Author: Shirley Bobby

  • What is period poverty and how can we end it?

    What is period poverty and how can we end it?

    PERIOD poverty is when girls and women have zero access to menstrual products and no awareness of what a period is and how to manage menstruation. This is due to being too poor to afford menstrual products and the stigma against periods which means periods were never discussed or taught. But since menstruation is a…

  • Give tortured and abused pigs a happy home

    Give tortured and abused pigs a happy home

    PIGS, as a word, has negative connotations such as being synonymous with overeating, lazy laziness or uncleanness. But this is far from the truth when it comes to pigs. Research indicates that pigs are among the most intelligent animals on the planet, form social bonds and keep their surroundings clean. Because the animals are forced…

  • Help Narayan Seva Sansthan give free prosthetic limbs to disabled children

    Help Narayan Seva Sansthan give free prosthetic limbs to disabled children

    AMPUTATION due to accidents or disease is common among underprivileged children whose families do not have the finances for specialized care and treatment. Unable to afford medical alternatives, children’s limbs are often amputated as a last resort to save their lives. But a child living as an amputee is difficult. This is even more so…

  • Unique Welfare Foundation: an NGO for disabled children facing abuse

    Unique Welfare Foundation: an NGO for disabled children facing abuse

    IN tragic and unjust instances around India, children with disabilities are beaten, starved, screamed at and even abandoned by parents or guardians who consider their children a burden. This impacts the mental state of a disabled child and shuts down their determination and resolve to work through their disabilities and improve their lives. But according…

  • 5 mental health NGOs in India helping the poor and marginalized

    5 mental health NGOs in India helping the poor and marginalized

    THE world around us is undergoing rapid changes, from extreme weather conditions to increasing unemployment in marginalized communities. For the poor and underprivileged, when life comes crashing down, the consequences are difficult to cope with. But this is made worse by the lack of support and assistance to overcome severe psychological or psychiatric struggles caused…

  • 5 NGOs saving endangered animals in India

    5 NGOs saving endangered animals in India

    ENDANGERED animals in India are those animals that are threatened with extinction due multiple reasons such as the loss of their natural habitat, excessive hunting by humans, life-threatening pollution or the spread of diseases. When animals become extinct, the planet doesn’t just lose an animal; the extinction of an animal impacts the lives of other…

  • Turnstone Global: an education NGO tribal children can count on

    Turnstone Global: an education NGO tribal children can count on

    TRIBALS in Purulia in the eastern state of West Bengal experience extreme devastation such as not having food to eat for days, living in mud houses and barely making ends meet through their livelihoods. According to Quality of Life index research, the tribal populations in Purulia live in distress without access to adequate food, healthcare…

  • 5 fundraisers reuniting and restoring broken families

    5 fundraisers reuniting and restoring broken families

    THESE fundraisers support NGOs that help separated families who experience tumultuous feelings of helplessness and heartache when a child or an elder goes missing or becomes lost on the dangerous streets. The world outside is a harsh place where unexpected things happen, and this is even more true for vulnerable groups of people such as…

  • 5 medical NGOs to support this International Nurses Day

    5 medical NGOs to support this International Nurses Day

    HAVING crossed the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that brought such devastation to the world, the life-changing role of nurses and their care during the pandemic is still fresh in our minds. From working 48+ hour shifts with doctors to their meticulousness during the nationwide vaccine rollout, nurses are an integral part of a nation’s healthcare system.…

  • Mother’s Day: 5 compassionate NGO founders who are mothers to suffering children

    Mother’s Day: 5 compassionate NGO founders who are mothers to suffering children

    THIS Mother’s Day, we’re learning about brave and compassionate founders of NGOs who care for suffering children who are vulnerable to the dangers of this world. In villages and cities across India, children face many issues, from the lack of hospital care to being the innocent victims of sexual abuse. These 5 women are each…

  • Mother’s Day is a time of pain and suffering for these abandoned widows

    Mother’s Day is a time of pain and suffering for these abandoned widows

    MOTHER’S Day is a time of celebration when the extra effort is made to show mothers how loved and valued they are. The purpose is to make mothers feel seen, heard and aware of their importance in their families and the world. But for many mothers who have been abandoned by their children, Mother’s Day…

  • Sarthak Prayas: an NGO for senior citizens in need of support

    Sarthak Prayas: an NGO for senior citizens in need of support

    THE sight of senior citizens sitting on the street, miserable and homeless, touched Harsh Arora in such a deep and personal way that he decided to help them, not for the time being – but for the rest of their lives. He founded Sarthak Prayas, an NGO for senior citizens that rescues, shelters, feeds and…

  • Ayang Trust: an education NGO empowering children on the sinking Majuli Island

    Ayang Trust: an education NGO empowering children on the sinking Majuli Island

    FOR tribal children in Majuli Island, education is an empowering tool. The river island is around one-third the size that it used to be and, due to river erosion, is in danger of disappearing from the Earth. In addition to shrinking land, futures are bleak for people on Majuli Island as the island’s major occupations…

  • Vidya Dham Samiti: how this NGO for farmers prevents farmer suicides

    Vidya Dham Samiti: how this NGO for farmers prevents farmer suicides

    FARMER suicides is an issue that has long plagued India and is now seeing an increased rate of occurrence. It is estimated that one farmer dies by suicide each hour across India, based on NCRB data released in 2023. Crop failure, debt burden, harsh restrictions and being unable to repay loans are the main reasons…

  • What do dogs, cats, horses, buffaloes and hens have in common?

