15 Top NGOs in Delhi

Being Green

Being Green is an Indian NGO that actively works on establishing and sustaining a green society by making people aware about the benefits of green living. For this NGO, the word green means tranquility and comfort for all. Green is not only related to the environment, but to food, shelter, health, religion, peace and development as well. Therefore, this NGO’s activities not only cover plantation and environmental awareness activities, but also education of poor, food and clothes distribution and empowerment of society.

Being Green operates on local levels while employing a people-friendly approach. It commits on expanding its reach to help people and to be able to achieve that is partners with other organizations with similar missions and visions. The aim of the organization is to work on causes that need attention to be able to bring the required change.

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer based and zero-funds NGO that works on collecting the surplus food from restaurants and communities to serve those who are less fortunate. The idea behind the organization is to inspire people to give back to those who need it the most with an ultimate goal to beat the global hunger and bring out the best of humanity by using food as a medium.

Initially started in Delhi, the Robin Hood Army soon expanded to 133 cities in India as well as Africa, Asia, South America and Canada. From 2014, the Robin Hood Army volunteers served 9.259.830 people in 103 cities. The organization’s volunteers are usually referred to as Robins and are comprised in majority of students and young working professionals. They work to serve homeless families, orphanages, public hospitals and old age homes.

Sapna

Registered in October 2004, this NGO was established by a group of professionals who gathered together with a common goal to work on a people-centric model of development in areas of public health, education, gender, community development and social welfare. The organization’s work is inspired by the Gandhian ideas of social change to help the poorest population in India by providing shelter to the sick, developing community health programs, supporting increase of literacy, working towards gender equity and conserving and protecting the environment.

Presently, Sapna has support centers in Delhi, Noida and Alwar. In Delhi, the organization’s work is concentrated on patient’s access to medical services in public hospitals. The NGO supports poor patients by providing medicines and dialysis on a regular basis. Another important activity of the organization is providing monetary support and facilitation in surgery of poor patients.

CARE

CARE has been operating in India for over 68 years.  This NGO focuses on alleviating poverty and social exclusion through comprehensive programs in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. The main goal of the organization is empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalized communities. CARE in India is a part of the CARE International Confederation that operates in over 90 countries for a world where all people live in dignity and security.

CARE’s focus is put on the empowerment of girls and women because they are often affected by poverty and discrimination and suffer from abuse and violations and often are not able to access resources. During 2017 and 2018, CARE has reached 11.526.953 girls and women directly through health programs in seven states in India.

Smile Foundation

The Smile Foundation was established in 2002 by a group of your corporate professionals to work with grassroots initiatives that would affect positive changes in the lives of underprivileged communities. The Foundation works intensively through welfare projects in four major areas-child education, healthcare for families, livelihood of youth and community engagement through women empowerment.

The organization implements technology and methodology in order to achieve social return on investment and promotes civic driven change. So far, the work of Smile Foundation has had direct impact on over 750.000 children and families in India through more than 350 welfare projects in education, health, woman empowerment and livelihood that were implement in 1.000 villages in 25 states in India.

Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence

The Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) works on building resilient communities and cities. This NGO’s mission is to achieve three goals: reconnect urban societies that take informed decisions to ensure sustainable urban development, strengthen local agencies with capacities for participatory community development and real evidence built from the ground up for effective service delivery.

The organization works on the principle of all people being equal and thus, must get access to an equal level of services. For example, all people should have taps and toilets in their homes to be able to live a life with dignity. Therefore, CURE helps cities with environmental resilience plans and preparation of upgrading citywide slums. It implements several integrative models of urban development where poor populations are provided with an opportunity to build home toilets and house, connect to potable drinking water and similar.

GOONJ

Since its establishment in 1999, GOONJ has been one of the most recognizable NGOs in India working on the issues of rural infrastructure, water, environment, livelihood, education, health, disaster relief and rehabilitation. This NGO works with both the urban and rural populations in order to accelerate a more inclusive alternative economy where everyone is and equal actor in the process.

GOONJ uses its resources to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity of the poor in the world by involving them in finding their own solutions with urban material as a reward. The organization promotes circular economy by ensuring maximum use of each material. It recognizes and values the potential of local resources and traditional wisdom of people.

Maitri

Maitri is a humanitarian NGO working with vulnerable populations in India with focus on women who face the risk of experiencing gender based violence, elderly and destitute women and widows and migrant workers and their families. The organization also works with underprivileged communities and those affected by the HIV.

