Not many things in life give you as much happiness as being part of a worthy cause that has a positive impact on the world. There happen to be several organizations all over the world that work, not to make a profit, but to change things for the better. Joining hands with such an organization is not just a great way to give back to society, but also provides opportunities for personal growth and learning. As it happens, India is home to several similar inspirational organizations attempting to make life better for all of us, working in a variety of different fields.
Here’s a list of NGOs in Pune you can volunteer at, to help further the great work that they’re doing.
Help With: Child and Environmental Welfare
LetsRISE was established in 2012, with a motive of working towards children’s welfare. They are putting efforts constantly to build a permanent home for the children. They have also been working with the Swachh Bharat Swachh Pune group since December 2015. Today, to run Utkarsha it works in partnership with Chaitanya Mahila Mandal, a night crèche for children of sexual exploitation and human trafficking victims.
Help With: Spreading Awareness about Menstrual Health
Pravin Nikam established Roshni in 2011 when he was merely 18. The NGO was formed to focus on providing education and improving the health conditions of children living in slums. The organization successfully runs five social campaigns; The Period Project (awareness regarding menstrual health), Right to Pee Campaign (clean toilets for women), The Kitab Express (promote reading among children), The Readers And Writers Project (readers and writers to visually-impaired students for exams), and The Pink Project (breast cancer awareness).
Swachh Pune Swachh Bharat
Help With: Making Pune a Cleaner City
An extension of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Movement, Swachh Pune was founded under the guidance of Puneet Sharma. In collaboration with two other groups – LetsRISE and PTC, the team has been participating in cleanliness drives, tree plantation drives, and various beautification projects actively since October 2014.
Help With: Encouraging Reading among Children
With a desire to encourage reading among children in various orphanages that lack adequate resources, Bookwallah was started. The main focus is on book reading. Today, Bookwallah regularly conducts reading sessions for many orphanages and also works towards providing them with libraries.
Help With: Teaching Children
Akanksha has 20 schools in Mumbai and Pune and reaches out to over 6,500 children through two models: the after-school or center model and the school model. The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune. Additionally, Akanksha-run schools also teach art to each one of its students right from Jr. KG to Std. 9. The artifacts and handicrafts are later put up on the NPO’s website for sale to empower the students.
ResQ Charitable Trust
Help With: Animal Welfare
ResQ Charitable Trust was started in 2007 by Neha Panchamiya and Tanya Kane to provide trauma emergency service for animals in Pune. The NPO works towards the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and sick animals, conducting awareness and education programs that focus on reducing human-animal conflict. The team helps and treats various animals including dogs, cats, cows, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, buffaloes, horses, and several kinds of birds. The group has also rehabilitated 9 rescued elephants in the last few years, making it one of the premier animal NGOs in Pune.
Help With: Welfare of HIV-infected Children and Women
Established back in 1997, Manavya was among the first few NGOs in Pune, if not the whole country, that works for the benefit of innocent victims of HIV/AIDS. A home for HIV+ children, which offers a safe shelter, educational and vocational opportunities to all the children, the NGO Gokul was established.
Help With: Upliftment of the Poor
To help the poor earn a steady income is Lend-A-Hand’s mission. By partnering with other NPOs, community groups, and local governments, they provide vocational training, career counseling, job and life skills training, enterprise financing to young entrepreneurs from rural parts of India.
Reach Out To Life Foundation
Help With: Suicide Prevention
Reach Out To Life Foundation is a non-profit/non-government organization that is run by a community of psychologists, health care professionals, and students looking to prevent suicides. What started in 2010 as a suicide prevention group, is now a full-fledged NGO that addresses through its 24-hour helpline, the everyday issues of today’s youth.
Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan Pune
Help With: Women Oriented
Bhagini Niveditha Pratisthan (BNP) prides itself on being an organization for women, by women, of women. BBNP works towards helping women to identify and tackle problems in their communities, in a way that comes naturally to their instincts as members of their communities. They are trained to not only become self-reliant but to also support their families.
Social Action for Manpower Creation
Help With: Children
Working since 1984 for the children, Amitkumar Banerjee realized children of socially victim women, children of convicts received no support from the government or any agency. Mr. Banerjee felt that every child needs integrated support for development needs such as shelter, care and protection, and an opportunity to grow.
(with inputs from whatshot and giveindia)