    What do dogs, cats, horses, buffaloes and hens have in common?

    AT first glance, it’s a struggle to find what dogs, cats, horses, buffaloes and hens have in common. But if we take a closer look, we can see that each of these animals are abused and mistreated to the point of extreme suffering and even death. India Animal Foundation enables NGOs across India to rescue…

  • Railway Children India: an NGO for children who are lost at railway stations

    Railway Children India: an NGO for children who are lost at railway stations

    MORE than 100 children are reported missing each day in India, according to an NGO for children, and these are just the reported cases. Either the children are lost or have run away from home but either way, these children are in a vulnerable situation. Having been separated from their parents and families, children suffer…

  • Indian Army Colonel to NGO leader: the story of Colonel Mickie Uberoi of Sant Ishwar Foundation

    Indian Army Colonel to NGO leader: the story of Colonel Mickie Uberoi of Sant Ishwar Foundation

    GHAR is a shelter home that, true to its name, provides a comfortable home and a loving family for children who have been abandoned and left alone with no one to turn to. There are many children across India who are orphaned, abandoned or neglected to the point that they are in need of additional…

  • “I was born and raised in Kamathipura” shares Deepali Vandana of Urja Trust

    “I was born and raised in Kamathipura” shares Deepali Vandana of Urja Trust

    KAMATHIPURA is an area of South Mumbai that is known for prostitution, which occurs day and night. It is one of the largest red light districts in India and perhaps in all of Asia. In the lanes and alleyways of this famous neighborhood, there are also people and families who are not a part of…

  • World Malaria Day: health NGO Swasthya Swaraj Society’s mission to end malaria

    World Malaria Day: health NGO Swasthya Swaraj Society’s mission to end malaria

    MALARIA is a disease that spreads to humans, mainly from mosquitoes. Even though malaria is a curable disease, it still claims the lives of hundreds to thousands of people (official and unofficial estimates) across India on an annual basis. Mosquitoes breed in tropical climates, which India has, so the risk of children and adults contracting…

  • Your monthly donation helps orphaned children, abandoned elders and out-of-school girls

    Your monthly donation helps orphaned children, abandoned elders and out-of-school girls

    SUPPORTING a charitable organization is a noble act that compassionate individuals can do to make a positive impact in the lives of people. The more support an organization receives, it strengthens the organization’s reach and impact by supporting people who need a helping hand. When it comes to making financial contributions to NGOs, a donation…

  • Earth Day: Planet vs. Plastics

    Earth Day: Planet vs. Plastics

    EARTH Day is a time for people everywhere to learn about the problems affecting the health of our planet, brainstorm methods to solve them and implement solutions that will save the Earth. Human habits constantly undergo sudden changes and each of these changes have an impact on our environment. This includes the increased use of…

  • 5 NGOs fighting plastic pollution in India

    5 NGOs fighting plastic pollution in India

    EARTH Day, while celebrated on April 22nd, is often observed all month long and focuses on a specific theme. The theme of Earth Day this 2024 is Planet vs. Plastics, which draws attention to plastic pollution. Plastic pollution occurs when plastic is discarded and accumulates in large quantities and this has a negative impact on…

  • Atchayam Trust: an NGO for senior citizens that rescues and rehabilitates

    Atchayam Trust: an NGO for senior citizens that rescues and rehabilitates

    NAVEENKUMAR was at a bus stand when he saw a homeless old man who was disheveled, emaciated and looked as though he had been on the streets for months. He approached the homeless person and began speaking to him. Naveenkumar compassionately heard his story about how he had been abandoned on the streets by his…

  • Neonates Foundation: an NGO for babies in the neonatal ICU

    Neonates Foundation: an NGO for babies in the neonatal ICU

    FEW people have experienced the heartbreak of having their newborn infant in a critical condition in the ICU; even fewer know the hopelessness of not being able to afford the medical care that will help their children get better. Neonates Foundation of India is an NGO for babies who are in the neonatal intensive care…

  • Mahan Trust: a medical NGO bringing medical care into the forests of Melghat

    Mahan Trust: a medical NGO bringing medical care into the forests of Melghat

    MARGINALIZED tribal communities lack access to basic essentials such as education, resources and medical care. In the forested area of Melghat in Maharashtra, there are no hospitals, trained doctors or even a medical NGO for over 100 kilometers. The people who reside in these areas are tribal communities who have long been overlooked. Without proper…