Category - CrowdFUNding

Help Haji Public School get a reliable solar grid.

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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, is struggling to pay for their education, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

Help me empower underprivileged girl children

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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.

Things to keep in mind for Online Fundraising

Just because it appears to be anything but difficult to fund-raise on the web, foundations still should comprehend and consider a few issues before accepting endowments on the Internet.

  • Maybe the most disregarded by numerous associations is that they are not excluded from the registration requirements that many states force on associations requesting cash from their occupants. In the event that a fundraisers at a charity have any inquiries regarding this, they should contact the Attorney General’s office in the state, which has oversees obligations regarding charities.
  • Nowadays we are seeing just two digits, rather than triple digit, yearly increments – associations can’t simply be laid back and sit tight for the cash to come in. The “Donate Now” catch, without anyone else’s input, won’t do the trap. If they want donors to hit that button, they need to work for it – and be spurred to give. This implies all the writing and correspondence to prospects need to noticeably incorporate the association’s site. Individuals intrigued by philanthropy or its motivation go to the website first. Along these lines, the site must be as excellent as it can be, with programs and other applicable data inside simple route, so that the “Donate Now” catch work something.
  • Charitable associations need to nourish into its online interests with web-based social networking, for example, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. Keeping in contact with the donors is and will keep on being important to benefactors, so it becomes easy for philanthropies to contact them.
  • In spite of the fact that sites will be an essential piece for future in <a href=”https://www.ketto.org/” title=”Online Fundraising”>Online Fundraising</a>, we are still not to the point where each exchange happens on the web is safe. While associations need to remain cautious about innovation and technological advancements, and also simultaneous changes in individuals’ mentalities about how they utilize the Internet, raising money is not just about clicking on a linked button. With Ketto you don’t need to worry about scams.

What is crowdfunding and how it is popular in India?

You must already be familiar with the term crowdfunding. This is a novel way to raise funds for any project or idea or even a new venture. Crowdfunding lets entrepreneurs raise money in small amounts from a large number of investors or people who are connected via the internet.

Crowdfunding isn’t a new concept in India. We all might have dropped some money into a donation box at the billing counter of a store, or contributed to children raising funds for flood relief. It is the same practice of raising money from the crowd for a noble cause where an individual contributes a small amount of money towards a cause.

The realisation of an individual where the person thinks he or she is more privileged than others is the motivation behind why crowdfunding is becoming popular in India today. This social change has a considerable measure to do with how we expend web-based social networking. Indians spend about 4.5 hours per day on the Internet, which is very nearly 17% of our opportunity in a day.

We don’t simply read human intrigue stories. Growing up around neediness, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, pollution etc has affected the giving habit in India. Much the same as demand and supply relationship, when there are more destitute individuals, there are similarly the same number of individuals willing to offer assistance.

Raising funds online makes it easy for you to make a difference, serve individuals in need, make a positive effect, and change lives around you consistently. You don’t need to be a social activist to help the destitute. Crowdfunding engages people to steer and lead the change.

Ketto is one of the best crowdfunding sites in the country and has enabled people to raise necessary funds for films, music projects, social and charitable initiatives and other creative and personal reasons. This is one of the most reliable platforms that is sought after by people across Asia over several years.

Things you should know before donating

There are two things each donor ought to do before giving. Firstly, evaluation of the charity’s money related well-being and responsibility and transparency with the donors.

Furthermore, contact the organisation! Addressing a charitable organisation specifically can furnish you with more prominent comprehension about its projects, mission, and objectives.

There are many websites for raising money for a cause but before you trust them with your money, here are a few questions to ask!

  • What is your association’s main goal?

Genuine associations know precisely their identity, what they do, and why they are required.

  • What advance is your association making towards its objectives?

Ask your association what it has done to improve the issue it supports. Will the association exhibit how their activities have affected their advance?

  • What are the association’s objectives?

Objectives are an important device to quantify achievement. On the off chance that a charity can not impart its objectives, both short and long haul, it is troublesome for a donor to realize what the charity is working towards.

  • What sources are accessible to expand my trust in your work?

