A ‘Prerana’ For Everyone!

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To accomplish great things one must not only plan, but also believe that one person can make a difference by finding a purpose to serve.

Ms. Priti Patkar, co­founder, Prerana Anti­ Human Trafficking was presented with the prestigious Human Rights Award at the 13th Annual Global Leadership Awards in Washington DC, USA earlier this week on the 17th June.  A fantastic achievement by a great woman, who has selflessly devoted her life to the rescue, protection, and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims in India.

Aphotic, dirty and dangerous are few of the words that best describe human­ trafficking. At a time when young children should study, plan their career and above all else enjoy their childhood, they are forced to enter the world of commercial sex and other exploitative and abusive activities. Often summed up as a ‘compelled service’, human­ trafficking has become a global threat to vulnerable men, women and children. Violence and coercion are used to sexually exploit women and young girls and force individuals to work with little or no pay; this is what Prerana is trying to end. Volunteers at Prerana work with passion and hand grip the task of equitably distributing human rights to all human beings.

Ms. Priti Patkar’s dreamt of a world free of human trafficking and made small efforts to make a great difference. LetzChange have joined hands with Prerana to help them reach their goals, committing to match (double) all donations made for Prerana on letzchange.org.

The LetzChange team congratulates Ms Patkar for the fantastic accolade that she has been conferred with and feels proud to be associated with Prerana.

Please show your support for Ms Patkar, Pratham, and of course the vulnerable children they continue to protect by making a donation on LetzChange.

Click here to find out more or make a donation and change a life today.

Malavath Poorna – Reaching New Heights

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Can you remember what your proudest achievement was at age 13?

While we would always argue that personal achievements are relative – for one person conquering social anxiety may be far more demanding than conquering Mount Everest for another – there’s no doubt that 13-year-old Malavath Poorna has achieved something extraordinary.

On 25th May 2014, Malavath scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest, becoming the youngest woman ever to have done so. What’s more, she reached the highest point on earth by climbing the mountain’s more difficult Tibetan side, as opposed to the relatively more easier Nepalese side, which is closed to climbers under the age of 16.

Such an achievement makes a mockery of the discriminatory labelling and classification of human beings into categories based on grounds of gender, class, caste, ethnicity, sexuality and so on. Not only is Malavath female (gasp), she also ‘belongs’ to India’s lowest caste, the Dalits or ‘untouchables’. Malavath therefore belongs to two of the most discriminated-against groups in the country.

The perception that because Malavath is female and from a Dalit community she is somehow less human than others, less capable than others – ‘untouchable’ even – would be laughable if it wasn’t such a serious issue. But hundreds of thousands of people across India from Dalit communities face discrimination and are denied basic human rights like education. Even today, around 37% of people from Dalit communities survive on less than $2 a day and 45% are illiterate.

Much is being made in the media of Malavath’s origins and Malavath herself is rightfully proud of her achievement given the social and economic challenges she has had to overcome to realise it: “The aim of my expedition was to inspire young people and students from my kind of background” she says, in an interview with The BBC. “For a tribal like me, opportunities are very rare and I was looking for one opportunity where I could prove my calibre.”

The challenge for us, then, is to help remove the barriers that prevent people like Malavath from achieving their potential, whatever that potential may be. These barriers are both real and superficial. The real barriers such as the lack of basic requirements including education, nutrition and so on can be overcome if we all take responsibility for doing our bit to support poor and marginalised people and communities.

The superficial barriers like caste and gender, while very real in the restrictive force they impose, can begin to be overcome by recognising achievements like that of Malavath’s as ‘human’ rather than ‘Dalit,’ and of course in removing these superficial barriers we also take an important step towards tackling the ‘real’ barriers as well.

In recognition of Malavath’s extraordinary achievement, why not make a donation to a vetted and verified NGO project on LetzChange and help support marginalised people and communities in India.

Click here to get started!

Roof rainwater harvesting in rural Gujarat


Amreli district in Gujarat is a drought prone region in India. The rains are unreliable and water is not easily available. What’s more, the fluoride content in the water of much of this region is 5 parts per million – 5 times the safe level – making it completely undrinkable. Many women must therefore walk for miles each day to collect safe water for their families.

But not all women in Amreli have to struggle to collect water. Vikas Samarthan Kendra, an NGO focused on water resource management and women’s empowerment have introduced roof rain water harvesting structures for over 60 families, collecting and filtering rain water and storing it in an easily accessible tank. You can see how this simple solution has the power to completely transform lives in the inspiring video above.

But many more families still urgently need safe drinking water. It costs less than $60 to construct a roof rain water harvesting structure that will provide safe drinking water year-round. Even a little help from you can do wonders for their mission to bring safe drinking water to the whole region.

