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1st Annual Ketto Awards

In our short history of 7 years, we’ve had the opportunity to be closely involved with how India’s social sector has evolved. Over the last few years, the benchmark has been continually raised by both individuals and organisations, working tirelessly to create meaningful and sustainbale impact.

We at Ketto felt it was the right time to launch Ketto Awards to celebrate and recognize initiatives driving positive change in India with the objective of inspiring others to get involved in creating meaningful and sustainable impact.

Our panel of three renowned judges from across diverse walks of life deliberated over a comprehensive list of nominees, to select a list of winners that includes prominent NGOs and individuals who have addressed social challenges and are in the endeavor to improve the communities in which they operate.

The inaugural edition of Ketto Awards features ten categories: Best Start-Up NGO, Best Indian NGO of the Year, Best International NGO of the Year, Best Social Entrepreneur, Young Changemaker, Social Media Influencer, Lifetime Achievement, Best Digital Media Campaign, Best CSR Campaign, and Best Social Celebrity.

The jury comprised of:

  • Sheila Nair – Director of Resource Mobilization in the Cancer programme of Tata Trusts
  • Thomas Chandy – Founder and CEO of Save the Children .
  • Yashwant Deshmukh – Communications professional with an eclectic range of experience as a journalist, pollster, evaluation expert, and international observer.

Here are the winners of the Ketto Awards 2019:

Best Start-Up NGO – ConnectFor

Established in December 2015, ConnectFor matches an individual’s skillsets and time with suitable volunteering options in NGOs, which in turn helps those NGOs that cannot afford to hire people for ancillary. The start-up’s intervention has played a decisive role in enhancing hundreds of NGOs’ performance. Till date, ConnectFor has successfully matched over 11,323 volunteers with suitable organizations. These volunteers have clocked in over 29,000 hours of work and have saved NGOs over Rs 68 lakh.

Best Indian NGO of the Year – Aditya Mehta Foundation

Started in October 2013, the Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) aids differently-abled athletes to pursue sports while providing self-sustenance. They conduct national training camps across the country and provide counseling, funds, equipment to athletes and train them from the grassroots level which helps them grow in their sport, compete and win at various global sporting events. The foundation has helped Harish Varma, the only Para-Arm Wrestler who won two medals at the World Arm Wrestling Championship and Subramanian Balachandar, who finished the Bangkok Cup 2018 with a silver medal in the doubles category and bronze in the singles. AMF plans to train at least 100 para-athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as well as build two sports academies and open rehab centers for the differently-abled.

Best International NGO of the Year – Habitat For Humanity

Founded in 1976, Habitat For Humanity has been devoted to building simple, and affordable housing across the world. Through their exceptional work, they have created over 5 lakh homes in Nigeria, and nearly 2 lakh homes in the Asia-Pacific region. In the three years since the 2015 Nepal earthquake, HFH supported 45,829 families with relief and shelter interventions ranging from shelter kits to permanent housing with access to water and sanitation facilities.

The organization carried out a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for victims of the Kerala floods which saw 540 supporters raising over Rs 40 lakh.

Best Social Entrepreneur – Disha Mullick, Khabar Lahariya

Disha Mullick is currently the Director – Outreach and founding trustee of the Women, Media and News Trust, which produces the award-winning rural newspaper, Khabar Lahariya. It is India’s first digital rural news network, run entirely by women. Published in nine different dialects, Khabar Lahariya has been weaving a strong feminist dynamic in rural corners of India, addressing issues of gender and education.

In 2004, Khabar Lahariya was awarded the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain Award for Women in Journalism. In 2009, the newspaper was awarded the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, followed by the Laadli Media Award for gender-sensitive reporting in 2012. The newspaper also went on to win the prestigious Global Media Forum Award in 2014 given by the German media channel Deutsche Welle.

Young Changemaker – Ananya Birla

Ananya is the founder of Svatantra Microfinance, a company that provides microfinance to women in rural India. She is also the founder of CuroCarte and co-founder of Mpower. The young and energetic woman has been a crusader for creating awareness about mental illness. Her organization, Mpower aims to help create a society where people with mental health concerns and their caregivers receive professional support, care, and acceptance to facilitate their recovery without facing discrimination or shame.

She’s striving to rejig the public perception of people coping with mental health concerns, and facilitate recovery without facing discrimination or shame, whilst simultaneously bringing change to policy and public life.

Lifetime Achievement – Devika Bhojwani

She is the Vice President of the Women’s Cancer Initiative at Tata Memorial Hospital. Under her aegis, the TMH has supported hundreds economically deprived women with breast cancer to complete their prescribed treatment with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and rehabilitation therapy.

