryana's Faridabad, 6-year-old Renu was found sitting next to her mother’s lifeless body at a traffic signal. Covid-19, which took away her father a few weeks back, had come again for her mother too. Over 300 kilometers south of Faridabad, little Nisha in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district jolts awake in tears and calls out...

The softer side of technology for development

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IN a training session organised for rural women on millet snacks, a fascinating argument ensued among the participants on why they should go by a recipe card and not stick to eyeballing measurements of ingredients as they have always done. This was part of a series of training offered to women involved in home-based, food businesses Technology Informatics Design...

Top 5 NGOs helping victims of domestic violence

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GENDER discrimination and domestic violence against women are common in India. The National Health Family Survey (NHFS-4) report revealed that close to 42% of men believed that a husband is justified in hitting his wife. It also states that one in every three women in India has experienced an emotional, physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The problem of...

‘Marginalised communities helping others is amazing to see’

THE aim of ActionAid India is simple: to make this country a better place for marginalised communities. From protecting the girl child to sponsoring children’s education or supporting survivors of domestic abuse, the organisation works to alleviate multiple social problems faced by the underprivileged in India. Affiliated to the global federation of ActionAid International, it has been in action in...
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