India, being a country challenged by extreme poverty in some areas, birthed many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who have been successful and even used as models to new NGOs from all over the globe. Since the Indian government only provides 1.4 percent of their GDP for healthcare (Pandey, 2017), NGOs have seen the need to succeed in their initiatives and care for the citizens. To name a few of the most successful organizations are the following:
1. Smile Foundation
In many of the isolated and difficult to access areas of India, people are uneducated, some don’t have livelihoods, and have poor healthcare services. Thus, Smile Foundation has been helping issues relating to healthcare, women empowerment, education, and providing livelihoods.
2. Cry India
Cry India is an NGO which started in Mumbai but has expanded to other areas in India like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, and Kolkata. They focus on areas relating to education because they aim to ensure all children can be admitted to free education, homes, and proper healthcare services.
3. Lepra Society
Lepra Society is an NGO which focuses on many things. For example, they aim to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and malaria which are prevalent in India. Additionally, they also helped blind individuals go through their everyday lives with less burden. Also, they have expressed their concerns relating to gender discrimination in the workplace and have been working to put a stop to it. Like many other NGOs, Lepra Society also wishes to one day eradicate poverty in India, although they still have a long way to go, one area at a time.
4. Sagram Sanstha
One of the top NGOs in India is Sargam Sanstha and for many years they have focused on underprivileged children in India. They believe that the key to a bring future for the country is to educate young people to reach their full potential. Since 1986 this organization has been helping children attend school and pursue studies in universities and eventually contribute to society.
5. Nanhi Kali
In most parts of the world, the educational attainment of boys have been more important than that of girls. But Nanhi Kali believes in equality for all and have been supporting many girls to attend school.
6. Help Age India
Help Age India is an example of an Indian NGO who has gained recognition nationally for the efforts they have put into the aid they have provided for the elderly. Life has been extremely difficult for the underprovided elderly population in India. Their bodies are no longer as strong to provide for their needs such as medical needs.
7. Goonj Limited
Goonj Limited is an NGO who has expanded in over 21 states in India. They are known to provide clothing for those who are unable to afford it, especially the children.
Funds for NGOs in India have been prominent given the success they have had throughout the years. Many NGOs have already lessened the rate of malnutrition in the country. Many facilities have also been sanitized to avoid viruses and infections from arising in many children. Funds for NGOs have always been difficult to acquire but if you establish your NGO enough and get recognized, receiving funds will get slightly easier. Following the footsteps of the organizations mentioned above can be an idea. Above everything, these NGOs didn’t have things easy either but made their way up from below to pursue their mission and vision.
Through the NGOs present in India, many Indians have been experiencing a better life. There’s no stopping these NGOs from continually helping and encouraging many of the disadvantaged.