Archive - November 2016

How Helping Stray Dogs Becomes Way Easier With Crowdfunding

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“If only I had the time and money to take care of every stray dog that I come across!”

This is the story of every animal lover who comes across a stray dog that’s injured or sick or sometimes when they read articles that talk about overpopulation of strays creating a nuisance in the society. They need to repeatedly tell themselves that they can’t take on such responsibilities all the time.

Well, single-handedly, probably not every-time but you can surely consider crowdfunding! Here are 3 examples of when you can gather support from fellow animal lovers like yourself and help stray dogs:

When a stray dog is run over by a car

Stray animals often meet with road accidents. If you spot a dog who has managed to survive the impact after an accident, take them to the nearest veterinary clinic right away. Now we understand how the charges at the veterinary clinic after an accident can be pretty high – that’s when you turn to online crowdfunding! Set up a fundraiser on Ketto and explain what exactly you need money for. To understand this better, here’s Nischint’s fundraiser page, he’s a Viacom18 employee who managed to raise Rs. 1,45,201 for their resident dog ChamCham after she met with a horrible accident. He managed to raise so much with help from 79 animal lovers and now Chamcham has more than enough money to cover expenses of her surgery and post-op. Isn’t that beautiful?

When you want to feed strays in your neighbourhood

You probably carry treats for the stray dogs that come in your way but how long can you keep banking on this, right? How about going for something sustainable? Set up a fundraiser page and raise funds for a 6-month or yearlong supply of food for these strays. Create a plan of how many dogs you want to support, what you’re going to buy for them and how much do you want to raise. Let animal lovers in your area pitch in and help you make it happen!

When you want to sterilise dogs

According to studies, it is calculated that a fertile dog can produce two litters of 6 to 10 pups each in a year; that means that the female and her offspring can, theoretically, produce 67,000 unwanted dogs over a span of six years! Since all these strays don’t have pet parents, they don’t receive the right amount of care, nutrition or even love. You can partner with an NGO or animal shelter that takes care of sterilisation of dogs and raise funds for it. Vrinda, for example, partnered with World For All and took the responsibility of sterilising dogs. Her fundraiser raised Rs. 53,623 with support from 47 animal lovers.

Not just these, there are various causes you can raise funds for – in case you want to conduct adoption events, or if you want to put address tags on stray dogs in case they get lost, or if you want to support an NGO or animal shelter that does amazing work. Why do it alone, when you can take support from people who share the same feeling as you? Isn’t crowdfunding a beautiful way to make sure no stray dog is left unattended due to lack of funds?

If you agree with us and need help to get started, get in touch with us at info@ketto.org. And if you already have a cause in mind, you can start a fundraiser right away!

How Ketto Contributed To Global Citizen India’s Massive Movement

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From Chris Martin singing ‘Maa tujhe salaam’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoting Bob Dylan in his video call, around 80,000 music lovers saw it all at the grandest and brightest event of the year on November 19 – India’s first ever Global Citizen Festival.

Along with being an exceptional music festival, this was also one of the most powerful events when it comes to driving social change and people’s participation. More than 5 lakh global citizens, Bollywood and international celebrities, business and political leaders collectively pledged to end extreme poverty by 2030 – by working towards sustainable goals of quality education, gender equality and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH).

Through our partnership with Global Citizen India, we gave people another way of earning tickets – we encouraged them to support the pre-defined sustainable development goals by raising funds for 3 resourceful non-profits that work towards those causes – WaterAid India (Water & Sanitation Hygiene), Miracle Foundation (Quality Education) and Oxfam India (Gender Equality). People who successfully raised funds walked away with 4 free tickets and of course, a lot of good karma.

With help from about 4500 global citizens, we’ve raised Rs. 11,96,466 in total. Here’s our commitment to each sustainable development goal.

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The Global Citizen Festival India gathered immense support – 2,000,000 ‘actions journeys’ were completed and an amount of $5.93B (Rs. 40,500 crore) was secured to create a positive impact on 503M lives.