The foundation has undertaken numerous initiatives to create awareness and emphasize the importance of early detection. Her path-breaking guidance has led over 25,000 new cancer patients registering in TMH every year, the majority belonging to the underprivileged sections of the society. The Initiative’s core activity comprises material support of socially and economically disadvantaged women who are diagnosed to have breast and gynecological cancers.

Best Digital Media Campaign – Goonj  (Odha Do Zindagi)

This Delhi-based NGO Goonj, through their “Odha Do Zindagi” programme, has been able to reach out to hundreds of underprivileged people on the streets of New Delhi providing them with winter essentials such as woolens, blankets, mats and other material.

Over 10,000 people on the street died in the past decade during winters. The organization has worked relentlessly to bring down this number, by raising funds through its crowdfunding platform. Goonj has also reached out to far-flung villages of the country by providing the needy with urban underutilized materials.

Best CSR Campaign – Godrej-Track the Bite

The app, Godrej-Track the Bite, was launched in 2015. Godrej-Hit came up with this initiative for people to register themselves as donors and in doing so, they launched an online community of platelet donors for dengue patients. The mobile app delivers real-time information on dengue and malaria based on the user’s location in vulnerable places. A timely and personalized message provided on the app leads to higher engagement and persuades people to take effective action against dengue and malaria. The first-of-its-kind innovative application has been able to build awareness as it disseminates information available and sharable in one click.

Best Social Celebrity – Rahul Bose

The Bollywood actor and rugby player’s contribution to society is well-known. He started his own non-profit organization called ‘The Foundation.’ It is an NGO dedicated to the removal of discrimination from all walks of life. In 2008 he was one of twelve international thinkers, politicians, economists and social activists to inaugurate the ‘In My Name’ initiative against global poverty. Bose is strenuously urging the country to ‘go green’. Bose was Oxfam’s first Global Ambassador from the Eastern Hemisphere and launched their India initiative on climate change in March 2009. Post the 2004 Tsunami, he was a part of the solidarity network. He made 23 trips in over 30 months and provided relief and was involved in rehabilitation work.

For his unrelenting efforts in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he was awarded the Godfrey Phillips Prize for Bravery in Social Service. Working with NGOs on the mainland, he has also helped provide materials, vehicles, mobile phones in islands Deep South in Nicobar.

Social Media Influencer – Bilal Zaidi

After more than a decade of Journalism, Bilal now works in the intersection between journalism and campaigning for social change and impact. His start-up CrowdNewsing.com is a campaign community that helps journalists, political activists and change-makers build an online community that supports them financially and amplifies their campaign. Prior to CrowdNewsing, Bilal was based out of New York working as a Global Campaigner with Avaaz Foundation, where he was focussed on community mobilization on campaigns like climate change, the war in Syria and the Rohingya crisis. In New York, Bilal also volunteered with the Bernie Sanders election campaign, observing closely the role of crowdfunding in politics. His organization’s main aim is to make political funding transparent and leaders more accountable to the people.

Ketto wishes to continue their Ketto Awards initiative in the coming years with the aim to honor and pay tribute to the impact creators who are driving sustainable change.

Ketto Reviews on Media Speaks Volume Of Its Success

Ketto Reviews

Ketto, Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform, stoked a change in India’s online fundraising ecosystem. Ketto’s intervention in fuelling a wide variety of sustainable causes, right from fundraising for start-ups to fundraising for medical purposes, the platform has been able to weave a story of disruption. The outstanding reviews of the platform across various media outlets speak the volume of the success of its campaigns. The idea of Ketto was brainstormed at a TED conference, which grew on to become a revolution. Varun Sheth founded Ketto on August 15, 2012, and the platform has since become a carrier of change for many. He was joined by Bollywood actor and humanitarian Kunal Kapoor and Zaheer Adenwala, whose powerful blend of techno-disruptor vision gives Ketto an edge over other crowdfunding platforms.

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At its core, crowdfunding refers to the process of gathering funds or money, from a large group of people. With the presence of the internet and social media today, we are a part of a much larger community which has enabled us to arrange funds from people across the World Wide Web.

The organisation has also been at the forefront when it comes to fundraising for an innovative cause. The Ketto community has been recently in the news for several of its noble ventures that has been able to impact millions of lives.

When S V V Ramesh got to know that his month-old daughter needed a liver transplant, he was crestfallen. The 36-year-old marketing professional didn’t have enough means for the life-saving surgery. Doctors at Apollo Hospital, where his daughter Sehita was admitted, then sought help of Ketto to arrange the money. Within 24 hours, the company claimed, they managed to raise over Rs 12.9 lakh for the surgery.

