SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: NGOs
NGOs or NGDOs are basically voluntary organizations other than cooperatives, Self-HelpGroups (SHGs) etc. Voluntary organizations, known for their virtues of human touch, dedication,great initiatives, self-reliance, contextual innovations, flexibility, togetherness with communityand ability to reach the masses in the most effective manner are now considered partners of government in its all endeavors concerning needy, poor, children and women and theirenvironment.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have played a major role in pushing for sustainabledevelopment at all levels. Campaigning groups have been key drivers of inter-governmentalnegotiations, ranging from the regulation of hazardous wastes to a global ban on land mines andthe elimination of slavery.They hail from north and south and from all points in between - with the contrasting levels of resources which such differences often imply. Some are highly sophisticated, media-savvyorganizations like
Friends of the
; others are tiny, grassroots collectives, neverdestined to be household names.
ROLE OF NGOs IN INDIA
strives to secure the right to a life with dignity for
by actively engaging peopleand policy makers in the inclusive development of society.NGOs are working to ensure that everyone has access to education, health and social protection;people are able to overcome poverty by earning a decent livelihood with fair trade opportunities;women lead a life of dignity, free from violence; and communities are prepared to deal with theimpact of climate change, natural and man-made disasters.
Education of poor children
works as a catalyst to change the lives of underprivileged childrenand youthand give them a better future. Through more than 100 education, healthcare, livelihood and girlchild oriented programmes spread throughout India, the foundation facilitates individuals,corporates and institutions to invest in social initiatives aimed at the welfare of poor and needychildren.
is an NGO with an entry into Limca Book of World Records; appreciation fromnone other than US President Barack Obama and its work as a case study at Harvard University!The latest addition to its achievements is
churning out 40,000 rotis for children in just one
hour. Akshaya Patra Foundation, which runs the world’s largest school
-meal program, hasimproved its kitchen services by increasing the number of rotis produced to meet the requirementof children.