Festival’s impact includes 25 commitments and announcements from policymakers responding to ‘actions journeys’ and campaign efforts. Among the commitments are International Finance Corporation Banking on Women Group’s $2 billion promoting women entrepreneurship by end of 2017, 48 mobile classrooms from HP giving access to quality education and technology over 6 years, Toilet Board Coalition for improved access to sanitation and hygiene for 130 million people by 2020, IDFC Bank’s proposal to provide 200,000 micro-finance loans for water sanitation to reach 900,000 people by the end of 2019, Tata group chairman Ratan Tata committed Rs. 300 crore from Tata Trusts over the next two years for water and sanitation programmes and many more.

Now that’s a huge deal! We’re super proud to have contributed to this global movement in our own way.

We’re hoping to see these promising commitments turn into beautiful success stories for not just India but for the world. Here’s to a world without extreme poverty by 2030! Celebrate this first step in that direction by sharing it with everybody.

2 Ways To Help Kanpur Accident Victims

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On November 20, early morning at around 3 am when most passengers were sleeping, the fourteen coaches of Indore-Patna Express smashed up against each other and met with what’s being called the worst railway accident in recent years. So far the death toll has climbed up to 146 people with 200 people suffering from injuries. The despair of families frantically looking for their loved ones at the wrecked site is indescribable – our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these victims.

While the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams try to recover bodies and rescue those that are trapped, here’s something YOU can do to help the tragic situation:

Share Helpline Numbers

The internet has always been of huge help during such difficult times. Let’s do it again – here are the numbers you need to circulate to help the people affected by this accident. Railways have made these available for anyone who needs assistance. Share these numbers on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp so we can reach as many people as we can.

  • Indore – 07411072
  • Ujjain – 07342560906
  • Ratlam – 074121072
  • Orai – 051621072
  • Jhansi – 05101072
  • Pokhraya – 05113270239

Additional numbers:

  • PNBE : 0612 – 2202290 | 0612 – 2202291 | 0612 – 2202292
  • RLY : 025 – 83288
  • MGS : 05412 – 251258

Provide Monetary Help To Survivors

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the kin of deceased and Rs. 50,000 for seriously injured in the accident from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, there are many anxious survivors and their families who are going to need help to afford their unexpected medical expenses and treatment care. 

Let’s give them all the support they need – if you want to help, get in touch with us so we can help you make it happen.

You can call us on (+91) 022 3357 8152 or write to info@ketto.org or you can contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

4 Social Causes That You Can Support & Do Your Bit For The Community

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Someone has rightly said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – nothing comes close to the beautiful feeling of having given back to the community. At this very moment, there are thousands of little girls and boys who are counting on you and hoping to receive your support to lead a better life. While some resourceful NGOs have taken up the responsibility of supporting them – they can’t do it without your help.

Here’s your chance to give back to your community – we’ve made a list of powerful causes that you can make a huge difference to by donating to their fundraisers on Ketto.

1. Help girls combat child marriage & human trafficking

Yuwa uses girls’ team sports as a platform for social development in rural India. It operates in Jharkhand – one of the poorest, least literate, and most lawless regions of India. Here, girls are rarely given a chance to choose their own future. A large number fall prey to human trafficking while the others begin training for domestic work including hard physical labour. After having their childhoods abruptly taken away girls are usually married off to an older man at the age of 15.

Yuwa is breaking this cycle by facilitating daily football and running a school. Help them give this basic childhood to every girl child by making a donation here.

2. Help 500 children overcome poverty

Magic Bus works with some of the world’s poorest children and young people, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. They equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty. Children on the Magic Bus programme complete school, and go on to enroll in vocational institute or colleges. They successfully fend off destabilizers such as child marriage and child labour and become first-generation salary earners.

To help children get a trained mentor, regular sessions in a year and long-term support to overcome obstacles, donate to their fundraiser here.

