Category - Animal Welfare

Ways To Help The Voiceless Animals

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Of late, social media has been inundated with shocking incidents of various atrocities committed against animals. There have been inhumane cases of stray dogs being thrown off rooftops and battered without provocation. When such events transpire, they leave animal lovers completely heart-broken and with a want to help.

Being the most evolved and intelligent among the creations, the onus to help these voiceless creatures lies on us. We at Ketto, are here to help you out in your noble endeavours.

Little acts of kindness

A couple of hours under the scorching summer sun leaves one dehydrated. It would be unwise to think that the birds and stray animals would feel any different. Keeping a bowl of water on the front porch or in the balcony would go a long way in helping animals in need. Feed the surplus food to the starving animals in your neighbourhood instead of discarding it as trash. Not only will it reduce the quantity of waste, but more importantly, it will satisfy the hunger of someone in need. You can even help an NGO/animal shelter that you support with their activities they carry out on weekends or in your free time.

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Adopt don’t shop

Every stray dog deserves a caring and loving home to live in. Instead of buying a foreign breed, adopt a homeless stray, especially the ones that are in dire need of care. Trust us, giving a stray dog a way better life is one of the best feelings in the world.

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Raise funds for an animal

Experience the satisfaction of saving an animal’s life by starting a fundraiser for animal rights and welfare. You can raise funds for an ailing animal, an animal that has met with an accident, for feeding stray animals in your area or even to support an NGO that you like. Your contributions will help improve veterinary care for animals that are carrying offspring, are wounded or have been afflicted by some disease.

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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!

This Diwali, Let There Be Light – But Of A Different Kind

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We’re a generation of change – right from the way we see traveling, body-shaming, feminism, protest to even Bollywood – everything is way different from how we perceived it a decade ago. Our transitory generation can safely say, ‘It’s the end of the world as we knew it’.

What if we also changed the way we look at festivals? What if we made a few changes in the traditional ‘rule-book’, implemented them and handed it over to our children so it ends up becoming an annual tradition? How about adopting a habit of adopting a cause every Diwali?

We’re talking about a real deal here – that means, every time you decorate your house, make festive food, you also think of the cause your family can make a difference to that year.

We all love to be at home to celebrate festivals so it’s a perfect time to take up a cause together and make a difference to it collectively. Just adopt any cause – we don’t mean something that will put an end to global warming (nothing like it, if you can do that though), we mean ideas that will celebrate change in the smallest way possible.

In case you’d like thought starters, here are some ideas that you can start with this year:

Invite your maid’s family over for dinner and eat with them at the dinner table for a change. It can even be your watchman, garbage picker, laundry person – anyone you feel like knowing a little better. This can be truly enlightening. Nithya one of our ex-campaigners shared the idea of this beautiful tradition with us – he even raised funds for his maids’ kids, read his beautiful story here.

Instead of putting up long updates about how animals and birds get tortured by the smoke and noise during Diwali and boiling our blood over insensitive people not realising it, here’s a thought – you probably can’t control all people who burst crackers, but what you can do is put address tags on stray dogs and cats who live in your area. Why? Strays tend to run to a noise-free place and realise they are completely lost and disoriented after Diwali. This can help dog lovers like you bring them back to where they belong once the madness is over.

You know that lane outside your building that you’ve written multiple complaints about and have been waiting for the authorities to look into – how about doing it yourself? Maybe this Diwali you can go beyond just cleaning your own house. Pick up the broom, put on a mask, gather your family and maybe your society members and clean up that lane! We think it’ll make for a beautiful story and a brighter Diwali!

Every time you’ve seen a person in need, you’ve probably reached your wallet and given them what you can but if you had to go for a sustainable solution. You can raise funds for that needy person – the old man who sells toys, the underprivileged kid who learns with the books she finds in the trash, the old woman who is all alone after her son died – anyone who you think could use some monetary help – start a fundraiser for them on Ketto and we’ll guide you at every step. If you want to read stories of regular people changing lives by starting a fundraiser, go here.

Every child should have something to look forward this Diwali, right? How about taking rounds of your area and giving away chocolates/sweets/ice creams to children on the street. We’re sure your deed is going to light up their Diwali and their smiles are going to light up yours.