Right now on online giving website LetzChange, when you make a donation to sponsor roof rain water harvesting, we will match it – doubling the impact of your donation! Your generosity will make a huge difference to those who cannot take safe drinking water for granted.

To find out more or make a donation please click here.

Celebrating Rs. 1.5 million raised on LetzChange!

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We are delighted to announce that in less than 3 months you have helped raise over Rs. 1.5 million on LetzChange for 3 of India’s most respected and high-impact NGOs – Educate Girls, SGBS Trust (Unnati) and Bhumi!

A big thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen. We, the NGOs and especially their beneficiaries are immensely grateful for your support and we look forward to raising many more millions for the underprivileged people of India over the coming months and years.

To celebrate the change you have helped bring about so far, for a limited time only our sister organisation LetzDream Foundation has agreed to extend the Spotlight Giving donation match campaign to ALL NGOs on LetzChange. This is a fantastic opportunity to make an even bigger impact with your donation at no extra cost to you. Simply make a donation to any NGO on LetzChange and it will be instantly matched!

With over 70 Indian NGOs focused on causes as diverse as women’s rights, disability, homelessness, education, and children and youth, LetzChange makes discovering and donating to Indian NGO projects a simple, social and secure experience.

Click here to find an Indian NGO project to donate to now.

Celebrating Rs. 1.5 million raised on LetzChange!

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We are delighted to announce that in less than 3 months you have helped raise over Rs. 1.5 million on LetzChange for 3 of India’s most respected and high-impact NGOs – Educate Girls, SGBS Trust (Unnati) and Bhumi!

A big thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen. We, the NGOs and especially their beneficiaries are immensely grateful for your support and we look forward to raising many more millions for the underprivileged people of India over the coming months and years.

To celebrate the change you have helped bring about so far, for a limited time only our sister organisation LetzDream Foundation has agreed to extend the Spotlight Giving donation match campaign to ALL NGOs on LetzChange. This is a fantastic opportunity to make an even bigger impact with your donation at no extra cost to you. Simply make a donation to any NGO on LetzChange and it will be instantly matched!

With over 70 Indian NGOs focused on causes as diverse as women’s rights, disability, homelessness, education, and children and youth, LetzChange makes discovering and donating to Indian NGO projects a simple, social and secure experience.

Click here to find an Indian NGO project to donate to now.

International Women’s Day – Let’s Open Our Eyes To Change!

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Following on from the success of our Spotlight Giving donation match campaign, we are excited to announce a new donation match initiative as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations this March 8th!

With the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day entitled ‘inspiring change,’ we want to open our eyes to the possibility of inspiring change amongst the disadvantaged and discriminated women of India, and we want you to join us.

We believe that opening our eyes to the injustices that continue to make life for women in India so challenging is the first step in beginning to tackle these injustices and bring about lasting change. From the physical and mental health risks associated with human trafficking and child labour, to the social and economic implications of gender-based inequality that affect women and girls throughout the course of their lives, it is time we all opened our eyes to these injustices and worked together to make a change.

LetzChange is home to over 25 NGO projects that specifically aim to help improve life for women in India. Whether you want to help fund the rehabilitation of a human trafficking victim, help single women attain their rights, promote the use of sanitary napkins amongst India’s rural women, or sponsor skills training for Indian women living in slums, you can make a change on LetzChange by making a secure donation directly to your chosen NGO project.

But best of all – every donation you make to help improve the lives of women in India will be matched by our sister organisation, LetzDream Foundation!

This is a great opportunity to support high-impact Indian NGOs making a huge difference to the lives of some of the country’s most disadvantaged women, while at the same time highlighting the issues that they face to your friends and family by using the built in LetzChange social tools. So why not make a donation today and see how we can help change India for the better, together!

To get started, visit the Open to Change campaign page on LetzChange here.

The Bhumi Snowball Effect

Bhumi is one of the largest youth based non-profit organisations in India, with hundreds of volunteers education thousands of disadvantaged children from slums and orphanages across the country.

In this short video you can meet some of the happy children benefiting from Bhumi’s extensive education program, which includes computer literacy, English, and mathematics as well as providing plenty of much needed care, compassion and confidence-building – developmental necessities that have unfortunately been denied many of these children.

As Bhumi Co-Founder Dr. Prahalathan explains, “Bhumi believes that every under-privileged child deserves quality education. We have transformed this conviction into a volunteering opportunity for India’s youth, launching a snowball effect of talent nurturing talent on the path to an educated, poverty-free India.”

Right now on LetzChange as part of our Spotlight Giving donation match campaign, when you make a donation to Bhumi to support the education of a child in need, we will match it – doubling the impact of your donation at no extra cost!

To find out more and make a donation to this fantastic Indian NGO click here.

A Picture Worth 1000 Words: Send a Girl to School & End Child Marriage

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Today India celebrates National Day of the Girl Child – a day of celebration to increase awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by girls in our society.