3. Help children who can’t battle cancer alone

CanKids…KidsCan is a grass root level organization and is the only not for profit organization in India that works on all aspects to enable best standards of treatment care and support services for children with cancer and their families from moment of diagnosis through treatment and after – into survivorship on one hand and palliative care, terminal and bereavement support on the other.

2 of their supporters are doing a week long trek in the Annapurna Mountains of Nepal. With this trek, their goal is to raise Rs. 4, 00,000 as this is the average cost of treatment for one child. Help them relieve a child from the financial burden of cancer by making a donation here.

4. Help children with special needs become independent

Umang Charitable Trust was founded with the belief that financial constraints should not prevent any child with special needs from receiving therapy. They work to provide remedial services to children with learning disabilities and autism, irrespective of their religion, caste or financial background. They also provide a range of clinical services from paediatric assessment to therapies for differently abled children who are in need of a specific treatment.

To be able to rehabilitate maximum economically disadvantaged children with special needs, they need funds. Support their fundraiser so they can help these little angels become independent by donating here.

Every child deserves a shot a better life and with the smallest amount of donation you can gift it to them. So go ahead, make a donation and give back to the community.

How Crowdfunding Is One Of The Most Effective Ways To Volunteer

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For some of us, the want to help or volunteer secures a permanent place in the corner of our minds. It’s always coexisting with other thoughts like, ‘Will I get too much traffic on the road at this time?’, ‘I hope my boss likes the presentation I created’, ‘I have to talk to my finance guy to sort my taxes’, ‘I’ve been wanting to go for these cleanliness drives since ages, let me set a reminder!’. If you’ve had thoughts similar to the last one but have been not been able to do so, there’s something that can help you turn these thoughts into actions – crowdfunding!

Let us tell you a few stories that will help you understand how crowdfunding has become one of the most effective ways of volunteering:

Volunteer By Contributing:

We believe that every contribution has a beautiful story of humanity. Let us paint a picture for you – you don’t just read someone’s story but also feel for it and reach your card to make a contribution, that means from a completely different place you just went out of your way to send your well wishes in the form of the contribution, so the person can get close to what he/she wants. What you just did in a matter of 3 minutes is an unadulterated, selfless and kind act.

To give you an example, Make Love Not Scars started a fundraiser on Ketto to help an acid attack victim from Zimbabwe after a cup of fuming liquid was splashed on her face. She had 42% critical burn injuries but she also had bright chances of regaining vision in one of her eyes – so to save her from going blind, a total of 366 people supported her fundraiser by raising Rs. 6,54,766. Now, that’s something! Who would have thought that this woman from Zimbabwe would get help during the most difficult part of her life from a bunch of people in India along with her loved ones?

Not just in time of need, people have also volunteered for causes that they believe in and want to be a part of by contributing to their fundraisers on Ketto. For the recent railway beautification projects in Mumbai during DaanUtsav – Lilavatibai Podar High School- ISC started a fundraiser to beautify the Andheri station and managed to raise Rs. 6,99,912 by support from 2070 people, primarily students – an activity taken up by masses and powered by them!

It’s brilliant how crowdfunding powered by technology is enabling you to volunteer and make a difference to causes without physically being there!

Volunteer By Starting A Fundraiser:

You may have too many good thoughts in a day and to turn these thoughts and ideas into reality, you need funds – that is the reality we all have to face. If you feel like helping someone with their financial needs, instead of giving a small or a generous amount yourself, start a fundraiser and give others a chance to contribute as well – you’d be surprised to see how many people are willing to help, just like you. You won’t just be giving others a chance to help, you’ll also be creating a greater impact because of other people’s involvement.

Recently we put up a tragic story of siblings with a rare condition that made their skin like that of a snake. When we were trying to get help for these children, one of our ex-campaigners came forward and started a fundraiser for him on Ketto. Along with raising Rs. 1,85,902 so far, his initiative was also covered in The Times Of India. So not only did he raise a huge amount with support from 124 people, he also shared their story with a lot more people.

So many beautiful things came out of this fundraiser, had he helped these siblings alone – all this wouldn’t have happened.

