Category - Human Welfare

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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Live Your Dream – Win An All Expenses Paid Trip To Watch Chelsea Vs Man Utd. in London!

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Imagine this… You’re at Stamford Bridge, wearing your lucky jersey, holding your breath as your favourite player gets control of the ball, you watch him dribble and go straight for the goal post and GOAL! And now imagine witnessing that epic moment from the VIP stand right beside the ardent football fan Abhishek Bachchan! Sounds like a dream? Well, you can make it real.

Buy My Time is giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to London to watch Chelsea Vs Man Utd. LIVE! All you have to do is to buy one or more raffle tickets at just Rs. 300 each on Ketto and hope for the best. You will also be supporting a good cause while doing so – for every ticket sold on our platform, majority of the proceeds will go to help the Samarthanam Trust for the disabled.

So, the more tickets you buy, the more good you do and the better your chances of winning a VIP experience like no other!

You better be quick because there’s only 4 days to go, i.e. till October 8, 2016. What are you waiting for?

To make sure you meet all the requirements, read this.

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.

Changing Mindsets: A Peek In The Life Of An Indian Para Athlete

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Sports has always been the fountainhead of positive change, beyond geographical and cultural boundaries. India’s performance at this year’s Rio Olympics has been pleasantly surprising, especially as the women of our country came out with power packed performances. A relatively lesser known fact is that the Indian Paralympic contingent registers more wins than the able-bodied participants. They had a staggering number of 173 wins in the 2015 LA Special Olympics.

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Keeping with this feel, members of team Ketto got in conversation with Indian para-athlete, cyclist and inspirational celebrity Aditya Mehta. A Limca Book record holder and Asian cycling champion, Aditya runs the Aditya Mehta Foundation, India’s first and only NGO that supports Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to take up sports as a means of personal coping and livelihood generation. With an international presence, they do so through a series of counselling sessions, camps, engagement drives, programs and various other activities.

Here are 4 path-breaking ways in which Aditya Mehta is revolutionising the society for differently-abled sportspersons in India:

Changing Infrastructure 

Aditya has been ardently advocating for PWD-friendly infrastructure, in an attempt to make spaces as inclusive as possible.

“When I look 10 years back, I had lost all hope after my amputation. Going to the mall was difficult, as people had to carry me on their shoulders. Now I see people have started having ramps in malls and everything. People are also coming up with different concepts for PWD (Persons With Disabilities) friendly malls with ramps, washrooms etc.”

 The Aditya Mehta Foundation works towards rehabilitating civilians as well as the BSF jawans who lost their limbs on duty


The Aditya Mehta Foundation works towards rehabilitating civilians as well as the BSF jawans who lost their limbs on duty

 

Giving India It’s First Batch Of Qualified Classifiers 

“In a developing country like ours, there is shortage of qualified professional classifiers”, says Aditya. “Any para-athlete who wants to play an international tournament must obtain a classification certificate for categorisation of matches on the basis of the kind and extent of disability before s/he can play any championship. As of now, a player has to travel abroad for the same.”

Aditya’s next big goal is to sponsor classifier certification courses for 4 to 5 physiotherapists, so that any athlete who wishes to compete isn’t compelled to spend on travel abroad in the absence of locally present classifiers. This would be the first batch of qualified classifiers in India!

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Addressing The Need For Sponsors

The most important challenge today is the fact that para athletes need sponsors. However, the Aditya Mehta Foundation has managed to change that reality. They receive support from many celebrities who believe in the cause of the foundation. They are also running fundraisers for various causes on Ketto, where anyone who believes in their cause can support and contribute.

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Changing mindsets around disability

We always tend to look at a PWD with sympathy, as if they are disabled. Aditya is changing that understanding too. “People who showed me sympathy and called me bechara, now I call them bechara. They can’t do the things that I can do. Ask an able bodied to ride with me for my warm up. I am sure they will go home and sleep for 2 hours after. I truly believe that it is not about your body, it’s about your mind.”

