During the lockdown, many of us are working from home, catching up on the latest shows, spending quality time with our family, in the comfort of our homes. However,many peopleare not as fortunate. There are people out there who do not have a roof above their heads and cannot afford freshly cooked meals even once a day; their earnings have taken a massive drop and this lockdown has ended up being a very stressful time for them.
We have listed down some NGOs that provide meals and medicines to the needy during this lockdown period. You can lend a helping hand by contributing to their cause in the form of donations of volunteer work.
Mobile Creches for Working Mothers’ Children
Mobile Creches runs a day-care program for children of migrant laborers working in construction sites across Delhi NCR. This center provides these children with proper nutrition and education to ensure they lead a healthy life. Most of the children arriving at Mobile Creches are malnourished or underfed. Through a balanced meal plan, consisting of three meals a day, this NGO in Delhi focuses on improving the health of these children.
HelpAge India serves the poor elderly and helps them live a happy and dignified life. Many senior citizens who are abandoned by their children have no place to go, as they do not have other sources of income. HelpAge India offers these people a place to stay and tends to their different medical needs. Since 1980, the NGO has helped restore sight to more than nine lakh elders. There are almost 45,000 surgeries conducted annually and the organization is looking to expand this number up to 60,000.
This NGO is famous for starting the ‘Not Just A Piece of Cloth’ (NJPC) initiative to increase awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. Goonj has distributed over 4 million cloth pads across India and conducted thousands of awareness meets among the most backward communities of the country. They have also encouraged urban communities to donate cloth out of which they produce sanitary napkins.
Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in 2004, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation is an NGO in Delhi that aims to create a world worth living in for a child.The primary goal behind this NGO is to end violence and exploitation against children by ensuring child protection through innovations, research, awareness generation, promoting partnerships, and participation. It has also set up the Bal Mitra Gram (BGM) to empower children and the community they live in.
Tarkeybein aims to reform the modern public education system by involving parents as well as students in building an education narrative that involves the entire village, block, and district. This NGO forms teacher collectives and meets every month to plan teaching content. They also engage with parents and villagers through “ShikshaSabhas” to understand the learning and development opportunities through education.
Hemophilia Federation (India)
This NGO was started by Ashok Verma in 1983 who himself was a Hemophilia patient; Hemophilia Foundation provides underprivileged Hemophilic patients timely, sufficient, and appropriate treatment. This NGO helps needy patients like factory-workers, daily wage earners, rickshaw pullers, vegetable vendors and household help receive the expensive medical care needed for the disease.
Psycho-Educational Society (PES) aims to uplift the less privileged children in rural areas by providing basic education and creating awareness among the illiterate women on family welfare, health education, and personal hygiene. In the year 2000, this NGO had established the B.D.Paliwal school. This school offers primary education to boys and girls belonging to less privileged sections of the society.
Society for Child Development
This NGO in Delhi is working to create equal opportunities for people with disabilities. With this aim, they created ‘Prabhat’, a school for children with learning difficulties. The students are taught the basic skills essential to lead a healthy life with dignity. Their skill development center teaches additional courses like making nontoxic Holi colors, weaving, tailoring, candle making, papermaking, etc.
Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH)
Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) was founded to facilitate eye care to the underprivileged. The clinic provides quality eye care right from Retinal to Cornea, eye cancers to surgeries, cataract to the general care. The hospital also regularly conducts community outreach programs where free consultation and surgery is provided to poor patients suffering from cataract.
Maitri India has worked with over 45,000 individuals since its inception in 2005, primarily on the issues of social and health problems and public health concerns through education, community outreach, networking, and legal advocacy. It has been addressing the issue of violence against women, running a victim support program, and providing support to abandoned elderly widows.
The NGOs mentioned above are trying to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor. Donating to any of the NGOs will help the underprivileged lead a rightful and dignified life.