Nowhere is gender inequality more apparent, nor perhaps more damaging, than in education where on average a girl in India can expect to receive just 4 years of education in her lifetime. As a consequence she has little hope for an independent future and is vulnerable to serious exploitation including child labour and early marriage. In fact, 68% of girls are married before the legal age in Rajasthan, and 15% before they even reach their 10th birthday.

These awful statistics are poignantly brought to life in the picture you can see above, which was drawn by Gauri – a 9 year-old girl from Pali in Rajasthan – who was asked to draw her thoughts on education as part of a drawing competition organised by the NGO Educate Girls.

On the left, she crayoned a boy and a girl walking around a sacred fire, the symbol of Hindu weddings. On the girls chest you can see a mangal sutra, which is the necklace worn by married women. Both children seem unhappy and even though they are holding hands, their faces look forlorn and helpless. On the right hand side of the paper, Gauri drew the same children but this time they are smiling happily, wearing school uniforms, and walking towards a building where the words ‘Rajasthan High School’ are written.

Fortunately, Gauri is one of the thousands of girls now benefiting from the life-changing work carried out by Educate Girls. The organisation reforms government schools through community ownership, leveraging existing resources, empowering rural communities and mobilising local youth volunteers as positive ambassadors for education. The result? In just five years Educate Girls have helped over 58,000 girls return to school or enrol for the first time, dramatically improving their prospects for the future, while at the same time reducing the immediate risks of early marriage and child labour.

Here at LetzChange we are proud to be working with this fantastic, high-impact NGO. That’s why as part of our recently launched Spotlight Campaign we are matching all donations made to Educate Girls. For example, if you donate Rs. 500, LetzDream will add another Rs. 500, doubling the impact of your donation!

For just Rs. 250 you can send an out of school girl child back to school. Why not celebrate National Day of the Girl Child today by making a donation to Educate Girls on LetzChange?

Click here to donate and change a life now!

Double The Impact Of Your Donation!

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Introducing Spotlight Giving – a new initiative from LetzChange helping you make an even bigger impact with your charitable donations – at no extra cost!

For a limited time only LetzChange will shine the ‘spotlight’ on three high-impact Indian NGOs to celebrate their inspiring work and help them reach their fundraising goals. Every time you make a donation to one of these Spotlight NGOs our sister organisation LetzDream Foundation will match it – doubling the impact of your donation!

With a focus on improving the education and employment opportunities of India’s underprivileged children and youth, the first three Spotlight NGOs and their primary projects are:

– Educate Girls: Send an out-of-school girl child back to school

– SGBS Trust (Unnati): Help capable underprivileged youths find employment

– Bhumi: Sponsor the education of a child in need

All you have to do is select a project from the above NGOs that you would like to support, make your donation online using the LetzChange simple, secure and trusted online payment process and your donation will instantly be matched by LetzDream foundation. Simple!

Keep an eye on LetzChange.org and the LetzChange Facebook page over the coming weeks for much more on our donation match campaign including inspiring stories of change, video tours of the Spotlight NGOs, Q&A sessions with their founders, and much more!

Why not make a donation to a Spotlight NGO today and see how we can change India for the better, together.

Light Up A Life This Diwali – Win A Donation For Your Favourite NGO!

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This Diwali, spread joy, laughter and light. Do the usual: buy new clothes, exchange gifts, light diyas, make rangolis, and eat lots of sweets! But why not do something a little different too – light up someone else’s life.

To celebrate Diwali, LetzChange has launched ‘Dilwalon ki Diwali’; a campaign raising awareness of the wonderful and high-impact work carried out by our NGO partners and offering you the chance to win one of the three donations to an NGO of your choice!

India Has Some Serious Problems to Solve

When we are busy making preparations for Diwali, we sometimes forget about the people who really make this celebration come to life. The potter who makes beautiful diyas, the farmer who labours in the sugarcane field, or the woman who works in a fireworks factory. What about their children? Do they go to school? And do their ageing parents have access to health facilities?

The facts remain appalling:

  • Over 830,250,000 in India are living on less than $2 a day

  • The highest child mortality rate in the world belongs to India

  • Only 31% of India’s population have access to proper sanitation facilities

Chances are many of these hard-working people are included in the statistics. But, what’s great is that each one of us can share the joy and light of Diwali. What’s even better is LetzChange allows you to do this in a convenient and fun way.

LetzChange Offers Some Solutions

With almost 100 NGOs to choose from, covering almost every Indian state and every conceivable good cause, LetzChange is a treasure trove of inspiring NGO projects just waiting to be discovered! And this Diwali we are inviting you to win one of 3 donations which you can award to the NGO of your choice!

To enter the competition visit the LetzChange Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/LetzChange and follow the simple instructions.

Start spreading the joy and light of Diwali now!