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India is a country burdened by many innumerable issues….. issues which literally gives us GOOSEBUMPS!
Poverty, lack of education, Health concern, Cruelty against street animals, Discrimination based on caste, Diseases, Social evils like Dowry and Female Infanticide, and other female issues are just a few that POP UP in the mind.
And each of these issues goes much deep and has many layers to it, SADLY making it more complex to handle.
The government of the country is liable to take the responsibility for these concerns and it does with various plans and schemes.
Yet, the task is a herculean one and that’s when NGOs come into the picture!
What Are NGOs?
NGO stands for Non-Government Organization. These organizations have a specific motto of certain social concern and they work without any representation from Government.
There are many funding agencies in India which support these NGOs. Some NGOs are also fully or partially funded by the government but they cannot have any government person as their official representative.
Today, India is flooded with countless NGOs from the last few decades. Their numbers might run into few hundreds.
There is a controversial theory that many of them mushroom as a parallel business diminishing the whole concept of passionate work for a good social cause.
Many are found to be misleading to people and if analysed turn out to be an alternative way to make black money into white and carrying on illegal activities under the garb of a noble cause.
Most of the funding to these organizations comes from government and corporate organization.
You would not believe…many NGOs in India have come under scanner for their source of funding and their link to political wills that govern their activities.
This has maligned the image of NGOs in India for a common man.
NGOs need to undergo registration process to be recognized and regularized.
It is a challenging task to scrape through the red-tapism in the government to establish one.
In a country like India… where, there is a lack of transparency in financial transactions, receiving donations and funds to run NGO efficiently becomes ANOTHER STUMBLING STONE!
Despite all these hurdles, there are many government based Schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana and some of the best NGOs in India where the compassionate work has made a MASSIVE social impact…giving A WAKE-UP CALL!
Here we present, THE LIST OF 9 BEST NGOs IN INDIA…who have become very popular and have won accolades for their remarkable journey in bringing social impact to this nation.
List of 9 Best NGOs In India
1. Give India:
The #1 Ngo to feature in this list is, Give India celebrates “THE JOY OF SHARING AND GIVING”.
They are basically fundraisers who raise fund through awareness, online donation and campaigns like “joy of giving”.
Venkat Krishnan, an IIM-A graduate conceived this idea to start this fund raising platform and supports 200 NGOs who have been scrutinised for transparency and credibility.
They have a motto to promote the culture of giving in our country. One can go and donate online. You have options to choose your cause for donation and your scheme of donation.
They are transparent and you can keep a track of how your donation is being used. They have achieved numerous awards for their effort.
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2. Prajwala, Hyderabad:
Sex slavery is a BIG CRIME all across the world and has got deep roots.
Sunitha Krishnan, a rape survivor herself started this NGO and it is now a pioneering anti-trafficking organization working on rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of sex trafficked victims into regular society.
Sunitha Krishanan and Bro Jose Vatticatil are the two co-founders of this organization who have worked for two decades now with their conviction and integrity.
It works in collaboration with US consulate of Hyderabad.
Prajwala has now become a well-known voice across India and Globe for ensuring holistic victim services (Medical support, psychological support and legal support).
They bank on 5 Pillars –
They support the children of sex workers with their education and help prevent the second generation from entering the flesh trade.
They have helped so many victims so far who were forced into sex slavery and human trafficking.
For her work and social service, Sunitha Krishnan has been recognized and awarded with India’s fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2016.
3. CRY (Child Rights and You):
It is the most popular and one of the most trusted NGOs in India as well as other parts of the world.
It was an extraordinary dream of Rippan Kapur, a young airline purser to work for underprivileged children and this dream led Rippan and his six friends to start CRY in 1979.
The passion and conviction of this team drove CRY from a small agent of change to an internationally recognized one.
Though the founder passed away in 1994, the team at CRY continue to pursue its dream and drive the organization to greater heights.
They have got several accolades, awards and recognition for their extraordinary accomplishments. Cry is for sure the best NGO in India.
Goonj is an award-winning social NGOs in India that works in 22 states across India to assist communities in remote and downtrodden areas by delivering basic needs like clothing, sanitary pads and domestic tools from urban areas.
Famous social worker Anshu Gupta, the founder of Goonj has been well recognized globally for his selfless work.
He is the recipient of various prestigious awards like Magsaysay Award and many national and international honors like Ashoka and Schwab Fellowship.
He was listed as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs.
Anshu, popularly known as India’s clothing man had a vision offering a sustainable economic model for eliminating poverty and poverty-related issue.
Goonj works on a barter system between rural and urban India and promotes a culture of giving in India.
The under used and abundant urban materials and goods can be provided to rural areas and can be brought to good use to alleviate their poverty and retain their dignity.
5. HelpAge India:
HelpAge India is a well-known NGO working with and for the disadvantaged elderly for four decades since the year 1978.
The “Men in Action” for this popular NGO are Cecil Jackson Cole, John F. Pearson and Samson Daniel.
It looks after the senior citizens in India and takes care of issues like pension, stringent action against elder abuse, quality health care, and many more.
They work with passion and have numerous success stories as feathers in their cap.
6. Smile Foundation:
Smile Foundation is one NGOs in India that has been bringing SMILES to million faces of under privileged children and their families since their establishment in the year 2002.
Santanu, an associate member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India, and a qualified lawyer is the co-founder of Smile foundation.
Smile foundation work in over 950 remote villages and slums across 25 states in India.
They work on various welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment.
The award winning documentary “I am Kalam” based on the cause for children was supported by Smile Foundation.
7. Chhanv Foundation:
Acid attack is one of the most ATROCIOUS crime and most of its victims in India are female.
Chhanv foundation helps these acid attack victims and survivors by providing sustenance and shelter.
They help them heal their inner bruises and regain normal by providing shelter and avenues for employment and financial independence.
They also provide counselling and financial assistance to these victims for their treatment.
Laxmi Aggrawal, an acid attack survivor and a well-known social activist is one of the directors here; started this NGO in the year 2013.
8. LEPRA India:
India is a home to majority of Leprosy patients in world.
Lepra is a UK registered international charity based NGOs in India with a history of over 90 years.
It came to India in 2006 and works on the inspiration of Saint Mother Teresa with the aim of complete eradication of dangerous disease, poverty and prejudice.
It works with full compassion for the patients of leprosy and diseases like lymphatic filariasis.
They help the patient and family fight the social stigma and transform their lives.
9. PRS Legislative Research:
PRS is a Delhi based NGO established in 2005 by M.R.Madhavan and C.V. Madhukar.
It works as an independent research institute to make the Indian Legislative process become well informed, more transparent and more participative.
In addition to this, they help with knowledge-based efficiency and improvement in governance.
They have various activities and projects like MP and MLA engagement, Citizens engagement, Legislators Knowledge Network, Laws of India Project and LAMP fellowship.
The Bottom Line
Every citizen of the society who is passionate to bring the change, can be an agent of NGOs in India.
These NGOs need support and encouragement in form of monetary donations and donations in kind and time.
Come Forward To Support Them… Be The Part Of The Change!