Author: Ramon Burns

  • Race against time: Himalayan glaciers melting at a rapid pace

    Race against time: Himalayan glaciers melting at a rapid pace

    GLACIERS, the frozen giants that have long defined the beauty of the Indian Himalayan Region, are melting at rates never seen before, and this is turning into a huge concern in this tranquil expanse. This phenomenon of melting Himalayan glaciers has significant ramifications for both the present and future of India and is not limited…

  • 80G tax relief: saving tax while giving back to society

    80G tax relief: saving tax while giving back to society

    INDIA’S Income Tax Act of 1961 extends this advantageous opportunity, renowned for bestowing considerable tax breaks upon conscientious taxpayers. Your contributions to eligible NGOs render you eligible for diverse tax deductions. The 80G tax relief scheme presents a mutually advantageous scenario, enabling you to contribute to a cause close to your heart while enjoying tax…

  • Daan Utsav: spreading joy through giving

    Daan Utsav: spreading joy through giving

    OCTOBER 2 marks the beginning of a unique week-long celebration each year. The festival is not marked by dazzling lights or festive feasts but by the warmth of selflessness and the beauty of giving. Starting on Gandhi Jayanti, Daan Utsav, a celebration that embodies compassion, has become one of the most joyous events, for the social…

  • Satya Special School: polishing hidden potential in children with disabilities

    Satya Special School: polishing hidden potential in children with disabilities

    IN 2003, a heart-wrenching incident left Chitra Shah who was then volunteering at a hospital, shell shocked. It was the sight of a 13-year-old differently-abled girl, shackled and confined to a chair, in a dimly lit room while her mother, a daily wage labourer, toiled to support the family. This tragedy, however, was not an…

  • Online fundraising success stories: changing lives with compassion on Give.do

    Online fundraising success stories: changing lives with compassion on Give.do

    IN the age of digital connectivity and shared compassion, NGOs across India are harnessing the power of online fundraising to create transformative impact. Through Give.do, these NGOs have raised substantial funds, demonstrating that when people unite for a common cause, they can make an immense impact. There are many heartwarming success stories but the fundraising…

  • Aarti For Girls: empowering young lives through education and support

    Aarti For Girls: empowering young lives through education and support

    LAKHS of children are orphaned or abandoned by their parents as infants or toddlers. Children face unimaginable suffering while growing up on the streets. The horrors of street life are amplified even further for girl children who survive under the constant threat of abuse and violence. Aarti For Girls has been a safe haven for…

  • Is online crowdfunding legal in India? Understanding the legal framework

    Is online crowdfunding legal in India? Understanding the legal framework

    IN recent years, online crowdfunding has emerged as a game-changer in India’s philanthropic landscape. It has become the go-to solution for a myriad of causes, from medical treatments and nonprofit organisations to personal emergencies. However, as a relatively novel concept in India, it’s only natural for people to have questions about its legality, safety, and…

  • Striking a harmonious chord: Anurag Hoon’s journey to music education and social change

    Striking a harmonious chord: Anurag Hoon’s journey to music education and social change

    THE power of music education to fundamentally transform lives has been researched world over. The findings point towards significant improvement in physical, mental and emotional well being. However despite the benefits of music for children and the strong cultural and traditional affinity towards music in India, formal music education remains inaccessible to a vast majority…

  • Anti Hunger Squad Foundation: creating an impact in the area of hunger and malnutrition

    Anti Hunger Squad Foundation: creating an impact in the area of hunger and malnutrition

    HUNGER, malnutrition and starvation are as much a reality in today’s world as is the express pace of economic growth. Even to this date millions of underprivileged people go to bed on an empty stomach and children scavenge for scraps of food. Seeing the struggles of poverty from close quarters Zeeshan Majeed despite having a…

  • Empowering Minds, Enriching Souls: Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre’s Path to Compassion

    Empowering Minds, Enriching Souls: Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre’s Path to Compassion

    IN today’s fast-paced and often chaotic world, the pursuit of inner peace has emerged as a guiding light for many individuals seeking a more meaningful, fulfilling and socially responsible life. This journey toward inner tranquillity has the ability to cultivate benevolence, shaping individuals into compassionate, kind-hearted citizens. Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre, an NGO…

  • Asiatic Lion: India’s conservation success story

    Asiatic Lion: India’s conservation success story

    THE journey of the Asiatic Lion from being on the brink of extinction with hardly a few dozen left in the wild, to its population now swelling at a rapid pace has been a triumph for the ages. India’s conservation efforts have been lauded world over, owing to the significance of preserving the last bastion…

  • Snehwan: Breaking the cycle of poverty and child labour for orphans of farmer suicides

    Snehwan: Breaking the cycle of poverty and child labour for orphans of farmer suicides

    In the desolate and drought prone areas of Maharashtra, farmer suicides have become a painfully reality. Although the issue gets sporadic coverage in newspapers the extent of the problem is rarely highlighted. But behind this lies an even graver issue, the silent crisis of those left behind after a farmer dies by suicide.  The issue…

