Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Help Baby Divya hear again!!!

We received this appeal for help. If you would like to help Baby Divya, please contact Mr Thanvi directly.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Amit Thanvi <>
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM
Subject: Help - Baby Divya hear again!!!
To: India Helps <>



We would like to introduce Baby Divyaon behalf of Tarang Life Care Foundation.


Baby Divya is a 17 months old orphan child and stays in one of the orphanages of Jalgaon, Maharashtra. She has complete hear loss since her birth. Divya is suffering from Bilateral Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss according to the findings of  Dr.Hetal Marfatia (Consultant ENT Surgeon of KEM hospital). 


Treatment Dr. Hetal Marfatia has recommended is Cochlear Implant surgery which is suppose to improve her speech perception, educational and social opportunities and quality of life. She will also require speech therapy for 3 years from recognized center of Cochlear implant.


Under our Project Aadhar, we have taken up this initiative to help her, as she is an orphan and has no one to support her financially for the medical treatments. 


The approximate expenditure  for the surgery is :


Cost of Implant: 5.38 lakhs


Other charges: 7,700Rs.


We are committed to offer a better life ans you can also help us by your generous contributions,


How we can Help :

• Suparna Chatterjee requires a home and the care of loving parents. We might be able to provide her a better life if she is adopted.We are also looking for foster parents who will look after he


• We can help Baby Divya by collecting funds for her surgery. Monetary help in terms of donations for the surgical procedures may be able to provide her with a quality life in future. The treatment is expected to improve her speech observation to help her receive better educational and social opportunities


Your contribution / donation can help us in this surgery. Contact Amit on 9819658133/02242560077 or mail at to give your contribution. 


Please visit :

We have attached all the documents for your perusal.

Looking forward for your while hearted support.

Thank you


Best Regards,

Amit Thanvi
Youth Representative
Tarang Life Care Foundation


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Would you like to register for donating your bone marrow?

There is a drive on today in Mumbai.

Read about it here:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pintu Kumar Yadav-13/7 Victim

We are still looking for aid for Pintu Kumar Yadav, a 13/7 victim.

This is the report from Linus Chettiar, our team member who had visited him at Harkissondas Hospital.

This evening I met one more Opera House blast victim recuperating at
the Harkishondas Hospital.

Pintu Kumar Yadav (20) hails from Jharkhand, is married and has a kid.
He worked in Sandwhich stall near Opera house.

He has lost his right limb, flesh ripped out from his left limb, private parts injured, lost his left thumb.

He is being attended to by his father who has come from their village.

They are pretty hard up for funds. Father depends on charity of some
people in the hospital for his daily food.

Shot term need : funds for daily sustenance

Long term need : Prosthetic legs and job for Pintu.

Any cheques made out to Pintu Kumar Yadav could be mailed to us at
India Helps, 12 Bhanumati CHS,
Bangur Nagar, Goregaon West.
Mumbai 400090.

Wishes - The X'mas Collection - Art for Akanksha

Go. Buy. Help them help the kids get an education.

"We're doing something quite different. While we are doing lots of products in the x'mas colours and spirit, our new collection is really all about the Akanksha children making wishes – wishes of love, happiness, fun and colours – so the products are quite interesting. The concept is to get an product from the Akanksha 'wish' collection and pass that wish along to someone you care about!"

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Ph: 23700253 |

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8B Poonam apartments, Dr. AB Road, Worli, Mumbai

Tel: 022-24918869

Timings: 10.30am to 7.30pm (Mondays Closed)

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Lead the Change. Apply now:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Update on Karuna Waghela

This update from Sangeeta:

Dear All,

I met Karuna and her son today. I gave her clothes for her daughter. But was unable to help her with clothes for her younger son who is in the 2nd standard and for her older  son (11 years old ). I will collect and manage to give some clothes in 2 months time - will source from some one in that age  group near my home.

Karuna said she is the only child her parents have and she called them here to help as she is out of her home  for 10 hours a day. Only the youngest child studies in English medium . She believes that the son who studies in English medium may go places. I explained to her and her son that while" English medium "is good there are Gujarati medium people who are very successful too .

She said that she has been to her in laws and has fought with them asking for at least  Rs one lakh for her kids but they have told her she is welcome to come and stay in  the village with them as they will shift eventually. That is where the compensation  money was used.

She says that she is looking out for an office cleaning job as she is home and can work after 4 p.m. and would like to earn more  funds. She is going to her village and once she is back she will look to supplement her income. She told me that her husband used to decorate  - had a decoration business and hence they never had to live only on salary  when he was alive.

"I am not afraid of working and bringing up my kids alone but I am scared of the cost of things and price hike." In her words -mehengai. She is a fighter and the positive spirit  is great.

Here is a photo of Karuna- she was keen that she looked cheerful as Suma didi will be worried otherwise!



(If anyone would like to help Karuna, do let us know at

Friday, November 25, 2011

Rs 1200 to help an underprivileged child discover books

From: Mcubed library <>
Date: 26 November 2011 12:26:04 PM GMT+05:30
Vibha K <>
Subject: Ignite the passion for reading-Sponsor a Child !

Dear Friends,

We are now 8 weeks old and we have been absolutely blown away with the
kind of enthusiasm and support we have received from all of you.Can we
ever thank you enough?

