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07 October 2022

Let us uphold the spirit of NGO workers, who continue to work in the face of adversity

The lockdown affected the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities across the country, such as migrant labourers, waste pickers, single mothers, artisans and sex workers. It is to cushion the impact of the crisis on these sections, and to ensure their access to essentials, that not-for-profit organizations are sending out appeals for funds.

Despite a crunch of funds, non-profit organizations have risen up to the occasion, to provide food, rations and hygiene kits to the poor, along with awareness generation about the virus and preventing its spread. They are educating people on social distancing, helping to combat the stigma, providing shelter and setting up community kitchens for those in need. 

Sudhanshu Singh founder of Humanitarian Aid International says, “Dealing with disasters isn’t new to us, I have dealt with so many disasters, but we are in an unusual disaster now, which none of us has experienced before. This time it’s so difficult because people can’t come out and most of the things one has to do alone, as humanitarian workers, we have to be prepared to deal with uncertainties. We not only served cooked food and provided dry ration, we also started conducting online health care programme, gave sanitation support, and helped sanitation workers.”

The lockdown affected the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities across the country, such as migrant labourers, waste pickers, single mothers, artisans and sex workers. It is to cushion the impact of the crisis on these sections, and to ensure their access to essentials, that not-for-profit organizations are sending out appeals for funds.

Despite a crunch of funds, non-profit organizations have risen up to the occasion, to provide food, rations and hygiene kits to the poor, along with awareness generation about the virus and preventing its spread. They are educating people on social distancing, helping to combat the stigma, providing shelter and setting up community kitchens for those in need. 

Sudhanshu Singh founder of Humanitarian Aid International says, “Dealing with disasters isn’t new to us, I have dealt with so many disasters, but we are in an unusual disaster now, which none of us has experienced before. This time it’s so difficult because people can’t come out and most of the things one has to do alone, as humanitarian workers, we have to be prepared to deal with uncertainties. We not only served cooked food and provided dry ration, we also started conducting online health care programme, gave sanitation support, and helped sanitation workers.”

07 October 2022

How do we measure impact of our projects?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a mere obligation that corporations have to put up with. Today, as we are surrounded by a myriad of development issues and increasing income gaps, several businesses have realised the importance of their responsibility towards the society. Therefore, through their CSR programmes, businesses are striving hard to make a lasting impact. 

It is thus imperative for implementing organisations, (the NGOs who execute the CSR project) to put a rigorous impact monitoring mechanism in place. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of CSR initiatives not only help measure the impact, but also help businesses learn from past experiences and improve delivery system of the CSR activities they undertake.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a mere obligation that corporations have to put up with. Today, as we are surrounded by a myriad of development issues and increasing income gaps, several businesses have realised the importance of their responsibility towards the society. Therefore, through their CSR programmes, businesses are striving hard to make a lasting impact. 

It is thus imperative for implementing organisations, (the NGOs who execute the CSR project) to put a rigorous impact monitoring mechanism in place. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of CSR initiatives not only help measure the impact, but also help businesses learn from past experiences and improve delivery system of the CSR activities they undertake.

 

07 October 2022

We are still celebrating Women’s Day in a Man’s World

In the first of a two-part series, we look at how women are still battling gender-based violence in an unequal world.

Every year, on International Women’s Day, we all tend to ponder about women’s rights and our progress towards an egalitarian society.  And every year, we are reminded that women are still living in a man’s world. Gender-based violence – domestic violence, rape, sexual assaults and abuse – have become a way of life for several women in India.

According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), one in three women in India face some form of gender-based violence (GBV). The NFHS-5 has reported an increase in the cases of domestic violence in seven states and union territories and an increase in sexual violence among girls less than 18 years old in nine states and UTs.

In the first of a two-part series, we look at how women are still battling gender-based violence in an unequal world.

Every year, on International Women’s Day, we all tend to ponder about women’s rights and our progress towards an egalitarian society.  And every year, we are reminded that women are still living in a man’s world. Gender-based violence – domestic violence, rape, sexual assaults and abuse – have become a way of life for several women in India.

According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), one in three women in India face some form of gender-based violence (GBV). The NFHS-5 has reported an increase in the cases of domestic violence in seven states and union territories and an increase in sexual violence among girls less than 18 years old in nine states and UTs.