In India, we still have a lot of children who are devoid of basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and education. We have many NGOs which work towards finding these children and solving their problem. Most of these NGOs operate in remote villages. Being a small entity and working in remote location, it is very hard for them to arrange funds to cater to the needs of these children.
One fine evening, two friends Shubham Srivastava (BITS Pilani, 2009) and Shivam Srivastava (IIT Kanupur, 2007) came up with the idea of godparents.in, a social networking like portal to connect donors from one corner of world to the NGOs who are working in India in this direction.
Working principle of godparents.in is quite simple. First they approach an NGO, which is credible and working for children’s cause. They help that NGO to create its profile on godparents.in. Once the NGO has its profile on godparents.in, it can add profiles of children for whom it is looking for funds. These profiles are visible to everyone. By analyzing the needs of children, a donor can select a child or multiple to donate funds. He can donate online as well. Once donor donates, godparents transfer those funds into NGO’s account. A donor can track his fund as well as can see the updates regarding the child he has funded.
According to Shubham, initial investments were made from their savings and operational cost is being recovered by the nominal amount that they deduct from the donations. Since all volunteers do their regular job, their salary does not come from godparents.in.
Till now, godparents.in has raised Rs. 26,89,380 through 1399 donations, which impacted the lives of 480 children.
Godparents.in was also covered by CNBC TV-18 on their show ‘Young Turks’. You can watch it here as well
We at SocioVigil wish them best for the future and expect that they will keep doing this great work with same spirit.