With a population of 1.21 billion people, India is the second most populated country in the entire world. Among these 1 billion people, half of them are under the age 25. Having seen these statistics, let’s put a small thought on this now.
With almost half the population under 25 years means we have the capacity to increase it by an exponential figure in the next 10 years. The concern about this is how the government will take responsibility of such a huge number and how will they ensure every facility to all. It’s virtually impossible for our government to do this.
Here’s where the NGO’s come into play. Driven by a feel of selfless compassion, NGO does for the people what the government is not able to. Their sense of a social responsibility for the betterment of a nation is the only idea that keeps an NGO running.
There are a number of NGO’s across India, but given below are some that do something different and really do make a difference.
Founded by Anshu Gupta in 1999, this NGO undertakes disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development in parts of 21 states across India. Goonj is the first to Highlight clothing as a basic but unaddressed need which deserves a place on the development agenda. For his work with Goonj, Anshu Gupta was awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015.
CREDIBLE WORK: Goonj has worked flood relief, “Flood Overcome Program on 2013 Uttarakhand floods and presently working on 2014 Kashmir floods, through the project known as “Rahat Floods”, collecting relief supplies from people across India.
This is probably the latest NGO that has come into picture. The foundation works for betterment of farmers in the drought-prone areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha in the state of Maharashtra. With the number of farmer suicides rising at an alarming rate in the state, well known actors Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure started helping the farmer suicide victim families. The help given includes monetary and in-kind.
CREDIBLE WORK: The foundation has adopted Dhondalgaon (district Aurangabad) and Aamala (district Vardhaa) villages. The foundation aims to grant employment to 500 youngsters and 30 women. It is also working on planting 1 crore trees, training and guidance to the farmers, farming centers, employment centers etc.
An abbreviation for Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues, TARSHI addresses all people, especially women and young people through its various programmers. TARSHI is one of the few NGOs in India that works on sexuality, without restricting it to a disease-prevention, violence against women or sexual minorities’ framework, but rather from an affirmative and rights-based approach. It supports and enables people’s control and agency over their sexual and reproductive health and well being.
CREDIBLE WORK: The NGO has published books addressing sexuality and also conducts trainings, both announced and on request on counselling skills, gender, sexuality and rights related issues.
A one of a kind NGO that works especially for the betterment of the women in North East India, NEN connects to different civil society organisations on development and social justice issues within North East India. In the 20 years since its establishment, NEN has become a platform to address women’s human rights. NEN is one of the first organisations in the North East to combine activism with advocacy from a liberal feminist perspective, conveying critical gender issues through dialogue and dissemination.
CREDIBLE WORK: NEN has hosted free medical health camps. The camp had Doctors in the field of General Medicine, Gynecologist, Pediatrics, Eye Specialist etc. In collaboration with Assam police, NEN organised training on “Gender Sensitization on Violence against Women and New Laws for Change” as well.
Arzoo is an education and activity center created with an aim to provide a secure knowledge and livelihood base to the underprivileged children though moral, social and material support. It undertakes activities like education at nominal fees for 10 INR, supports their livelihood by selling handicrafts made by these kids, plays, shows, medical camps, etc. This is one of those NGOs that does wonderful work in educating underprivileged children and saving them from child labour and also giving them a livelihood to incentivize their parents.
CREDIBLE WORK: One of the most credible work was the rehab of kids and teenagers traumatized during the 2002 Gujarat riots. In August 2006 when Gujarat was facing severe flood situations throughout the state, Arzoo joined hands with Jagruti foundation to serve food to 500-1000 people daily in which Swati restaurant, Tomatoes, NGOs like Yuva Unstoppable played an important role. Arzoo also served 3000 patients who were flood victims in association with Jagruti foundation.