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SIRI, Smile with a Precious Heart
By vyjayanthi Krishnamurthy
256
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Here is a little story of a lively, smart and cheerful 10 year old little girl named Siri, whose...
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Here is a little story of a lively, smart and cheerful 10 year old little girl named Siri, whose life almost seemed to end too soon because of Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure. Her family is from Hassan and father works as a First Division Assistant in Court, Karkala. Siri was advised for Heart Transplant as medical solution. What seemed like a dream to save her life wouldn't have become a reality without the support of the NGO, Youth For Seva (YFS) which identified this case and bestowed faith in me to counsel and support the family. Though Siri was registered for Heart Donor list since Jan 2017, they were not able to get Heart Donor matching her blood group and weight. The painful ordeal she and her family went through the whole of 2017 because of her deteriorating critical condition, financial struggle and delay in finding a matching donor left them in utter despair. She was then put on Super Emergency list of donor requirement in Jan 2018. I have been following up this case as a volunteer since Nov 2016. I was constantly in touch with the family counselling them and especially Siri to not lose hope. One day in the hospital while she was there for nearly a month, Siri asked me, when will I be able to run and dance again? Finally, on 13th Mar 2018, a Heart Donor matching Siri's blood group and weight was identified, and the heart transplant was successfully carried out at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore. Cannot believe that 8 months have passed since Siri underwent Heart Transplant. Now she is back in school with great enthusiasm, courage and a resolve to live her life to her full potential. There were innumerable hurdles through this journey and financial situation was also a major one since the family had already exhausted their resources. That's when we connected to partner NGO - PG Care Foundation who came forward and supported Siri treatment . This is a great example of involvement of many people willing to do whatever possible to save and transform a life. My joy and satisfaction is boundless when I hear that sweet little voice on the phone saying - Good Morning Miss, I am Siri, I am fine, when are you coming to meet me? Vyjayanthi- Volunteer , Youth for Seva
SIRI, Smile with a Precious Heart
By vyjayanthi Krishnamurthy
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256
Nominated NGO: Youth for Seva
Nominated NGO: Youth for Seva
Water in Every Home through Rainwater Harvesting
By Kanupriya Harish
272
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Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) was established in 2002 as an NGO in Rajasthan and has been working...
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Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) was established in 2002 as an NGO in Rajasthan and has been working with water distressed communities of the Thar desert. The challenges facing the people in the desert are manifold, it has an extreme environment. Temperatures reach 50+°C in summer, it receives only 200mm a year average rainfall and has an annual 40% chance of severe drought. On top of this is the Thar is the most densely populated arid zone in the world with a fragile agrarian economy dependent on monsoon rains. These factors contribute greatly to water scarcity and climate vulnerability. Families spend a huge amount of money transporting water through water tankers. Women and girl child walk more than 5 km daily to collect water for their family. JBF has been promoting rainwater harvesting and assisting families in constructing rainwater harvesting tanks (locally known as tankas) within their home premises. A tanka is a circular underground rainwater harvesting tank with a self- contained catchment area and rooftop harvesting system that are used by the family to collect and store rainwater. A handpump is installed on the tanka to draw water. The project has a unique financing system with the beneficiary contributing 30% of the construction cost and the balance given as a grant by JBF. Tankas have had a major impact on the life of people, they are now able to collect clean, safe drinking water within their home premises. Shabnam Banu (vill: Jawaharpura, Barmer) shows off her household tanka, she says “I no longer have to walk for collecting water for my family, I have water at my doorstep”. The JBF program has reached 1800 families by constructing rainwater harvesting tankas in their households.
Water in Every Home through Rainwater Harvesting
By Kanupriya Harish
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272
Nominated NGO: Jal Bhagirathi Foundation
Ray of Hope
By Shivabasvangouda Pateel
108
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One Sunny day as I was walking in dusty road with Faster steps my legs moved slowly by seeing a...
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One Sunny day as I was walking in dusty road with Faster steps my legs moved slowly by seeing a little girl Jikriyabanu of 5 years moving around is a lane. Her movements were not usual. Her hands were her legs. She looked like a rabbit moving around with cheerful face and hope in her eyes. I approached her and asked about her where abouts. She fluently spoke in Kannada and took me to her house. She introduced me her father and I began conversing with him about Jikriya’s condition. He explained his efforts of taking her to different doctors but nothing could work out without money. Due to his poverty, he was unable to do the surgery of his daughter. At this moment, I told him about Roshni trust, which conducts early intervention activities, supports for surgeries and distributes aids and apliances. I brought him to roshni and this visit really brought light in his life. Roshni agreed to support Jikriya free of cost. I Passionately volunteered to support this child. I accompanied her to Bangalore for screening and surgery. I experienced inner peace and joy as I found a sigh of relief on the face of her father. After the surgery Roshni did the follow up. One fined day, I visited her house and found Jikriya keeping her little steps with lot of joy and hope. Tears rolled my down my eyes as she and her father came to me with great full heart. I whispered my thanks to Roshni for giving me such joy by being a volunteer .
