Category - Health

Medical Expenses Don’t Have To Kill You: Asking For Help With Dignity

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High treatment cost diseases like cancer don’t come with warnings. Imagine your loved one getting diagnosed with a disease like that when your bank balance is unprepared for the sudden blow. Even with mediclaim or health insurance, medical expenses in India can be horrifyingly large. Only 20% of the population choose to get their health insured. Hospital expenses for medical conditions can be very overwhelming both emotionally and financially. But there is hope – crowdfunding.

Let’s tell you why.

So, what is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a process of raising funds through the combined endeavour of family, friends, relatives and people you know. That means when you’re experiencing a funding gap due to an unexpected diagnosis of a disease, instead of letting the financial crisis dip into your lifelong savings – you can turn to small contributions from your well-wishers and pay for your treatment. At times, people hesitate from asking for help because they think it’s embarrassing. But you need to know that there are many people out there who would be willing to help you out with a small or even a generous contribution – don’t hold back. Depending on the kindness of acquaintances and strangers can be difficult but it can do wonders to your cause. So if you need help, just ask for it!

As a crowdfunding platform, we try to help campaigners raise funds safely, and prevent fraud so the possibility of people supporting your cause increases. Many people feel more secure if you work through such platforms rather than asking directly for money.

Crowdfunding Medical Expenses in India

Over 10,000 campaigners have successfully raised funds by using medical crowdfunding. For instance, Nitesh needed help with his cancer treatment – he turned to the crowd and raised over Rs. 16 lakh in one day! Medical bills were becoming a huge problem for Mangcha a waiter in Bangalore when his college friend raised over Rs. 6 lakh for his surgery! Read more such stories here.

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Starting a fundraiser is as easy as narrating your story to your friends in person, just create your fundraiser page, share your story and explain what you need money for, add supporting bills to make your fundraiser more transparent. With just their cab fare that day, their contribution can raise your amount enough to pay your bills.
So, ask for help because you’ll be surprised to see how many people are willing to help you out.

To get started, start a medical fundraiser or you can write to info@ketto.org or get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Ketto Launches Quirky Merchandise To Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer

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Asia’s most trusted and visited crowdfunding platform Ketto in collaboration with JumpingGoose, a design consultation and implementation agency has initiated a campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer.

There’s an interesting twist to this campaign – this time it’s spearheaded by men under the name MCBC. Before we get your eyebrows raised, MCBC is the abbreviated form of the words ‘Men Countering Breast Cancer’.


To bring it to life, Ketto and JumpingGosse have launched a range of casual and quirky T-shirts for men with the letters MCBC written in bold colours and designs. These T-shirts are exclusively available on the online shopping destination Amazon. The idea is to generate awareness around breast cancer and encourage women to get checked early. A portion of the proceeds will go to Tata Memorial Trust Mumbai for treating underprivileged women that have breast cancer.

Breast cancer has been rising steadily and both the incidence as well as deaths due to breast cancer are now more than cervical cancer in India. The MCBC campaign aims at gaining support from men who want to help women in India beat breast cancer.

So if you’re one and want to show support, go grab your MCBC T-shirt now!

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.

2 Ways To Help Kanpur Accident Victims

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On November 20, early morning at around 3 am when most passengers were sleeping, the fourteen coaches of Indore-Patna Express smashed up against each other and met with what’s being called the worst railway accident in recent years. So far the death toll has climbed up to 146 people with 200 people suffering from injuries. The despair of families frantically looking for their loved ones at the wrecked site is indescribable – our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these victims.

While the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams try to recover bodies and rescue those that are trapped, here’s something YOU can do to help the tragic situation:

Share Helpline Numbers

The internet has always been of huge help during such difficult times. Let’s do it again – here are the numbers you need to circulate to help the people affected by this accident. Railways have made these available for anyone who needs assistance. Share these numbers on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp so we can reach as many people as we can.

  • Indore – 07411072
  • Ujjain – 07342560906
  • Ratlam – 074121072
  • Orai – 051621072
  • Jhansi – 05101072
  • Pokhraya – 05113270239

Additional numbers:

  • PNBE : 0612 – 2202290 | 0612 – 2202291 | 0612 – 2202292
  • RLY : 025 – 83288
  • MGS : 05412 – 251258

Provide Monetary Help To Survivors

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the kin of deceased and Rs. 50,000 for seriously injured in the accident from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, there are many anxious survivors and their families who are going to need help to afford their unexpected medical expenses and treatment care. 