This way, by celebrating every festival, we’ll also be celebrating change. Won’t festivals become truly beautiful if we celebrate them this way? So how do you want to begin this tradition this Diwali?

How The Generation That’s Always Chasing Time Can Do Good

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We’re a fast paced, impatient generation.

We like our cabs picking up fast, our pizza getting delivered quickly and our internet connection only at 4G – anything that’s not fast is not good enough. In this ‘insta’ obsessed generation, here’s a perfect way to help a cause or a person, especially when we have an intent to help but struggle to find the time to do so.

We bring to you four causes that you can make a difference to by donating to their fundraiser on Ketto, right now and that too in a matter of just 3 minutes!

Virtually Parent These Adorable Puppies:

Read only if: You’re the kind of person who loves to pet and feed stray dogs wherever you go and you find yourself always looking out for them.

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Being an ardent animal lover, Smita knew she couldn’t leave the 8 puppies she spotted at a dangerous construction site all by themselves. With support from Janm Foundation, she rescued them and has already found homes for 3 of them.

Now she needs Rs. 3,500 every month to look after the other puppies’ nutrition, vaccination and even adoption. An amount as small as Rs. 200 will make a lot of difference – donate to help her find a home for these puppies.

Bring This Graffiti Artist Back On His Feet:

Read only if: Art and artists inspire you and you would like to help this young graffiti artist get his chemotherapy sessions done.

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From a mechanical engineer to a graffiti artist filmed by the popular energy drink Red Bull, Karitkey’s story has been truly inspiring. After braving a lot of financial and emotional struggles in his career path, he decided to start his own art firm with his partners. Sadly, the day he decided to sign the papers and get his firm registered, he was diagnosed positive with Stage 4 – Hodgkin Lymphoma.

He is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Navy Hospital, Colaba and need funds for continuous sessions – donate to help him in his battle against cancer.

Help Her Represent India On An Expedition To Antarctica:

Read only if: You’re passionate about protection of the environment and sensitive towards concepts like climate change, usage of polythene bags, carbon footprint etc.

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A young passionate girl Bhavna has been selected to represent India at the Leadership with an edge program, part of International Antarctic Expedition 2017. The purpose for the expedition is to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility to build resilient communities and in doing so, preserve Antarctica. This unique initiative encompasses leadership, the environment, education and survival.

This once in a lifetime opportunity comes at a cost. She needs Rs. 10,00,000 for the expedition fee, air travel, extreme weather clothing and equipment – donate to send her to Antarctica!

Gift Drinking Water To Slum-Dwellers:

Read Only If: You believe that safe, clean drinking water is not a privilege and everyone deserves it.

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Manya and Sana have taken a pledge to provide pure drinking water to slum-dwellers in and around Delhi and Gurgaon. People living in these slums are subject to various waterborne diseases, caused primarily by drinking untreated water that is mixed with chemicals and other impurities. Lack of alternatives leaves them with no choice but to drink this water.

By contributing as little as Rs. 1,500 you can gift a family life – donate to provide water filters in the homes of the less fortunate.

There’s no better way of using 3 minutes of your life than making an impact on the causes that you believe in. If you ended up donating to any of the causes mentioned above, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Not All S/Heroes Wear Capes

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Who are s/heroes? Are they just limited to fantasy entertainment or do they exist in reality as well?

At Ketto, we have the privilege of meeting real-life s/heroes everyday. Now they may not wear capes but they carry their super powerful passion within them that translates their good thoughts into inspiring deeds.

Say hello to the Superheroes of Ketto!

Super Empowerer Nikhil Sarup
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The 82 year-old veteran dancer Tara Balgopal had a postal stamp issued in her honour back in the day. She was later living off charity in a dilapidated house at the mercy of her neighbours. While many of us were busy blaming the government and feeling bad for her, Nikhil Sarup took that extra step beyond likes and shares and decided to visit her in Delhi.

Our Super Empowerer used crowdfunding and raised more than Rs. 8,00,000 for her. She now has a proper, well-furnished house to live in, with electricity, a tiffin service and a way better life.

