NGO of the Month
NGO of the Month program was started in August 2014 to identify and contribute to NGOs who contribute exceptionally to HEAL areas – Health, Education, Environment, Animal welfare & Livelihood.
‘Merci’ is India’s first social brand, founded by an NGO. Run by a dedicated set of volunteers, Merci contributes 100% of its profits to HEAL causes – Health, Education, Environment, Animal welfare & Livelihood. Being a start-up we do not generate any surplus as of now. However, under our NGO of the month program ,we contribute a fixed amount to a specific NGO every month.
Following are the NGOs we have identified and supported so far:
The 38th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is BIHAR FLOOD RELIEF
The 37th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is SAMSKRITA BHARATI
Samskrita Bharati (founded 1981) is a movement for the continuing protection, development and propagation of the Sanskritam language as well as the literature, tradition and the knowledge systems embedded in it. Samskrita Bharati is a non-profit organization comprised of a large team of very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who take the knowledge of Sanskrit to all sections of society irrespective of race, gender, region, religion, caste, age etc.
For details, please visit https://www.samskritabharati.in/
The 36th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is KARNA PRAYAG TRUST
Karna Prayag was started in 1980 as a part of SOS Children's Village—Chatnath Homes, a home for destitute children, as a place to receive and care for infants who had been abandoned or surrendered. Soon we had childless couples knocking at our door. "Would you give us a baby to bring up as our own?” It was then that Karna Prayag started to process adoptions in a facility capable of housing five infants.As we grew, we began reaching out on an individual basis to more and more people who needed help. We started educational programs for young mothers about affordable nutrition, simple hygiene and immunization routines. We began a programme to train people in infant care. In 1992 a separate Karna Prayag Trust was created to take over the expanded activities of the original infant reception centre.Today, our focus remains those tiny, abandoned infants who grasp our hearts. But we also reach out to the community that surround these children. Today we are "The Karna Prayag Centre for Women and Children”.
For details, please visit http://www.karnaprayagtrust.in/child-care-center-in-chennai.html
The 35th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Jorepara Damodar Adibasi Welfare Society (JDAWS)
Name of the organisation: Jorepara Damodar Adibasi Welfare Society (JDAWS)
Registration as an NGO: May 2017
Inception of social work: Way back in 1990-91
Name of the specific project: LEARN OLCHIKI
Place: Jorpara village at Damodar, near Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district in West Bengal
Project Background: Olchiki is the Script of Santali language. It was invented by Pandit Raghunath Murmu in 1925.The importance to preserve and use our mother language is known to all. The Santhals are the largest schedule tribe in India, amounting to 38% of total ST's. Due their own ignorance, financial in-capabilities and lack of initiative of Govt. of India - Olchiki is not so popular and slowly dying. Project Aim: To make Olchiki available and popular to young Santals by conducting weekly classes. To make Olchiki aware and renew interest to grown up and old aged Santals. To nuture Olchiki literature and culture. To publish primary learning Olchiki books.To participate in cultural and literary forums to promote Olchiki.Lastly, at the village level spread the usage of Olchiki in daily language and community meetings
- To make Olchiki available and popular to young Santals by conducting weekly classes.
- To make Olchiki aware and renew interest to grown up and old aged Santals.
- To nuture Olchiki literature and culture.
- To publish primary learning Olchiki books.
- To participate in cultural and literary forums to promote Olchiki.
- Lastly, at the village level spread the usage of Olchiki in daily language and community meetings
Project Update: JDAWS have started the LEARN OLCHIKI project in June'17. Total 24 students joined in the Olchiki classes. Sri Sukuldeb Hembram is the Teacher. He is coming from Purulia. We have few students coming from the neighbouring Purulia & Bankura Districts. We are getting very good response from this project.
The 34th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network
Merci is proud to support our NGO of the month, the Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN), a voluntary group that's mainly comprised of students. Since 1987, SSTCN has worked consistently on the beaches of Chennai to raise awareness and drive conservation.
The 33rd NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is KASYAPA VEDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
KVRF is a family which twilights the hidden talents and true spirituality in a human being by conducting Vedic classes to all irrespective of age or gender. We also promote healthy living by adopting vegetarianism, conduct camps for students for understanding the true meaning and relevance of Brahmacharya(Celibacy), Shodashakriya seminars, Anna Dhanam (Giving food to needy), publishing invaluable collection of vedic literature in digitalized form and in hardcopy mode with more than 100 titles in Malayalam, Tamil and English.