But even so, -thank you so much!!!

We are now at 220 members with new ones joining us everyday.Out of
these, there are many who pay the monthly membership fees and then
there are others who just cannot .These members are very special as
they are really new guests to the banquet of books.

Would you consider sponsoring some of these children?

At Rs 1200 you can sponsor a child for 1 year .

You can make a difference . Please make a donation - get a friend , a
corporate firm, or a foundation to make one too.
Sponsoring even one child will go a long way in helping us in our endeavour.

Should you wish to donate kindly send us the cheque in favour of
Maharashtra Mitra Mandal

We look forward to hearing from you.

And thank you so much.

Warm regards

Sonal, Vaishali, Vibha

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Update on Pranati Das

This from Sangeeta:

Dear All,
Pranati came with a relative to my mother's clinic for a check up.
Dr.Singhvi (My mother) has asked her to eat well, she has digestion
problems, has bad eating habits - does not eat nutritious food, and
has a hemoglobin count problem too.
The doctor has prescribed medicines- cost less than Rs 100 and Pranati
paid and has asked her to do a colour sonography after 10 days. I will
pay for the colour sonography.
Based on the sonography further decisions will be taken. My mother
speaks Bengali and that was a huge comfort factor for Pranati. She
will turn 34 this year. She needs to work even if 4 hours a day. She
would like to home at lunch time to see her son who is in the 9th std
First focus - get her health okay.
Next - Job ...she needs to get independent for the long term. Right
now she gets funds.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Help raise funds for a child

Check out one very witty man's efforts here:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ahem Ahem was kind enough to do a little write up on us. Here is
the link:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Help Ashwini Kanugo's family-Orissa floods hero

Received this appeal for help.


Orissa is devastated by floods. Rescue work is overwhelmed with
demand. Brave people are risking their lives to save more.

One such person, Ashwini Kumar died last week after saving 60 people
stranded on a rooftop in the flood. He fell into the water after the
rescue and in spite of being a strong swimmer, was missing for two
days when his body was found. He is to be recommended for the
president's medal for his bravery in saving lives.

He leaves behind a widowed mother and now widowed wife and no male
members in the family - in a rural environment. He had been married
about two months ago. Their family circumstances are not economically
comfortable. They don't have a phone or mobile. To contact them, one
can reach through his uncle, Mr Panchanan Kanungo at 9438360849. While
the honor of a president's medal is great, this family needs support
to sustain themselves. I have not spoken with them. I don't know what
form this support should be, but from what I hear immediately, it
seems some regular financial contributions, at least till a source of
income can be developed would be needed.

Some individuals are stepping up to say they would like to help, but
nothing concrete is known yet. Besides, such support cannot be counted
on to endure once the spotlight is gone.

Thanking you,


My blogs:
Twitter: @kiranmanral

Joy of Giving-Akanksha partners with Arzan Khambatta


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blood needed in Lucknow

Received this as an email. Please help and spread the word.

My dear Kiranji,
My friend Sugandha's husband has been admitted to the KG Medical
College (KGMC) and has been diagnosed with Dengue. He is critical and
his survival depends on immediate transfusion of 15 bottles of blood.
Please call Sugandha on 08604523055 to help.
Thanking You,
Tripti Singh (Roma)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Help this girl

This forward from Chandni:

From: "Uday Foundation, New Delhi" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:12 PM
Subject: Hi Chandni

Hi Chandni

Following are the details we want you to share, Pls visit


Madhu is 14 year old but look likes a 4 years old little girl. She is
a bright student of 6th class who wish to become a doctor when she
grow-up. She is suffering from a rare medical condition known as
"Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency" and currently doing routine
follow-ups at AIIMS Endocrinology OPD to become a normal bubbly girl
of her age.

Madhu belongs to a lower middle class family and her father is a
schoolteacher in a backward region of Nepal, who find it tough to meet
both ends.

Now, the good news for Madhu is that her treatment is possible but the
cost of growth hormone therapy is approximately Rs. 2 Lacs per year
for next 4-5 years. (as per documents provided by AIIMS to this girl).

Many conditions which interfere with children's growth are treatable.
Insulin, growth hormone, thyroid hormone, and now insulin-like growth
factor are medications which are as close to nature as possible.
Children with a wide range of growth deficiencies have had wonderful
results thanks to growth hormone and other treatments.

GH is usually administered as a daily injection under the skin.
Because adults tend to have more side effects than children, their
treatment often begins at a low dose and then is raised gradually.

AIIMS also mentioned in the certificate that in absence of this
therapy , She is likely to suffer from serious physical and social
consequences of short stature and this treatment is essential for her.

Her medical condition has made her mature even before time, but she
love watching hindi movies of her favorite actors Hrithik Roshan and
Preity Zinta and can sing so many beautiful songs if you request.

Like many sick children, Madhu is both symptom and cause. Her lack of
proper treatment is reason enough for not only forcing the
frail-looking girl to miss school for few months while she searches
for some help, but dragging her poor family into debt.