Ray of Hope
By Shivabasvangouda Pateel
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108
Nominated NGO: Roshni Trust
Nominated NGO: Roshni Trust
My story and that of many mothers!
By Sandhya P R
247
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This is the account of a lonely and tiring journey that I set myself on some years ago for my son...
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This is the account of a lonely and tiring journey that I set myself on some years ago for my son Tejas,and for other similar children and their hapless mothers.Tejas was diagnosed as dyslexic some years ago. Even before that shocking diagnosis came and shattered our lives; his every day in school was a terrifying experience for him and us.A restive kid by nature,Tejas could not cope with the grinding routine of regular school.He was speedily pronounced a troublemaker, lazy and prone to throwing frequent tantrums, maligning the decorum and discipline of the classroom.The teachers could not comprehend his behaviour.As regular schooling became nearly impossible for my son, I began searching for a different educational environment. To my dismay, I discovered that there was no such institution in Kerala. The efforts I took in to get my son quality education bore fruit with the founding of Travancore National School, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, offering specialized education tailor-made for children with ‘Specific learning disabilities’ such as dyslexia, dysgraphia,dyscalculia, Slow Learning,ADHD, ADD and children with Intellectual Disability, Mild Behavioural Problems, Autistic Spectrum Disorder etc.We at Travancore National School do not refer to our faculty members as ‘teachers’, but as ‘mothers’ who take care of all the needs of their beloved children. Every student in the school has different levels of grasping. We have individualized Education Programme designed with the help of our in house psychologist. We prepare individualized question papers in each subject for every student with their names printed on it. Development of such schools nationwide is essential to bring out the extra ordinary potential in these kids. I realise that the successful 5 years is only the first mile on this challenging road, and that I have many, many more miles to go before I sleep.
My story and that of many mothers!
By Sandhya P R
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247
Nominated NGO: Travancore National School
Nominated NGO: Travancore National School
The Dream of Safe Drinking Water at Their Doorstep
By Anita Sharma
222
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Dilip, though young at a sprightly 19, is unable even to stand on his own – thanks to skeletal...
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Dilip, though young at a sprightly 19, is unable even to stand on his own – thanks to skeletal fluorosis. His doting and loving mother has gone beyond taking care of his daily needs. Surprisingly, she has also made it almost natural for ebullient Dilip to be as naughty and playful as any kid of his age. What had transpired in their Bankpura village of District Dhar in Madhya Pradesh? What had wrought such changed condition that Dilip’s mother today had more time to lavish on her son? Our earnest quest soon gave us answers that took us to the newly installed water tank at their door. Now she no longer had to trudge that long distance to the faraway hand pump for her daily requirement of water, resulting in having more time to devote to her son and also have the satisfaction of having safe water. There are many others like Dilip who are not just suffering from crippling deformities of the spine, bones, severe pain and stiffness of joints but also from lack of self esteem due to their physical disabilities. This is being caused by geogenic presence of fluoride in the deeper sources of groundwater in this region. Although access to water is fundamental to human health, it is a struggle for the marginalized tribal communities in Dhar as they have no access to safe water facilities. Dehradun-based organization People’s Science Institute is making safe drinking water available to people in 21 fluorosis affected villages of Dhar since 2014 with the financial support of Frank Water, UK. Their interventions are based on hydrogeological studies, groundwater quality monitoring and community involvement for operation and maintenance. This noble work is not only helping the affected people live with dignity but is also resulting in their health improvements. In a way, it has set a successful example of decentralized management of fluoride safe drinking water resource at the village level without the use of expensive and chemical based defluoridation techniques.
The Dream of Safe Drinking Water at Their Doorstep
By Anita Sharma
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222
Nominated NGO: PEOPLE'S SCIENCE INSTITUTE
Untold story of a Brave Yoddha
By Rashi Mandla Yadav
146
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A brave Yoddha Mr. Rahul Yadav, firm believer of faith & positivity. In 2013 Rahul was working...
