13 NGOs in Delhi you can find an internship in!

13 NGOs in Delhi you can find an internship in!

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Previously we covered: 12 NGOs in Mumbai you should know about!


.1. Goonj:

GOONJ is channelizing the unused material lying idle in urban homes, to the far-flung villages of India as an important economic resource. Although they deal with all kinds of underutilized material but the prime focus is clothing, one of the most ignored basic needs of human kind. The material given by people in the cities comes to the GOONJ processing center in that city.

Here it is sorted and packed according to various criteria like, age, gender, wearable, un-wearable, woolen etc. Then based on the requirement expressed by the rural partner groups the material goes to different parts of the country by transportation trucks. The partner groups receive it and further distribute it among their communities.

Right now they send materials to parts of 21 states of India, where they aim specifically towards the most backward and poor communities in these states like the Mossahari community in Bihar, prawn-farming community in the Sunder Ban delta in West Bengal.

2. Smile Foundation:
Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation directly benefitting over 300,000 children and their families every year, through 158 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in more than 700 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India.

Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one’s awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour to understanding one’s rights – and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen.

Smile Foundation believes that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Following this model of Civic Driven Change, Smile Foundation sensitizes and engages the civil society, making it an active partner in all its welfare initiatives.

3. Child Rights & You(CRY):
Way back in the 1970s, Rippan Kapur, a young airline purser, was driven by the extraordinary dream to see a day when no Indian child would be deprived of rights as basic as survival, participation, protection and development. Focusing on the Indian children, CRY’s team of qualified professionals, from the development sector is responsible for the selection, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of CRY-partnered NGOs.

Along with the support from over 200 grassroots-level partner NGOs, they work with children and communities to make them aware of their rights, and empower them to address their issues and demand what is rightfully theirs. Therefore ensuring not just a small change, but an entire movement towards sustainable change in the lives of the children and their families.

You can know more about CRY on their official website. 

4. Salaam Balak Trust:
Salaam Baalak Trust is an Indian non-profit and non-governmental organization which provides a sensitive and caring environment to street and working children in Delhi, India. The Trust was established in December, 1988 with the proceeds from the film Salaam Bombay – a film depicting the lives and vulnerabilities of street children directed by Mira Nair.

The name Salaam Baalak Trust translates literally to a Trust which ‘salutes the child’. Saluting the indomitable spirit of street children without distinction of gender, religion or caste lies at the heart of our work. Girls and boys, under the age of 18 years, living and working on streets are welcomed at our centres. We ‘salute’ their resolve to live a life of dignity and by providing them with care, love, along with health, nutrition, education and vocational training facilities to fulfil their dreams.

5. HelpAge India:
Established in 1978, HelpAge India is a leading charity platform in India working with and for disadvantaged elderly and has become the representative voice for India’s elderly. Dedicated to improving the status for India’s senior citizens, it works in 23 states providing medical services, poverty alleviation and income generation schemes in urban and rural India. It welcomes all those who wish to support, donate or sponsor online and those who want to volunteer to help elderly citizens.

It was set up in 1978 and is registered under the Societies’ Registration Act of 1860. Traditionally the focus was to improve the quality of life of destitute elders primarily in the rural areas through its welfare projects by providing free rations, free medicines and consultations and conduct free cataract surgeries.

It slowly spread its wings and started focusing on long term sustainability options for these elders through various livelihood projects and helping them form Elder Self-Help Groups, which today span India.

6. Deepalaya:
Deepalaya believes in enabling self reliance and is committed to working on issues affecting the urban and rural poor, with a special focus on women and children. Over the years, Deepalaya has established several projects in the areas of Education (Formal/Non-Formal/Remedial), Women Empowerment (reproductive health, SHG, Micro-finance), Institutional care, Community health, Vocational training and Differently Abled. These projects are operational in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Till date, Deepalaya has reached out to more than 2,70,000 children, given vocational training to 9,700 adults and helped form more than 1,000 Self Help Groups with 11,000 women who have together saved Rs.408 million with a community revolving fund of Rs.1053 million.

To know more about Deepalaya, visit their official website.

7. Robin Hood Army:
The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer based organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants across to the less fortunate people in cities across Pakistan and India.

Their local chapters are run by friends and colleagues who hope to create a difference in their own small way. For example, restaurants in Green Park, Delhi will contribute to the homeless of the locality via volunteers who live in Green Park. Their volunteers are largely students and young working professionals. The lesser fortunate sections we help include homeless families, night shelters, orphanages, and patients from public hospitals.

The RHA is a very decentralised organization and does not accept monetary contributions – they just need your time.

8. The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN):
The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is collective of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights, struggle against violations, and ensure access to justice for all. HRLN started out in 1989 as a small group of concerned lawyers and social activists from tiny premises in Bombay.

Today, the Human Rights Law Network has evolved into a nationwide network of more than 200 lawyers, paralegals, and social activists spread across 26 states/union territories.HRLN provides pro-bono legal services to those with little or no access to the justice system, conducts litigation in the public interest, engages in advocacy, runs helplines, conducts legal awareness programmes, sensitizes the judiciary, investigates violations and deploys crisis-intervention teams, plans People’s Tribunals, publishes ‘know your rights’ materials, participates in campaigns, and proposes solutions to some of India’s foremost social problems.To know more about HRLN , visit their official website. 

9. Maitri:
Maitri is a developmental and humanitarian NGO working with vulnerable populations in India including Women who are at the risk of facing gender-based violence, Destitute and Elderly Women/Widows, Migrant workers and their families in Urban Environments,Underprivileged communities and those affected by HIV/Aids to enable access to Basic Rights.

Since 2005, Maitri has worked with over 45,000 individuals on the issues of social and health inequities and public health concerns through education, community outreach, networking, and legal advocacy.

10. Child & Woman Care Society:
Child & Women Care Society plans to implement its dream project of educating under-privileged children with the assistance of Private Individual Sponsors. The Child & Women Care Society [CWCS] wishes to involve over 630 Out of School children (Between the age group of 5-9 years) preparing them for potential entry into the formal education system and retention of vulnerable children within the existing framework by providing them remedial support services.

Education is a basic right of every child. This Project will help the children to be self-reliant and prepare themselves for a bright future. The urban deprived children of NCR Delhi and its suburbs are lacking some of the basic rights even today out of which education is most important.

11. CARE:
CARE has been working in India for over 65 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. We do this through well planned and comprehensive programmes in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. We are part of the CARE International Confederation working in 90 countries for a world where all people live with dignity and security.

CARE has been working in India for over 65 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. We do this through well planned and comprehensive programmes in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. We are part of the CARE International Confederation working in 90 countries for a world where all people live with dignity and security.

12. Sapna:
Sapna was registered in Delhi under the Societies Registration Act (XXI) of 1860 on October 21, 2004, by a group of professionals who shared a dream to work on a people-centric model of development in areas of public health, education, women empowerment, community development and social welfare. Inspired by Gandhian ideals of social change, SAPNA’s primary objective is to:

  • Empower the poor and marginalised;
  • Provide shelter to the sick and destitute;
  • Promote community health programmes and services;
  • Support literacy centres and e-learning;
  • Work towards empowerment of women;
  • Facilitate livelihood programmes;
  • Help the poor access information and resources;
  • Work for environment protection and conservation.

13. Teach for India:
Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education. Teach For India’s Fellowship is spearheaded by the best and brightest young professionals and college graduates.

1. To apply for internships at teach for India, go here.
2. To apply for Teach for India’s Fellowship Program, go here.
3. More internships from Teach for India can be found here.

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