Mission of your Uday Foundation is to provide free professional help
to the children with congenital defects through counseling, education,
information and referral and direct financial assistance. If you wish
to learn more about Madhu or wish to help her, Please write to

Video Link :



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Here's how you can help Sikkim

This via Karma Bhutia from

Relief Teams
Worldvision relief team are on their way to Mangan Sikh Sangat of
Siliguri likely to go upto Tung on 23rd with necessary relief aid.
Meeting at the Siliguri Gurdwara tomorrow. A Team of SNTM Doctors just
left for Lingzya, Dzongu via Singtam & Dikchu. The team is going on
their own accord, albeit with the knowledge of the Department. This is
not to be taken as a State initiative. The doctors have pooled in
money to hire the vehicles themselves and carry with them as much
medical supplies as they can. The Sikkim Chamber of Commerce is
collecting relief materials, both in cash and kind and sending a team
with supplies to Mangan tomorrow. Anyone willing to support can
contact me at +919434094359 or Ashok Sarda at +919733015188 Just to
inform you that NGOs WWF, KCC, ECOSS, ATREE along with forest
officials and a team of doctors have organised a relief team for
Dzongu. We are taking some supplies up to Lingzya today and hope to
move upto Sakyong Pentong. A rescue team reached Bay village finally
through rough terrain yesterday and managed to recover 5 bodies out of
seven. Sakyong Pentong have been totally cut off and a helicopter team
of SAP is supposed to land there today. VHAS has also sent a team to
Dzongu. Mika and Ugen of MLAS are already working there. The central
Disaster managment team chaps are proving to be a liability - totally
unprepared and unable to cope with the terrain and the people. It is
very surprising that the SAP have till now not been given a proper
role to play in the rescue efforts. ECOSS, KCC and ATREE have donated
Rs 10,000 each and WWF is going to chip in with cash and materials of
around Rs 1-2.5 lakhs. We have started taking donations for the relief
in ECOSS account - Ecotourism & Conservation Society of Sikkim Axis
Bank MG Marg Account No. 112010100117012. Pl pass the word around. Raj
Basu of Help tourism has also promised help and so has the Rotary club
and others. (Email from RP Gurung, CEO ECOSS) Members of Travel Agents
Association of Sikkim ( TAAS) Commits Rs. One Lakh One Thousand(
Rs.1,01,000.00) to the Sikkim Chief Ministers Relief Fund for the
rescue and Relief from this Himalayan Earthquake in Sikkim. We are
with our PEOPLE in all walks of our LIVES. With all our Prayers for
SIKKIM. It reflected to me many years back of "Mero Mirik Campaign"
where we had helped victims of major Landslide in Mirik. I have been
feeling restless and thinking of those people who have survived and
helped not yet reached. I have been getting messages from Dzongu
(Sakyong Penthong) where help has still not reached as it does not
fall in the North Sikkim Highway. I have travelled earlier so much to
North Sikkim and known the steepness of the hills beyond Mangan. It
gives me a sleepless nights to understand how people are coping with
the open air, full of rain and help yet to reach while I rest in a
comfortable bed. So I have started a campaign to help those in need
with my organisation which has been Govt. Registered. My utmost
concern is to help with the major emergency items like Warm blankets,
warm clothes, (As north Sikkim is cold and also winter is
approaching), energy drinks, Torch lights with batteries, portable
tents, vitamins, medicines(common ones like for headache, fever, cold
etc), water bottle, shoes, sleeping mattress, sleeping bags, etc.. I
have also started analysing on Kalimpong villages and found out that
many houses have collapsed. Unfortunately they seem to be the poorest.
Today i am visiting Mangmaya as it happened to my ancestral place and
called by uncle to see many of our BPL neighbours whose house are no
more. Our organisation's name is Glenn Family Foundation Trust which
is locally registered in Kalmipong with local members. We will be
giving tax rebate to those who will financially help as we are
registered under 80G of the Income tax act. Our team will work on a
blog and FB to see how our donations and work is being done. I have
contacted my friends from Sikkim who will coordinate in our
distribution. I will be off to North Sikkim on Monday. Regards/Saom
The Bar Association of Sikkim a registered association of advocates
has initiated the 18th September Earthquake Relief Fund. We have
obtained the necessary permission from the District Collector. Anybody
willing to contribute in cash or kind may contact. Bhaskar Raj
Pradhan, General Secretary 9933355335.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Arzan Khambata and Akanksha

Between the 2nd of October and the 8th of October, the NGO Akanksha plans to create a large installation at the Pheonix Mills mall at Lower Parel.
Arzan Khambata will build a bamboo enclave that will have buckets of coloured water hanging from the top of the enclave.The bucket will have little holes beneath it. The floor of the enclave will have sheets of canvas with stenciled images of education elements.When swung, the bucket will splatter paint onto the images below. This will be repeated thrice with different colours.
People visiting the installation can opt to buy one of the stenciled images and kind of take a piece of education with him/her, thus contributing to Akanksha's mission. This will be run by Akanksha kids and Arzan himself come to the venue on some of the days during that week.we need large participation.
Please visit Phoenix Mills and participate in this initiative. Akanksha is educating the underprivileged child, and that is a cause which deserves all the support it can get.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Delhi Blasts-Need Volunteers

IndiaHelps is looking for volunteers who would be willing to visit hospitals, families of the bereaved (the needy ones) and be our point of contact with them.
What is required is only a sense of empathy, a willingness to help and an ability to listen to what the family needs, make a needs assessment and figure out ways to help the victim/bereaved family for the time it will take to get them on their feet again.
This would entail one initial visit, and one follow up visit every month, and regular telephonic contact and coordination.