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A brave Yoddha Mr. Rahul Yadav, firm believer of faith & positivity. In 2013 Rahul was working with HCL Technologies & had just got married to his childhood sweetheart Ms. Rashi. It was beginning of a beautiful new life but one casual visit to the doctor changed his life forever, Rahul was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer Plasma Cell Leukemia. Cancer is considered as a taboo in Indian society till today. A person detected with cancer finds it difficult to cope with changing situation & the need for information on disease is immense. Rahul wasn’t one who would let this disease get the better of him. He decided that he is a fighter and will always remain one. The onset of the disease at such a young age & lack of any community or support group for any form of guidance specific during his early treatment days, led Mr. Rahul to start a patient, caregiver & doctor support group for cancer patients in India to share their experience/ advice and providing right information at the right time. The start-up was initiated in 2014 under the name of “Yoddhas-Indians Fighting against Cancer”. The name “Yoddhas” was chosen specifically by him because he believed in the idea of every cancer patient & caregiver being a fighter. So not only it battled Mr. Rahul’s demons but made it his life's mission to make the fight easier for every ‘Indian Fighting Against Cancer’. A compassionate man and true fighter, he revitalized the concept of having an NGO working for cancer patients by giving an all new direction to his start-up by creating both online & offline platforms where the patients and caregivers from all across the country could not only interact with each other but also interact with doctors. Today “Yoddhas” is a UNESCO recognized NGO, winning the “People’s Popular Choice Award” in 2014 globally, representing India in Berlin, Germany. Other than pioneering in providing patients of all age group with requisite guidance, Mr. Rahul ensured awareness about early detection & prevention of cancer is created amongst Youth of India. He believed the youth of today will make a difference for tomorrow. There are number of hurdles Cancer brings along and they are just ongoing, but today even after his demise we are taking forward Mr. Rahul ‘s brain child Yoddhas .
Untold story of a Brave Yoddha
By Rashi Mandla Yadav
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146
Nominated NGO: Yoddhas, Indians Fighting Against Cancer
Life is a wheel
By Tuhin Satarkar
131
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You give, you get, you give, you get… Life is a wheel. The sight of an animal languishing in...
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You give, you get, you give, you get… Life is a wheel. The sight of an animal languishing in pain has been unbearable for Neha ever since she was a child. The desperate need to act on it and the helplessness of being unable to do so eventually drove her into being instrumental in setting up RESQ, an organization in Pune for the past 11 years that has touched the lives of over 50,000 injured, sick and abandoned animals of all kinds. She dealt with animals that had met with road accidents or suffered from infectious diseases. The chronic state of heartache of an abandoned pet was even harder to heal than the animals that had the deepest physical wounds. Pain and death had become a daily part of her life and people were convinced that she would be just another 'animal rescuer that would burn out'. Neha believes that the secret lies entirely in where you focus. If you focus on the pain and let the grief envelope your entire being, you are bound to burn out and stop working. Watching an animal fight for its life with an unwavering spirit will teach you one the most important things in life which is to – NEVER GIVE UP. Animals show such resilience in the toughest of situations that the triviality of our daily worries gets put into perspective. Above all, they teach you how to TRUST. As human beings, we’re so quick to judge, form opinions and generalize, and hold onto our love with unending strings attached… but not animals. Despite the fact that so many animals come as survivors of human cruelty, they are so quick to forgive and trust again, that one can’t help but be amazed by their ability to overcome, and to love so unconditionally! Through them, you realize that giving isn’t just a one-way street, but a synergistic and fulfilling experience – one that you can be blessed to indulge in every day! If you focus on that and value it, it becomes the reason for your forever smile.
Life is a wheel
By Tuhin Satarkar
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131
Nominated NGO: RESQ Charitable Trust
Nominated NGO: RESQ Charitable Trust
Rehabilitation of Mentally ill Roadside destitutes
By Dilip Gunjal
103
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Shree Amrutvahini Gramvikas Mandal is a voluntary organization based in Maharashtra working for the...
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Shree Amrutvahini Gramvikas Mandal is a voluntary organization based in Maharashtra working for the rehabilitation of homeless people with mentally ill roadside destitutes since 2006. organization is providing services like rescue the people with mentally ill destitute with support of police and we provide them shelter food cloths and counselling facilities through our centre. After the treatment we find out their families and re-unitate them in their familiy. During the course 572 people have been re-united with their families after a spell of sustained care, treatment and psychological help offered by the organization. Objectives of the projects- a. To identify and provide shelter, care and psychiatric and medical services to mentally ill destitute persons b. To provide innovative clinical treatment and therapy. c. To aim at self-sufficiency and de-institutionalization through a rehabilitation / restoration programme. d. To enhance public awareness and gather public support for the care of mentally ill destitute. e. To help bring about positive changes in Government policy and planning with relation to mentally ill.
Rehabilitation of Mentally ill Roadside destitutes
By Dilip Gunjal
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103
Nominated NGO: Shree Amrutvahini Gramvikas Mandal
Be their Guardian Angel : Manthan SVK
By Deepa Bharti
122
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Manthan Sampoorna Vikas Kendra an initiative by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan is a holistic...