Volunteer By Sharing:

Our social media profiles often highlight our interests and opinions about things that matter to us. There are so many people who ask for help every day on Ketto for raising funds for various reasons – health, education, women empowerment, animal welfare, children – share any of the causes that mean the most to you to help it get more support. By simply sharing the fundraiser, you’ll be giving the cause a voice and possibly donations from potential supporters. And you’ll probably also be motivating other people to help the cause.

So the next time you feel like volunteering but struggle to find time or the commitment to physically go out to help – turn to these three impactful ways and make it happen!

Yauatcha Partners With Ketto To Support Families Of Martyred Soldiers

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This Diwali, Yauatcha decided to go beyond just wishing people a ‘Happy Diwali’. The Michelin-starred restaurant, across all its locations in India, decided to extend their support to the families of soldiers who lost their lives while protecting us at the border.

To bring this initiative to life – for every bill that was generated at Yauatcha during the festive season, a donation of Rs. 100 was made towards improving the lives of these families.

Yauatcha also supported this initiative by starting an online fundraiser on Ketto. The restaurant managed to raise Rs. 2,02,400 in a matter of just 7 days! Funds raised through this initiative will soon be transferred to the martyrs’ families.

View the fundraiser here.

How You Can Create The Perfect Fundraiser Page

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The fundraiser page you create on a crowdfunding platform is the face of your cause and your story. Making people feel motivated enough to make a contribution can be pretty challenging – that’s why putting the right information on your fundraiser page is a crucial aspect that you need to focus on. We’ve put together a few examples to give you some tips on how you can set up the perfect fundraiser page:

Introduce Yourself:

Just like any other event, your fundraiser page should start with a quick introduction of yourself. Your supporters ought to know who you are. Before you start talking about your cause, give people a chance to know you a little better. Explain who you are, what you do, what your interests are in about 2-3 lines or more – just like you’d introduce yourself to a friend.

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Tell People What Motivated You:

What’s your story? Is there a particular incident that made you start a fundraiser, and why is this cause important to you? Your potential supporters would love to understand why this cause means so much to you. Think of all the information you’d need to make a contribution yourself and write your story accordingly.

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Explain Where The Money Is Going:

Every supporter who makes a contribution would want to understand how exactly is the money being utilised – it’s only fair. As a campaigner, be transparent and give a proper break-up of where how much money is going. To make the content on your page more authentic, you can even attach an image of your bill/receipts (particularly in case of a health/medical fundraiser).

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Define How People Can Help You:

Now that you’ve mentioned where the money is going – tell people how you want them to help you. Don’t keep it open-ended – break it down for them by asking them to either contribute or share on Facebook/Twitter/WhatsApp to spread the word among their friends using the features on your Ketto fundraiser page.

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Use Powerful Images/Videos:

This makes for one of the most important aspects of a perfect fundraiser page – its visual appeal. Ketto allows you to upload multimedia content, i.e. images and videos – explore this feature as much as you can. The leaderboard image on your fundraiser page is the window to your story – so make it as impactful as you can. Upload a high resolution, clear image – we don’t mean you need an expensive gadget for these pictures – your smartphone images will work pretty well. Just make sure the picture is clear and adheres to the dimensions mentioned on the page.

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Put Updates On Your Page Regularly:

Ketto allows you to post an update on your fundraiser page to let your supporters know about the progress of your fundraiser – on doing that a notification is sent to all your supporters. It’s a great way to keep your supporters connected with the your fundraiser and expressing your gratitude for their support and contribution.

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Respond To Supporters:

Responding to queries/concerns/encouraging words posted by supporters shows that you value their contribution/interest in your fundraiser. There have been instances when people actually donated twice looking at the campaigner’s dedication. Responding also increases the chances of getting more shares.

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Now that you’ve understood all the tips to create the perfect fundraiser page, get started! And in case you want to understand any of this better, you can always get in touch with the fundraiser manager assigned to you at the start of your fundraiser on Ketto.