The tenth edition of the Times Women’s Drive culminated in an award show at Holiday Inn, Goa on Sunday, May 5. Not only was the Times Women’s Drive supported by the Women’s Cancer Initiative at Tata Memorial Hospital, conducted by IARC, it also had ketto.org as a crowdfunding partner. This tie-up allowed each participant to raise money for charity individually. Mallika Rai, one such participant, received the Woman of Impact Award for raising the highest amount-Rs 5.9 lakh. With her contribution to the effort, the drive was able to donate a total Rs 8.3 lakh with ketto.org.

In one of the features by entrepreneur.com, Bollywood Actor and Ketto’s Co-founder Kunal Kapoor talks about his motivation to start Ketto and his advice to other celebrities investing on start-ups.

Ketto made a big breakthrough in the Indian start-up ecosystem when Amazon India joined hands with the organisation to help its sellers raise funding for business expansion, product development and even for medical assistance.

As a part of the programme named Amazon Wings to empower the sellers in India, the company will allow its sellers to use Ketto’s platform and raise small ticket funds beginning from INR 50K at a subsidized fee for initiating fundraisers.

Under this initiative, Amazon will solicit interest from sellers to apply to Ketto for participation in the program. The applications will then be shortlisted by Ketto on the basis of the seller story, the purpose of the fundraiser and the goal amount. Once shortlisted, a team of experts from Ketto will guide the sellers from the ideation stage to the final launch of the campaign. Following the launch, the shortlisted sellers will be able to promote it in their social circle.

The Ketto community has been able to bridge together individuals, corporations and even non-governmental organisations to create sustainable changes via crowdfunding. With hundreds of rave reviews pouring in over the years, Ketto has helped more than 80,000 people start campaigns and raised over Rs. 300 crores of funds for their causes. So whenever there is need of money you can log on to www.ketto.org create a campaign and go get funded. Ketto Reviews

How can you give back to the community during Ramadan?

In the Arabic month of Ramadan, 24% of the world’s population is united by a strong feeling of wanting to be a better human being. Almost 2 billion people of the world abstain from eating and drinking until sunset. The practice is believed to instill patience and humility in Muslims. Throughout this holy month, the Muslim community tries to empathize with the uncountable poor and hungry of the world that lack the basic essentials of life like food, water, clothing, and shelter. In the end, Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr together as a community.
During Ramadan, there’s also a rise in Zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and a compulsory act of worship. It is a means to bring together the Muslim community by placing mercy in the hearts of those who are wealthy and those in need. Since it stems from the primary belief that helping someone is also an act of faith, we’re sharing stories of people who are in need of urgent help. If you too are looking to give back to the community in this blessed month, read their stories and donate.
“My 2-year-old son is at the risk of getting his leg amputated. He suffers from Septic Shock & Renal Failure. His kidneys have failed. He has been fighting for life in the ICU & the sight of him lying quietly on the hospital bed is heartbreaking. To continue his treatment, we need Rs. 6 lakh. Since we’re broke, we need your help.”
Gokul

To help Gokul’s father, go here:

“After my child’s transplant, we thought that our battle was over but it felt like it had just begun. She started suffering from complications in her body like alarming blood pressures & 3 brain hemorrhages. Her infection has been attacking every organ of her body. The cost of saving her is Rs. 25 lakh. Please donate to help us save her life.”
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To help Ishwari’s father, go here:

“The day my 1st child was born, the doctor told us this shocking news – “Your baby has 2 big holes in her heart.” I was heartbroken to hear about this. After just entering this world, she has been undergoing pain. She can only cry to express her pain & breathlessness. I need Rs. 4.8 lakh for her surgery. Please donate to save her. – Helpless Mother”
Baby

To help Khushi’s father, go here:

If you or anyone you know, is struggling to pay for their medical bills, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto. 

Kahwa Speaks

Raised Rs. 4,59,142 with the help of 82 supporters.

“Kahwa Speaks” is a movement by Pragnya Wakhlu that aims introducing the world to the hidden facets of Kashmiri culture and helps preserving the language by means of a live audio-visual tour and story-telling. This comprises an experimental Kashmiri-English album which will be released globally on 16th July 2017 and an audio-visual element and tour for which we are raising funds.

“Kahwa Speaks” is not just an album but is the start of a global movement. It has been a long standing dream of mine that has been crafted over a period of research for the last 3 years that is finally coming to fruition by the grace of the almighty.

Born in Srinagar and raised in Pune, I have been a Kashmiri that has lived out of the state but one has a strong connection with my roots.We grew up in a time when we would share laughter and old folk tales over cups of Kahwa at our grandparents homes (who still live in both Srinagar and Jammu).

Kashmir has often been a misunderstood state as there is a lot of media attention on the violence in the state. There is so much about Kashmiri culture, traditions and music that remain concealed from the public eye. A lot of people that moved out of Kashmir and the generations after them have never been there and never visited.What these generations know about Kashmir is what they have heard from their parents or what they read in the media.

