There are a number of small charities and non-profit groups across India that are dedicated to bringing about lasting social change. Their reach is often limited by the lack of resources, be it in terms of manpower or finances.
This is where LetzDream Foundation (LDF) comes in. Founded by a group of technology experts, LDF supports civil society organizations in India, providing them with funds to help with capacity enhancement and resource development.
LDF has contributed over Rs 1 crore to four NGOs supported by Satyamev Jayate Snehalaya in Ahmednagar, Family of Disabled and Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust in Delhi, and Humanity Hospital in West Bengal.
When talking about Snehalaya, Charudutt Panigrahi, the director of LDF says, "They are passionate and energetic, and we have been working with them since 2006. After watching them on Satyamev Jayate, we decided to contribute Rs 40 lakh towards their work."
Equally compelling is the selfless work being done for the poor at Humanity Hospital in remote West Bengal. "After seeing them on the show, we decided to match the contribution from viewers and donated Rs 30 lakh to enable them to build a fully equipped hospital in the Sunderbans," adds Panigrahi.
The role that LDF plays goes much beyond just the monetary contribution. Technical support, infrastructure development and interaction with the NGOs is ongoing to enable them to become self-sustaining.
Adds Panigrahi, "In India, we spend lavishly at places of worship and faith. We need to promote the culture of giving among organizations that are taking concrete action to improve human lives."