If you would like to help please mail us at and do indicate the time/effort you could realistically give to this task.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Would you like to help these 13/7 victims?

This report in from Linus, who visited Harkisondas Hospital last week:

1] Namdeo Guloop
Namdeo  Guloop  (38 years)  lost both his limbs in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  He used to work as a courier/peon in the Panchratna building. He has been promised prosthetic limbs by the hospital. He and his family stay in slums at Khar.
He has a wife and three school  going children.  While two study in Municipal schools in Mumbai, one studies in Raigad in a private school. They opened bank account for the first time to deposit the cheque given by the government. The wife basically was always a homemaker and has no inkling about Mumbai. She needs an escort daily from Khar to the hospital.
The short terms needs are funds required to run the house hold, paying the rent and providing fees for the child's studies. (Rs.500 per month).
In the long term, Namdeo needs a job after he is discharged from the hospital in  2-3 months and finding a home in the lower parts of the slum. Right now they stay on higher ground. In order to get a home in the lower area the deposit is around 45000 thousand and rent of Rs.4-500 per month.

2) Sahadev Bhuwad
Sahadev Bhuwad  (56 years) lost  his right limb in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  He used to work as a sub-broker peddling rates between traders. He has been promised a prosthetic limb by the hospital. He and his family stay in Bhayander.
His son, Tushar also in the same trade wants a job which will give him a regular income so that he can take of his father, mother and wife. He has done a course in repairing mobiles and would like to start an enterprise repairing them. They are managing to pull on savings. In the long term, Sahadev will need a job and so will his son.

3) Ramlal Yadav
Ramlal Yadav's  (51) limbs were badly injured  in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  His left hand is also badly injured. He used to work as a courier/peon in the Panchratna building. Doctors say that in couple of months he will
He stays with his family in Wadala. His son attends a Hindi medium  municipal school while his daughter was pulled out of
school due to a poor academic record. He would like some funds to run his household for the next few months and will need a job to sustain his family in the long run.

4) Satish Singh
Satish Singh (36)  right limb was badly injured  in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  He used work as a security guard at the Panchratna building. His family is in Bihar and has no home in Mumbai. His father came from Bihar to look after him and stays in the hospital premises. No one  from his company has bothered to enquire about him. Doctors say that in couple of months he will recover.
Daily expenses of the father needs to be met and Satish will need a job once he recovers.

If you would like to help any of these victims with either financial assistance or assistance for a job or a means of livelihood, do mail in at

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rinku Vishwakarma

India Helps team members visited Rinku Vishwakarma today.
She lives in Sion Koliwada in a tiny room, with her one and a half year old daughter. Her landlady was kind enough to take us to her.
Today was the first month anniversary of her husband's passing away. Rinku is barely 24-25, has studied upto grade 8 and is literate. She knows how to stitch and is keen to start earning a living. Her brother from the village is down to live here with her.
She seems to be a strong person and knows that she has to take charge of her life now.
Our efforts will be to get her some vocational training and eventually a job. If anyone knows of any organisation/NGO that could provide her with training of any sort which would eventually result in a job, please do let us know.
Also if anyone would like to help her financially, do let us know and we will send you the details.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Appeal for a living donor for a liver transplant

I received this appeal for a living donor for a liver transplant.

The case is genuine and needy. Please forward this to anyone you think who could help.

As discussed over telephone the other day please find the details  required for the liver donor .
Rgds Girish

About Patient : 
Prema Malla, Female,Age: 55 yrs,Blood Group: B +ve,  is suffering from Primary biliary cirrhosis often abbreviated PBC, it is an autoimmune disease of the liver marked by the slow progressive destruction of the small bile ducts. When these ducts are damaged, bile builds up in the liver (cholestasis) and over time damages the tissue. This has led to scarring, fibrosis and cirrhosis.Liver biopsy shows an advanced fibrosis stage (6/6). 

Living Donor Liver Transplant(LDLT) is urgently required from a living donor who can donate half of his/her liver. Donor please contact Sandeep Thakur (+919899333866).

The donor operation is entirely safe (To be done in Medicity Medanta by Dr Arvinder Singh Sion) and the half liver quickly regenerates in both the donor and the recipient in a few weeks. In the first few days after operation even when regeneration is not complete, the half liver is enough to maintain normal donor functions due to the immense reserve in the liver.

To donate:
The person must donate of his/her own free will
The person should be between 18-55 years and weigh >50kg
The donor and recipient blood group must match (B +ve)
The donor liver structure / function, as well as the other systems must be normal
Half of the donor liver must be enough in volume for the recipient

The suitability in the above respects and some other technical points is determined by the Transplant Team in Pre-transplant donor evaluation which normally takes 2-3 days.

Facts about liver donation surgery:

Modern liver cutting techniques using CUSA have made it safe and blood less
Normal liver has immense reserve - nearly 70% of liver can be safely removed although much less is removed
Normal liver grows back very quickly - it can be restored to normal size after removal of half the liver in just 2 weeks

After operation, the donor will stay in hospital for 5-10 days. Another 3-4 weeks of recuperation is required at home. After that, the donor can resume normal activity (except strenuous physical exercise) and return to work 6 weeks after surgery. Sexual activity can be resumed as soon as the donor feels well enough. Heavy physical activity, sports including lifting weights can be resumed 3 months after surgery.