Since 2005, Maitri has worked with and directly affected over 45.000 individuals who faced difficulties and the issues of social and health inequities and public health concerns. The organization’s activities are focused on education, community outreach, networking and legal advocacy.

Indian Environmental Society

Established in 1972, the Indian Environmental Society (IES) is an organization with a global vision and local focus on increasing the consciousness and knowledge about the environment and the major environmental issues.

IES’s activities revolve around environmental development and follow the philosophy of self-help and community participation. The programs and projects that IES implements move from local and national strategies to suggestion global solutions on environmental issues. The goal of the organization is to reach general masses with the services while building grass root movements and influencing policy based formulations.

Global Peace Foundation India

The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) was founded in 2009 as an international NGO that promotes peace building while organizing a global network of public and private sector partners who promote and develop community, national and regional peace building models that serve as the foundation for ethical societies. The GPF’s motto is One Family under God which serves as a guideline for intercultural and interreligious cooperation, strengthening of communities as well as fostering the culture of peace.

The GPF’s activities are focused on areas of social cohesion and peacebuilding, moral and innovative leadership and empowering families to collaborate with governments. The organization implements the projects of youth exchange and brings together experts and innovators to advance new approaches to providing human services in communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It involves local communities to learn about investment and provides them with vocational training and supports them in start-up business ventures.

Niveda Foundation

Niveda Foundation is an NGO that is working towards betterment of Indian society. It implements welfare activities. The four major programs that the Foundation is working on are education, health and wellness, livelihood and women empowerment.

In order to provide education to those who do not have resources to educate their children, the organization initiated education mobile van service and so far it has reached and educated more than 400 students. The organization also runs health awareness campaigns with help of doctors in order to teach less fortunate populations about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. It also employs skill development activities and have opened several IT centers to ensure people gain knowledge of computers and technologies in order to improve their livelihoods. On the top of the organization’s agenda is women empowerment and it encompasses women skilling centers such and sticking and jewelry design initiatives.

Rahi Foundation

Rahi Foundation was established in 1996 and since then it has become a pioneering organization focused on women survivors of incest and sexual abuse. Rahi’s work encompasses support and recovery through its self-developed model of healing which concentrates on awarness and education about incest, training and intervention, and research and capacity building.

Over the years the organization has developed a powerful voice that strives to mainstream the discussion about incest in India and include it in social dialogue. It provides professional services for adult women survivors in form of healing psychological trauma. The goal of the Foundation is to raise awareness about the issue of incest and build resources within the country for effective prevention and intervention.

OXFAM India

Oxfam is one of the leading NGOs when it comes to fighting inequality in India. It was formed in 2008 and is a member of the global Oxfam confederation. The vision of the organization is to help create an equal, just and sustainable society by empowering the underprivileged. It works with 60 NGOs at the grassroots levels to tackle the problems of poverty and inequality.

The activities of the organization are spread across India and directly affect mostly marginalized communities such as religious groups and women, who are often excluded from basic decision-making process and do not have any control in deciding the course of their own lives. Therefore, Oxfam employs a rights based approach where people are seen as bearers of civil, political and social, and economic rights while state and non-state actors are seen as those that the need to secure and guarantee these rights. Oxfam, thus, focuses on four poverty eliminating goals, livelihood, fight for women, education and health, and human rights.

Chintan

Chintan is an NGO that works for environmental justice in partnership with people from diverse communities in society. The organization’s focus is on ensuring equitable and sustainable production and consumption of materials and improved disposal of waste. And important aspect of this is ensuring green jobs for those who work as waste recyclers by ensuring their dignity and security. Chintan, therefore, conducts research, campaigns, policy interventions, capacity building and raising of awareness about the need for reduced consumption and better waste management. In order to achieve its goals, the organization works closely with policymakers, students, parents, teachers, elected representatives, municipalities, resident welfare associations and the police.

HelpAge India

HelpAge India is a leading NGO in India working for disadvantaged and elderly people. It was established in 1978 with a goal to advocate for the needs of elderly people such as universal pension, quality healthcare, against elder abuse on national, state and societal levels. The aim of the organization is to serve elder needs in a holistic manner, enabling them to live active and healthier lives.

This NGO provides elderly relief by running one of the largest mobile healthcare programs in India. It also helps elders earn their livelihood through formation of self-help groups and conducts cataract surgeries to restore their sight. It meets the basic needs of this vulnerable population through various support programs and provides relief and rehabilitation for elders in post disasters settings.

About Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.

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