NGOs are the lifelines of the city.

Living in vulnerable situations has exposed the underprivileged children of India to the harsher realities of life. With very little or no protection in terms of basic shelter, food, medical care etc., some underprivileged children lose their right to mental, physical and collective development and are highly prone to depression, low self-esteem, insomnia and malnutrition etc. Poverty is certainly one of the major causes of this dilemma, which is compounded by illiteracy. Children born in poverty are completely open to malnutrition, diseases, substandard living conditions, poor hygiene and numerous other ailments. Once the child is caught in the poverty trap, he or she gets caught in the same vicious cycle and continues to live there. Therefore, it is imperative to break the chain of poverty that engulfs the lives of the helpless.

The increase in population, low agricultural productivity, slow economic development, inflation and unemployment, various social and political factors and other reasons contribute to this inevitable state of poverty. The agenda of the government along with the people of India must be the eradication of poverty, not only through monetary contribution but by taking personal responsibility. Innumerable non-governmental organisations are working for the eradication of poverty, but the success comes only in small numbers; the reason is the lack of public participation. The greater the number of supporting hands, the easier the task of alleviating the burden of poverty that oppresses underprivileged children like the NGO in Mumbai by the name of Save the Children.

Every one of us needs to champion the cause and take a realistic approach to it; we need to start helping underprivileged children as a collective social responsibility. In addition to individuals, large corporations can also fund and support individuals or charities that work for the welfare of children affected by poverty. Children are the beginning of this poverty cycle, whose lives must be reformed to break out of its malignancy. We rely on the support of Save the Children, an NGO in Mumbai, to combat this urgent problem. Save the Children has been at the forefront since its inception in India in 2008; they are responsible for the reformation of over 10 million children. In 2019, they have helped around 12 lakh children.

Be it nutrition, healthcare, protection, education or help in emergencies, this NGO in Mumbai has played a crucial role in the lives of the underprivileged. Registered in India as ‘Bal Raksha Bharat’, it is one of the best independent child rights NGOs in the country. Apart from running 65 programmes in 19 Indian states, Save the Children also boasts of 1,73,000 individual supporters, 36 corporate and 20 institutional (national and international) partners who help it reach out to the most vulnerable children of the nation.

Would you also like to become one of the supporters of this NGO in Mumbai? If you would like to partner with Save the Children, visit https://www.savethechildren.in/careers.

If you can only spare a few hours and would like to be a part of their initiatives, visit https://www.savethechildren.in/volunteer. However, if time or distance gets in the way of you working with Save the Children, but you still want to help, you can choose to donate at https://support.savethechildren.in/.

Come, lift the downtrodden!

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