“In three years, we have counselled 500 to 600 people, including 350 BSF jawans. The kind of appreciation we get, the smiles we see on people’s faces – that is life I feel.”

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One of the participants at the infinity ride

Sports changes lives. Not only is it a source of physical and psychological strength, but also the means to achieve the self and social dignity that everyone deserves to live with. If you feel that the achievements of our para-athletes deserve your love and support, you can share or donate to one of the multiple fundraisers that Aditya Mehta Foundation has started for para- sports.

Want to know more about Aditya Mehta and his work? Find out all the information here.

This Ganesh Chaturthi, Let’s Create Sustainable Festivities

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The rain, the moss, a damp home, humid air, colder days, snakes and worms. That’s monsoon in India. On one of these nights, some of us dance our way to a water body, immersing the statue of a God. The immersion, it is believed, symbolises the end of all the bad things in our lives and marks a new beginning.

The lord of joy, happiness and success, we all look to Lord Ganesha before starting something new. In Hyderabad alone, more than 20,000 statues of the deity will be immersed in 10 lakes across the city this year. Around 300,000 to 400,000 deities are immersed in the waters of Mumbai alone, further deteriorating the already deplorable condition of our ecosystem. Adding to that are the firecrackers and loud speakers that we use to express our happiness.

Let’s all agree that the lord of good beginnings did not expect us to damage life in his name. Religious or not, there are some people in the country who think goodness can also come from the aftermath of immersed idols!

Let’s find out more about some interesting people who are celebrating Ganesha in the most unique ways:

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A baker by profession, Rintu lives her Ganesha celebrations by the ideal – “There has to be utilisation after immersion as well”. For the past three years now, she has been making edible Ganesha idols for her personal celebrations. She immerses her chocolate Ganesha in milk, post which she shares the flavoured milk with underprivileged children from various orphanages around the city of Mumbai.

With this video tutorial, she has made making chocolate Ganesha so easy that anyone can do it at home, and that too in just 5 minutes!

After bringing sweetness with her sugar and chocolate Ganesha, Rintu has also come up with the ‘Plant Ganesha’ this year. The idea is to make an idol around a plant in a pot. On the day of immersion, one just needs to pour water and the idol will turn into a lump of clay, that blends into the pot ecosystem. She is training people by taking workshops free of cost, so that anyone who cares isn’t left out.

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Making festivities more sustainable is another organisation, called the (Desi Cows For Better India) DCBI Trust. They are making biodegradable idols of the lord. But that’s not their unique feature. What makes them special is the fact that every time you immerse an idol, either a waterbody is cleansed, or a tree is born!

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Each idol doubles up as a plantable pod, and a waterbody cleanser. Made with 100% natural ingredients that release effective micro-organisms on dissolution, this Ganesha cleanses the lake/sea when immersed in water. There is a seed in the statue that gives rise to a plant when placed in soil. This year, they decided to do something more. They crowdfunded to sponsor eco-friendly Ganesha celebrations of underprivileged families by distributing these idols among them.

Let’s celebrate this wonderful festival with a spirit of ‘oneness with nature.’ If you too have an idea for positive change and need funds to bring it to life, get in touch with us, and we’ll help you craft a fundraiser to go ahead with it!

Soon the festivities will fizzle out. Let’s hope that each year, more and more people like these emerge, so that we can have more sustainable festivities.

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

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The news of the aftermath of Assam Floods hasn’t even faded away, and another devastating flood situation has come to light. Bihar has been struck by floods that have been going on since around the same time as the Assam Floods. As per government reports, at least 24 out of 38 districts have been affected by the floods in Bihar. About 135 lives have been lost in the calamity that has left people immersed in waters that are chest-deep. For a story that has been going on for the past 41 years now, locals claim that this year has been as bad as the floods of 1975. In all, the Bihar floods have affected around 31.33 lakh people across 4,303 villages. The lack of availability of food in the area has forced many of the affected people to buy dead rats for meals, for a price of Rs. 40-50 per kilogram.

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People in the affected regions have been living in such conditions for more than a month now, & it is high time that everyone intervenes in whichever way they can.

