Adding a Scoop of Happiness to Someone’s Life

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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!

Eliminating Violence Against Women: A Responsibility We All Share

“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.

With the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women taking place earlier this week, the BBC’s report The Story of India’s Salve Brides, in which it presents a number of short videos documenting the stories of those involved – a trafficked bride, an activist, but also a trafficker as well – goes some way to raising awareness of this critically important issue.

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.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

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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.

Head over to the LetzChange Discover & Donate board on Pinterest now to start your joyful journey of giving!

0% Fee, 100% Change!

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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!

NGO of the Week – Paripurnata Half-Way Home

For the first in our new series NGO of the Week we are happy to present to you Kolkata’s Paripurnata Half-Way Home.

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.

Introducing… NGO of the Week!

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.

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.

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.

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.