There are no dietary or any other restrictions, and the donor leads a completely normal life with normal liver function without any decrease in the longevity of life or any other long-term consequences.

Among more than 7000 donor operations worldwide, 6 deaths have been reported which gives an expected mortality of around 0.1 %.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fwd: A Personal Appeal

Received this appeal for help. Please contact Jaskinder directly for further information.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nilim Dutta <>
Date: Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 7:09 PM
Subject: Fwd: A Personal Appeal

Dear Kiran,

I am forwarding here a mail from a dear friend, Jaskinder Shingwekar (JASKI). The email is self explanatory. Would be grateful if you could help to mobilize support/resources for the poor girl.

Warm Regards


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jaskinder <>
Date: Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM
Subject: A Personal Appeal

Dear Friends, 


This is a personal appeal from my side for contribution towards medical expenses of Pratiksha Jadhav, the daughter of my maid Preeti Jadhav. 


Partiksha all of 14 years of age is a very bright student studying at the Versova Welfare School and is the only child of Preeti, a single parent having no relatives in mumbai. A week back Pratiksha has been admitted in a semi paralyzed state to the Belle-Vue Nursing Home at Manish Nagar, Andheri. Post a plethora of expensive tests she has been diagonised with Guillian Barre' Syndrome, which is more frightening than it sounds. This little understood infection which is still in the realm of medical research is specific to asian countries, attacks the immunological system and results in an individuals defence system attacking the victims own body. Survival rates are not very good but are known to be better for youngsters.   


Currently, the only course recommended this infection is a daily dose of 3 immununoglobulins injections over a period of 5 days, a total of 15. Each injections costs around Rs. 15,000/- which we have managed to negotiate down to Rs. 10,000/-. The entire cost of this immediate treatment is currently around Rs. 2 Lacs and I am enclosing a letter from the hospital for the same. Preeti works hard all day long to provide the best education for her only child and earns an monthly income of around Rs. 10,000/- and pays a rent of Rs. 4,000/- and has fixed deposits of around Rs. 40,000/. This situation is clearly beyond her financial means. Post this treatment which should save Pratiksha's life, medication would be needed for most of her life.  


The Shingwekar family has made substantial contributions and is committed to bringing in more cash for the treatment. Several other families who know Preeti are also pitching in. I have already spoken to a few charitable trusts who have promised all help.  


If you would like to contribute to Pratiksha medical treatment (it would be perfectly alright if you don't), you can make a cheque directly in the name of Belle Vue Nursing Home. I can assure you that my own self and my immediate family would be involved in the actual usage of your contribution and receipts for the same would be drawn in your name.


Thanks and regards,



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Accident victim needs immediate help

This request from Chandni's FundACause. Respondents are requested to verify the case with the hospital before donating:

From: Ravindra Sawant <>
Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM
Subject: Appeal

Dear Friends,

 My close friend is going through a very critical situation, which I am detailing here below.

 I personally wish to request you to go through the appeal and extend your helping hand.

 Also I request your help in reaching this appeal to maximum people who can contribute to this cause.

 Every support you give will help him to save his wife, who is fighting for life.

 Every kind of help you provide is acceptable.

 Thanks and Regards

 Ravindra V Sawant

A Fervent Appeal for Financial Assistance for my wife Mrs. Anita's Medical Treatment.
Dear Well-wishers,
My wife Mrs. Anita Mukund Agrawal met with a serious road accident on Friday, 11th March, 2011. While waiting at bus stop of Eastern Express Highway at Kannamwar Nagar, Vikhroli (East) Mumbai 83, she was dashed by a very rash motorbike rider. Due to this, she suffered multiple brain injuries as well as multiple fractures to spine, pelvis, left leg etc. The accident has left her in a semi vegetative state.
After this accident, she was admitted to Fortis Hospital at Mulund (west) after a gap of almost three hours. During this period, she could not get proper medical treatment and went in coma. From Fortis Hospital, she was shifted to Gokul Nursing Home for two months. After almost three months of hospitalization, because of financial constraints, I shifted her to our home in second week of June. She is still in a state of unconsciousness and is fighting for her life. Her parameters are uneven and if she does not get proper treatment, the future is bleak.
Due to my own health problems, I am away from my job for the past three years and whatever savings I had, were exhausted to meet the medical bills. So during the long hospitalization, I borrowed money from relatives and well-wishers as I was not in a position to bear the medical expenses. Even today, to provide the necessary medication etc I am spending an average of R 75,000 per month and this has put severe stress on me as I have no other way to meet the medical expenses. I have three young children, one of whom is in college and the younger two in school. I do not have any other options or sources left to bear these expenses and I am hoping for organizations, trusts or individuals with a charitable outlook to provide much needed help to save my wife's life.
So, I earnestly appeal to you all to come forward and give me and my family your best possible. For this, I and my family will be highly grateful to you for the rest of our whole lives and pray to Almighty to give you very best in life. I would also much appreciate if any of you can refer my case to such organizations as can help the needy, of my plight and situation.
Please contact me at the address below and telephone number.
Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

