It’s that time of the year when everyone has their own hopeful or hopeless version of “What a year 2016 has been!” For us, it’s been a year packed with inspiring stories of humanity, change and innovation. Yet again, we’ve witnessed the power of the crowd coming together to make a difference to a cause.
This year, over 10,000 campaigners received donations from more than 67,000 supporters like you and me, collectively managing to raise over Rs. 24 crores. That means when you face a financial crunch – all you have to do is ask for help because there are many people out there who are listening! How beautiful is that!
We’ve seem some wonderful initiatives this year – here are some that we’d like to share with you.
Health – 10 cyclists rode 1500 km to help children who live below poverty line fight cancer and raised over Rs. 175 lakh. This also happened to be India’s most funded crowdfunding project.
Farmer Welfare – To save farmers from ending their lives because of a bad year, over Rs. 30 lakh were raised.
Innovation – An entrepreneur made edible spoons and made everybody take part in the revolution against plastic by raising over Rs. 25 lakh.
Sports – India pulled off the first world cup in climbing, a sport shortlisted to feature as a new sport in the Olympics in 2020 by raising over Rs. 18 lakh.
Children – A man walked a million steps to raise Rs. 10 lakh so he can keep neglected children off the streets.
Rural India – Solar grids were provided to artisans of Gotiguda to transform their lives by raising over Rs. 7 lakh.
Animal Welfare – When an MLA inhumanly charged at the police horse Shaktimaan, all animal lovers came together provide him a retirement home by raising over Rs. 2 lakh.
LGBTQ – Over Rs. 2 lakh was raised for Quest2016, a National Academic Seminar that brought front the least represented facets of queer lives.
Community Development – School children decided to beautify railway stations in Mumbai by raising over Rs. 6 lakh.
Welcome 2017! Here’s to another year filled with stories of change and empowerment.