A NGO is a non-profit, citizen-based organization that operates independently of government, but may participate in international philanthropic, economic, or social missions. NGOs usually advocate with different social causes that can be highly diverse — from caring with street dogs to drug abusers being rehabilitated. The most important fields of work NGOs include: children’s rights, human rights, assistance to the disabled, treatment for the elderly, conservation of wildlife, environment, etc. Filming Indo being the best fixer in India can help to arrange interviews with top international NGO’s for documentary filming in India.
Since India is a large country — both geographically and demographically — the government alone cannot uplift the poor and support the impoverished sections of society. Various international development organizations have been active in India for decades, and have contributed greatly to helping Indian communities emerge from the quagmire of deprivation and education. Their work contributes in different ways to the country’s economic development. NGOs need funds to conduct their work and they only operate on donations.
Here are the top 10 international NGOs actively working in India:
1. Save the Children India
Bal Raksha Bharat is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in India, also known as Save the Children India. Headquartered in Gurugram and registered as Bal Raksha Bharat in India, the group is a member of the Save the Children’s International Alliance.
Save the Children India officially launched as Bal Raksha Bharat in April 2008 and has since reached 10.1 million children through its efforts. In the remotest corners of India and urban areas, the organization implements sustainable, community-driven programs to provide quality education and healthcare, protection from harm and violence, and life-saving assistance to children during emergencies.
Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC)
The STREET CHILD CRICKET WORLD CUP, organized by Street Child United, focuses on bringing together street children from around the world to participate in their own international cricket tournament and raise awareness to address the problems and adverse abuse that they face. Now is their moment to yell # IAMSOMEBODY
This special tournament will give street kids a voice like never before. This will help them push the limits World Cup for Street Children is coming to India in 2023.
2. Oxfam India
Established in 1942 and headed by Oxfam International, Oxfam is a confederation of 20 independent humanitarian organizations that concentrate on alleviating world poverty.
Oxfam recognizes the universality of human rights and the indivisibility of human rights, and has embraced these common principles to articulate these rights in concrete terms: the right to sustainable living. Right to essential social care. A right to life and safety.
The mission of Oxfam India is to create a more fair and prosperous world by inspiring the poor to claim their rights, engaging the non-poor to become involved and compassionate people, promoting an effective and responsive state and making markets work for the poor. Oxfam India’s guiding mission is “the right to dignified life.”
Oxfam India Trailwalker
Oxfam India Trailwalker is a team challenge, and India’s largest fundraising event. The money collected by teams is used to advocate for education and health for all in the six poorest states of India (Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh) to combat cultural , social and gender disparity.
Oxfam India virtual Trailwalker Relay (September 2020)
The challenge is to complete 100 km as a team pick who will do what distance to get to a 100 km group. When you train, trek and collect money for Trailwalker Relay, you can work to end the world’s poverty. The money that you raise will benefit both Oxfam’s work and that of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
3. HelpAge India
HelpAge India is one of the founding members of HelpAge International, a high-profile organization of 97 member countries at the United Nations that represent the cause of the elderly. This is intimately associated to Help the Aged, UK, and has received a special testimony from the United Nations on “Dedicated service in support of the United Nations Ageing Program.”
Its mission is to ‘work for and improve the quality of life of vulnerable older people’ HelpAge advocates for their needs with the central and state governments such as, for universal pension, quality healthcare, action against elder abuse and many more at the national , state, and societal level. It runs various Age care services to meet the needs of elderly people. The aim is to support vulnerable elders in a holistic way, helping them to lead a more involved, dignified and safer life.
New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) and HelpAge India, a non-profit organization, are joining hands to focus on the lives of senior citizens who were the hardest affected by the COVID-19 pandemic because they are the most vulnerable, especially those above 80. The elderly struggle to simply survive as India fights the corona virus outbreak and stays locked down.
4. CARE India
‘CARE India is a non-profit organization that has been operating in India for over 65 years, with a emphasis on poverty alleviation and social injustice. They do so by well-planned and systematic health, education, wellbeing, and disaster preparedness and response programs.
The overarching objective of CARE India is to empower women and girls from deprived and disadvantaged communities to better their lives and livelihoods. The CARE International Federation, fighting towards a world where all people live with dignity and protection in more than 90 countries.’
5. World Vision India
World Vision India is one of the country’s largest humanitarian organizations focused on children. It employs proven , effective development, public engagement and relief practices, with over six decades of grassroots experience, empowering vulnerable children and communities living in contexts of poverty and injustice to become self-sufficient and bring lasting change. This serves all children as a reminder of Christ’s unconditional love for all men, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision India works to tackle issues affecting children in collaboration with governments, civil society, donors and companies in 123 districts affecting about 26lakh children and their families in over 6200 communities spread across 24 states and the National Capital Region.