Mukund T. Agrawal

SB A/C No. 733848050, Indian Bank, Nariman Point Branch, Mumbai-400021

IFS Code : IDIB000N052

Mobile No. 9820952004

Address : 239/9366, III floor, 'B' wing,

Kannamwar Nagar-2, Vikhroli (East),

Mumbai – 400083, India.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fw: Medicines for Villagers in Maharashtra ((tag: Health))

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From: Chandni Parekh <>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:50:22 +0530
To: post<>
Subject: Medicines for Villagers in Maharashtra ((tag: Health))

From: uma iyer <>
Date: Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM
Subject: Need your help in order to help

Please take the time, make the effort to help people less fortunate than you and me. A strip of medicine can save lives. Please read the following mail, there is a list of medicines and the address that they need to be mailed at the bottom.
Just spoke with one of the volunteers and he says there is a sudden shortage of medicines due to the high sickness rate during this monsoon. Do help.
In case of any questions, clarifications, please feel free to call/ mail me.
Thank you
Hello everyone,

WE require medicines for the poor tribal infants, women and men of MELGHAT Villages during our 90 DAYS CAMP - DHADAK MOHIM (

As they say, every drop counts, even if you could send in one or two medicines, it would help HUMANITY greatly. Kindly spread the word to do whatever is possible within your limits.

Thank you one and all.

Cotrimoxazole/ Septron (Adult)
Cotrimoxazole/Septron (Paedratric)
Amoxycillin (125 mg)
Amoxycillin (250 mg)
Amoxycillin (500 mg)
Norflox TZ

Inj Getamycin
Inj Ampicillin
Inj Diclofenac
Inj Dexamethosone
INJ ChlorPhenaraMine, (CPM)
Inj Etophylline
Inj Rantac
Anti Snake Venom(ASV)
IV Normal Saline
IV Dextrose 5%
IV Dextrose 10%
IV Ringer Lactate

Eye/Ear Drop
Scalp Vein
Scalp Vein
Gentian Violet

(P.S: Please spread the NOTE to everyone in your circle... the more, the better) 
Please send the medicines to:

Dr. Priyadarsh V Ture (+91 94036 241050)
Buddha Vihar Hall
Near Police Station

Johnny D,
Support 4 suicide farmers families,
C/o Swapnil Barai,
House No: 200,
Opp: Lohit Complex,
Dhantoli Chowk,
WARDHA: 442001

Monday, July 25, 2011

Baburam Das

The IndiaHelps Team has established contact with the family of Baburam Das, a resident of Bhayander East, who was killed in the Dadar Blast of 13/7.
He leaves behind his wife, a son studying in class 9 and his old mother. The Taj Trust has kindly agreed to take on the expenses related to the child's education. The family has received the Rs 5 lakhs compensation. But the wife is not working and was completely dependent on her husband's income.
Will post up needs and help required once a clearer picture emerges from subsequent conversations with the wife.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A case: Sundersingh Bisht, 13/7 victim

Sundersingh Bisht, received critical burn injuries in the Zaveri
Bazaar blast on 13/7 and was fighting for his life at JJ Hospital. He
passed away on Saturday, leaving behind his wife and a 2 year old son,
as well as two aged parents back in the village, Garud in
Uttarakhand's Bageshwar district. He was an office boy, and earned
approximately Rs 4500 per month, according to his brother Kedarsingh,
who is based in Bombay.
India Helps has touched base with the family and will be helping the
family with their daily needs for a period of six months initially, to
be reviewed upon the completion of six months.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fw: Liver Cancer Treatment for a Two-Year-Old Boy - Bombay ((tag: Health))

Received this appeal from FundACause:

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From: Chandni Parekh <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:20:19 +0530
To: post<>
Subject: Liver Cancer Treatment for a Two-Year-Old Boy - Bombay ((tag: Health))

From: Mirat Trivedi
Date: 21 July 2011 01:17
Subject: Help needed

Hey Chandni,

Priyadarshini is a friend and runs Janarakshita, an NGO working with cancer patients. If you could check for any help available for the case mentioned below.

Please let me know if any more information is required.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Priya Darshini <>
Date: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 8:07 PM
Subject: Need your help, urgently.


        As you might already know, I am Trustee with an NGO called Jana Rakshita that has been working with the underprivileged in India, primarily focusing on Cancer and Education. Ours is a registered Trust and we're proud to have helped more than 1100 lives since the time of our inception in the year 2004, but only with the support of you and our friends.

        We have been trying to raise funds for this really tragic case of a beautiful little  2 year old boy Aarav, suffering from Liver cancer, for a couple of days now and just as I am writing this, he is being wheeled into the Operation Theater for an emergency surgery due to some recent complications he developed whilst in the ICU. His arteries have begun to leak and they're hoping to try and operate on the tumors if possible. This was unexpected and puts this case on our Top Priority. As dramatic as this may sound, we need immediate help so he can pay up for his surgeries. Dr Sachin Almel from Hinduja Hospital (Mumbai) who is treating Aarav has talked to the Hospital authorities and bought a couple of days time to pay up the bills.
        Our NGO - Jana Rakshita has had many cases this month and very few donors as always. And hence we're reaching out to you, to please help us help Aarav. Please check the attached document that was written out earlier today, before the recent emergency. 