Experts have demonstrated that most organisations are mindful, legitimate and organised. Genuine charitable associations exhibit transparency. Documents related to their registration etc are readily available

Be informed about how your money is spent. Donors take the time, forthright, to discover associations they can trust for a long time to come. Also, when they find that charitable association, they should feel certain about giving it their monetary help. Ketto is Asia’s most trusted and visited crowdfunding platform that works with some of India’s top non-profits. You can trust them to utilise your genuine contribution correctly.

Love Hiking? These People Crowdfunded Their Way To The Everest!

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The thrill of hiking over long trails, soaking in the scenic beauty, is something which can leave you spell-bound. Not only does it help you to relax, but it also boosts your health and stamina. However, often the perks of hiking are weighed down by the cost it entails. Right from the right shoes to comfortable hiking apparel, to backpacks to lodging/camping, hiking can be a costly affair.

However, thanks to crowdfunding, cost factor can be taken care of. There have been umpteen success stories of hikers who shared the passion of hiking but had disabilities or lacked funds for hiking and managed to achieve their hiking goals through crowdfunding.

Maharashtra’s Pride, Aparna Prabhudesai!

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Aparna, a facilitator and an entrepreneur from Pune, is a multi-faceted woman. Along with her professional work, she also manages to pursue her hobby of participating in marathons and mountain climbing. Owing to some unfortunate incident in 2012, Aparna was left disabled. However, her unflinching strength and courage did not let the disability overpower her spirit. She took up a mountaineering course, participated in multiple treks and went twice to the Everest Base Camp. Her undeterred efforts led people to donate for her cause and she finally became the first woman from Maharashtra, India to successfully summit the Mount Everest! We feel proud to have been a part of this inspiring journey.

Mission Mount Everest

345Another individual from Maharashtra, Nihar, also summited the Mount Everest supported by Ketto. He undertook a three month long expedition starting from Kathmandu, Nepal to the Summit of Mount Everest. With the media coverage that this expedition would garner, he aimed to involve the local communities in developing ways to fight hunger and curb malnutrition in economically backward communities.

His fundraiser committed to donate ₹1 per feet of climb towards this cause. He successfully climbed the summit in March, 2015 and managed to raise ₹65,400 with 14 supporters.

Climbing World Cup: Climb Your Way To Health And Fitness!

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There are still not many people like Aparna and Nihar who are so passionate about mountain climbing. Chakram Hikers, a Maharashtra based firm, has been continuously striving in this direction. It organises hiking and trekking tours with intent to bring people closer to nature. The firm has been consistently instilling the spirit of adventure among masses along with spreading awareness about environment preservation. Chakram Hikers raised ₹ 52,000 with Ketto for the IFSC Climbing World Cup, which was scheduled at Navi Mumbai in May, 2016.

Crowdfunding: Hiking The New Way

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Besides people like Aparna for climbing Everest, Ketto has been helping many to achieve their hiking goals. Be it Vijayshekhar Nerva, who completed 4 Deserts Gobi March race in June 2015 by raising ₹1,39,740 or Mohit Kapoor, who raised ₹86,500 for a ride across 9 countries, we’re always here to help you!

So if you plan to go for a hike but lack support, you can stay assured that we’re here to give wings to your dreams. Happy hiking!

How Leftover Food Can Reach Hungry Mouths

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Many of us, who eat out regularly, are aware of the daily problem of massive food wastage in restaurants. Typically, restaurants over prepare certain items that are on the specials menu and other popular dishes so that their customers are well-taken care of. However, these joints are always in a fix as to what to do with the leftover.

Luckily, there are many people coming up with new ways to assist restaurants and grocery stores in dealing with their extra or leftover food. The use of modern day technology has made it easy to connect and coordinate, making excess food from one corner accessible to the needy at another corner.

Of course, making food available for the needy, on a wider scale needs funding as it costs the restaurants and the food stores a substantial amount to box the food and make it viable for transport. Thus, it is not affordable for an individual to do this on a regular basis, and as a result many such programs come to a halt.

Here are examples of how crowdfunding has turned out to be an innovative way to overcome this issue.

