BEYOND MONEY


Shukti Sarma 17 December 2011
Milaap, a micro-lending platform, believes that a little help goes a long way, Shukti Sarma reports After working in Singapore, Anoj Viswanathan joined SKS Microfinance, working on energy and water services in rural India. The impact of a $10 solar lantern, sold on credit to poor tribal...

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Alekh Angre 03 December 2011
Gangajal Nature Foundation spreads awareness about water pollution, through the medium of ‘Gangajal photo exhibition’, reports Alekh Angre In India, the river Ganga signifies faith and religion; it is a symbol of our civilization. But, over the years, it has been reduced to a polluted...

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Shukti Sarma 01 December 2011
A teacher who doesn’t hesitate to beg, to provide free education, Shukti Sarma reports Professor Sandeep Desai is rather well known on Western Railway suburban trains. Almost everyday, one can spot him, with a bag on his shoulder and a clear donation box in his hand, asking for money...

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Shukti Sarma 17 November 2011
Sujaya Foundation teaches underprivileged children and helps youth get jobs, reports Shukti Sarma In India, English is the language of success. If you are reading this, you are lucky. However, for the millions of underprivileged children who do not have access to the language, career...

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Alekh Angre 03 November 2011
An organisation which helps to school underprivileged children The high dropout rate of children from government schools is a serious issue in India. Additionally, poverty ensures that parents are unable to send children to school. To alleviate this, Shobha Murthy started Aarambh in...

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Shukti Sarma 20 October 2011
Shukti Sarma visits an NGO which caters for children with special needs who require constant care away from home Sangopan in Sanskrit means upbringing of children, a task performed by parents/guardians of a child. Sangopita, derived from this Sanskrit term, is an NGO in Thane district,...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 06 October 2011
Dr Nita Mukherjee finds a fledgling idea that has taken wing—keeping alive women-related history by archiving invaluable reference materials Way back in 1988, when ‘gender studies’ was not as popular a subject at Indian universities as it is now, those researching on women’s issues had...

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Shukti Sarma 22 September 2011
Garbage Concern tackles the problem of rubbish and imparts knowledge on the matter of filth One of the most pressing problems of India’s unplanned urban expansion is the lack of sanitation and waste-management system. To top that, Mumbai is running out of space for dumping grounds. It...

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Shukti Sarma 08 September 2011
Parivartan Shikshan Sanstha helps poor children by informal training and creates awareness about their rights The Bharni Naka community, like countless slums in India, represents the flipside of ‘Incredible India’. Home to thousands of migrant labourers, the area has seen little...

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Disha Shah 25 August 2011
ChildRaise Trust is committed to the empowerment of children with special needs and adults with disabilities In 1984, Kavita Shanbhag, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) employee, suffered a fit of epilepsy on the delivery table. Two years later, when she conceived her second child, it...

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Disha Shah 11 August 2011
Kripa Foundation helps people afflicted with chemical dependency and HIV infection to get back on their feet In 1981, when awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction being akin to a disease was very low, an alcoholic came to Fr Joseph Pereira for help. Fr Pereira, with a doctor,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 July 2011
In a world starved for joy, compassion and love, here’s an entity that helps children to learn, expand their horizons and enhance their creativity—through fun, not by instruction  Many years ago, as a child, Devendra Desai wanted to play a game of chess with his mother, but she was busy...

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Umang Foundation has been bringing happiness into the life of the underprivileged by helping orphanages and providing care to cancer patients It was 2008. Ashish Goyal, an IT professional working in an investment bank, was looking for fulfilment beyond his personal and professional...

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Saathi rehabilitates destitute children and deals with the problems of trafficked and runaway youth In 1986, Altaf Shaikh was volunteering for an NGO. At that time, few institutions dealt with street children; working for adolescents living on the streets was unheard of. The plight of...

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Retina India helps people with retinal disorders and brings them on a common platform with physicians, researchers, counselors and other specialists India hosts the largest blind population in the world—24 million blind people and 52 million more who suffer from other forms of visual...

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Jyoti Sachade collects new and old jewellery—of every kind—and distributes them to girls from orphanages. She also distributes donated appliances to the have-nots “I collect anything people want to donate—new and old, even artificial jewellery,” says Jyoti Sachade. “When girls from...

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Kshana Charitable Trust organises quality entertainment shows for the ‘forgotten’ sections of society In Sanskrit Kshana means ‘moment’. The aim of the NGO bearing this name is to spread moments of happiness to people who are underprivileged and are forgotten by their more fortunate...

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Door Step School makes the dreams of education of underprivileged children come true During her MSW (master’s in social work) internship with a municipal school in Colaba (Mumbai), Bina Lashkari was required to do a follow-up on drop-outs. On her field visits then, she came to know that...

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When loved ones pass away, you want their bodies to be handled with care and help with the last rites. Dolly Mirchandani describes how Antim Samskar Seva helps you Dr Ramnik Parekh, who lost his father in 1982, still can’t forget the harrowing experience of taking his father’s body from...

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Dolly Mirchandani 21 April 2011
Muktangan employs awareness programmes, de-addiction treatment facilities and rehabilitation programmes to help addicts live healthy lives Founded on 29 August 1986 by late Dr Anita Awachat and Dr Anil Awachat, Muktangan Rehabilitation Center works in the field of reducing drug demand,...

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