September 8: Non-Governmental Organizations play a vital role in the development and democracy building of every country. They are instituted primarily to deliver services to underprivileged members of society. Moreover, they also fight for and support human rights and environmental issues and run numerous campaigns for social transformation.
Here is a ready list of the Top 5 NGOs in India that have managed to create a positive change in the country by contributing to sectors like social issues, environment, education, etc.
- Ranragini Mahila Foundation
Behind every successful man, there is. We all know the cliché. But let’s flip it and ask: what’s behind a successful woman? The seed of Women Serve was planted in the heart of a woman that was denied a formal education by her esoteric parents. But this perceived hardship would open a world of imagination, big dreams, and bold visions as Heena Kaushik Kothari, founder of Women Serve, found herself through the stories of inspiring women.
Running a small and medium business is a challenging task. Besides that, Heena Kothari developed her Xtreme Tooling from Pune to Bangkok. Not only that, but most importantly, she started an NGO name “Ranragini Mahila Foundation” through that, she started training girls & Women power of the digital world. Those who trained for technical knowledge started their own business & others started cooking biryani named “Bhai Ki Biryani” Salute to Heena for developing her as well as society as a social responsibility. www.ngowomen.com
- Asifa India
ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) is UNESCO supported NGO founded in 1960 in France. ASIFA India is devoted to developing film animation both as an art and also as an effective means of communication. It has been actively working since 22yrs towards the cause of knowledge sharing and promoting animation within India, building a strong sense of community. ASIFA organize and celebrates the International Animation Day festival across India to recognize the art of animation. The chapter also recognizes the best animation in India through the ASIFA India Awards of Excellence. Asifa India has become the voice of artists that promotes opportunities in animation all around the world. It is spearheaded by “Vani” Saraswathi Balgam and led with heart by an amazing team of Sanjay Khimesara, Sesha Prasad, Ramakrishnan Vinod, Siva Kasetti and R.K.Polina. It conducts Monthly CG Meet up’s & Women Creator’s Programs with Epic Games for the empowerment of Women Creators. www.asifaindia.com
- Sikh Aid
Sikh Aid was founded on the principles of Sikh teachings, “Naam Japo, Kirat Karo, Vandh Chakho,” and Cuttack, Odisha, in 2020. Still, now it is one of the most famous NGOs, helping many needy people across the country.
Raunak Singh and Satbir Singh were very passionate about helping others from a very young age and have now converted his passion into his aim for life with the help of Sikh Aid. Currently, Sikh Aid is playing an instrumental role in improving the lives of the poor by providing them food free of cost (langars) and ensuring that nobody sleeps hungry. The NGO is also imparting education to many kids of poor families, especially girls from rural areas, as their parents cannot bear the expenses related to school and studies.
Sikh Aid also took the initiative of helping flood-affected people in our neighbouring country Pakistan. www.sikhaid.in
- Project Eka Foundation
Puja Rawat Sethi, chairperson and founder of Project Eka Foundation, has made a big difference with her abilities, intentions, and passion. The compassionate woman advises, “Be kind whenever possible, as it is always possible. Her non-profit, Project Eka Foundation, runs 3 schools in two cities in India, providing access to free education to more than 500 underprivileged kids. Her foundation joined hands with India Post to promote govt’s Sukanyna Samriddhi Yojana. Her social service was acknowledged by the Dadasaheb Phalke International Awards 2022. Under her Social Service Foundation, Puja Rawat has adopted ‘boots on the ground’ initiatives like Project Sharda working on ‘Right to education and Project Kushalya on ‘Skill-based Vocational Training’. She started Project Eka Foundation a year ago to help people regardless of society. Her humanitarian work includes food distribution and health camps with test sites and medical supplies. Puja is a humanitarian, businesswoman, artist, Kathak dancer, and food connoisseur. www.project-eka.com
- Sai Leela Foundation
Sai Leela Foundation was established in the year 2019 with the mindset of achieving social justice by skilling the youth, women empowerment, and healthcare ecosystem for the underprivileged. Team Sai Leela Foundation empowers the impoverished regardless of religion, gender, race, or politics. The Foundation has supported rural education, training, health, and environmental causes since its founding. It aims to innovate rural education, health, and labour care.
Rashmi Upadhyay & Mahesh Shetty, founders of Sai Leela Foundation, believe Indian youth needs the education to help India gain global respect.
They established a course for Mumbai University for pharmaceutical industry students. This NGO guarantees job placement for all three-month training graduates.
This NGO works for women’s empowerment and social justice by training youngsters and developing a healthcare ecosystem for the underprivileged.
Sai Leela Foundation empowers communities by generating opportunities and platforms for the poor by fostering holistic, sustainable, and socially uplifting progress, allowing them to contribute to our nation’s growth. www.saileelafoundation.com
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