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!

Celebrating International Day Of The Girl Child

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On the 19th of December 2011, the United Nations declared the 11th of October each year to be International Day of the Girl Child. A day dedicated to recognising girls’ rights and the challenges they face every day around the world.

The theme of the 2013 commemoration according to the UN, “Innovating for Girls’ Education”, has been chosen to draw attention to the obligation and moral imperative to fulfil a girls’ right to education. Reports show that although progress has been made to encourage and ensure girls are receiving education, there is still a significant number who are being deprived of this basic right, particularly in India where discrimination against girls and women remains a deeply disturbing reality.

So, we ask the question, ‘Is it more important for a girl to reach her full potential? Or be pushed into an early marriage, stunting her emotional and mental growth?’

Babatunde Osotimehin, M.D, Executive Director, UNFPA, has said: “A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together and end child marriage.”

We feel that education is perhaps the best way for these marginalised girls to prosper in their future. Indeed, research shows that girls who stay in education for seven years or more marry 4 years later and have 2 fewer children.

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It’s for this reason that you’ll find so many projects on LetzChange dedicated to educating the Girl Child. From giving the gift of education to a disadvantaged girl to sponsoring a tribal girl to enter mainstream education, there are many ways for you to make a stand and get involved to help improve the lives of individuals, families and society as a whole. As the research complied by USAID in this infographic shows, “A woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending benefits to the world around her, creating a better life for her family and building a strong community”.

This International Day of the Girl Child, why not take a look through the numerous NGO projects on LetzChange dedicated to educating girls and let’s see if together we can provoke a seismic cultural change towards this serious subject.

Celebrating The Older Generation

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On the 14th of December 1990, the United Nations declared the 1st of October each year to be International Day of Older Persons. A day dedicated to those people who are rich in their own history, who can teach us things no one else can, and deserve respect for the contributions they have made to the world we live in today.

The theme of the 2013 commemoration according to the UN, “The future we want: what older persons are saying” has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons and place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda.

So, we ask the question, ‘What do you want from old age’?

Respect? Friendship? Or simply comfort and affection from your family in your later years?

The statistics from India suggest we can ‘look forward’ to a rather different reality

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Over 30% of older people in India experience some form of abuse (HelpAge India, 2012). We must ask ourselves, is this what we want as we progress towards the twilight of our own lives? Should we not strive to be better, and behave towards those who have cared for us in the same way that we would hope to be cared for ourselves?

We feel the answer to that second question is a resounding ‘Yes’, and so do a number of the Indian NGOs that you can find on LetzChange. From supporting an elderly person in distress to helping elderly single women to attain their rights, there are a number of inspiring NGO projects caring for India’s elderly on LetzChange, trying to make old age a period of life defined by safety, security, and purpose rather than abuse, neglect and poverty.

This International Day of Older Persons, why not click through to the LetzChange Facebook page to join in the conversation, or visit letzchange.org to discover and donate to an NGO project caring for India’s elderly.

LetzChange – Simple Social Giving

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Welcome to the LetzChange Blog!

In this first post we would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about LetzChange and what you can expect to find on the LetzChange blog over the coming weeks and months.

Put simply, LetzChange is the place to discover and donate to legitimate Indian NGO projects. We are a non profit organisation working with around 100 NGOs operating in India across a broad range of causes including education, disability, women and girls, and hunger amongst many others. On the LetzChange blog you can expect to discover more about many of these Indian charities, the inspiring work they do and how, with your help, they can improve the lives of India’s most disadvantaged people.

We’ll also be keeping a close eye on current affairs in India, particularly those affecting the marginalised and disadvantaged people in the country, as well as looking at the many positive stories of change and hope emerging from India as well.

We hope you will enjoy exploring LetzChange. We have created it to be a socially rewarding experience, empowering you to discover and donate to the Indian NGO projects and causes you believe in. You can even use the LetzChange social tools to help introduce your friends to the world of Simple Social Giving too.