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?
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?
we, at www.karmayog.org,
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.
you are an individual or a corporate, we invite you to fill www.karmayog.org/corproform.asp?r=41 .
Karmayog September 2006 Nonprofit-of-the-Month is the 'Association
for Social Health in India'. (Maharashtra State Branch)- No FCRA
for Social Health in India" (ASHI), conceived and founded
in 1955, is an institution dedicated " to assist women in
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.
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.
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
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.
of ASHI for the year 2005-2006 is Rs.22 lakhs. (Source: 50th
To know more about this trust, see http://www.karmayog.org/ashi/index.asp?r=204
We / they can
arrange to pick up cheques or cash. You can also donate by credit
card or bank transfer.
to NGO Through ItzCash
are an individual or a corporate, we invite you to fill www.karmayog.org/corproform.asp?r=41
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.
Don't wait! Don't hesitate! Reach out for your checkbook
their profiles at www.karmayog.com/ngos/registerlists.htm .
look forward to your joining our current
may wish to see my brief note on Selection
Criteria though the profiles of each of
the NPOs should hopefully suffice :-)
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)