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Top 5 NGOs In India Doing Stupendous Work!

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[Updated Sept 2014]

Many NGOs and organizations for social change have mushroomed in India in the previous decade but very few have expanded on the basis of scale and the impact on the community. After all, it’s a herculean task to scrape through red tapism in the government to be able to establish an NGO in the first place.

And considering the lack of transparency in transactions in our country, donations and sponsorships too are not easy to receive too. In spite of all these hurdles, there are a few NGOs that have made substantial social impact in India until now.

 

Smile Foundation

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Formed in 2002, the Smile Foundation promotes the cause of education amongst underprivileged children. The people behind the Smile Foundation have envisaged children to be the building blocks of the future and hence have developed programs ranging from healthcare, education, livelihood, women empowerment to a system where privileged children can help their underprivileged counterparts.

To cite a more familiar example, the award winning documentary “I am Kalam” that was based on a cause for children was supported by the Smile Foundation.

Visit the website for more details: Smile Foundation

Nanhi Kali

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Nanhi Kali is a sponsorship project that was started by Anand Mahindra in 1996, with the aim of breaking the vicious circle of poverty in India by educating the girl child. In partnership with 21 others NGOs that help the Nanhi Kali project to implement its cause, every sponsor gives a selected girl child the required academic and material support.

You too, can sponsor the education of a girl child with just Rs. 2400 or Rs. 3600 a year and get regular reports regarding her progress. Did you know that the goal of Project Nanhi Kali is to support education for 1,00,000 girl children by this year end?

Visit the website for more details: Nanhi Kali

GiveIndia Foundation

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Most of you might have heard about the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ celebrations that find national coverage in the Indian media each year. This week of giving is hosted by GiveIndia Foundation which doesn’t do hands-on grassroots community work, but holds a unique position amongst Indian NGOs because. Why? Because it acts as an online and offline donation platform for more than 200 Indian NGOs that have been scrutinized through the GiveIndia scanner for their transparency and credibility in operations.

If you donate through GiveIndia, they will tell you exactly where your money has gone and follow it up with a feedback report. This organization for social change set up by an IIM-A alumnus has been the recipient of many awards for their work in creating accountability in the area of donations.

Visit the website for more details: Give India

Goonj

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Listed by Forbes as India most powerful rural entrepreneur organization, Goonj has overtaken several milestones in adding value to the community in the past.

With the famous “Vastra Samman” program, Goonj has mobilized recyclable and re-usable items like clothes, books, grains, exports surpluses and much more from urban to rural centers.

With many donations points across the country, Goonj has been successfully channelizing more than more than 70,000 kgs of material every month, has a team of more than 300 volunteers and partners with 250 other organizations.

Visit the website for more details: Goonj

HelpAge India

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Set up all the way back in 1978, HelpAge India has been providing support to India’s abandoned, poor and isolated elderly folk. Amongst many other ancillary functions to support the grey population of India, HelpAge India plays a critical role in influencing policy change for the elderly in governments and providing emotional and material support to the abandoned elderly.

From opening physiotherapy centers to sponsoring cataract operations, from providing help lines for the elderly to help them understand and fight for their rights, HelpAge India has come a long way. Did you know that this NGO also represents its cause in the National Planning Commission of India?

Visit the website for more details: HelpAge India

Whether you have monetary resources to give away or your time to be donated with some hands-on community work, you have many transparent donation options in India to choose from. With a variety of methods of giving now available, make sure you do your bit of good towards the society!

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22 comments

  1. Dr.A.Jagadeesh

    Excellent. Some NGOs are doing marvelous work. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

  2. Our NGO Rapid Response making huge impact in flood affected communities in Uttarakhand. Please visit and donate. Thanks. http://www.rapidresponse.org.in

