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One of Karnataka’s oldest organizations for the physically-disabled

It took us close to two hours to drive down to Anga Karunya Kendra. More so because of the peak hour Monday-morning traffic and partially because the organisation’s main center, which is housed on a large plot, is located at Mahadevapura, on the outskirts of Bangalore. This is not the most convenient location for beneficiaries of the organization either....

Celebrating International Day Of The Girl Child

On the 19th of December 2011, the United Nations declared the 11th of October each year to be International Day of the Girl Child. A day dedicated to recognising girls’ rights and the challenges they face every day around the world. The theme of the 2013 commemoration according to the UN, “Innovating for Girls’ Education”, has been chosen to draw...

Celebrating The Older Generation

On the 14th of December 1990, the United Nations declared the 1st of October each year to be International Day of Older Persons. A day dedicated to those people who are rich in their own history, who can teach us things no one else can, and deserve respect for the contributions they have made to the world we live...

LetzChange – Simple Social Giving

Welcome to the LetzChange Blog! In this first post we would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about LetzChange and what you can expect to find on the LetzChange blog over the coming weeks and months. Put simply, LetzChange is the place to discover and donate to legitimate Indian NGO projects. We are a non profit...

How it all began at TRDC

Knowing Mr. Anil Abbi’s story puts everything that TRDC does into context. After all, they work in a fairly unknown (to layman) district that’s quite a drive away from urban life.Mr. Anil Abbi hails from the district of Haveri himself (Yes, it’s a story reminiscent of the Shahrukh Khan starrer Swades) He was born here and went to school...

Working in one of India’s poorest districts

Of all the NGO visits I have done till date, my visit to TRDC has by far been the most unique. A good five-hour drive from Bangalore, TRDC works in 61 villages in the district of Haveri. Wikipedia will tell you that by road, Haveri is about 340 km from Bangalore on the NH-4 towards Mumbai. It also reveals...

Lives changed by the SGBS Trust

Till date, about 1,300 youth have benefitted from Unnati’s vocational training. These have primarily been people like Lalita and Abdul and Deepthi – youth who were at home, clueless about how they could go about being contributing members of society. Had it not been for Unnati’s intervention, they Youth who would have otherwise faced a bleak future, or worse,...

SGBS Trust: How it all began

While Unnati is SGBS Trust’s most successful programme today, it wasn’t a planned move. Infact, it was started by chance – to fulfill a need. Back in 1978, Mr. Rameshswamy got involved with the SGBS Trust primarily for its religious and cultural offerings - musical shows, bhajans etc. It was with a bunch of people he used to meet...

Lifting a generation out of poverty

How we drove past the Unnati building on Bangalore’s Temple road, I don’t know. Even the chaiwala at the end of the road and those hanging around his roadside stall were surprised. But a short walk back down the road and we were at the sleek-looking building well in time for our 10am meeting at Mr. Rameshswamy and his...

The Association of People with Disability: How it all began

The primary force behind the APD is undoubtedly Ms. N H Hema. With both legs and one arm significantly paralysed as a result of Polio in childhood, Hema herself was wheelchair-bound. But while she was mobile, it was not without difficulty. She recalls how obtaining a wheelchair itself was a grand task. Back in 1955, when she was just...
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