Let’s give them all the support they need – if you want to help, get in touch with us so we can help you make it happen.

You can call us on (+91) 022 3357 8152 or write to info@ketto.org or you can contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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 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.

10 People Who Can Help You Win Free Tickets To Global Citizen Festival India!

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Wondering who you can approach so you can create meaningful impact and also win tickets to the Global Citizen Festival India, to see Coldplay, JAY Z, and several Indian artists LIVE? Think no more!

Presenting 10 people around you who can get you closer to watching Coldplay LIVE right now:

1. The People You’re Going With – Your lucky friends who are going to win a chance to experience the most anticipated event of the year and 90 minutes of Coldplay because of you HAVE to make donations to help you move closer to your goal – that’s only fair, right? So get them to make generous donations right now!

2. Your Parents – Now your friends are probably asking you to donate to their fundraisers so they can win free tickets too, but thankfully you can count your parents out of the fundraising challenge. Put on your best behaviour and get them to donate individually. Don’t forget to remind them that they’ll be making a huge difference to the cause that you’re supporting.

3. Your Close Friends – How can you expect anyone else to support your fundraiser if your close friends don’t set the ball rolling? Ask them to make a donation and promise them a nice lunch treat in return.

4. Uncle Who Pampers You Every Diwali – We all have that one uncle who religiously gets us gifts every Diwali. This year, sacrifice that gift for a good cause and ask your uncle to donate to your fundraiser instead. If you hit your goal, you know it’s going to be totally worth it.

5. Aunt Who Stays In The US – Remember that family friend who stays in the US and sends her love with fancy gifts? Skype call them today and tell them about your fundraiser and how if they make a donation, they’ll not just be helping you move closer to free tickets, they’ll also be making a difference to a cause in India inspite of being away in another continent! Ketto accepts donations in both Rupees (INR) & Dollars (USD), so they can feel free to donate any amount they’re comfortable with.

6. Friend Who Owes You Money – Remember that friend who casually borrowed money from you and hasn’t paid you back yet? It’s payback time, only better, because his/her money will directly go for a good cause.

7. Friend Who Cares A Lot – You know that friend whose Facebook wall & Twitter feed is filled with opinions about how the world can be a better place? It’s time to reach out to them! Based on the cause you’ve started a fundraiser for, get in touch with your feminist friends, friends who believe in the power of education and all your righteous friends! Explain your cause to them and we’re sure that’s going to be enough for them to donate to your fundraiser.

8. Friend Who Won’t Be Able To Make It – If you have friends who are Coldplay/JAY Z fans and are going to miss the Festival because they’re going on a trip this November, let them know that the best way to make a difference to the charity their favourite band/artist supports is by donating to your fundraiser and helping you get a chance to see them live. If not them, then you, right? As a thank you, promise them videos and Snapchat stories from the Festival.

9. Your Boss – Tell your boss that you’re raising funds for a good cause and why it means so much to you! Knowing how good an employee you’ve been, ask if s/he would like to make a donation. No matter how small or big the amount, we’re sure your boss would be pleased to see a different side of you.

10. Believe in #ShuruaatHoonMain – And most importantly, it all begins with you! You’re the starting point of this beautiful movement for all your friends and family so the first donation has to come from you – you spearheaded it after all. So if you’ve still not donated to your cause, do it right away!

So, how many have you reached out to already?

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Your Guide To Create Meaningful Impact & Win Free Tickets To The Global Citizen Festival India

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Global Citizen India has partnered with Ketto to giveaway 1,000 free tickets for Global Citizen Festival India, headlined by Coldplay, JAY Z, and several Indian artists to people who raise funds for causes they support.

Ketto is truly honoured and excited to be a part of the world’s largest movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizens can raise funds for any of the following causes – quality education, gender equality and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) and get a chance to experience the most anticipated Festival of the year.

Note: This is NOT an action journey. It’s a different way to win tickets.  The first 50 that successfully raise Rs. 50,000/- (1st Phase) for any cause they support will win 4 tickets each.