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Manthan Sampoorna Vikas Kendra an initiative by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan is a holistic education programme, working since 2008, for a Saakshar Bharat, Sashakt Bharat. As an aim, Manthan works to integrate the lives of underprivileged children with mainstream education by providing comprehensive and continuous support. Our ideology includes constant encouragement, provision of stepping-stones, and the setting up of a positive environment suitable for the children’s growth and progress. Manthan’s work begins, not at the school level, but at a personal level; in the creation of close contact with parents living in urban slums, rag-picking colonies and other remote neighborhoods. This step forms the base of the probability of whether children in that locality will be attending school or not. Once this important foundation is set, we work to build the superstructure of education through various Upgrade Support Plans, non-formal classrooms, e-learning techniques, complete evaluation of the children’s progress through regular Parent-Teacher meetings and attention to nutritional level of the children through regular health check-ups and awareness campaigns. Working two-dimensionally, Manthan SVK aims to pull out the lives of the children from the vicious circle of illiteracy, and to be able to do that successfully the parents also need to be educated, be it about the importance of education or the actual imparting of education. For this purpose, Manthan SVK has set up various Adult Literacy Centres and Sewing and Stitching Vocational Training center's across India.
Be their Guardian Angel : Manthan SVK
By Deepa Bharti
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122
Nominated NGO: Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan
In the heart of hinterland, I found my calling
By Shibam Jha
48
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It was my first day at work. All my teenage years flashed in front of me: from buying of stolen...
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It was my first day at work. All my teenage years flashed in front of me: from buying of stolen coal for my house in Dhanbad from children of the marginalized Mahato community to teaching them mathematics. I wanted to bring change in their lives. Unfortunately, the children still sneaked coal. But that was idealism of my youth, enacted from the cozy confines of home. The children had grown up; I do not know where they went in life. Like many from middle-class households, I joined engineering. A mild sense of lack of fulfillment of my past venture lingered all through four years. During my engineering final year, I explored the possibility of a more meaningful engagement in work life. So, I applied to PRADAN. PRADAN works in some of the remotest villages in India on poverty alleviation. Yet I was unsure if this was the place to start my career. Most of my friends had opted for the corporate sector. As an immersion to rural life in PRADAN, l stayed with an indigenous Santhal tribal family in the far-flung Khatra block of West Bengal for a month. Things that bothered me like poverty, malnutrition, school dropouts, lack of electricity or dilapidated mud-houses seemed so normal. It was then that it dawned on to me that only evening maths lessons were not enough to wean children away from coal. Work needs to be done on the root cause of poverty and disempowerment. One month down the line I knew I had found my calling. One may call it the social sector but all I wanted to do was make a difference in their lives (and my own) with all my heart. I know it is just a drop in the ocean, yet for me, it is the most important drop.
In the heart of hinterland, I found my calling
By Shibam Jha
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48
Nominated NGO: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)
Santhia's fight to change her fate
By DJ Antony Raj
238
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The story of Santhia, is fighting all odds to study Santhia, a beautiful girl, youngest of 3...
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The story of Santhia, is fighting all odds to study Santhia, a beautiful girl, youngest of 3 girls in an illiterate family living in a remote village named Codular of Villupuram district of Tamilnadu. On July 14th, 2018 she woke up around 5:15 in the morning and went to her cowshed to say good morning to her lovable cows, goats and hens. She does it every day as her regular duty is to clean the cows in the shed. Then she went around to fetch water to wash her uniform, her Grandparents’ cloths and boiled water for her Grandparents use. The rest half an hour she did her homework and had leftover food of yesterdays keeping some for grandparents. The she dressed up and walked to a bus stop at main road 7 Km away. The bus stop was bustling with school students numbering in hundreds to catch the only bus allowed for the students to travel another 8 km to school. The bus was coming in from far away while the students were rushing here and there to catch the bus. I was in my car, suddenly a very speedy car, overtook my car. While the oblivious children were moving here and there, the car hit Santhia and thrown her out for nearly 14 meters away. I stopped my car and found that the girl was unconscious. No hospitals and doctors nearby, called for an ambulance which picked her up to the district hospital where she was admitted. Her parents who are the coolies (daily labourers) working in a brick making chamber, rushed in crying, saw her lovely daughter on dying bed. After seven days, doctors refused to keep Santhia more and asked to shift her to nearby central government medical research centre, Puducherry. She was there for forty-five days. The medicos frequently asked their parents to buy medicines from private pharma which was very costly. The poor parents borrowed money, pledged jewels and materials and bought medicines for her dying child. At the end of the days the doctors from the hospital refused to keep her further, advised them to take her to the state headquarter hospital in Chennai where she was for 63 days. They operated in two places in the neck and top of the head. Still she could not recover. There the doctors again asked the parents to buy medicines from outside. Which costed Rs 4000 per day. The poor and illiterate parents pledged their house, suffered without food and lived on the footpath of the hospital. The parent brought her back to their little house. I visited their home and talked to their parents, neighbours, her class mates and the schoolmates in the village who narrated the whole story. They shared that Santhia is a talented girl who received prizes and medals for her dancing, singing an drawing. I personally saw her and found that she wanted to become a teacher. Now though the whole family and the village is sad and in depression, Santhia hopes that she will resume school. And that there will be more buses to reach her school comfortably as currently the government has allowed only two buses. She recalls how she walks 15 km to and fro daily to study. As a director of a voluntary organization, I collected some donations from well wishers and settled a small part of their debt and food grains for the daily livelihood. I expect some good-hearted people to help the family which is ruining slowly keeping the beautiful girl lying on the small hut without any medical and financial help. I am one of the witnesses of this real story.