For details, please visit http://www.kasyapashram.in/
The 32th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is MARCH 2017: LOTUS BLIND WELFARE TRUST OF INDIA
Lotus Blind Welfare Trust of India (LOTUS) is a registered Charitable Trust (Registration No.1418/2002). LOTUS was formed in the year 2002 by 7 individuals, all of whom are Visually challenged and employed mostly as Teachers. They are currently the Trustees of LOTUS and the Managing Trustee of the Trust is Prof. K. Balakrishnan, M.A., M.Phil., who is a Professor in Govt. Arts College, Rasipuram, Namakkal District.
For details, please http://www.lotusblindwelfaretrust.org/
The 31th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is THANE SPCA
Profoundly aware of the value of each animal, we aim at living our Mission everyday by serving our Community animals with committed compassion to relieve them of their suffering and to restore their health swiftly, scientifically and humanely while protecting and lobbying for their Natural Rights. To become the preferred support system for any animal with any need. To run a state of the art hospice where no animal will be denied treatment based on species or pedigree. To run the organization with values that will be our guiding principles for everything we stand for, say or do.
For details, please http://thanespca.org/donate/ /
The 30th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is HELP IN SUFFERING
Help in Suffering is a registered Indian charitable trust working for the benefit of the animals of India. We were founded in 1980 by Miss Crystal Rodgers and have a large veterinary hospital set in 2 acres of wooded land in south Jaipur. Over the years we have grown into a large animal welfare organisation with a number of projects to help animals. We run a specialist Camel Rescue Centre in Bassi to serve draught camels. Our veterinary hospital treats all suffering animals and aims to re-home unowned and abandoned animals..
For details, please visit http://his-india.in/
The 29th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is DHYAN FOUNDATION
The Inner World is your monthly dose of fresh, new, mystical collection of ideas brought together by the experts in health, beauty, nutrition, healing sciences, paranormal, environment, culture, animals, home science, you name it!Keep yourself equipped, every month, with expert opinions on a range of interesting subjects. From the tried and tested Ayurvedic formulae, prescribed by an authentic, practising vaid to the most natural ways not just for that healthy glowing skin and lustrous hair but also the long-kept secrets of anti-ageing from across the world, the Inner World is the answer to your complete well-being.Travel with us to mystical and mysterious destinations, explore the less-understood realm of past-life and paranormal, and become privy to the lesser known fact that others are too apprehensive to divulge!.
For details, please visit http://www.dhyanfoundation.com/
The 28th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is JEEVAN PRABHAT CHILD CHARITY - PONDICHERRY
The historical earthquake of 2001 has left a permanent destructive mark on Kutch-Gujarat. The Social, Economical and Emotional wounds have still not healed. The worst to suffer have been the children as they have lost everything including their most precious treasure-Parents.Arya Samaj Gandhidham took initiative to take care of the kids who lost their parents. On the 2 acre land provided by Kandla Port Trust we have established Jeevan Prabhat - A Child Charity. The then Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee donated Rs. 56 Lacs from the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund for the construction of the Girls' wing. India Development & Relief Fund-nited - Statesof America have graciously donated Rs. 80 Lacs for the Boys'wing. We have taken every care to make the complex earthquake proof as per the International standards.We are providing Boarding, Loadging, Education, Games and other all possible assistance to 162 children of whom 87are boys and 75 are girls.
For details, please visit http:// www.aryagan.org/jeevanprabhat-pondicherry.html/our-begining.php /
The 27th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is SRISTI VILLAGE
The Sristi Foundation was founded by G. Karthikeyan, a psychologist born and grown up in Pondicherry, South India. He spent 15 years in an orphanage. It is an inclusive orphanage where disabled and non-disabled children life and grow up together. Growing up in the home they were all equal. They lived together, played together and helped each other out. Everyone had her or his responsibilities. Sristi Foundation is a non-profit organization registered under the Indian Trust Act in Puducherry. The organization was founded by Mr. Karthikeyan, a psychologist who has spent the past 15 years of his life living and working with children and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Next to our director, our Sristi Foundation board has 4 more members. Three of them are people with disabilities and one medical professional with a wide knowledge about people with disabilities..
For details, please visit http://www.sristivillage.org/our-begining.php /
The 26th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is WWH Charitable Foundation
WWH Charitable Foundation is a trust established to carry out services and activities for people in slums / villages and uplifting them and bringing them closer to the mainstream population. In the near future, our vision is to continue establishing new programs so as to continue to educate the community about local & global issues, community living and the possibility of achieving a bright future for their children despite personal hardships; through improved health care; insisting on the right to education, especially for girls and community involvement both in and outside the community. We will accomplish this by mutual exchange of ideas and partnering with communities, philanthropists and other NGOs as well. We look forward to a brighter future Specially for families who struggle with issues of caste, unemployment, lack of education and unhygienic lifestyle.“Every life counts and we value every life!”.
