Category - Children

Meet Children Who Got Saved By The Internet

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The internet is a beautiful, beautiful place. The humans of the internet never cease to surprise us with the things they do – be it trolling a naive celebrity for being ‘politically incorrect’ or uniting a bunch of lost kids with their mother by tweeting about it. There’s one more magic that the internet pulls off and we of all get to witness it every now and then – it’s saving lives!

We’re going to take you through 3 such wonderful stories when the internet felt empathy, sat up straight and did its bit to change a child’s life completely.

When the internet rescued Sagar from his terrible condition

Sagar Dorji, a four-year-old boy from Lakhimpur in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, developed a form of blood cancer in August 2016. This rare condition made his eyes swell and bleed. Sagar’s picture on his Ketto fundraiser had the power to evoke an emotion like no other. We’re sure you’re going to feel immense empathy once you see the tragic condition that he was experiencing then. It’s no wonder that over hundred people from India as well as internationally came together to raise Rs. 3,41,554 to get him out of his misery.

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It’s been 5 month since his campaigner Sanjay Pandey ended the fundraiser on Ketto. The funds were used to fly Sagar to Bangalore so he can start chemotherapy, it was also used for the food and accommodation of his parents while he got his treatment done. It’s moments like these that make us do what we do. The swelling in Sagar’s eyes has reduced and the bleeding has stopped! Let’s pause and look at the beauty of this – 137 kind people sent their love and wishes from their own homes and helped in creating something magical.

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When the internet fixed what a merciless acid attacker did

The internet was horrified when a 2-year-old boy Aditya was found in a dumpster after his neighbour threw acid on his face to avenge his mother’s refusal to his sexual demands. Aditya’s mother was harassed for a year when they decided to move out and live away from their violent demands. However, the neighbour began to obsess over Aditya’s mother and lamented his loss to his friends. One of his friends was angry to see him upset and as revenge against Aditya’s mother’s refusal – kidnapped Aditya, attacked him with acid and left him to die in the dumpster.

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In less than 24 hours, more than 600 people came forward to support ‘Make Love Not Scars’ fundraiser and raised Rs. 11,77,450. As per the update – Aditya has now been discharged from the private hospital he was in and is being shifted to another hospital because this one didn’t have an isolation ward that Aditya requires in order to avoid a further worse infection. He is slowly return to the playful baby he is. A hospital that we wish not to name right now has pledged their support and the funds collected for Aditya will shortly be utilised once the reconstructive phase starts! We’re super pleased to see Aditya getting better.

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When the internet alleviated what can’t be fixed

Sayali and Siddhant were diagnosed with a tragic condition called ‘Lamellar Ichthyosis’ that is estimated to occur in one out of 600,000 births. Their condition gives them scales all over their body and dried skin that keeps peeling off. Even though their condition can’t be cured completely, both siblings have to apply medicated oil at least three times a day as well as medicated soaps, shampoos, lotions, and creams to keep their skin in tolerable condition which their parents can’t afford. Sarika is a home-maker and Santosh is working in a factory with a mere salary of Rs. 8,500 per month.

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Enter, humans of the internet – through a fundraiser started by Gaurav Malhotra Rs. 1,94,552 was raised for their condition. Siddhant and Sayali always pray and wait eagerly for the months from November to February because they perspire less and their itching is reduced during these months. But thanks to Gaurav and 139 kind supporters, Siddhant and Sayali are going to have a much relieved summer this year because the funds raised on Ketto are going to be used to buy their medications for the next 7 months.

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So all you wonderful people on the internet, you should know you have a big heart. Keep showing your love and pulling off miracles for the ones who can’t afford to even dream of them.

Read similar stories over here and if you feel like pulling off a miracle, head over to help by donating or starting a fundraiser for someone in need.

How Ketto Elves Celebrated Christmas

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When you’re constantly around people who are doing wonderful things for the society and helping them do it effectively, you’re left with a want to do something wonderful yourself.

This Christmas, everybody at Ketto decided to act on this want and do something for those who love the idea of celebrating Christmas the most – children!

 

We partnered with Miracle Foundation India, an NGO that brings life-changing care to the world’s children without parental care. We made a donation of Rs. 100,000 to the organisation so they can make orphans feel loved and special with Christmas gifts.

But we didn’t want to do it alone – to spread the joy of the festive season, we rolled out Ketto Elves, an online campaign that gave people a chance to become an elf and help our Ketto Santa deliver these gifts.