My endeavour with this album is to help audiences (both Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri) across the world to experience Kashmir for what it inherently is – a rich cultural state. To be introduced to the finer nuances of our culture and history through an experiential show involving live music , visuals ,story telling and Kahwa(Kashmiri tea). It is also an attempt at preserving the Kashmiri language by creating memorable songs that pique people’s interest in learning the language.

The original lyrics and compositions are aimed at spreading the message of peace and unity, strictly keeping away from any political agendas.

The six songs on the album which are in Kashmiri and have English translations are a mix of contemporary takes on the poems of Lal Ded and Habakhatoon , the traditional Wanwun and also some of my original compositions. The music is more contemporary with a slightly folky sound to create musical renditions that are a reflection of how most of us grew up..with diverse modern influences,yet holding a strong connection to our roots.

The album also features a song “Burning Fire” which is in Tibetan and English for which a music video has already been released. The song aims to bring awareness to the oft ignored and very critical issue of self immolations in the Tibetan community and their struggle to preserve their identity .This is a cause I feel really strongly about and felt the relevance of including it in this album for several reasons.

To test out audience receptivity to the concept, I previewed an audio visual show of the songs using photographs as background visuals (on a smaller scale) at the Kumaon Literature festival . Here, it was well received by prominent journalists and authors from the nations literary circuit. I further went on to do smaller shows “Kashmir through a musical Lens” at the Gyaan Adab Cultural center (Pune) and “Conversations over Kahwa” at Depot 48 Delhi. The audience at all the cities was very receptive of the concept and that encouraged me to take this to a higher level and at a much larger scale with your help.

Debut Album – Journey to the Sun (2012)

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/in/album/journey-to-the-sun/id530044092

Ok Listen: https://www.oklisten.com/album/journey_to_the_sun_1

Singles: Kal Nahin Aata (2010)

Ok Listen: https://www.oklisten.com/album/kal_nahi_ata

I Let Go (2015):  https://www.oklisten.com/album/i_let_go_party_mix

Burning Fire (2016)

Music Videos

Music Video for ‘Burning Fire’  featured on Vh1 and Rolling Stone

Music Video for Breast Cancer Awareness movement with NGO Yes to Life “Feeling Alive”

Music Video for Rise from “Journey to the Sun”

This project is an amalgamation of modern music with traditional Kashmiri. Since the songs are both in Kashmiri and English, one of the possible risks is part of the community mistaking my efforts as a “dilution” of Kashmiri culture. There are often purists that believe that translating songs into English is a form of dilution. I feel on the contrary that if one has to reach out to global audiences where one wants people to understand the meaning behind the music, one needs to communicate in a language familiar to them. The music is also a reflection of who I am as a person..a combination of diverse influences grounded in my roots. Hence I have adopted and stuck to my current approach.

The other challenges are of course monetary – being able to raise enough funds to finish the visual experience part of this project, pay the collaborators on this project the fee they deserve and  tour successfully with the band to take this to every city we can. I hope to be able to raise this money with your goodwill and blessings.

The album and music video for ‘Burning Fire’ (the first single off the album) , an entirely self –funded effort has been released on Vh1 and Rolling Stone (digitally) exclusively as is on You-tube. It has garnered airplay and praise internationally as we took great care to create a high quality video that sends the message we were trying to get across without compromising. We adopted a very D.I.Y. approach to making this video thanks to the support of friends

The album has been recorded and mixed in Delhi,Mumbai and Pune. We have some very fine musicians and engineers from India and internationally working on this project. Hafod Mastering (U.K) has mastered the tracks for us and they are sounding pretty powerful. The album will be digitally released in association with Songdew’s Fresh Music campaign on global platforms in July 2017. The band is doing a launch gig in Delhi on the 22nd of July.

We plan to use the money raised from this campaign to put the visual pieces of the tour together and then embark on a 5 city audio-visual experience tour in India covering Delhi-Pune-Mumbai-Bangalore and Chennai. We will further take the show to as many cities in India as we can. We also plan to take this show globally to other countries (USA, South East Asia) and spread the movement to as many countries as we can afford to travel to.

We will also release one music video with the money raised from this campaign by the end of this year.

I am an independent artist and am very passionate about the work I do. I believe with all my heart in the power of music and story telling because I have seen it spark moments of inspiration, transformation and create sheer magic.

Unfortunately, the music scene in India today is still very bollywood oriented and one doesn’t end up earning a lot of revenue from live shows if you perform original music.One can either choose to go commercial and compromise , or then rely on the goodwill of people like yourself who are aligned with the same vision for our community.