  3. Narayan Seva Sansthan is one of the best charity organization.Since 1985, over one lakh polio afflicted people have been freely and successfully operated under Narayan Seva Sansthan’s move towards self-dependence of the handicapped. Sansthan has bagged Limca Award for the record number of polio operations. Our aim is work for the ‘Free OF Cost’ treatment and the rehabilitation of the poor, destitute, disabled people. To bring the disabled people into the main stream of the society by making them stand and walk on their own feet their after ‘free of cost ‘ corrective surgery their by developing self confidence within themselves to become self-sufficient , on their own. The organization has engaged itself in different educational, social and medical services for the persons well as that needy, especially from the tribal belt. It is maintaining and orphan children hostel and a residential school for the blind, deaf-dumb and mentally retarded children. In order to make them self dependent sansthan is providing training of sewing,carpentry,bamboo work etc. and also has vocational training center providing courses on computer servicing,T.V./V.C.R. repairing etc. The other aim of Narayan Seva Sansthan includes the ‘ free of cost’ services activities such as distribution of calipers, laboratory tests of patients suffering from polio and by birth other disabilities, medical examination of patients, physiotherapy , boarding & lodging, education vocation training etc. Tha organization losts of Awards. visit http://www.narayanseva.org https://www.facebook.com/NssUdaipurIndia

  4. You missed RDT. rdtfvf.org/? Rural Development Trust (RDT) has been carrying out need based welfare and integrated programs of development for rural poor and needy especially …

  5. Helping OLD AGE mean to help NATION……good job a great SALUTE to this NGO..

  6. Sai Educational Rural & Urban Development Society (SERUDS) is a voluntary organization (VO), Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), non profit charity created by likeminded people who are up to making a difference in the society by working for the holistic development of poorer communities focusing on care for elderly, destitute women and underprivileged children. SERUDS has been working in the rural & urban slums for the last 8years and has made inroads into rural & urban development in the state of Andhra Pradesh. SERUDS NGO India works for the empowerment of under privileged, vulnerable and needy sections of the society particularly Children, Women and Youth. SERUDS approach is to address the health, education, environment, economic, cultural issues of the society. SERUDS India NGO aims to facilitate for the self-sufficiency and overall development of all irrespective of caste, creed and gender. SERUDS a NGO in India works in diversified activities like awareness creation, capacity building, skill development, sustainable livelihoods, rural & agricultural development and slum development. It also provides relief to victims of atrocities, harassment and natural calamities like drought & floods. Visit http://www.serudsindia.org for more details on the activities . SERUDS has been a committed organisation and to continue the good work are looking for funds. If you are seriously interested in participating yourself for the social cause you can donate using the following link: http://www.serudsindia.org/donate.html

  7. OUR NGO “VRUKSHA PREM SEVA TRUST” IS OPERATIONAL IN SAURASHTRA REGION OF GUJARAT STATE. WE ARE ENGAGED IN WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMMS. WE ARE NATIONAL AWARD HOLDER AND CERTIFIED RATED NGO BY ‘CREDIBILITY INDIA’. WE ARE LOOKING FOR PROGRAMME PARTNERS WHO CAN WORK WITH US IN WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMMS IN GUJARAT OR DONORS WHO CAN SUPPORT US IN THIS PROJECT. YOU MAY VISIT US ON http://www.vrukshaprem.org or mail us on info@vrukshaprem.org or yashodhardixit@yahoo.com for further details.

  8. The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Ngo in India, runs one of the world’s largest mid day meal program. Akshaya Patra distribute freshly cooked, Nutrition meals daily to 1.3 million underprivileged children in 9,000 government schools through 20 kitchens in 10 states across India

  9. Helpage India is really a very good organization. Even when I was in the school 7 years back. We had various social activities. Full support! Thanks for sharing the great contribution to the World!

  10. GiveIndia Ngo Seruds

    Respected Mr.Anshu Gupta Ji, Congratulations to you and your team.

  11. GiveIndia Ngo Seruds

    good to hear that our GiveIndia is featuring here.

  12. Dhaval Udani

    Thanks for featuring GiveIndia here.

  13. Sankalp Patnaik

    I would like to know how did you arrive to rate them as top ngos.. there are many ngo working at grassroots in villages helping a large number of beneficiaries.. though I am not taking anything away from these ngo too… but I feel that a systematic manner of ranking can be developed like no of beneficiaries, amount of income increased..etc.

  14. Do not donate World Vision. They are using our money to spread christianity and to convert children to that religion.

  15. Rambabu Thummala Cherla

    well done….keep up the good work:)

  16. me too will never forget our Bus trips..i've learn so many gd things from u :) thank u sir :)

  17. Robert Dequadros

    Congratulations to the top 5…..your work has brought you here.

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