We always believed that little steps are the catalysts for a BIGGER change. And we are happy to find ScoopWhoop agreeing with us.
Did you know that the amount you spend on your luxury spending can add a ‘scoop’ of happiness to someone’s life? Click through to ScoopWhoop to take a look at the full campaign created for #GivingTuesday by Binit Thacker from the LetzChange team.
We’d love to hear your opinions on this so please leave a comment either here on the LetzChange blog or over on ScoopWhoop.
If you would like to make a donation to a vetted and verified Indian NGO project today on #GivingTuesday click here to get started!
“Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.”
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations
Up to 7 in 10 women around the world will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, and in India, the threat of violence can begin even before a baby girl is born, with abortions of female foetuses leading to a gender imbalance across the country. In a further cruel twist of fate, one of the outcomes of this gender imbalance – that in some districts it is increasingly hard for men to find women to marry – has led to further violence and abuse of women and girls in the form of human trafficking.
As the BBC reports, bride trafficking has become prevalent, with girls bought from their families in other states while still young to be married to local men. The girls not only suffer numerous human rights violations such as being denied an education but they can also experience physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their husbands, essentially leading the life of slaves, and they may also be ostracised by the community who see them as outsiders.
At LetzChange we are proud to be associated with a number of NGOs listed on our platform that are addressing both the causes and the consequences of human trafficking, and many others promoting the welfare and rights of women. One such NGO, Prerana (Mumbai) runs a rehabilitation programme where girls rescued from human trafficking are helped to recover from their physical and psychological wounds. The girls are also assisted with the legal aid process and receive vocational training in simple skills so that once they leave the centre they are more able to be self-reliant.
As Secretary General of the UN Bank Ki-moon says, the starting point for ending violence against women and girls is to challenge the culture and discrimination that allows it to continue. However, for many unfortunate women and girls across the country, that opportunity has been and gone. There is therefore a growing need to support NGOs such as Prerana that are picking up the pieces for these girls, supporting them on their long and arduous journey towards rehabilitation and a brighter future.
If you would like to stand by these girls too, please visit LetzChange to find out more and make a donation here.
Calling all Pinners! How would you like to take a tour of India, stopping off as you go to discover some of the country’s most inspiring NGOs? Well, now you can do just that in our interactive Pinterest map!
LetzChange is home to over 70 vetted and verified NGOs from across the country and we’re busy pinning them to the map so you can see where they carry out their life changing work. Each pin contains a short film so you can meet the people and personalities behind the NGO as well as the people their work supports, thanks to your kind donations.
Did you know that when you make a donation online, typically around 9% of the amount you donate will be deducted in the form of various fees by the website and their payment processor partners?
If you feel that is as unsatisfactory as we do, you’ll be pleased to know that there is an alternative. LetzChange is the only online giving website that does not deduct a single rupee from your donation, ensuring 100% of what you donate goes where it should – to the NGO.
Why not make a change today by making a 0% fee, 100% change donation on LetzChange now. Click here to get started!
As India celebrates its 68th Independence Day on Friday, we remain mindful that for millions of people across the country, independence is a dream yet to be realised. In particular, many of our country’s women and girls remain marginalised, discriminated against and dependent for life – a process that starts in childhood where education in poorer families is seen as a luxury that can only be afforded for boys, if at all.
Beyond the obvious and most important issue of equality, there are of course many, many reasons why education for girls is vitally important – for individuals, families and for society as a whole. Not only is education a human right, but research shows that when a girl stays in school her risk of child marriage decreases and her risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth is significantly reduced as well (more benefits on this great infographic).
What’s more, women and girls spend 90% of their earned income on their family (versus 30-40% for men), and educating girls is also fundamental to a nation’s economic prosperity and development as well: when 10% more girls stay in school a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3%, while eliminating barriers to employment for women (education being perhaps the best way to do this) can result in a 25% increase in labour productivity (another great infographic!).
For all these reasons and more, this Independence Day, LetzChange launches a new campaign in partnership with Deepalaya with the aim of helping underprivileged girls from slum communities achieve independence through education.
From the 13-15 August, we’re cashing in your Facebook likes and shares and your Twitter retweets and mentions for donations towards Deepalaya’s project “Help to empower and educate a poor slum-girl.” All you have to do is #ClickToCare by liking, sharing and re-tweeting LetzChange Independence Day posts on social media, and we will donate to Deepalaya on your behalf – Simple Social Giving!
Click through to Facebook and Twitter now and let’s help bring independence to as many underprivileged girls as possible!
*Full instructions and terms & conditions can be found here.
Officially, India is home to more than 2.2 million mentally challenged people, although this figure is likely to be a vastly underestimated figure. Typically thought of as incurable and therefore hopeless, mentally ill people are often left in hospitals or abandoned by their families.
Paripurnata Half-Way Home provides quality care and rehabilitation facilities to mentally ill women, with a focus on creating a homely environment in which free treatments can be most effectively provided, including pharmacotherapy and psychological counselling.
Paripurnata also addresses the important aspect of keeping their residents creatively occupied by running sewing, weaving, cooking and bandhani classes, amongst many other activities – therapeutic activities in their own right, but activities that also contributing to skills and knowledge development that will better enable the women to re-integrate with life outside of Paripurnata and lead more self-sufficient and independent lives.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video above that will take you on a guided tour of Paripurnata Half-Way Home and provide an insight into the fantastic work they are doing to help women living with mental illness in India.
You can also find out more on Paripurnata’s NGO page and project pages on LetzChange, as well as make a donation to support this NGO and the dozens of women that they care for. Remember, every donation made online at LetzChange will be matched by us, doubling your impact and further helping to improve the lives of underprivileged people and communities in India.
LetzChange is home to over 70 Indian NGOs and is committed to helping these incredible organisations reach new donors as they strive to bring lasting change to underprivileged people and communities in India.
With so much great work being done we thought it would be a good idea to take a more focused look at some of these NGOs, to do each one justice by providing them some proper airtime on letzchange.org and the LetzChange Facebook page!
We therefore introduce to you NGO of the Week! Not only do we hope to inspire you with their achievements but we also hope you will feel moved to support the NGO in whatever way you can, either by making an online donation on LetzChange or by liking and sharing on social media to introduce your friends to LetzChange and the joy of Simple Social Giving too!
Stay tuned for more NGO of the Week posts and in the meantime why not check out our first NGO, Paripurnata Half-Way Home, on the LetzChange Facebook page here.
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.
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.
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.