Santhia's fight to change her fate
By DJ Antony Raj
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238
Nominated NGO: SAINT JOHN BOSCO EDUCATIONAL TRUST
The Fire Within
By Suneet Kaur
50
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I live in a place where all types of people reside, I had listened about women getting killed for...
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I live in a place where all types of people reside, I had listened about women getting killed for dowry but never actually had the time to do something .This is about a day when i went on a stroll with my cousin brother and sister on a picnic spot near my home, on returning ,on a very narrow road we stumbled with three persons on bike in which the husband and the mother in law were taking the wife in between, although nobody was hurt ,they both stopped their vehicle and started thrashing the wife. My brother asked us not to poke our noses in somebody else's matter, but t what could possibly be the matter to thrash someone so horribly on public road, I asked my brother to stop the car, maybe at that time the fire within me started to ignite and suddenly I was shouting on them for being such inconsiderate and treating someone in such an evil manner, and suddenly the girl came to me running and said to me "please save me ,they are going to kill me tonight" .In that moment I saw the horror in her eyes, For a moment I could hear nothing except her ,I felt as if I was on her place, suddenly all the victims news surfacing on media where women actually get killed ,came floating in front of my eyes. The anger and the agony and the heat all came into my eyes as she kept telling her story. Her father had no money and was a poor carpenter and had no dowry to give. I shouted how can you do such a thing. Suddenly my brother took over the situation ,but I took the girl aside and asked her to be calm, and told her to incite the fire within her ,I told her nobody could harm her until and unless she lets them do that to her ,I told police will help her but not always, only she can protect herself, i told her to dial 100 whenever she senses something is wrong I just assurred her she was not alone. Suddenly the girl got confidence from nowhere as if she was waiting for a little support , As I told her she carefully learnt how to make use of the phone and use anything available nearby in her defense. I told her mother in law that I have the address of your home and if anything happened ,well at least I know who the culprit is and I will not hesitate to fire a lawsuit against you .My brother had a flight to catch next day so we could not stay longer, I gave her my number and asked her to call whenever she wants .I never saw that girl again, nor did she call ,but I know she is warrior .That day I gave her a piece of knowledge about her rights ,and it helped her fight the evil around her and still I do not think that there is another gift you could give to a woman than to ignite the fire suppressed within her, So this was my giving story. It changed my life ,I hope it changes yours too.
The Fire Within
By Suneet Kaur
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50
Nominated NGO: ARBODE GRAMYA VIKAS SHIKSHA SAMITI
The power of kindness
By Anubha Sharma
13
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At 15 I read the story of a French national living in Kolkata who had adopted 5 street kids. From...
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At 15 I read the story of a French national living in Kolkata who had adopted 5 street kids. From being beggars on the street corners, these kids were studying in the best school in the city and were excelling at sports – which is why the article had been published. This story struck me for the choice the man had made to change the lives of children who weren’t his own. Giving them security and a regular home had made all the difference. Here was a man who had the power and the means and he used them to make a difference. Many don’t – I realized it even then. I admired in him the ability to be able to go beyond himself and found it extremely inspiring.
The power of kindness
By Anubha Sharma
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13
Nominated NGO: Angel Xpress Foundation
The Kindness Movement
By Tasneem Dohadwalla
157
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School life is usually all about learning and having a good time with school friends. But for the...