The entire album Kahwa Speaks has been a self funded effort where I have invested my own savings. The content for the album has been put together after years of research and we have a great team working on it.

We would like to make this movement a world class experience and not compromise on the quality. This is something that would only be possible with your help. A chance for you to be a part of a big movement.. of the people by the people and for the people.

We are in the midst of a volatile time . While art is not always a solution to problems of such an intricate nature, what we hope to achieve with this movement is to bring forth moments of inspiration and an artistic experience, where people can choose to rise above their political agendas for some time and unite and understand the richness of a culture .

You can be a part of this movement…you can help create change..It starts with one person and then snowballs forward. We believe in the power of community united for a cause.

When I truly believe in something, I give it all my heart and soul and work with integrity. My previous track record has proven the same.I promise that the funds you contribute will be put to use only towards making this movement a reality and for us to spread the message of unity and culture across the world.

Album Team

The “Kahwa Speaks” album has been a group effort and would not have been possible without the hard work of the numerous people involved. The album has been produced by Vinay Kaushal (Musicians Institute) my dear friend,bandmate and Fender and Ernie ball endorsed guitarist and musician

The songs were initially arranged with the band comprising of Manoj Mavely(Drums), Shailendra Wakhlu (Guitar), Sonic Shori (Bass), Shubhanshu Singh (Guitar) and Pragnya Wakhlu (Vocals, Guitar, lyrics,composition, arrangement)

The album features the following artists:

Gandhaar Amin(Flute), Praashekh Borkar (Sarod), Vinay Kaushal (Guitars), Sanjay Joseph (Guitars),  Sonic Shori (Bass) and  Nikhil Bidwalkar (Santoor)

Burning Fire mixed by Puneet Samtani.  All other songs mixed by Vinay Kaushal.

Mastering:  Gethin John (Hafod Mastering U.K.)

The album will be released by Songdew Network and will be available across all major music platforms (Apple music, Google play music, Spotify , Amazon Music etc)

Visuals and Video Team

Divya Gopalan: Founder director of Gunpowder Studios, Mumbai and director of the music video for Burning Fire, Divya Gopalan’ s captivating visual story telling has a way of connecting with people’s hearts and sending across a powerful message. An NID graduate, Divya was the Rocket Award winner at the Promax World Awards held in Los Angeles (2010) and brings with her numerous years of work experience working with leading clients across the industry. Divya will be directing a music video for the album.

Daksh Jain : With a Masters in Experiential design from NIFT, Daksh is the creative force behind the album artwork conceptualization and design. Daksh and his team of designers will be working behind the visual element of the show, creating a visual story board and animated content.

Hemant Grover: A creative photographer and an aspiring young music producer and Hemant Grover is the man behind the photographers lens . His avant-garde ideas and creative video editing contribute to making the photography and videos have great recall value.

The Travelling Band

The travelling band will comprise of

Manoj Mavely (Drums) : Ex-Berklee School of Music alumni and Director of Musictek School of Music and Manoj Mavely will be the force behind the drums.

Shailendra Wakhlu (Lead Guitars):  With over 20 years of experience teaching and playing the guitar Shailendra’s intricate sense of harmony and melody contribute to the bands solid sound.

Danik Ghosh (Bass) : Danik Ghosh a talented bassist and keen learner associated with with various acts around the city such as Run! It’s the kid, The CopyCats, Prabhtoj Singh and others,

Pragnya Wakhlu (Rhythm guitar an Vocals): I guess I’ve talked about myself enough already:P

If you or anyone you know, is an Artist, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

Help us revolutionize Indian transportation

Raised Rs. 3,09,525 with the help of 165 supporters.

WHO ARE WE?
SolarMobil is a student solar car team from Manipal Institute of Technology, based in Manipal, Karnataka. Our college is a constituent of the esteemed Manipal University. We are a team of undergraduate students of various disciplines of engineering. The team aims to build solar vehicles for a clean future and abides by its motto of ‘Imagineering the future’.