        More details about our NGO will soon be available on our website. Bad timing, but we had a website up all this while and just pulled it down a few days ago to put up a new one. Please stay tuned in to for updated content and details about our NGO and our activities. Alternatively, you can also call us or drop in to meet us at our office for details. Our work and accounts are open to all.

        Hoping to hear back from you as soon as possible. I also request you to pass this email on to as many people as you can.

        If you have any further questions, you can contact us on the below numbers:-

PriyaDarshini, (Trustee, Jana Rakshita)
 99200 59611

Kala Shyamsunder (President, Jana Rakshita)
 9322 881491

Raghu Kandade (Secretary, Jana Rakshita)
98211 08053

        If you are from the US or UK and would like to donate, please send me an email and I shall get back to you with transfer details.

        Thank you for your time. Please try and give this a few minutes of your time. This little boy needs us right now.


Peace & Love

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rinku Vishwakarma-First contact

We read about Rinku Vishwakarma in the newspapers. Her husband,
Makeshwar Vishwakarma had been critically injured in the Kabutarkhana
blasts. She, we read, had been waiting outside the ICU at KEM
hospital, without having eaten a single morsel, with her two year old
daughter for the past two days. We requested a Midday reporter to pass
her our contact details in the event that she needed any help. A day
went by with no call. Yesterday, we got a call from her. Her daughter
was running a high fever, and she sent her back to her neighbours in
Sion to be cared. Her inlaws have come down from UP to be with her in
these times. She needed some financial help, and India Helps sent
across a small amount to tide her over these few days in the hospital
and for her daughter's medicines. Parul Sharma of the IH team will be
coordinating this case, and we will be doing a follow up visit soon.
If anyone would like to help her, please do get in touch. Right now,
as we see it, the wait is for her husband to recover, and then do a
needs assessment. Will keep you posted. Watch this space.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Grishma Tushar Vora missing since the blasts

If anyone has seen her or has any leads to her, please contact the
numbers on this link.

Fw: Varsha Karia, 25 years old, injured in KEM Hospital looking for parents

We just received this appeal, please spread the word:

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From: Jude Soares <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:02:34 +0530
To: <>
Subject: Varsha Karia, 25 years old, injured in KEM Hospital looking for parents

Got to know from a friend of Varsha Karia, 25 years old, injured in KEM Hospital and they are looking for her parents. She is in a serious condition, so any help would be appreciated.

Best Regards,
Jude Soares

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


A fantastic initiative by Mumbaikars, a googlespreadsheet that allows you to list down ways in which you'd like to help in disaster situations.

Go here:

List of Hospitals

Phone numbers of the hospitals the injured have been taken to:
KEM hospital 022-24136051
Nair hospital 022-23085379
Harkishandas 022-2385555/30095555
Saifee Hospital 022-67570111
JJ Hospital 022-23739031 / 23735555 / 23760943 / 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366

As of this moment, all blood banks have adequate blood except for B-ve, so please call before visiting.

The complete list of government hospitals in Mumbai is here:

The list of the dead and the injured.

The official list is here:

Another terror strike, time to reach out again

Mumbai suffered three bomb blasts in Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House last evening. As per latest reports, the death toll is at 18 and said that the number of injured stand at 131 including 23 who are seriously injured in Wednesday's blasts.

The list last available is here

The India Helps team will be ascertaining cases which require assistance and posting needs on this blog. If you would like to help, please mail us on or tweet to us @IndiaHelps.

Mumbai Blasts

Three blasts reported in Mumbai. Here is a link to a spreadsheet that contains all relevant numbers if you are seeking help, need help or would like to help.

Spread the word. Stay calm. Stay safe.

Update: The spreadsheet (above) is no longer available on the site.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Free Sapling distribution

Want to green up your home, or your neighbourhood. Here's a free sapling distribution event via @FundACause's Chandni:

From: Satish Vijaykumar <>
Date: 18 June 2011 22:06
Subject: The Sapling Project
Cc: Ranjeet Walunj <>

Hi Chandni,

Sharing details on the The Sapling Project
We would be distributing free saplings to all at the following venues
in Mumbai, Delhi & Pune.
The Sapling Project - Event Schedule - 19th June, Sunday.

9 AM - Opp Barista, Shivaji Park
11.00 am - Vile Parle (e), Opp Parleshwar Temple
1.30 pm - Near Infinity, Andheri (w)
3.00 pm - Inorbit Mall, Malad (w)
5.00 pm - Near IC church , IC Colony, Borivali(w)
Contact : Ranjeet - 9322131514 , Satish - 9833443545

7:30 AM - Kalyani Nagar ( Jogger's Park)
8:45 AM - University campus/ University Circle
9:30 AM - F.C Road
10:30 AM - Law college Road
Contact: Libu - 9881460654, Pradaxina - 9881093149

Delhi :
Venue: Rose Garden, (Inside Lodhi Gardens), Delhi
Time: 8:00 AM
Garima - 9810807082

For more information -
Website :
Twitter id : @saplingproject
Facebook Group :



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Donate books to Aham Bhumika

Check this link
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Support Underprivileged children for their education

From: Sharmila Murugavel <>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 7:38 PM
Subject: [Ferns City] under privileged children, looking for our support.