Super PawProtector Amee Mendez
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This woman has been taking care of about 47 dogs for 11 years now, all by herself! From their food to medical needs, Amee single-handedly takes care of everything until they get adopted by a capable, responsible family. She always puts her love and passion for animals above everything, even her own needs. With time it became difficult to tend to these dogs’ needs, so she turned to crowdfunding for help. And guess what? It just added to her super powers!

SuperDad Papa Reji

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Papa Reji has 24 children. Children affected with HIV have been living with him for more than a decade now. Despite limited income and means, he has successfully managed to provide them with the dignified days they deserve, some of which, he did through crowdfunding on Ketto. Fathering so many kids and protecting them from social evils for all these years makes him a definitive SuperDad for us!

Wizpowerer Prakash Aroor
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Nobody understands the power of empowerment through education better than a publisher! Wizpowerer Prakash Aroor did not protect coconut vendor Sadashiva from any accident or lethal event, rather he brought together the resources that he needed for a sustainable and progressive life. Through crowdfunding, Prakash gathered money from like minded socially active individuals, and now aims to support him with his personal health and daughters’ educational needs.

Neither is this doomsday, nor is there a Joker or Loki in this world. Our evils are much more real but the bright side is that we do not need superhero costumes or superpowers to combat them. All we need is the intent and passion to reach where we aim to.

Join the Quit India Movement 2016

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On 14th August 1947, at midnight, when the clock struck 12, as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru put it, we awoke to life and freedom, celebrating our first independent day. But did this day mark the end of our struggle in reality?
69 years after independence, we’re still fighting to free ourselves from evils such as lack of education, unequal opportunities for women, unprotected environment, limited access to healthcare and many more.

For all of us at Ketto, August 15 holds a lot more importance because it also happens to be the day we started our journey as a crowdfunding platform.
Since our inception in 2012, we’ve worked towards our vision of empowering individuals with a platform, so they can gather funds and create a positive change at a personal and/or a national level.

As we turn 4 today, we wish to start another Quit India Movement, this time for the homegrown challenges that need us to come together yet again.
Over 20,000 responsible people and 2000 NGOs of India have spearheaded the movement by teaming up with us and used crowdfunding to bring about an instrumental change in the following areas:

INR 3,59,15,783 has been raised to make healthcare accessible
INR 4,23,20,173 has been raised for the welfare of children
INR 73,80,647 has been raised to empower women
INR 2,06,11,706 has been raised to eradicate illiteracy
INR 72,24,972 has been raised for the welfare of animals
INR 13,05,839 has been raised to create a sustainable environment

What would you fight for?

Come, be a part of India’s Quit India Movement again, raise funds for an evil that you wish to free India from and don’t forget to spread the word.

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Animals of Kaziranga National Park: How individuals and groups can help them!

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In 2005, the WWF of India and International Rhino Foundation had a vision – to bring the total Indian Rhino population to 3000. They called it the IRV2020. A figure that stood at 2400 until the recent devastating floods falls each year with hundreds of rhinos at Kaziranga National Park falling prey to floods and poaching, pushing the number further away from its target.

Out of the 35 animal species that survive on the KNP ecosystem, 200 animals lost their lives to the floods this year. 80% of the park premises continues to be submerged under water as Governments, individuals and groups work tirelessly on ground, to collaborate and save whatever they can.

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According to the Wildlife Trust of India, 218 rhino calves alone have been orphaned with the impact of the floods. A number of calves of hog deer and elephants in need of post natal care have also been orphaned. They need to provide the young ones with lactogen for food and rehabilitate them once they have been nursed to health. They need funds for doing so, to which you can contribute here. Each pack of it costs Rs 300, and they need 40 packs per day. If you want to support their work, you can contact them at +91-120- 4143900. You may also email them: info@wti.org.in.

You don’t necessarily have to be associated with an NGO to support. If you think you want to help them with a larger sum than your individual capacity, you can start your own fundraiser and reach out to all like minded people out there on social media. A group of three friends based in Chennai – Shravan Krishnan, Nishanth Ravi and Robin Paul, truly connected with the issue at hand, and decided to take time off their lives to participate in the impact response work at Kaziranga National Park. They are presently at the park helping with the cause. Inspiring, isn’t it? You can reach out to them and find out how you can support at +91-9841588852.