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School life is usually all about learning and having a good time with school friends. But for the school students of Fazlani L’Academie Globale, Mumbai, it was much more. Lets rewind to June 2018 ...... A group of enthusiastic students were having an exciting conversation. Lets do something meaningful this year -Lets spread Kindness. Thus the chatter began first as whispers in between classes, then as break time conversations and then as a bold statement - We can and we will spread kindness. So the core team began their planning and initiated their first act of kindness by raising funds for disabled Kargil civilians to provide them with Jaipur foot, caliper etc. Following which students added some colour and beautified the corridors of the LTMG school for Deaf and Mute. The deaf and mute students were pleasantly surprised to see a new look of their school Next the students wanted to bring a smile on the faces of weary train travellers who alighted everyday at Sandhurst Road station. So off they were with their palette and paint brushes and painted beautiful images revolving around the theme of Kindness. The students played a friendly football match with the street children of Hamara Foundation and participated in art sessions with the children from Angel Xpress Foundation Along side students are working with WSD- welfare for street dogs to create awareness about their plight. Students visited the kennel, walked the dogs and displayed kindness towards them. During the Diwali holidays each child decided to do one act of Kindness which was woven into a Kindness Mat and unveiled at Worli after a Kindness Walk where students spread their message to join their movement of spreading Kindness to humans, animals and the environment . Student power is yet to be tapped in our country . Our school has shown that empowered students can do so much to make Life more Beautiful .
The Kindness Movement
By Tasneem Dohadwalla
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157
Nominated NGO: Your Turn Now Trust
Nominated NGO: Your Turn Now Trust
Prahlad – A godchild growing as a foster child!
By Foster Care Society
87
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Life has many colours and many ways and shades to feel and live through all these different...
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Life has many colours and many ways and shades to feel and live through all these different blessings of god’s creation. This is the story of a 4 year old boy, Prahlad (changed name), who was born to an unwed mother. The irony was that his mother was only 12 years old when she gave birth to this boy and was deaf and mentally handicapped and she was a rape victim too. Prahlad was a premature baby and struggled for 25 days at the hospital before getting shelter at a child care centre. On top of this, Prahlad was also facing medical troubles related to his premature birth, which included his droopy neck position and delayed milestones. Through the centre, Prahlad was approached 3-4 times for adoption, but every time got rejected because of his health issues. But, as said, family is about CONNECTIONS and CARE and“Every child has a right to family” and this is the motto on which Foster Care Society is working!Foster care program and our society became that connecting bridge and we carefully tried connecting Prahlad with his new home, his new foster family, which is now his own family! At the age of one and a half years, Prahlad was introduced to his new foster parents, who were so willing to take this little bundle of joy to their home. When Prahlad first time called her mother by “Maa”, it was indeed an overwhelming moment for her, as after 26 years she got a chance to become a mother and that truly touched her heart. In about two months’ time, Prahlad totally got mixed up in his new family with new and better surroundings, in a healthy and educated lifestyle and started enjoying his walk of life towards a bright and exciting future!
Prahlad – A godchild growing as a foster child!
By Foster Care Society
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87
Nominated NGO: Foster Care Society
Nominated NGO: Foster Care Society
Breaking shackles of poverty through education
By Dakshana Foundation
248
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Aanchal is preparing for NEET 2019 at a government school in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. She belongs...
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Aanchal is preparing for NEET 2019 at a government school in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. She belongs to a small village in the mountains in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Her journey to school was a daily two-hour trek down and up a steep hill. She is determined to become a doctor for her village and neighboring such villages where medical help is limited and virtually non-existent. Asharam prepared for NEET from JNV Pune (2016-2018). He scored an AIR 2763. He later appeared for AIIMS in which he secured AIR 707 and Category Rank- 141. He is now at AIIMS Jodhpur. Asharam’s father is a rag picker with no fixed source of income. Despite pressing conditions, Asharam focused on his goal of becoming a doctor and worked hard towards achieving it. He now can remove his family from shackles of poverty forever! Many such bright but underprivileged students have no alternative natural source of funding to fulfill their dream of studying at a government medical college in India. Dakshana is helping them with a scholarship to prepare for the NEET (medical entrance exam). There are only 672 seats at 7 AIIMS campuses in India. The admit rate is 1 in 278 or just 0.36%. In 2017, Dakshana sent 7 scholars and in 2018, we sent 3 more to study at AIIMS. Dakshana is a non-profit organization that helps bright and impoverished students predominantly from rural India to prepare for IIT and medical entrance exams. In any charitable endeavor, education has the highest ROI as it provides people an opportunity to enjoy a quality life. During the last 11 years of our operations, 3012 students have availed the Dakshana scholarship. 1726 students have been admitted into an IIT across India. Many of our scholars are now associated with conglomerates like Google, PayPal, Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Aditya Birla Group, to name a few. Dakshana offers two scholarship coaching programs to students mainly from rural families who aspire to prepare for IIT and medical entrance exams: 1. The Dakshana 2-year coaching scholarship program is exclusively for students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV). 2. Dakshana’s 1-year coaching scholarship program is offered to brilliant but impoverished students from government and government-aided schools in India, after Class 12 (Science), at the Dakshana Valley, Pune. The scholars are provided free coaching, accommodation & food for the year at Dakshana Valley. Cost of coaching for JEE/NEET at a good coaching center is prohibitive at Rs 2.5 lakhs per year. Dakshana provides a level playing filed for financially disadvantaged but brilliant students by providing coaching TOTALLY FREE OF COST Currently 795 scholars are being prepared for JEE/NEET in the Dakshana 2-year program and 360 in 1-year program. We expect to enrol 970 students in 2019. All Dakshana scholars belong to families whose annual income is less than 1.5 lacs. Dakshana is all about selfless giving and ensuring the deserving student gets the opportunity to turn her/his life and enhance quality of living!
