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!

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!

Celebrate Independence Day with ClickToCare!

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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!