For details, please visit http:// www.wwhtrust.org/our-begining.php /
The 25th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Dean Foundation (Hospice & Pallative Care
DEAN Foundation is a non-profit Medical Charitable Trust whose prime objective is to provide Palliative care for those suffering from incurable illnesses with competence and compassion and to end unnecessary suffering, indignity and fear. We wish to change injustice, cure illness and help misfortune, and we also wish to learn to dance well on the shifting carpet, holding our patients' hands. To create a robust environment that facilitates, nurtures and assists those with core competencies, in the provision of Hospice and Palliative Care services; to address unique challenges and opportunities; and to develop and sustain outstanding research and academic activity, political engagement and service delivery. The Karamadai Project will cater to the Palliative Care needs of about 125 Villages, each with an average population of 3000 people, and also the city of Coimbatore , Tirupur and Nilgiris District. It is an Integrated Palliative and Geriatric Rural Outreach Project, which is a lacunae as far as this region is concerned.
For details, please visit http://www.deanfoundation.org/our-begining.php /
The 24th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is SSCTN - conservation of Sea turtles
The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network [SSTCN] is a voluntary group, mainly comprising students who have been working in the beaches of Chennai since 1987, trying to conserve and create awareness about the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle .The endangered Olive Ridley turtles come in to nest on these beaches from December to April, as they've been doing for the last 100 million years.Now, with rapid urbanisation and the coastlines lit up artificially, many of these turtles are losing their way. Babies who hatch wander towards the city lights, mistaking them for the moonlit sea,and get trampled upon, eaten or driven over. The circle of life, some would say. The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network, (SSCTN) which has roughly 25 volunteers each season - some students, some young adults - all passionate. A group gathers each season to do a 7km walk at night, starting at 11pm and ending at dawn during the nesting season. Turtle eggs are collected and are taken to hatcheries to hatch safely,and the group brings the baby turtles, once hatched, back to the sea to release them..
For details, please visit https://sstcn.org/
The 23th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is The Little Tribal School in the Hills
The Little Tribal School in the Hills - Art Project and RenovationAdi Dravidar Welfare SchoolPerar,Ooty,Tamil NaduThe Basic requirements of the school • Have shelves or baskets for the children to put the books in• Carpets to sit on• Paint and Stationary supplies• Brushes• Wall Paint for the school walls• Rags and Paper.
For details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/819022508119877/?em=1
The 22th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Shriram Drishti Goshala
Shriram Drishti GoshalaBased out of Palghar, Maharashtra, this is an old age home for the cows. Cows have played a significant role in Indian socio-economic and culture landscape, being almost treated as part of the larger family.
The 21th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Shree Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala
Shree Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala was Founded in December 2008, Shree Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala is based out of Ahmedabad. Focused on imparting education to children based on traditional Indian values, it has blended into a very unique school, highly relevant in modern context..
For details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/gurukulam30122008/
The 20th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Suyam Chartiable Trust .
Based out of Chennai, this institution was established in 1999 with the aim of providing high quality education to the underprivileged. They run a Montessori school named ‘Siragu’, located at Palavedu Pettai, near Avadi, Chennai. The school provides enjoyable and relevant quality education to first-generation learners in Palavedu Panchayat and to street children from in and around Chennai.
For details, please visit www.suyam.org
The 19th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Kaakum Karangal.
Kaakkum Karangal was established in 1992 with the aim of providing home for the homeless. This institution today shelters destitute men and women, differently abled children and old people who have been orphaned and forsaken with sky high ambitions to enlarge its scope and scale of services to larger number of people. Presently, there are six homes housing 250 old aged citizens and 150 school going children and 10 spastic and infants, all are orphaned children.
To know more about them, visit www.kaakkumkarangal.in
The 18th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya.
Founded in 1946, this is an unique institution whose foundation stone was laid by Mahatma Gandhi. The Vidyalaya today runs technical courses recognised by the National Council for Vocational Training (electrician/fitter/wireman), courses affiliated to the State Government (AC mechanic/carpentry) and its own (welding/tailoring). They also run a working-women’s hostel with nominal charges. In addition, they run a primary school with free boarding and lodging.
Recent Chennai floods led to extensive damage to the institution. Most of the machinery at an industrial school functioning there was damaged. Also, numerous books on Mahatma Gandhi have been washed away.