Feeding India
One such endeavour has been made by a not-for-profit social enterprise, ‘Feeding India’, which seeks a resolution to two main problems of hunger and food wastage. As a part of its Magic Truck initiative, the organization collects the leftover food from corporate offices and restaurants and uses it to provide meals to the poor.

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The Magic Truck provides meals consisting of one dal, 1 vegetable along with chappatis, rice and some dessert to the poor. Through their crowdfunding page on Ketto, they raised ₹2,14,014 ($3,331.09) through 104 supporters by which they provide nutritious meals to 1000 people, twice a day.

Janta Meals
Another chain of food outlets working in this direction is Janta Meals. It is located in slum areas with an aim to provide hygienically prepared wholesome food at affordable rates. The service involves community-based franchises that cater to urban migrant labourers including cycle rickshaw drivers, sweepers, mechanics, vegetable sellers etc.

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Janta Meals also promote entrepreneurship as these individual franchises are operated by micro-entrepreneurs, who are given an initial loan to help setup their food outlet. They are also provided with subsidized food that they then sell to the customers. Currently, there are 23 such outlets in Gurgaon, serving meals to around 4,500 people every day. They have raised ₹2,10,200 ($3,271.72) with the support of 51 supporters via their crowdfunding page on Ketto.

Food For The Needy
There is yet another organisation in the name of Uday Foundation which works to feed the needy. This Foundation provides food to underprivileged patients and their families or caretakers at government hospitals who cannot afford both medical bills and food. It also provides good, nutritious food to children from poor families who come to Delhi for longer treatment.

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Uday Foundation so far managed to raise ₹1,71,853 ($2,698.09) with the help of 64 supporters via their crowdfunding page on Ketto for this noble cause.

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Besides the structured organisations, some individuals as well use crowdfunding as a platform for their big and small fundraisers in the direction of food distribution. Samay Bansal from Ludhiana raised ₹62,076 through Ketto to provide free food and rose milk, popularly known as “chabeel”, to passersby in the scorching weather.

To sum it up, everyday millions of pounds of restaurant food goes to waste and many people are doing their bit to change it. Go ahead and donate to support NGOs and individuals who are ensuring people don’t go to their beds hungry.

All That Happened in 2016

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It’s that time of the year when everyone has their own hopeful or hopeless version of “What a year 2016 has been!” For us, it’s been a year packed with inspiring stories of humanity, change and innovation. Yet again, we’ve witnessed the power of the crowd coming together to make a difference to a cause.

This year, over 10,000 campaigners received donations from more than 67,000 supporters like you and me, collectively managing to raise over Rs. 24 crores. That means when you face a financial crunch – all you have to do is ask for help because there are many people out there who are listening! How beautiful is that! 

We’ve seem some wonderful initiatives this year – here are some that we’d like to share with you.

Health – 10 cyclists rode 1500 km to help children who live below poverty line fight cancer and raised over Rs. 175 lakh. This also happened to be India’s most funded crowdfunding project.

Farmer Welfare – To save farmers from ending their lives because of a bad year, over Rs. 30 lakh were raised.

Innovation – An entrepreneur made edible spoons and made everybody take part in the revolution against plastic by raising over Rs. 25 lakh.

Sports – India pulled off the first world cup in climbing, a sport shortlisted to feature as a new sport in the Olympics in 2020 by raising over Rs. 18 lakh.

Children – A man walked a million steps to raise Rs. 10 lakh so he can keep neglected children off the streets.

Rural India – Solar grids were provided to artisans of Gotiguda to transform their lives by raising over Rs. 7 lakh.

Animal Welfare – When an MLA inhumanly charged at the police horse Shaktimaan, all animal lovers came together provide him a retirement home by raising over Rs. 2 lakh.

LGBTQ – Over Rs. 2 lakh was raised for Quest2016, a National Academic Seminar that brought front the least represented facets of queer lives.

Community Development – School children decided to beautify railway stations in Mumbai by raising over Rs. 6 lakh.

Welcome 2017! Here’s to another year filled with stories of change and empowerment.

Want to raise funds? Start a fundraiser. Need help? Write to info@ketto.org or get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.