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It is difficult for donors to select NGOs. Is the nonprofit genuine? Will my amount make a difference? What percentage of donations goes to the final beneficiaries? Will I be pestered again and again if I donate? Is there no independent organisation who evaluates and recommends NGOs?

It is difficult for NGOs to raise funds. We don't have full-time staff or volunteers for fund-raising! Whom should we approach anyway? The cost of collection is so high! Donations-in-kind are needed, but so is money. How to make people aware about our work? Is there no independent organisation who evaluates and recommends NGOs?

Well, we, at, a free platform for the nonprofit sector, carefully profile and select one deserving Mumbai nonprofit every month. We invite you to donate directly to such nonprofits. Even a small amount of Rs. 100 can make a difference! e.g. Rs. 100 x 1000 donors = Rs. 1 lakh.

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The Karmayog September 2006 Nonprofit-of-the-Month is the 'Association for Social Health in India'. (Maharashtra State Branch)- No FCRA

The "Association for Social Health in India" (ASHI), conceived and founded in 1955, is an institution dedicated " to assist women in distress".
It is a part of the all-India body registered under the Society's Act No. XXI of 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. The association was registered on June 27, 1957.

The association has been established with the aim of rehabilitating women in distress. It has worked for the benefit of disadvantaged women who are in need of shelter, protection, medical care, counselling, etc. through various services that it provides.

One of the unique projects that the Association for Social Health in India has been running is a "short-stay home" called, Sukh Shanti, in Mankhurd, opposite BARC Colony since 1978. This "short-stay home" provides shelter for a short period of 3 to 9 months to the distressed women and rehabilitates them to be useful citizens of the country. During their short stay, they are trained in some occupation or craft which can give them an opportunity to stand on their own. They are also given health education (including on AIDS and HIV) to promote a happy family life. During the period, April 2005 - March 2006, the total inmates in Sukh Shanti were 177 women and 20 children.

Helpline for Distressed Women: Under the Central Social Welfare Board, ASHI has started a 24-hour Helpline for women called Swadhar (Tel. no.: 10920) in co-operation with MTNL since 2003. Trained staff who answer the Helpline network with local NGOs and Govt. bodies such as the Police to provide timely help to distressed women who call.

One of the long-cherished aims of the Association has been to build a hostel for low-income women and ASHI hopes that with the support of well-fishers, this dream will soon be realised.

Expenses of ASHI for the year 2005-2006 is Rs.22 lakhs. (Source: 50th Annual Report)

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Thanks for your support for the Karmayog Nonprofit-of-the-Month concept.
Contact 22940109 (For enquiries between 2 to 3 pm)

Your donation to nonprofits achieves 3 things: 
    - it offers desperately-needed financial support (nonprofits like this one rely almost entirely on donations) 
    - it gives encouragement to the nonprofit (and to us at Karmayog) 
    - it connects you with your nobler qualities (generosity is about the giver, not the receiver)
So please do donate - however small an amount it may be e.g. Rs. 100.
Don't wait! Don't hesitate! Reach out for your checkbook NOW!  

Aug 2006 "Seva Sadan Society" - Underprivileged Girls & Women - (Have FCRA)
July 2006 "Anna Hazare's Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas (Trust)" Anti-corruption - (No FCRA)
  June 2006 "Salaam Baalak Trust" Street children - FCRA - (No FCRA)
  May 2006 "Bombay Leprosy Project"  Leprosy patients - (No FCRA)
  Apr 2006 "Sadhana Village, Pune"   Mentally Challenged - (Have FCRA)
  Mar 2006 "Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur Physically handicapped - (Have FCRA)
  Feb 2006 "Plant & Animals Welfare Society, Bhandup" - Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation - (No FCRA)  
  Jan 2006 "Samata Mook Badhir Vidyalaya, Satara" - Deaf and Dumb Boarding School of Nomads - (No FCRA)
  Dec 2005 "Yashodhan Education Trust" - Education to deprived.....will bring hope to India? - (No FCRA)
  Nov 2005 "Streehitakarini" - assist underprivileged women in leading a healthy, free and full life - (Have FCRA)
  Oct 2005 "Sanskar India Foundation" - imparts all round education to children to raise them as responsible citizens- (No FCRA)
  Sep 2005 "Saritsa Foundation" - Training people how to respond when disaster - (No FCRA)
  Aug 2005 "Save Bombay Committee" - Cleanliness in Mumbai - (No FCRA)
  Jul 2005 "Dilkhush Special School" - school for mentally challenged - (No FCRA) 
  Jun 2005 "Karuna Welfare" - orphanage and school - (No FCRA)
  May 2005 "Nilam Patel Bahushrut Foundation" -- hearing-challenged - (Have FCRA)
  Apr 2005 "Family Service Centre" -- women and children in slums - (Have FCRA)
  Mar 2005 "Plants & Animal Welfare Society" -- - animal welfare - (No FCRA)
  Feb 2005 Sunbeam -- educating street children - (No FCRA)
  Jan 2005 "S P J Sadhana" -- school for mentally-challenged - (No FCRA)

See their profiles at .
I look forward to your joining our current supporters.
You may wish to see my brief note on Selection Criteria though the profiles of each of the NPOs should hopefully suffice :-)

Thanks and Regards,

(, Shri R. O. Somani Charitable Trust, Shreeniwas House, 2nd floor, H. Somani Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
Attn: Vinay Somani, Contact 22940109 (For enquiries between 2 to 3 pm)