To know more about them, visit http://www.thehindu.com/features/downtown/thakkar-bapa-vidyalaya-a-gandhian-institute-in-t-nagar-in-dire-straits/article8058435.ece
The 17th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Chennapuri Annadana Samajam.
This is a residential institution devoted to the care of orphans. The registered trust currently maintains an orphanage for about 100 poor boys in the samajam main premises, providing free boarding, lodging and clothing, and such other amenities as are possible. It also runs a branch orphanage for about 200 students, providing free amenities. It also runs a high school and a primary school in Chennai with the aid of government of Tamilnadu.
Brief history - In the year 1889, touched with great pity at the sight of a few of the helpless, the blind and the lame, the happy idea of feeding them every Sunday occurred to an humble friend of the samajam, to whose untiring zeal it owes its existence. Accordingly, a benevolent institution which goes by the present name of the Chennapuri Annadana Samajam was formed on the 1st July 1890.
For details, please visit www.chennapuriannadanam.org
The 16th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission.
Based out of Nagpur, they have provided medical services to more than one million people residing in remote areas, successfully conducting over 1400 operations every year, including more than 150 paediatric squint surgeries under the project 'Sudrardhan Samadrishti '. They also run a nursing school, helping rural girls contribute to the healthcare sector.
Also, we are happy to inform that this NGO was chosen based on a well-wisher (Dr Prashant Onkar) who nominated this NGO on our website. Merci team would like to thank Dr. Prashant Onkar for the introduction.
To know more about them, visit www.swamivivekanandmedicalmission.org
The 15th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Can Stop.
Can-Stop (Cancer Support Therapy to Overcome Pain) located in Chennai is a community based, volunteer organization dedicated to helping people affected with cancer by providing counselling services in a holistic manner to patients, family and friends, conducting awareness programmes and screening camps through education and advocacy. Can-Stop is now completing 15 years of service extended to patients of lower socio economic background in five government hospitals in Tamil Nadu.
To know more about them, visit www.canstop.org
The 14th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Vidyarthi Sahayyak Samiti.
Established in 1971, Vidyarathi Sahayak Samiti (VSS) provide accommodation, food and a conducive atmosphere to students belonging to tribal and remote areas of Warora, eastern Maharashtra. Tribal children tend to live in forests or remote areas where access to a good education is limited leaving over half of the tribal population in Maharashtra illiterate. Warora is famous for its educational institutes and the only known destination for talented tribal students living in neighbouring areas. However, the children often come from disadvantaged families and cannot afford education or accommodation away from home.
VSS makes sure that hard-working students have access to a proper education by providing them with residential facilities and food for free or at minimal costs. This organisation is not just a hostel for disadvantaged students, but also a centre for personal development and character building.
To know more about them, visit https://www.helpyourngo.com/ngo-details.php?ngo=2513&name=Vidyarthi-Sahayyak-Samiti-Warora
The 13th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Little Drops.
Based out of Chennai, Little Drops runs a home for aged destitute men and women. Running the home is a mammoth task – finding the money to feed, clothe, shelter, educate or rehabilitate, as the case may be, over 1500 men, women and children, day after unending day. Little Drops is being run with great personal sacrifice and with the firm belief that somehow the help will come when it is required.
To know more about them, visit www.forlittledrops.org
The 12th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Rashtriya Drushtiheen Shikshan & Punarvasan Sanstha (RDSPS).
India is home to largest blind population in the world. We have about twenty million blind brothers & sisters. However, only a few of them receive a chance to better their life through quality education. Level of illiteracy and consequent unemployment among blind is alarming at about 98%.
RDSPS is committed to work towards integration of the blind in all walks of life since last two decades. The aim of their projects is to create resources for the disabled and champion their cause for their due rights and overall development through multiple channels.
To know more about them, visit https://www.facebook.com/gyanjyotischoolforblind/?fref=nf
The 11th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Udhavum Ullangal.
Based in Chennai, they focus on providing education support to the underprivileged kids and screening of cancer patients. The organization was founded in the year 2000 by Mr. B. Sankar Mahadevan, who quit his job with Indian bank to pursue his inner calling, and now devotes full time to the organization.
To know more about them, visit www.udhavumullangal.org.in
The 10th NGO identified for support under our ‘NGO of the month’ program, is Gold Heart Foundation.
Gold Heart's vision is to be the primary support platform for the underprivileged kids in the field of education and ensure that they are informed and empowered to be part of the better world.
Founded in the year 2007 by Sripriya, a teacher in a government aided school in North Chennai; Gold Heart team has been trying to provide much needed guidance and support for these kids to pass their board