Dear friends


With your kind support, last academic year we were able to support
about 14 children for their education who studied in 10th and 9th
standards in VIKASA school and VIDHYA MANDHIR, Ramamurthy Nagar,
Bangalore. This academic year also there are a few children who look
forward for our support to bear their education expenses. The children
live in a slum in Ramamurthy Nagar.

In Vidhya Mandhir, the annual fees for a child is Rs.3625 (there are 3
children looking for our support ) and in Vikasa school, the annual
fees is Rs. 2025, per child (there are 10 children from std 10, who
needs help ).

Interested people please contact:

Ms. Sharmila Murugavel, at 23681155, 9845181868

Ms. Charu Sharma, at 9243034446

Ms. Sanjana Khanna, at 23681139, 8050699915

Thanks and regards

Sharmila Murugavel


Friday, June 3, 2011

Donate a sweater, save a child

Want to save a needy kid? By donating a sweater you can !!!  
Friends, last year winter was painful for the underprivileged village kids. For
the kids of the few of the villages we have taken up few small initiatives like
providing clothes, books & toys to them. These few villages are located at the
outskirts ofBhopalhave the residents living below poverty line. The men and
women of these villages work as daily wage labourer and are hand to mouth. Last
year in the month of December- January 2010 the winter was very chilled in
Bhopal particularly the nights and these made the condition of the people very
pathetic. More worse was the condition of the children. They won't have proper
woollens and were shivering due to severe cold. Ahambhumika launched a campaign
for the collection of woollen clothes for these children and were able to
succeed to have around 40 sweaters only while the requirement was quite high.
Viewing the scarcity of sweaters lastly we distributed clothes in 4-5 pairs to
the children so that they could be saved from winter up to some extent from
severe cold.
Learning a lesson from this we have initiated a collection campaign of sweaters
before time this year. During forthcoming winter we need around 500 sweaters for
the kids. Their age ranges from 4 to 8 years. We shall be obliged to you for the
support. Even a sweater old or new donated by you will be an immense help to us
as well as to the needy kids. We can accomplish this goal only with the support
of you generous people. You can donate old or new sweaters and may courier it to
us. Even a single sweater donated by you could save a kid. And is not it worthy
to save a needy kid from severe winter? Winter is a nightmare for them due to
lack of proper woollens.

 For any query please mail to
 With regards
Subrat Goswami
Founder & volunteer
Web site


Subrat Goswami,



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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Help for a polio afflicted boy

This appeal via Chandni of FundACause (Note, please do verify the case
before donating, we have put this up in good faith):

Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:18 PM
Subject: Request for financial help

Sub : Request for financial help.

My son Master Suraj Patil ( age 17 yrs) has polio in his left leg.
The leg was a little bent. It was operated three times and a steel

rod was inserted. After 5 years of operation, due to a fall while
playing he was again hurt and ankle got twisted and started paining,

When shown to Dr. Mangal Parihar at Mangal Anand Hospital, Chembur,
Mumbai, ( Maharashtra, India) he advised for another immediate

operation. The cost Including operation charges & hospitalisation etc.
is estimated around Rs. 1.5 lacs.

My meagre salary in no way will be sufficient to meet this huge
expense. Voluntary donations from generous people will only rescue

my child from this major handicap and I earnestly pray for help.
Those who are desirous of extending financial help, can send the money

directly to my Bank A/c. No. 43010400004862 with IDBI Bank, Thane
Branch ( Maharashtra) or by cheque in favour of Ramachandra B Pail

at Room NO. 6, Gajanan Krupa Society, Shingre Wadi, Bail Bazar, Kurla
(W) Mumbai 400070, Maharashtra, India. (M) 09967514226.

Thanks & Regards,

Ramachandra Patil


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Project Nanhi Kali wins international awards

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bucket a Hope- Fill it Up for the TCS World 10k run!

Bucket a hope: Fill it up! A campaign on individual giving in partnership with Bangalore Cares for the TCS World10k.
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All of us have a giving story. The times you helped someone and felt warm inside. The time you stepped into a classroom full of children jumping excitedly, hoping to add a little extra something to their routine. Or the time you planted a tree and realised how much you missed the green. Giving is indeed more receiving than receiving itself!

Touching someone's life positively is something that all of us look forward to do. Yet, we also worry about how, how much or how far it would go. 

As a run up to one of the biggest charity fundraisers in India, the TCS World 10k run in Bangalore, we at The Alternative turn the spotlight on giving. "Bucket a Hope" tells you how every drop can churn the ocean! We talk about the why, what and how of giving, the fantastic work of NGOs in Bangalore, incredible everyday heroes, passionate volunteers, those who literally stride miles to fund causes, giving champions, insight and interesting ways to give back. 
The "bucket" is something that each one of us has in our homes. So, time to grab your bucket and start filling it up with hope, if you haven't already! Be it time, money, talent, knowledge or just a smile, "giving" can make anyone feel better about themselves. 

So, what's your giving story? Blog about it, write to us about it, call and tell us, and we'll tell the world! Every story received will be featured on our website. Our editorial team will also choose the top 20 stories and the givers will receive a token of appreciation apart from many like minded people reading about their story.

What you need to do:
  • If you run a blog, use the Bucket a Hope button and blog about your giving story. Send us a link to the post and we'll publish an excerpt, linking back to your blog.
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  • Get all your friends to share their giving stories and fill the bucket!
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