BEYOND MONEY


Dr Nita Mukherjee 02 July 2013
Moneylife discovers an organisation that nurtures budding writers without allowing commerce to interfere with creativity Siyahi, in Urdu, means ink—the dye that traps space on paper, by way of contours of the written word, to unfetter our thoughts. It is also the name of a literary...

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Sushmita V Gopalan 18 June 2013
PAWS treats and rehabilitates injured birds and animals and spreads awareness about their care Twelve years ago, when an 18-year-old Nilesh Bhanage was flying a kite, he found a pigeon being viciously attacked by crows. He rescued it immediately and took the injured bird home only to...

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An ‘online store with a heart’ is how Kultwear describes itself. Anishi Khetan writes about how this unique initiative allows you to help a cause and an artiste, every time you opt for one of its funky Tees As a nation, we are a cynical and pessimistic lot. We have an opinion on...

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Aditya Govindaraj writes about a unique non-government organisation that tracks governance & transparency issues for the common man   While the popular media keep ordinary citizens informed about headline-making events, scandals and governance issues, we, the people, know so little...

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A Kolhapur-based organisation helps the disabled become self-supporting Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur (HoHK) was started in 1984 by two dynamic ladies, Naseema Hurzuk, a paraplegic since she was 16 years old, and Rajani Deshpande, who uses crutches to move around due to polio,...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 17 April 2013
Dr Nita Mukherjee finds selfless volunteering for looking after children afflicted with cancer    After a 24-year long career with Unilever in UK, when Nihal Kaviratne returned home to Mumbai with wife Shyama, they were toying with the idea of doing ‘something meaningful’ in the...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 03 April 2013
Dr Nita Mukherjee finds another successful skill development model based on training illiterate rural women Exactly a decade ago, ‘graduates’ of the Barefoot College decided to come together to form what is perhaps the first association of semi-literate women solar engineers. The Women...

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Sangram has done much in the past two decades to empower sex workers in rural Maharashtra, finds SANGRAM (Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha) has been fighting difficult battles—against the spread of HIV/AIDS among sex workers, against the stigma attached to their work and against their...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 09 March 2013
Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a decade-old effort that is bearing rich fruit   Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), a Delhi-based not-for-profit organisation, was founded by Osama Manzar in December 2002 under the Societies Registration Act. Its objective is to uplift the downtrodden...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 02 March 2013
Dr Nita Mukherjee finds a rich collection that provides published and unpublished materials relating to Indian women On a recent visit to Delhi, I had the opportunity to personally explore the rich resource that the library of the Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) provides on...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 February 2013
Majlis Law provides legal support to women, has built a support system for victims of rape, and is deeply involved in bringing about a positive change in the community’s and the legal system’s attitudes toward women Majlis Law (Majlis) is known only as a legal aid group, perhaps because...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 January 2013
Saritsa Foundation assists people with disabilities caused by disasters In 2012, 1,503,320 Indians were displaced due to natural disasters. Each disaster leads to thousands being displaced and lives torn apart. When a disaster strikes, the poor and underprivileged are the worst...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 19 January 2013
Dr Nita Mukherjee narrates how an ashram has put its philosophy to work Prem Niketan (‘abode of love’) is the story of the transformation of an ashram deeply rooted in propagating humanism to an organisation providing a range of social services. At the core of Prem Niketan (PN) is the...

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Aditya Govindaraj Aditya Govindaraj 29 December 2012
Taming disability has always been a concern. NGOs such as Impact India Foundation seek to provide easier access to healthcare especially to habitations away from medical facilities Did you know that roughly 70 million people in India are disabled? This constitutes more than 6% of the...

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N Madhavan  and   Aditya Govindaraj Aditya Govindaraj 15 December 2012
Udaan India Foundation believes in providing equal opportunity through education to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. N Madhavan and Aditya Govindaraj write about how the Foundation is making a difference Did you know that 37% of global illiterates live in India? According to...

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Aditya Govindaraj Aditya Govindaraj 01 December 2012
Sunday Friends established a first of its kind ‘skin bank’ to save the lives of victims of burns, diabetics and trauma W e make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” That is the motto of Sunday Friends—a Mumbai-based non-government organisation (NGO) formed by 100...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 17 November 2012
Dr Nita Mukherjee visits a different kind of workshop   The joie-de-vivre you experience as you enter 204 Nirman Kendra is unbelievable. Happy music fills the air and warm greetings from members welcome you. This is The Anchorage at Mahalakshmi (Mumbai)—a sheltered workshop for the...

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Sujit Patwardhan 03 November 2012
Traffic woes are a constant source of discussion and debate. Sujit Patwardhan, founder and trustee of Parisar, tells us how and why urban transport is their focus   Congestion, pollution and accidents are daily travails of the urban population. Huge budgets are being allocated for...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 20 October 2012
Near Vasant Kunj’s ‘Green Avenue’, shielding residences of Delhi’s super elite, Veeresh Malik discovers one man’s mission to save the destitute The people at the tea stall, where I stopped to ask for directions, give me an indication—everybody knows where The Earth Saviour’s Foundation...

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Harjot Kaur 06 October 2012
Financial inclusion in its true sense is about knowledge and empowerment leading to ‘vikas’ or progress. Harjot Kaur writes about how Vadodara-based Zoher Doctor is changing lives of the underprivileged   That Vikas Trust would have been set up by a financial planner is clear from its...

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