Over recent decades, World Vision has always responded to major disasters over India, including the 2004 tsunami, the Kashmir earthquake, and ongoing flood situations across various states. Furthermore, World Vision India is member at different levels of many networks and coalitions.
6. Plan India
Plan India is a nationally registered non-profit organization that seeks to advance the children’s rights and equality for girls, thereby creating a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable and excluded children and their communities. Starting from 1979, Plan India organization has been enhancing the lives of millions of children & young people by providing them access to security, quality education and healthcare services, a safe climate, livelihood opportunities and involvement in life-affecting decisions. Plan India is a member of an independent development and humanitarian organization, Plan International Federation. Plan International operates in over 70 countries.
7. Action Aid
The ActionAid Foundation is an association that aims to foster social and environmental justice. Since 1972, ActionAid has been working with India’s most marginalized communities. The ActionAid Association was registered as an Indian association in 2006, governed by an elected General Assembly and a Board of Governors. They aim for freedom, solidarity and liberty for all, together with supporters, communities, organizations and governments. The ActionAid Organization operates with numerous members and related organizations, in 24 states and two federal territories.
ActionAid Association is part of ActionAid International’s global federation and maximum affiliate, with a presence in over 40 countries around the world.
Vision-A world without poverty , inequality and oppression where every citizen enjoys a dignified right to life.
Mission- Working in solidarity with the poor and the oppressed and engaging in their struggle to eliminate racism, inequality and injustice.
Overall Goal- A just social order brought about by the marginalised, who claim their right to dignity and identity through improved democratic participation and structural change.
8. Greenpeace India
Greenpeace India, a non-profit NGO and a global environmental group, has a presence in 55 countries across Europe, America and Asia. Greenpeace India, with its headquarters and other branches in Delhi, Chennai, Patna, has legally registered society in 4 locations with Bengaluru.
Greenpeace India claims it receives 60 percent of its support from donors in India, 38 percent from Netherlands-based Greenpeace International and less than 1 percent from the US-based Climate Works Project, and as of June 2014 the group receives no international support.
They don’t take money from governments, intergovernmental bodies, political parties or companies to escape their influence, according to the organization. Their central fundraising strategy is called “Direct Dialog Recruiting,” where the fundraising team goes out on the street and meets the ordinary people directly to address the current environmental situation and how Greenpeace is trying to bring about a meaningful change. Such conversations eventually lead to the individual concerned being registered as a donor and as a volunteer.
No coal mining in one of Asia’s oldest sal forests.
According to the World Resources Institute, almost half of the 1200 new coal-fired power plants planned worldwide are in India. This is why Greenpeace has made fighting against the coal industry in India a priority. Campaigns by the charity have prevented coal mining in several protected areas of India.
9. World Wildlife Fund
With five decades of extensive sector work, WWF India today is one of the country’s leading conservation organizations. WWF India is a science-based organization that tackles concerns such as biodiversity protection and habitat protection, climate change, water and environmental education, among many others.
Over the years, its outlook has grown to represent a more holistic view of the country ‘s numerous conservation concerns and seeks to proactively foster environmental protection by working with various stakeholders — governments, NGOs, schools and colleges, businesses, students and others.
Mission- To stop the degradation of the natural environment of the planet and to build a future where humans live in harmony with nature, by:
- Conserving biological diversity around the world
- Make good use of the abundant natural resources
- Fostering emissions control and excessive consumption
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION- Biodiversity goal 2050
In 2050, the dignity of Earth’s most remarkable natural places is maintained, leading to a healthier and more prosperous world for everyone.
Beginning locally, WWF-India has defined the country’s most vulnerable regions and priority species that constitute the country’s natural heritage and is working through field research , policy initiatives and successful campaigns to maintain their health and numbers.
FOOTPRINT REDUCTION – 2050 Footprint goal
Through 2050, the global footprint of mankind remains within the Earth’s capacity to support life, and our planet’s natural wealth must be equitably shared.
WWF-India aims to reduce the country’s footprint on the earth by resolving key growth and environmental problems that impact our national and global footprint as a whole.
10. Doctors without Borders
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) translates as Doctors without Borders. They offer medical support to people impacted by wars, epidemics, disasters or health-care absence. The acts are motivated by the ideals of scientific ethics and impartiality, equality and neutrality.
MSF claims to fills the gaps in India’s health care system and provides medical care to people who would struggle to access it otherwise.
They provide medical and psychosocial services for people living with HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis in and around Mumbai, a city of 22 million people, about 50,000 of whom suffer from TB, and 4,000 are infected with drug-resistant disease strains. MSF also has a team in Manipur that provides specialist care for TB, HIV and hepatitis C and set up a dedicated clinic for hepatitis C in Meerut City in 2017. Kala azar is also endemic and especially prevalent in Bihar, where they concentrate on treating co-infection with kala azar-HIV.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aims to partner with disadvantaged populations to provide infectious disease mental health services and education, drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), sexual abuse and malnutrition.
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