The fundraising activity is split into 5 phases with the following goal amounts:

1st Phase | Rs. 50,000 – the first 50 people get 4 x tickets
2nd Phase | Rs. 50,000 – the first 125 people get 2 x tickets
3rd Phase | Rs. 75,000 – the first 125 people get 2 x tickets
4th Phase | Rs. 90,000 – the first 125 people get 2 x tickets
5th Phase | Rs. 1,00,000 – the first 25 people get 2 x tickets

If you’re the fastest to successfully raise funds, you will win entry into the Global Citizen Festival India.

The first phase of tickets will be won by the first 50 people to raise Rs. 50,000. The second phase of tickets will be won by 125 people who are the fastest to raise Rs. 50,000. The third phase of tickets will be for 125 people who are first in raising Rs. 75,000. Tickets from the fourth phase will be won by 125 people who are the first to raise Rs. 90,000 and subsequently the last phase of tickets will be won by 25 people who are the first to raise Rs. 1,00,000. To understand this properly, read our FAQs.

How you can ace the fundraising challenge:

– Scroll down on your dashboard (under the ‘Manage Fundraiser’ section), and you’ll find respective buttons to post on Facebook, Twitter & even send a message to multiple friends on Facebook. Spread the word to get your donations rolling. There’s no shame in asking – you’re doing this for a wonderful purpose!

– Draft a WhatsApp message with the fundraiser link and circulate it among all your groups – school, family, college, work, all! Spread the word and get your friends to donate to your cause. For once, you won’t find the notifications annoying.

– The ‘update’ feature on your Ketto fundraiser page is like your microphone. Every time you have an announcement to make or you feel you need more hands, just update your fundraiser page with the progress and the amount you need to hit your goal. As soon as you do that, an e-mail and an SMS will be sent to all your supporters encouraging them to give your fundraiser another voice. It’s the best way to let them know that all their donations are benefitting the cause they supported. What a beautiful way to get your loved ones to do good!

– If you feel like you need more guidance or advice, you can always get in touch with your Ketto fundraiser manager, who’s just a call/email/SMS away. You can also chat with them via the chat interface available on your fundraiser page.

– Keep checking the challenge updates to find out how many have already aced the fundraising challenge. Even if you miss out on winning the challenge, don’t worry: you have done your part for this powerful movement.

This fundraiser will give you the two most valued experiences of your life – having raised funds to contribute to the world’s largest movement and being a part of the first ever Global Citizen Festival India. Let’s do this, Global Citizen!

Let’s begin!

 

When Scrolling Comes To More Than Just A Halt

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Every now and then we turn to our mobile phones to feed on information that the world throws at us. It’s wonderful how the lifeless smartphone we hold in our hands evokes so many emotions within us. It makes us smile at the video of the dog who prays before his meals, critique click-bait headlines, share the articles we love and so much more.

But what happens when you come across a story that holds your attention, stops your finger from scrolling down and evokes an emotion like no other? Would you like to pause and help?

If yes, read on.

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Last year, thanks to the internet, Tara Balgopal’s story of being honoured by a postal stamp to living off of charity came into the limelight.
While the story got a huge number of shares and comments on social media, it didn’t make Tara Balgopal’s dilapidated house any better.
That’s when someone, somewhere, scrolling through their feed decided to stop and help – Nikhil Sarup. He decided to raise funds to fix her house and to ensure the 82-year old gets proper food to lead a healthy life. With his efforts, he didn’t just get the issue the attention it required but also raised an amount of Rs. 8,10,103 with help from the crowd in just a month.
Had he decided to just share it on social media and gone ahead with living his life, Tara Balgopal wouldn’t be living in a proper, well-furnished house with electricity, neither would she have received a tiffin service or a way better life.

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We’re sure you’ve come across Khadija’s story, she was the faceless 21-year old with abnormal skin growth and improper demarcations on her face. What you don’t know is what happened after her story garnered attention on social media. Kolkata based ‘Soul Angels Group’ decided to help Khadija by starting a fundraiser on Ketto to fly her to Mangalore for her treatment and the post-treatment care. Soul Angels Group’s initiative inspired others to help Khadija thus raising the goal amount to a whopping Rs. 10,90,360!

It’s amazing how channelising feelings can make a positive difference to someone’s life.
While money may not always be the core of providing help, it definitely is one of the most effective ways of doing so.

If you’re still reading this, you’re the kind of person we want to talk to:
The next time you come across a story that makes you stop scrolling, pause, get in touch with us and we’ll try to help you make a difference.
You can call us on (+91) 022 3357 8152 or write to info@ketto.org or you can contact us on Facebook or Twitter.