Reach us : http://www.solarmobilmanipal.in/

https://www.facebook.com/SolarmobilMIT

WHAT DO WE DO?
Since 2011 our team has built two prototypes in the past, namely – The FREYR-1 and SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle). Our last venture – SERVe was unveiled at a joint press conference with our product development and research partner Tata Power Solar in 2015.
The project was awarded the third prize at CII Conference in 2014. We also won the first prize at QuEST Global Ingenium 2015.
Our work has been covered by major online and offline publications including BBC Auto, Times of India, NDTV Auto, among others.
WHAT IS OUR PROJECT?
The team is currently working on its third project and intends to build a commercial solar car prototype fit for the Indian roads.
SM-S1 is a 4-seater, 4-door sedan with a top speed of 95 Kmph and 160Km range. Few highlights of the Project 3 include:
  • Aesthetic sedan-type design.
  • Real-time updates for the driver.
  • Two motors for increased power.
  • Emergency and Parking brakes for safety.
  • Wiring as per ARAI regulations.
WHAT DO WE NEED MONEY FOR?
A project of this scale requires sound financial backing along with material support and the requisite tools to reach to the challenge. We hope that you will extend support to this universal cause.
WHY SUPPORT US?
One: We care for our environment
Lest we forget, our environment is a shared resource. It is something we all must strive to protect.
One simple reason: We care for our sponsors and supporters.
The team constantly keeps in touch with all its benefactors and aims to provide them with updates on everything happening in our workshop. We owe all our success to our supporters.
The project is operated on a not-for-profit basis.
SolarMobil is a unique project in many ways, including:
  • Built India’s first family passenger solar electric car
  • Well established solar car project in India
  • Tremendous social media and print media outreach.
HOW CAN YOU TRUST US?
The team consists of passionate students who voluntarily spend their time, even weekends and their vacations working on this project. We have all dreamt of the same thing: to shift the automobile industry’s dependence from oil to a source for which we don’t have to dig the earth, but just look right above!
You can trust us to put your funds to the right use in this project. We are on the verge of completion and just need a little push to get it across the finish line. Help us make the world a better place!
#GoGreen
If you or anyone you know, who has creative project idea, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

OpinionX – The Most Accurate ‘Second Opinion’

Raised Rs. 5,08,675 with the help of 73 supporters.

We are raising money to build OpinionX, a medical intelligence platform that protects you against commercial health practices & honest medical practitioner errors.

Why?

Good health is more important than anything else in our lives. If something happens to our health, there are advanced medical procedures available to take care. But how do you know your first diagnosis is correct or if there is a better or less expensive treatment?

Research indicates, 62% of second opinion cases resulted in major changes to first recommended treatments, saving many from huge costs & also their lives.

How it works?

In 3 simple steps – upload scans, lab reports & first opinion document given by your doctor. OpinionX will give you the best possible second opinion within 72 hours.

OpinionX give the ‘Second Opinion’ by combining the diagnosis of 4 best doctors from around the globe and our artificial intelligence engine that analyzes the case in context to 100s of similar cases – Thus giving a best possible ‘Second Opinion’ you can confidently trust.

How we are unique?

1. Our panel consist of the best doctors in their respective fields, from around the world. We give patients an easy access to them though OpinionX

2. Instead of a ‘Second Opinion’ from a single doctor, we combine expertise of 4 specialist doctors & input from our artificial intelligence engine. This  benefits in eliminating error and providing an accurate ‘Second Opinion’ every time.

3. The consolidated approach not only gives you the best possible opinion but also gives rise to life saving alternate treatments.

Team & Panel of Experts building the product-

How your contribution will help us?

We are working with specialist doctors & experienced programmers to complete the development of our platform. Your contribution will help us,

1. Fast track the development of our powerful technology

2. Overcome regulations & legal formalities

3. Launch the product at the earliest

Tentative launch date & Disease category coverage

We plan to launch our platform by October 2017 & OpinionX will offer ‘Second Opinions’ for Cancer, Cardiology, Neurology & Orthopedic ailments.

FAQ’s

1.What is a ‘Second Opinion’?

A second opinion is when a doctor other than your primary treating doctor gives you his or her view about your health problem and how to treat it. It can help you make a more informed decision about your disease.

2.What is conslidated opinion?

Instead of one doctor, a panel of expert doctors together give a refined and accurate opinion by judging all the pros and cons identified by combining Human & Artificial Intelligence.

3.What will be our tentative response time?

Within 72 hours

Support

Please support us in building a life changing technology that helps everyone save time, money by avoiding wrong diagnosis & take informed health decisions.

 

If you or anyone you know, who has an innovative idea, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

Help Haji Public School get a reliable solar grid.

Raised Rs. 9,31,000 with the help of 217 supporters.

Thank you for your interest in this fundraiser. We are SauraMandala, a group of like minded people who intend on picking up causes that bring about long lasting change and impact into society.

Find us on Facebook at – www.facebook.com/sauramandala.in

As our pilot project we aim to

‘Provide a reliable solar grid to power smart classrooms at Haji Public School,Breswana’.

Haji Public School is located in Breswana, a high altitude agrarian Himalayan village in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The school caters to the students in the region and surrounding villages and currently educates  about 350 first generation learners in its three branches. The school runs a successful volunteer program to be able to impart education to the students.

Why Breswana and Haji Public School?

– We have been previous volunteers at the school and have faced all the problems first hand. It is also our personal effort to give back to the school and village.

