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Give and Indiaspora enter into strategic philanthropy partnership

GLOBAL philanthropic giving to India is set to accelerate at a faster pace than ever before, with Give and US-based Indiaspora entering into a strategic, long-term partnership. While Give is India’s most trusted and largest giving platform, Indiaspora is a nonprofit comprising global Indian-origin leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions. Since 2012, Indiaspora has been working with the diaspora...

10 reasons why vaccinations are important for our health

THROUGHOUT our lives, we are exposed to a number of viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Some of these microbes benefit us, while others cause diseases that could result in severe illness, disability or even death. Our body's immune system protects us against several infections by triggering reactions that neutralize harmful microbes and prevent the infection. But it cannot fight...

Women in leadership roles bring change in rural India

THE power of the Healing Fields' Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs), comprising women, came to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic when the existing public health infrastructure was stretched to a breaking point. Take the case of Sarita Devi, one of the CHEs in Mau district in Uttar Pradesh, who demonstrated how leadership, education, and collaboration could change things for...

10 NGOs tackling mental health issues in India

MENTAL healthcare is the legal right of every Indian under the law. But the state of mental health infrastructure in India is inadequate. According to the 2016 National Mental Health Survey by the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), India has hardly one psychiatrist per 100,000 people, which is extremely low given that mental illness constitutes nearly...

Discrimination fuels poverty & why we must fight it

IT has been established beyond doubt that discrimination against individuals or groups of people based on religion, race, caste and gender results in the impoverishment of those targeted, making it difficult for them to have their basic needs for leading a decent life fulfilled. Though poverty is primarily an economic phenomenon, both discrimination and poverty are linked to injustice...

“Crowdfunding helped us run relief programmes during Covid-19”

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FOR Ajai Kumar Mishra, running a crowdfunding campaign for Tarai Environment Awareness Samiti (TEAS), the organisation he co-founded 25 years ago, taught him two things. One, the ability to connect with supporters and generate instant funds; and two, build a strong peer to peer network and understand other social development projects. TEAS focusses on fighting social evils like female illiteracy,...

How do we help put India’s railway children back on track?

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THOUSANDS of children across the country have made railway platforms their homes, and they survive by begging, rag-picking or doing menial jobs. Many of these railway children end up in stations after fleeing their homes because of poverty, violence or other forms of abuse. But living on the platforms doesn’t mean that they are safe. The railway children are exposed...

10 NGOs which have revolutionised healthcare in India

ONE among the numerous challenges in the healthcare sector in India has been the lack of access to quality services for the poor and marginalised communities. This has been largely due to dismal investment in public healthcare which is just at 1% of the GDP — among the lowest in the world. The healthcare infrastructure came under considerable strain during...

‘Most of the waste we Indians generate is mismanaged’

YEARS of working in high-pressure situations took a toll on Kedar Sohoni's body, which forced the technology entrepreneur to become a fitness enthusiast. As his interest turned to the food he was consuming and its origins, he wanted to grow his own and started a kitchen garden. The IIT and IIM alumnus then experimented with waste management. One thing...

It’s time to be kind… again

UNLIKE some others I know, WhatsApp is the last thing I check first thing in the morning. If this sounds like a conundrum, that’s because it is. Most people I know grab their mobile phones, bleary-eyed and start scrolling through the stream of messages that have filled their inbox while they slept: catching up is clearly more critical than the morning...
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