  • Snehalaya: providing a cradle of love to silent sufferers – the children of sex workers

    Snehalaya: providing a cradle of love to silent sufferers – the children of sex workers

    WHILE much has been debated and discussed about the women ensnared in the vicious cycle of forced prostitution, an equally heart-wrenching story, which often goes unnoticed, is that of their children, the silent sufferers. Their voices are often muffled, their lives shadowed by the brutalities their mothers face, and their futures jeopardised even before they…

  • HelpAge India: Giving abused elderly the love and care they deserve

    HelpAge India: Giving abused elderly the love and care they deserve

    AS part of India’s rich cultural ethos and tradition, senior citizens are revered and held in the highest regard, but the ground reality paints a different picture. Millions of elderly today bear the brunt of abuse, neglect and, in many cases, abandonment. One of the largest nonprofits of its kind HelpAge India has been working…

  • Team Everest: Empowering dreams, transforming lives

    Team Everest: Empowering dreams, transforming lives

    IF you have ever sought a volunteering opportunity with an NGO, it is likely you have come across Team Everest, a nonprofit organisation which has emerged as a testament to the power of compassion and collective action.  While setting up the organisation in 2006 its founder Karthee Vidya envisioned a day when every person can…

  • Goonj: An idea that changed millions of lives in India

    Goonj: An idea that changed millions of lives in India

    IF one is to enlist the top innovations in the social sector in India, the NGO Goonj will most certainly find a place in this list. Anshu Gupta embarked upon a difficult journey to solve problems of resource scarcity in rural India, in the year 1999. He started Goonj as a bridge between resource rich…

  • Turning trash into treasure: the waste-to-art movement in India

    Turning trash into treasure: the waste-to-art movement in India

    Waste-to-art movement is a global phenomenon that emerged as a response to the increasing environmental concerns and the need for sustainable waste management. It involves repurposing discarded materials and waste items into artistic creations, promoting both environmental awareness and creativity. History the waste-to-art movement globally The concept of waste-to-art, using waste materials for artistic purposes,…

  • 5 social‌ innovations for a greener tomorrow

    5 social‌ innovations for a greener tomorrow

    AT a time when environmental concerns continue to mount, the country stands at a critical crossroads. As one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and still having a large number of people living below the poverty line, India faces a major challenge in balancing economic growth while being environmentally conscious. However, amidst these challenges, a wave…

  • Four NGOs that made their mark during Give’s Champion Charity League

    Four NGOs that made their mark during Give’s Champion Charity League

    THERE have been countless NGOs that have won attractive rewards during Give’s Champion Charity League Season 1, giving them an opportunity to highlight their onground efforts before a diverse audience. The four NGOs mentioned in this article have been few of the stars of the first season of CCL. Read further to know more about…

  • Milaan Foundation: ushering in winds of change for underprivileged girls

    Milaan Foundation: ushering in winds of change for underprivileged girls

    ONE of the few most significant organisations championing the cause of the empowerment of underprivileged adolescent girls is Milaan Foundation, started by Dhirendra Pratap Singh in 2007. He has had several successful forays in developing strategy and scaling operations for social impact organisations, including leading the India operations for Vidya Grants, an education-focused philanthropic fund…

  • Increasing heat waves: Climate change and the way forward

    Increasing heat waves: Climate change and the way forward

    SEVERAL states across the country were gripped by a deadly heat wave in May, 2023, a month leading to severe illness and dire consequences. Data suggests that the increasing heat waves in India, although lower than most parts of the world, has still been constant. The consequences of rising mercury despite being slower can be…

  • Nargis Dutt Foundation: Support for underprivileged cancer patients

    Nargis Dutt Foundation: Support for underprivileged cancer patients

    Priya Dutt observed the devastation that cancer can bring to a family at an early age after her mother and well-known actress Nargis Dutt was diagnosed with the dreaded disease and eventually lost her life to it. Seeing her mother’s suffering and the suffering of those who do not have the resources to get treatment…

  • Rising Sea Levels: causes, consequences and impact on India

    Rising Sea Levels: causes, consequences and impact on India

    THIS World Oceans Day, we take a look at Earth’s rising sea levels which has emerged as one of the most significant environmental challenges of our time. Rising sea levels are driven by a combination of factors, including climate change and human activities. These rising sea levels pose a grave threat to coastal regions worldwide,…

  • Declining bee population: A major threat to food security

    Declining bee population: A major threat to food security

    BEES, often regarded as nature’s tiny superheroes, play a crucial role in pollination, ecosystem balance, and food production. However, India has witnessed a worrying decline in its bee population in recent years. This decline, a buzzing concern, is not only an environmental issue but also has far-reaching implications for agriculture, biodiversity, and food security. At…

  • Malnutrition in India: The problem and solutions

    Malnutrition in India: The problem and solutions

    INDIA is the world’s second-largest producer of food grains. Yet, the persistent issue of malnutrition has plagued the country for decades. Despite an abundance of food, a significant portion of the population continues to suffer from undernutrition or malnutrition in India, undermining the nation’s progress in health and economic development. Delving into the complex factors…