 

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While better preparedness on the part of authorities is a long term need that needs to be focused on, the director of Kaziranga National Park, Satyendra Singh is aiming at access to higher ground for the National Park. He shares the following two point response tool to help make the situation better:

  1. Highway drivers can drive slow, watching out for animals in distress or need of support. This will help avoid accident deaths;
  2. If you spot an animal and are able to rescue it, you can contact these numbers:

Dr. Satyendra Singh, Director, Kaziranga National Park: +91- 9435102834

Kaziranga National Park Office: 03776 268 095

 

2 Ways You Can Help People Affected By Floods In Assam Right Now

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23 out of 27 districts have been affected by these devastating floods. At least 6 villages are completely submerged under water, with an affected population of over 18 lakh. Rising water of the Brahmaputra has not just impacted the everyday needs of people, including bare necessities like food, clothing and shelter, it has also affected a large number of farm animals and poultry birds.
As the flood-waters in Assam begins to recede, there seems to be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon.

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If you wish to help the situation in some way, here are 2 effective ways in which you could be a rescue champion:

Donate Now:

Rapid Response, a Chennai based NGO actively involved in disaster management has identified three major issues that need immediate addressing in the flood affected area – relief kits, medical kits and medical camp. They have started a fundraiser for the same on Ketto, where you can support by donating.

Another one of India’s pioneering NGOs in grass-root social engagement – Oxfam India has started a fundraiser on Ketto to help victims. Oxfam is providing key relief items like safe drinking water, emergency shelter material, medical aid and hygiene facilities.
Their cause is based on extensive in-ground assessment of the situation that they have been doing since the past 3 days. Donate to their fundraiser so nothing stops help from reaching the ones who really need it. Remember, every donation counts, so even if it’s a small amount, go ahead and contribute.

All fundraisers started by individuals and NGOs for Assam Floods can be found here.

On-ground Help:

A detailed needs assessment report by IGSSS cites food items like rice & dal, plastic sleeping mats, hygiene kit washing (buckets with lids, bath soaps, washing soaps, disinfection liquids, sanitary napkins), package drinking water, tarpaulin, mosquito nets and candles as urgent items that need to reach the affected families ASAP.

If you are in and around the area, you can share whatever you can by getting in touch with either of the governmental or non-governmental contacts mentioned below:

  • David Kujur: Inter Agency Group: +91-7399016122: collaborating with all organisations working on ground;
  • Kaplianlal Thangluai: IGSSS (Indo Global Social Service Society): +91-8486355571: distress support in Lower Assam;
  • Assam Helpline of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA):0361-2237219
  • National Disaster Management Helpline: +91-9868891801
  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF): +91-9711077372
  • Jayanta Das : Range Officer: Kaziranga National Park: +91-9435052838
  • Satyendra Singh: Field Director: Kaziranga National Park: +91-9435102834

Share this information on Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp, let’s spread the word and get Assam all the help it needs.

7 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

“People suck!”
“Seriously, why is no one kind anymore?!”
“Whatever happened to good people!”

If you’re having a sucky day and tweeting deep thoughts questioning the existence of humans, take a look at these heartwarming incidents. They may restore your faith in humanity and detox your mind.

He rescued a penguin once and it comes back to thank him EVERY YEAR!
We just can’t get over this one! Read all about it here.

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This guy decided to spend his first salary on getting a real “happy meal” for street kids. What a noble thought!

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He feeds on the happy smiles of homeless people. We can’t get help but adore that genuine heartfelt smile. Find out more about this selfless hero here.

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He decided to not leave anyone behind, not even this voiceless furry pooch.
Someone raised funds for animals during Chennai floods on Ketto. Find out more here.

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This professor doesn’t let walls or benches confine education. Respect! Read more about him here.

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This man raised funds to restore the pride of this veteran Indian dancer when the whole world had forgotten about her. Find out how he did it here.

Kind people unshackled Lakshmi the elephant from a life filled with misery, scars and starvation. Read more about it here.

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If these pictures made you smile and cheered you up, share and make someone’s day maybe?

Also, if you feel inspired and want to make a difference, get started with a campaign to raise funds. Go ahead!
 

