Category - Success Stories

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.

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.

Slum Soccer: Scoring big!

When was the last time you chatted with your chaiwala, while sipping a cuppa? Have you ever spoken to a child who lives in a slum, about his or her life? Do you know the kind of work-hours an average cab driver puts in a day, or the personal problems of your kaamwali bai? Uncomfortable questions? Yes. Irrelevant questions? Absolutely not.

These are the very questions that also happened to trouble Mel Young and Harald Schmied and they decided to do something about it. These two acquaintances came up with a brilliant idea of a ‘Football World Cup for the Homeless’ in 2001. They reasoned that what poor or homeless kids need is not charity. They need respect, an identity, and a life-changing experience. And what better way to do that than through sports?

The strength of the idea and the organizational skills of these two founders have made the Homeless World Cup a high-profile event today. The 2015 version, held at Amsterdam, between September 12 and 19 saw 63 countries participate. India was one of them.

For over a century, Indian NGOs have been working for various sections of the underprivileged. Slum Soccer, a Nagpur based organization is one of them. It involves children from slums or low-income families in sporting activities. The promoters of Homeless World Cup have been working closely with them and other organizations, to identify and coordinate participants from India for this annual event.

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The 2015 Indian squad consisted of 10 boys and 10 girls from underprivileged families. While the event organizers pay for food, accommodation and local travel, participating teams must pay for their visas and air tickets. While previously, Slum Soccer and other organizations raised these funds through donations, in 2015, they decided to try a more effective approach.

Ketto, being the largest crowdfunding website in India, was the default choice. An exclusive page was created for the Indian squad, on Ketto’s website. An appeal was included for people, to contribute liberally towards the required amount of 8 lakh. The organizers were pleasantly surprised as the required amount was raised in less than a month. The Indian squad could participate in the event without any hassle, thereby scripting one more success story for Ketto.

 

What makes Ketto popular is the ease with which anybody can raise funds, irrespective of their background. Which means that if you have a meaningful cause, you can start an online campaign on Ketto overnight to raise funds. Rest assured, Ketto will help you manage the entire process for better results.