At the end of which we made a donation of Rs. 100 on behalf of the user who participated in the activity, thus enabling them to become a #KettoElf for an underprivileged child without parents!

 

In less than 2 weeks, the activity saw over 1,000 entries with people sending in warm Christmas wishes for orphans.

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On Christmas eve, Santa took rounds in all 23 homes under Miracle Foundation India’s care, and gave more than 1000 orphans special Christmas gifts. Santa’s gift list included water bottles, folders, pencil pouches, stationery kits, drawing books, piggy banks, and more depending on the requirement of that home.

Here are pictures of the kids from some homes. If their smiles don’t make you happy, we don’t know what does!

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If you loved what this activity led to, give us a shout out on social media by sharing this story.

Looking For Elves To Distribute Christmas Gifts…

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Ho ho ho! Christmas is round the corner and I’ve got a long list of children to give gifts to – I’d like some help from you kind people. People at the North Pole asked me to share my request over the internet. So here it is!


Job Title
: Ketto elf

Description: You’re going to help me deliver gifts. It’s not going to cost you a rupee – because not you but Ketto is going to make a donation of Rs. 100 on your behalf.

Time-frame: Any time between December 8 – December 20 so all children can get their gifts on Christmas eve.

Duties: Just take the 4 fun and easy steps I’ve created for this process and give the activity some love by sharing it on Facebook so others can help me too!

Skills: The potential elf must possess a ‘good heart’ and ‘an internet connection’. That’s it!

Salary: The smile of an underprivileged child.

If you think you’re the right person, don’t wait – I need as many people as I can get!

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.

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.

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 To Make A Difference To Someone This Diwali

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The festival of lights is round the corner and we’re sure you are all busy looking for gifts for your loved ones. But while you spread the love among your friends and family, let’s also gift something to the children and communities that face a lack of even the basic needs – after all everyone deserves a ‘Happy Diwali’, right?

What would the gift be? Gift them with a contribution – even the smallest one would make a huge difference. This Diwali, here are 5 fundraisers that you can contribute and make a difference to:

Save A Critically Ill Child

screenshot_7There are so many underprivileged children in India who are critically ill and do not have the means to get their treatment done. No child should die because of lack of funds, keeping that thought in mind, the gorgeous Dia Mirza – ambassador of Genesis Foundation has pledged to save lives by raising funds towards their treatment.

You have the chance to brighten up the future of these little souls. Join Dia in her effort to help a child walk, play, jump, laugh and LIVE again by contributing to her fundraiser.

Light Up A House

There are over 306.2 million individuals in India that do not have access to the basic necessity of electricity. A large number of these people live in villages and over 75% of them are below the poverty line. Project Chirag started by 3 thoughtful girls – Noorie, Saumya and Saakshi aims to benefit inhabitants of these areas that have no access to light. After analysing 100 homes and their problems, they have come up with a simple solution – solar power. Once installed, solar powered lights are free, clean, and give constant light to a rural house.

Project Chirag is working to provide solar powered lights to every off-grid rural house in India – help their cause by contributing to their fundraiser.

Cheer Up The Children In Hospitals

screenshot_8There are a number of children who spend Diwali in hospitals as they are suffering from various illnesses and who may not have anything to look forward to this Diwali.

Uday Foundation helps underprivileged patients who are currently undergoing various medical treatments in government hospitals. Light up their lives by contributing to their fundraiser.

Light Up These Artisans’ House

screenshot_9Lack of electricity has left the villagers of Gotiguda, a small village in Odisha, in poverty. The villagers are highly skilled craftsmen who depend on Dokhra metal crafts for their livelihood. However, without electricity and lighting, they are unable to produce enough craft work and thus struggle to make ends meet.

The funds raised through this fundraiser will be used to set-up a solar micro-grid, provide lights and supply a polishing machine. This solution is built on community involvement and is designed to be a long-term, self-sustaining solution. Help them get the opportunities they deserve by contributing to their fundraiser.

Make Diwali Special For Truck Drivers

screenshot_10Everything that we need on a day to day basis is brought to our door step thus making our life simple and convenient. Over time this has become a necessity making us forget that it takes tremendous effort for the truck drivers who make this happen.

This Diwali, support WOW Truck’s initiative of spreading happiness to truck drivers and their families by contributing to their fundraiser.

So you see – there are so many people and causes you can make a difference to this Diwali. Light up their lives – trust us, it’s going to be way more illuminating than the diyas and lanterns.