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The value of effective giving

I started thinking about the ideas expressed in The Life You Can Save back when I was a graduate student at Oxford. Like many young people, my consciousness of the world around me was expanding. I was becoming acutely aware of the economic inequality between the “developed” world and the “developing” world. I was surrounded by privilege while billions...

Primary healthcare initiatives: Vital for tackling poverty

In India, about 70% of expenditure on health is borne by the patients. As a result, every year, 60 million people slip into poverty because of out-of-pocket expenditure (OOPE) on health. As per World Health Organisation, “Primary healthcare is a whole-of-society approach to health that aims at ensuring the highest possible level of health and well-being and their equitable...

10 NGOs making society equitable for women in India

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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...

‘The world is not perfect, but it can get a lot better’

I MADE my first donation on Give around 2006. At that time, mobile phones meant Nokia and you could easily sign up for firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Online commerce was rare and online donations were nonexistent. I remember wondering how powerful this platform could be, if millions of people donated a small part of their income to causes they believed in. I also...

Cash support: A lifeline for families of COVID-deceased

FOR Ramkumari, a Delhi-based domestic help, it has been a long struggle after her husband, a rickshaw puller, succumbed to COVID-19 last year. The prolonged lockdowns left her without work or  income for most of last year. Some cash support from her former employers after her husband died didn’t last for long. She started working for a while earlier...

Hunger is eating into India

NAFISA lost her four-month-old baby to hunger.Mubina, a tailor, has been out of work since the pandemic induced lockdowns. Her family is starving. She doesn’t have a ration card and hence cannot access the subsidised rations through the government’s food aid programme.Kesariya lost her son. Hunger and helplessness pushed the young man to take his own life. Her family...

Rising child malnutrition is a serious cause of concern

HERE is what child malnutrition looks like: Four-year-old Kamini is in agony as she lies in a government hospital in a district in Maharashtra. She has flaky skin and swollen limbs hang from a reed-thin frame revealing her life-threatening condition. She is severely undernourished and suffers from Kwashiorkor - an extremely severe form of malnourishment caused by low protein...

Doctors For Beggars treat health & wealth problems

An inspiring initiative by a couple who aspire to help beggars become entrepreneurs WE often find ourselves in a fix when it comes to giving money to beggars. There is no certainty whether the money we hand out will actually help them or end up supporting a criminal syndicate. At best it seems like a band-aid solution to a deeper...

Don’t let homeless children remain invisible

The streets are no place for their young lives to play out AT 13, Satender Sharma ran away from home to escape an abusive father. His father beat the entire family mercilessly and even killed his mother by hitting her head into a wall. To get away from a life of more abuse, a petrified Satender got on a train...
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