Breaking shackles of poverty through education
By Dakshana Foundation
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248
Nominated NGO: Dakshana Foundation
Nominated NGO: Dakshana Foundation
Deadly tumour - in the eyes of a 2 month old
By Percy Ghaswala
60
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This case will break your heart for sure. Baby Swapnil ( (name changed to safeguard the patient...
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This case will break your heart for sure. Baby Swapnil ( (name changed to safeguard the patient's identity) from Taloja was just a 2 month old baby and his parents noticed something unusual with his eyes. They were fortunately referred to the right place at the right time. A super specialist (from Hyderabad) diagnosed Retinoblastoma (cancerous tumor between retina and choroid) in both eyes with reasonably good prognosis for the right eye. They were advised chemotherapy every month for a few months but parents had no idea that each chemotherapy session would cost Rs 16,000/- plus routine tests and hospitalization. His parents made every effort to give the baby chemotherapy but how long can a father manage with a salary of around Rs 20,000/- Our Foundation supported one session of chemotherapy and Baby Boy Swapnil completed a total of 6 sessions with help and support from several other funding sources. His reports show 99% tumour regression and Swapnil completed One year on 8th Sept 2018 (Mother Mary's Birthday). God Bless the Baby and his parents with a beautiful life.
Deadly tumour - in the eyes of a 2 month old
By Percy Ghaswala
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Nominated NGO: Ghaswala Vision Foundation
You dont need to be rich to be Giving
By Pushpa Krishnamoorthy
99
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Isha Vidhya School in Cuddalore was started with the prime objective of educating rural children...
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Isha Vidhya School in Cuddalore was started with the prime objective of educating rural children affected by the Tsunami in 2004. We had introduced our students of Cuddalore to the ‘Joy of Giving’ concept way back in the year 2011. We wanted our students to imbibe the habit of sharing and experience the joy it brings. We wanted them to realize that sharing isn't only the prerogative of the materially wealthy and that no one has too little too share. This is in fact the very principle that forms the basis of the ‘Skip a Meal’ initiative, where people skip a meal and donate money thus saved. Like the drops that make the ocean, every little bit means a lot. And this is what we have always wanted our students to build into their character. Our students demonstrated this generosity of spirit and largeness of heart when this year, they themselves, decided on the ‘Skip the snacks’ initiative. Despite snacks being their favorite, (even more than a hot meal), our students resolved to save the money they would have otherwise spent buying snacks and other goodies. They stayed steadfast with their resolution and collected a whopping Rs. 20,520! They decided to donate the amount for Cyclone Gaja Relief as they are the ones who received relief materials during Cyclone Thane (2011) and 2015 South Indian floods. Cyclone Gaja hit the southern states of Tamil Nadu on 15th November and affected 22 districts. We presented the amount our students saved, as a demand draft to the Chief Minister Relief Fund. The District Collector and government officials present there, were all praises for our children's generosity. Let us pause a moment and recognize the magnitude of what they did: here are children whose humble financial background (the average family income is around Rs.7000/month) makes bare necessities feel like luxuries. Life is fraught with challenges of impoverishment. And yet they willingly put aside something from the little bit they got, to reach out to another life.
You dont need to be rich to be Giving
By Pushpa Krishnamoorthy
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Nominated NGO: Isha Education
Nominated NGO: Isha Education
A JOURNEY OF LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND TRIUMPHS
By Irbaaz Shaikh
187
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Five-year-old Sneha was orphaned at the age of one. Sneha's mother couldn't handle her...