More details at www.hajipublicschool.org

What is SauraMandala?

-SauraMandala is a group of people who want to be the change they want to see.

– Right now it is three people

Nagakarthik – Electrical engineer by education, ex-volunteer at Haji Public School and has experience with solar energy for remote communities and regions for about 2 years now.

Prateek – Computer Science engineer by education, ex-volunteer at Haji Public School and is extremely passionate about societal development.

Keerthi – Mechanical engineer by education, ex-CISCO and is an avid traveler with his heart set on bring about change in society.

More at www.facebook.com/sauramandala.in

What is the scope of the project?

– To provide a solar powered grid at each of the three branches of Haji Public School.

– To setup smart screens with educational content to aid volunteers and local teachers in classrooms.

What challenges will you be addressing?

– To address the lack of dependable electricity to light up classrooms and run labs due to the terrain, weather and power cuts.

– To aid the volunteers to use audiovisual aids in classrooms to explain concepts better to these kids who have had limited exposure to the world outside.

– To introduce the kids to the internet and experiential learning.

What are the challenges you will face?

– Breswana is not connected by road, this makes it difficult to transport materials, all the components will have to be transported on horseback or carried up.

Isn’t it cold there, will solar panels work?

– The region receives abundant sunlight during the months that the school is operational ( March to December)

How will I know where my money is going?

– We believe in complete transparency and will follow the same for the project. There will be frequent updates both from our end and the school to keep us accountable. We are happy to address any concerns that you may have, please feel free to contact us. You can find a rough breakup of costs here.

Is this a one time gig?

No. We plan to learn from this project and replicate it in different regions. We also plan to expand to more community level projects in the regions that we work in.

Why don’t you approach a corporate sponsor instead?

We would love to work with a mix of corporate and individual sponsors for our projects, we believe that joint efforts will have more impact. If you are a corporate who shares the vision and want to get involved, please contact us, we would love to work with you.

We are proud to announce our campaign partner Tespack, from Spain. Do check them out, they have some amazing products and have done some stellar work in different parts of the world.

If you or anyone you know, who is struggling to pay for their education, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

Help me empower underprivileged girl children

Raised Rs. 6,53,336 with the help of 154 supporters.

I am looking to raise funds to support the NGO ‘Just For Kicks’ program of imparting life skills through football, for 100 girls in the Dharwad district of Karnataka. ‘Just For Kicks’ in partnership with Enabling Leadership Foundation(ELF) is already running a pilot across 8 villages in Dharwad and witnessing phenomenal results with the girls becoming increasingly self-aware and confident through a game that’s been tainted as being a boy’s sport. With the football at their feet, these girls are now starting to dream big and question the status quo. Inspired by this progress, I am now looking to spearhead the expansion of ‘ Just For Kicks’ programming in rural Karnataka with the vision of reaching 100 more girls by next year.

Program cost for one child over one year: 6500 Rs / 100$. This cost includes: 48 training sessions, Training Gear For Each Child – Studs, Shinguards, Jerseys, Orientation Sessions For School and Parents, Participation in ‘Just For Kicks’ League games, Access to scouting opportunities and scholarships, Individual child and team assessment reports.

My piece in the puzzle:

Long before I fell in love with the cause of Just For Kicks, I fell in love with the beautiful game of football.

What I learned from football – Grit, Respect, Empathy, Courage, Teamwork, Leadership and most importantly Love. It is safe to say that Football has sculpted my personality in multiple ways. Growing up as a footballer and representing the Indian U-17 squad, I found myself feeling constantly underwhelmed by our facilities, resources and lack of support structures. Injuries bogged me down and I increasingly found myself fighting an uphill battle not just against the structures in place but also the culture around the sport. To that end, I fell prey to our failing sports/talent management system.

Having finished my engineering and working a run of the mill consulting gig for a year – I decided to fight back. I pursued the Teach for India fellowship and then completed my Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University with the hope of coming back to India to ensure that each child has the opportunity to play the beautiful sport and has the opportunity to take up the sport if he/she is passionate about it. As I look to champion the cause that ‘Just For Kicks’ has valiantly taken up, I realise that I need all the support I can get to fulfill the vision of reaching 1 million children by the year 2025 and making sure that no child falls through the cracks of our nation’s faltering sporting system.

Just For Kicks is a school intervention program working towards teaching children through a life skills-based football curriculum invaluable lessons of commitment, confidence, self-awareness, and grit. We work in the 5 Indian cities namely Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai, and the rural district of Dharwad in Karnataka in schools catering to students from the bottom of the economic pyramid. We believe in #EveryonePlays and begin working with children, both boys and girls, as young as 7 years old and continue training with them till the age of 16, through an ongoing collaboration with their schools.