Here are two ways in which anyone can help:

Share This Information

A great starting point would be sharing the emergency contacts numbers mentioned below with people who can make use of them. You can also share these on your Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts, so that more and more people can benefit from this useful information.

Name of Help Centre Contact Number
Jigasha Call Centre 0612-2233333
NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) +91-9711077372
Bihar Disaster Management Authority 0612-2522032    info@bsdma.org
Disaster Management Control Room 0612-2217305
Sri. Vyasji, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management Department 0612-2215600
Donate A Relief Kit

So far only half of the affected people have been able to receive support at various relief camps set by the government. Authorities are expending a lot of resources and individuals to help the situation. The state disaster response authority is also adding daily updates on their website to share the response action that is being undertaken. Many NGOs have also come forward in support.

Some exemplary work is being done by Rapid Response, an NGO that is actively engaged in providing relief support to the affected families by providing them with food and sleeping kits. If you think supporting them is something you could and would want to do, you can contribute to their cause here.

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Got more useful information? Please share it in comments below. If you feel like you could take lead on an issue, start your own fundraiser.

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Knot Of Protection: Celebrating Raksha Bandhan With A Twist

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India is a land of a diverse variety of religious beliefs and as a consequence, we also celebrate a wide variety of festivals. India is known for it’s larger than life festivities throughout the world. Today is Raksha Bandhan, another important festival that celebrates the ‘protective’ nature of the relationship shared by a brother-sister. The word literally means ‘the knot of protection’, something that siblings also tie on each other’s wrist as a symbol of the bond.

While the festival was initially limited to brothers and sisters from the Hindu fold, it hasn’t been left out from modernisation. We all have rakhi brothers and sisters, and we have stopped limiting our love to a religion or sect. People have also started challenging the typical archetype, doing so beautifully. Here are a few inspiring people who are positively twisting the idea of ‘Raksha’(protection) and ‘Bandhan’ (relationship).

The Sister Who Risked Her Life

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What if your brother, sister, or a loved one had failing kidneys? Would you go to the extent of giving them one of yours? Sounds like a Hindi movie plot to you, doesn’t it? However, it is the true story of a woman who decided to donate one of her kidneys to save her younger brother’s life. Due to lack of funds needed for the procedure, she started a fundraiser on Ketto, seeking help from others. Her will and love for the bond became her strength and helped her overcome any obstacle that stood in the way of her brother’s well-being. Now that’s what we call a real celebration of bonds, won’t you?

The Sister Who Protected Her Brother

The way we are looking at the dynamics of the festival is changing. As more and more women are becoming a part of the workforce, we are seeing a major shift in who takes up the role of the protector.

Imagine this. A guy named Arjun from Hyderabad develops a rare genetic disorder that has restricted him within his 10/10 room. This is because of disproportionate growth in his body, where one of his limbs has grown abnormally (to 163 kgs approx), keeping him away from light & open air for 5 years!

This is a true story.

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Had it not been for his sister Shalini and the power of crowdfunding, the wait for freedom and open skies would have lasted much longer. Arjun now has an equipment that allows him a social life, human interaction and sharing of experiences, all thanks to his sister Shalini and the 46 backers who supported her cause through Ketto.

Rakhi: A Celebration Of Bonds Beyond Blood

Who said that you have to be Indians to celebrate the Rakhi bond? In fact, you don’t even have to share the same race or ethnicity to celebrate the virtue of a brother-sister relationship. We can say so because of people like Uttam Banerjee, who helped two terror survivor sisters from Nairobi who were stuck in India after they had exhausted all their money on medical treatments and hotel bills. Who would have thought that the Kenyan sisters would find a brother timezones away, and one who would source many more brothers, sisters and believers for them – all through online crowdfunding.

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Rakhi is the celebration of that bond which two people share without desire. We should make every possible attempt to nurture and protect the purity of this bond, irrespective of whether blood ties come with it or not! In a relationship where you vouch to protect the one you love, divisions of gender, race or religion hardly hold value!

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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