Monthly Roundup: Trending Campaigns on Ketto in November

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November brought us some promising and heart-warming stories in the campaigning space. Here are the top picks of stories that were trending in the month of November.

PS. Some are still trending way into December!

Hardwell:

Voted the World’s #1 DJ in 2013, Hardwell, along with Anna Agency, set up the United We Are Foundation, a charity project which is “a globally ambitious endeavor to educate young children in different communities around the world” according to Anna Knaup, CEO, Anna Agency.

December 13 will see Hardwell returning to Mumbai, in an event that will potentially break the record of the world’s biggest guest list! Hardwell himself will receive no appearance fee for this show, and instead the proceeds will be handed to the United We Are Foundation and the Magic Bus Foundation, an NGO preoccupied with the welfare and education of underprivileged kids. These efforts will not only see Hardwell become the ambassador of a charity project that will provide education for children in India, but will also help the success and resultant spread of this initiative to countries around the world. Buy your passes and be part of the worlds biggest guest list!

Let Reyhaneh Jabbari’s voice be heard:

FATS TheArts Collaborative, a theatre collaborative, wishes to tell the story of Reyhaneh Jabbari, through a play devised by Founder Faezeh Jalali, entitled 07/07/07. On the fateful day of July 7, 2007, 19-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari was put in jail after defending herself against a man who tried to rape her. Reyhaneh’s self- defense resulted in her attacker’s death and she was convicted for premeditated murder. After a seven-year trial, which she spent in prison and faced ruthless torture, she was hung last year, despite over-arching international uproar condemning the sentence. She wrote letters of some of her brutal experiences during her last year in prison, which 07/07/07 is based on.

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Unfortunately, such stories of gender-based violence, and consequent injustice, are not as rare as we would like. Although this is the story of one woman, it resonates with a thousand others, especially those living in developing, patriarchal cultures and lower socio-economic situations. Reyhaneh’s is an important story to tell and FATS TheArts Collaborative has been quite successful in their campaign, meeting over half of their goal amount of Rs. 7 lakhs! If you believe that the arts, such as theatre, are important components of driving social change and eradicating ignorance and feel Reyhaneh’s story must be voiced, you can do your bit here.

Pioneering sex education:

It is no surprise that India is a pretty gender-biased place. It is also no surprise that here sex and sexuality is a very hush-hush topic. It is also absolutely no surprise that 80 per cent of women in India have no idea why they menstruate. Wait a minute, that is very surprising (and not to mention disturbing)!

These are exactly the kind of gaps that Iesha is trying to bridge, through pioneering a very effective, easy-to-use, fun and digitized curriculum on sexuality and gender education. Iesha’s philosophy is simply that if children have the right information at the right time, this will enable them to make the right, informed choice.

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India, due to the taboo surrounding the topic of sex, menstruation and puberty, has been lacking in giving its children the right education—not only to understand better their own bodies, but how to treat one another, especially in relations concerning the opposite sex. Iesha, through its web-based sex education course, is aiming to communicate such knowledge to India’s younger generation in hopes of creating more gender-equal and gender-sensitive generations in the future. Iesha met such enthusiastic support on it’s campaign and, astonishingly, 80 per cent of their funds came in 24 hours. What’s more, they also went a little over their target! Needless to say, the future of sex-ed in India is in safe hands.

The Elephants of Mandya:

In a country where we value the life of animals associated with Hinduism (read beef-ban), the humble elephant is completely neglected! For years, in India and the world, these majestic, intelligent creatures are used for human entertainment and human consumption. This was exactly the case of five female elephants who belonged to the Gemini Circus, namely Rupa, Laxmi, Chaya, Kumari and late Chanchal (who passed away due to gross negligence). The Gemini Circus lost its elephant performance certificate and the five elephants, instead of being taken care off or set free, were left to languish in a building in the Mandya district of Karnataka in sub-human conditions. They were tied up, making natural movement impossible and were dangerously underweight.

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Vasudev Murthy, an Honorary Animal Welfare Officer of the Animal Welfare Board of India based out of Bangalore, along with Humane Society International – India, decided to take a step for these animals. Their campaign helped raise funds to avail legal services to bring justice to these elephants by taking legal action against abuse, negligence and cruelty.