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Five-year-old Sneha was orphaned at the age of one. Sneha's mother couldn't handle her little daughter who was deafblind along with her violent, alcoholic husband. So she left Sneha with the missionary Sisters of Providence Home and never looked back. Sisters of Providence Home loved little Sneha but they didn't know how to take care of a child who was both deaf and blind. Coming from an estranged family and devoid of parental love and care, Sneha developed behavioral problems like hitting her head against the wall and scratching herself and others. Concerned, the nuns contacted Sense India's partner organisation Kottayam Social Service Society, (KSSS}, and things began to look positive. Here Ms Jessey Joseph started working with her. She says, “I started my journey with Sneha when she joined the deafblind unit. Initially when I started working with her, she used to give me a hard time and getting aggressive as she never recognised me. Slowly as I got to know her, I realized that she has a fondness for fragrance so I used it as my symbol. I used to put tons of talcum powder on my body until she recognized me by the fragrance. Today not only does she recognize me but we share a great relationship”. Sneha has learnt to control her behavioral issues and started exploring her home and the world outside. She is now aware about her surroundings and recognizes different plants and other things through touch and smell. She is no more carried around as she has started walking and can move around the centre. She loves to cuddle and play in the water and sit on the swings outside. All this was achieved through the hard work of Ms Jessey Joseph who worked tirelessly for Sneha and ended her isolation.
A JOURNEY OF LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND TRIUMPHS
By Irbaaz Shaikh
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187
Nominated NGO: Sense International India
Education: Breaking the Shackles of Traditional Bondage
By Amrita Valan
113
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Three little girls were waiting in the wings, dormant and dreaming. Till Ashwini Charitable...
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Three little girls were waiting in the wings, dormant and dreaming. Till Ashwini Charitable Trust stepped in as sponsors. Meet Bhavani, Revathi and Gayathri, all in class 5, First generation students when the Trust adopted them. Bhavani was obedient, hardworking and helpful. ACT provided her with an all-round education including computers and life skill classes, which gave her the boost to surmount difficulties. A graduate from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, she is an Accounts Associate at First American. Bhavani’s father is a manual labourer and her mother a domestic helper. Hari Krishnan her brother, was adopted by ACT the next year. Today she has fulfilled her dream of flying her parents to Pondicherry and blazed a trail for her younger brother. Revathi, a quiet personality joined ACT with Bhavani. Also the daughter of a house maid and a manual worker she graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and is a Front-End Analyst at First American. She has moved her parents to more spacious accommodations from their tiny ten feet by ten feet house. She still dreams of constructing a house for her parents. Finally meet Gayatri, a soft-spoken girl and the younger of two daughters. Her mother and elder sister are housewives, her father, a tailor. Gayathri is a Bachelor of Arts. She is the pioneering woman in her family to break free from the tradition of instant marriage after a basic education. Today she’s a Front End Analyst at Concentrix. The alumni got together to sponsor lunch for all our children recently. The inspirational trio shared this compelling message with the children. “Utilise every opportunity, don’t waste the chances you receive and pursue your education no matter the obstacles. Remember that education is your largest differentiator and enabler in life.”
Education: Breaking the Shackles of Traditional Bondage
By Amrita Valan
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Nominated NGO: Ashwini Charitable Trust
A NEW WOMAN
By VINODINI SUDHINDRAN
258
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Long ago , or was it just yesterday that I entered the portals of ANEW to make my TRYST with...
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Long ago , or was it just yesterday that I entered the portals of ANEW to make my TRYST with DESTINY? A destiny that was to be moulded and guided by an Unseen Hand from above ! A destiny that brought ten like minded women together to enjoy , to celebrate, to shoulder an institution that was to change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young women ! It was Women’s Day . I was on my way back home after an inspiring day with our staff and students at ANEW. A large crowd had gathered around my gate . To my horror, I saw my maid being beaten by her brother!! She was wailing and no protest from the crowd could stop him . With great difficulty, I managed to calm him and take her inside the house! Was this what I just celebrated?? Women’s Day ? Is it a farce ? Who are we fooling ? My heart sank with a feeling of guilt and anger! At that moment, someone touched my hand . I looked up to see the happy face of my student!! In her hand was a cup and certificate!!! Her husband thrust the cup into my hands! “ Ma’am this is for ANEW ! You encouraged her to train as a driver. Today , she was felicitated as an Achiever- the first Woman Ambulance driver in Chennai ! We have come for your blessings!” I stood stunned ! A dam burst - a question answered! Two sides of the coin ! On one side , a hapless woman resigned to her fate and on the other side, an Achiever with a little support from society and family !! A life changed forever! It is said , “ You have done nothing: unless you have done something for someone who can never repay you ! “ Together we can !
A NEW WOMAN
By VINODINI SUDHINDRAN
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Nominated NGO: ASSOCIATION FOR NON-TRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN (ANEW)