Enabling Leadership is a Netherlands-based non-profit organisation that uses innovative mediums of music and sports to foster valuable life skills of leadership, creativity, confidence and global citizenship among marginalised children who have limited or no access to high quality education systems.

Why Focus on Girls: Football acts as an equalizer where in once you step onto the pitch – gender, socioeconomic background, social class don’t matter. This pitch then becomes symbolic of a free society where in all are equals, thus affording a girl child to express herself, uninhibited by constraints of our society. This expression then translates into various values such as grit and confidence being built up in the girl child that nudge the society to view them as equals and subsequently create a cycle of systemic change led by a mentality shift.

Donate and be a part of the football revolution where girls will play alongside boys, and all students will receive equal opportunity irrespective of their gender and socioeconomic status.

If you or anyone you know, is struggling to pay to get trained in the sport they love, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

Help us Save Karthi

Raised Rs. 25,85,870 with the help of 1319 supporters.

“I’ve become so big now appa, I’m going to be in the second standard!”, I still remember how excited Karthi was. He smelled the pages of his brand new books while we were putting brown covers on them. It’s been three months since all his friends started going to school and my Karthi has been left behind. He has been to class only twice, that too because the medical certificate I carry everywhere couldn’t relieve him from that particular exam. The day we finished the registration process for his class, we also received his alarming reports, so we got him admitted the very next day.

Today my 7-year-old son has a swollen face, acidic stomach and dysfunctional liver because of a severe liver disease. With more than 50% of his liver not supporting his system, we need Rs. 25 lakh to save his life before it fails. He needs a liver transplantation in the first week of November. Every moment, the realisation of being far from the amount that’s required to save my baby’s life hits us and terrifies us. Please help me out – I don’t want to lose my son.

My name is Rajshekhar Nadar. I live with my wife, Karthi and my younger son. I deliver gas cylinders for a living and makes Rs. 25,000 every month. My wife takes care of the house and our children. I’m the only earning member of my family – no matter how many cylinders I deliver in the next month, we won’t be able to reach that number, not even in our dreams. The needles, the biopsies, the endoscopies, all are a stark reminder of how badly we want to see our son healthy and how much money that’s going to cost us.

Karthi’s health has been sensitive right from the start. When he was born, for the first ten months, everything was fine, but suddenly after that everything changed for the worse. He got fever and symptoms of what the doctors thought was jaundice. For almost a year, we spent Rs. 70,000 on his tests only to find out that this is a different kind of jaundice that needs attention from bigger hospitals. After a few more tests, the doctors at the Jaslok Hospital said that he’ll have to get checkups every 3 months till he becomes old enough to get a transplant. So it’s been over 6 years since we started taking rounds of hospitals and so far, we’ve spent a total of Rs. 1,48,000 for his check-ups, tests and medicines.

How we’ve arranged seems pretty unbelievable in retrospect. With God’s grace things have worked out for us so far. Relatives, company that my husband works for, parents, savings, we’ve stretched our hands in front of every source of help we could think of. But now we’ve exhausted everything. If we don’t get him operated in the first week of November, the risk level will rise and his liver may fail. We’re trying to sell our land back in our village in about Rs. 5 lakh but such deals take time to process. That’s the last option we’re left with. Where will I get the rest of the money for the transplantation from? It’s a scary question that I don’t know the answer to. Your support in the form of donations can help me pay for my child’s treatment.

Since the last 5 days, Karthi is in the hospital battling some of the worst symptoms of this horrible disease. His arms and legs are swollen. Sometimes his mouth starts bleeding even when he’s just talking. There are times when he wants to eat but he’s not allowed to. How can you say no to your own child when he cries and says he’s hungry? The glucose pipes inserted in his body are providing nutrition to his body right now. He’s restless all the time – he struggles to fall asleep at night. My wife and I are up all night telling him stories or singing him lullabies.

The most heartbreaking is keeping him away from the things he loves the most – playing with his friends and his school. There was a time when Karthi used to be silent only while sleeping. Otherwise, he would just run around the house and in the park throwing the ball around. When I see such a big difference in his behaviour, it’s really upsetting. He keeps asking us every now and then when he’ll be able to go to school. We have no answer to that right now because we don’t know when we can get him medically fit to attend school.

We’re just a few days away from our deadline. This transplantation could give Karthi the childhood that has unfortunately been lost in these hospitals. His mother and I really want to see him healthy and happy again. We would do anything to save his life. Unfortunately, after trying everything in our power, we’re still falling short of funds to afford the treatment that could change his life. We really need this – no 7-year-old deserves to spend most of his time lying in a hospital bed rather than a park or in his class.

If you or anyone you know, is struggling to pay for their medical treatment, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.