BEYOND MONEY


A little love and compassion goes a long way to make the world a better place. Light of Life Trust is doing exactly that   Set up in 2002 by spiritual healer Villy Doctor, Light of Life Trust (LOLT) is a non-government organisation that follows the 3E rule—educate, empower and...

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Young Innovators Foundation (YIF) encourages innovation. Hitisha Jain checks out if they are making a difference In 2008, a group of youngsters set up an organisation that succinctly spelt out their intention—it was called My India Empowered. The Charity Commissioner’s office was...

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Hitisha Jain 04 April 2014
Crucial to rehabilitation of paraplegics is emotional and psychological support, finds Hitisha Jain You never know where fate can lead you. A fraction of a second could confine you to a life on a wheelchair. Paraplegic Foundation works for paraplegics. This permanent disability usually...

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Hitisha Jain 21 March 2014
Grow-Trees helps the environment by bringing in corporate systems, processes and a feel-good factor into the simple task of planting trees. When Pradip Shah, the founder-managing director of CRISIL (Credit Research and Information Services of India Limited) provided technical assistance...

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Konica Bhatt 06 March 2014
Appalled by the way people tend to treat stray animals, Preeti Bhatt decided to set up an organisation especially for their protection at Pune. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man,” said Mahatma Gandhi. As much as...

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Hitisha Jain 24 February 2014
How do you respond when you see a mentally retarded child? Feel sorry or get scared? Have you ever thought how they feel with such a reaction Aapulki, in Marathi, means a sense of belonging. That is exactly what Aapulki School for mentally retarded (MR) children, started by Sushma Pawar...

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Hitisha Jain 06 February 2014
AIREP is a unique exercise to transform lives in villages through knowledge and empowerment “Where the mind is without fear and the head held high; where knowledge is free…” These famous lines by Rabindranath Tagore are recited by all, but does anyone work at making it happen? Well, two...

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Queency Raichada 22 January 2014
Empathy, not just sympathy, is what enables special children to lead normal lives, writes It all started with the plea from a friend with a special child which persuaded Captain Surya Prasad Rao and Nagamani Rao to set up Aashray—a shelter and rehabilitation centre which would care for...

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N Madhavan 09 January 2014
Kidney care is taught to patients and also made affordable  by this organisation, says Agroup of five young nephrologists from Mumbai met on the sidelines of the Indian Society of Nephrology Conference at Nagpur (India) in 2003. Having returned from Canada and Australia, they knew that a...

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N Madhavan 27 December 2013
While women continue to battle against violence and rape, men are also being victimised by laws meant to protect women. Crisp India, or Child Rights and Shared Parenting, is an NGO that highlights this “There is no doubt that the father’s involvement in childcare cannot be substituted by...

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N Madhavan 12 December 2013
Umang Foundation is an initiative to spread joy and happiness among the needy by encouraging voluntary work Umang in Hindi means joy and happiness—that is what Umang Foundation  strives for. It works with the more modest goal of bringing about a positive change in the life of as many...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 November 2013
A Kolkata-based NGO works to remove biases towards individuals with disabilities and strives for attitudinal changes “Disability is not a disease; it can happen to anyone, anytime,” says Ritika Sahni, the well-known singer and founder trustee of Trinayani, operating out of Mumbai. Ms...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 14 November 2013
A tireless effort to restore the old glory of the Jaipur gharana The year was 1964. Prakash Surana, scion of the well-known Surana Jewellers of Jaipur, came in contact with Kaushal Bhargava, a connoisseur of the performing arts, who had worked tirelessly to preserve and promote music and...

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Aditi Roy 31 October 2013
A unique network of voluntary associations working at protecting our water bodies Large stretches of rivers in India are so polluted that their water finds fewer uses everyday. Many aquifers are being similarly degraded by human use and saline ingress. The good news for us is that an...

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Aditi Roy 18 October 2013
MelJol empowers underprivileged children by teaching them the value of savings and money MelJol, a Mumbai based NGO, was started in 1991 by Jeroo Billimoria, as a field action project of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to educate children about their rights. Ms Billimoria,...

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Aditi Roy 02 October 2013
Forced prostitution is a ghastly form of human trafficking that affects thousands of young girls. Aditi Roy writes about an effort to rescue them and give them a new life Forced prostitution, the ghastliest form of human trafficking is rampant in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Unsuspecting...

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Aditi Roy 17 September 2013
“We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded,” said Swami Vivekananda. Aditi Roy writes about a youth organisation that works towards this    What started as a library offering engineering and management books in 1991...

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Gopinath Mavinkurve 05 September 2013
An educationist and social activist started a mission to help people overcome poverty through education when she was in her 80s. Gopinath Mavinkurve writes about this gritty effort Rukmabai Tallur, fondly known as ‘ Rukmakka’, embarked on a mission on India’s Republic Day, in 1986. She...

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Harjot Kaur 23 August 2013
Unlike the pilgrim survivors who went home, the locals of Uttarakhand are struggling to rebuild their lives. Moneylife writes about an initiative born out of this tragedy When TV screens started beaming visuals of rampaging rivers that almost seemed to wreak vengeance on the picturesque...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 12 August 2013
A unique Indo-German  effort to spread hockey in a sleepy town. If you want to see what sports can do to the socialisation process, you must visit Garh Himmatsingh in Rajasthan. Situated in what was once a small, feudal, princely state, where women still hide behind veils, the hockey...

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