Friday, July 16, 2010

Results Announced for 3rd Annual Essay Competition on Elder Abuse (WEAAD) 2010

Elder abuse is an under-recognized problem with devastating and even life-threatening consequences. Elder abuse is often defined as a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an ‘expectation of trust’ which causes harm or distress to an older person.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June ,programme aims to increase society's ability, through various programmes to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it occurs, so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

On the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010, Silver Inning Foundation, a ‘Not for Profit’ dedicated organization for senior citizens and their family members commemorated Elder Abuse Day on 15th June’2010. It had taken the various initiatives to create awareness among civil society and Government to eliminate elder abuse at both micro and macro level.



In this regards SILVER INNING FOUNDATION had launched an Essay competition in following category and topics:

1) For all age group:
‘Elders Abuse - The Change Has to Start at Our Home’


2) For School Students - Class 5th to class 10th:
“My Grandparents - Our Golden Treasures”


3) For Students - 1st year College to Post graduation :
'No Excuse for Elder Abuse - Signs and Solutions'



Total 35 people participated


Winners:


1) For all age group: ‘Elders Abuse - The Change Has to Start at Our Home’

1st Best : Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan – Rs.500/- and Certificate
2nd Best : Dr Vineeth S - Participation Certificate
3rd Best : M. A. PUROHIT -Participation Certificate

1st Consolation: Pradnya Surve - Participation Certificate

2nd Consolation: Arundathi Kaikini - Participation Certificate



2) For School Students - Class 5th to class 10th: “My Grandparents - Our Golden Treasures”

1st Best: Manav Varma , 12 yrs - Rs.500/- and Certificate



3) For Students - 1st year College to Post graduation :'No Excuse for Elder Abuse - Signs and Solutions'

1st Best: Vishakha Gupta – 19 yrs , 2nd graduate student - Rs.500/- and Certificate
2nd Best : Achala Gupta , MSW - Participation Certificate
3rd Best : Yash Bharadwaj ,2nd Yr Law Student - Participation Certificate




Participation Certificate will be also given to:
1. Dr Vineeth S
2. M. A. PUROHIT
3. Pradnya Surve
4. Arundathi Kaikini
5. Achala Gupta
6. Yash Bharadwaj
7. Vanita Kumta
8. Mrs.Prerana D.Desai
9. Shinsy P S
10. Resy Antony


Source: http://silverinnings.blogspot.com/2010/07/results-announced-for-3rd-annual-essay.html

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Udaan model of teaching for adolescent girls

Giving wings to the imagination of adolescent girls, letting them take flight from the darkness of illiteracy to the clear, bright skies where they successfully clear Class V exams within a short span of 11 months, is no mean feat.

Udaan, a learning programme designed for girls in the age group of 10 to 14 years by CARE India, an NGO working in the field of elementary education, does just that.

With a focus on adolescent girls who have either dropped out of school or never been to one, this model of teaching has enabled close to 1,000 girls complete their primary school education in the past decade.

The girls get to complete their primary education within 11 months at a residential camp managed by CARE India in association with local NGOs at Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh, and more recently at Mayurbhanj district in Orissa.

Though many of their students have gone on to study further and even complete their bachelor degree, Udaan does not look at employment as the end goal of education. The programme seeks to empower girls to become better citizens and live a more independent and informed life.

“The adolescent girl is a very important investment”, said CARE India ChairmanNachiket Mor talking about the need to educate adolescent girls. “A girl educated today will be able to widen the circle of education and also ensure better upbringing of her future generations.”

Having established that it is possible to educate adolescent girls with little or no educational grounding within a short span of 11 months, Mr. Mor expressed hope that the Government would support them in taking the programme further to other parts of India. With the Right to Education Act coming into the picture, he said Udaan is a feasible model for adoption.

“We have had almost 100 girls every year from just two districts in U.P. for the past 10 years. Think how many there will be across the country. The Government probably thinks that formal school is the thing to do or that the numbers are smaller”, said Mr. Mor, talking about the reluctance to take up Udaan as a mainstream model of education.

The idea that adolescents can be made to study from scratch along with children who are much younger in the same class, as happens in the formal school system, does not work at the ground level, and inevitably leads to drop outs, said Manager Communications CARE India, Amelia Andrews Daniels.

The residential camps have led to a positive change in the community's perception of the programme.

Source: The Hindu : Cities / Delhi : Udaan model of teaching for adolescent girls


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NGOs may run Rs13, 000 crore govt plan

The Planning Commission may rope in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to implement its proposed Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development of Naxal-affected areas.

This was discussed in a meeting attended by NGOs on Monday.
“We are trying to form a new PPP model for rural
India, where the private partnership will come from academic institutions, socially responsible corporate and civil society institutions”, said Mihir Shah, member Planning Commission for Rural development.

The IAP, being prepared by the Planning Commission, will require a budget of around Rs 13,000 crore.

That could spell a huge opportunity for the NGOs.

Institute of Rural management, Gram Vikas, Pradaan and Samaj Pragati Sahyog were among the NGOs present in the meeting.
The criteria for the NGOs to be included in the implementation of the government schemes will be decided by the Planning Commission.

The proposal for formulating IAP had come from the Cabinet committee on security. The package under the plan would be for a three-year period for infrastructure development in the Naxal-affected districts, like roads, drinking water and electrification.

The issue of Naxalism would also come up for discussion in the forthcoming meeting of the National Development Council, the country’s highest planning body, on July 24.

The commission is also looking at the possibility of implementing the PESA (Panchayats Extension to Schedule Areas) Act, 1996, to give tribals the right to use minor forest produce.

The special package for affected districts gains significance in the backdrop of the government’s flagship programmes, such as NREGA, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana and Bharat Nirman, not achieving much success.


Source: NGOs may run Rs13, 000 crore govt plan - dnaindia.com

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Social entrepreneurs gearing to change

Social entrepreneurship is expected to be the next big thing to influence India as the country juggles to achieve a balance between a growing GDP growth, ensuring inclusive growth and attempting to address issues ranging from education, energy efficiency to climate change.

"A social entrepreneur is an amalgamation of values displayed in Mother Teresa's compassion and Richard Branson's sharp business prowess", says Nishant Sarawgi, Strategic Partnerships and Marketing Manager, National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) a youth-focused NGO.

Social entrepreneurs are agents of change but with an entrepreneurial approach. "He is an individual with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems with a strong non-negotiable focus to solving it and chooses an entrepreneurial approach to solve by using entrepreneurial systems and processes", adds Nishant.

"Social entrepreneurship is the sector that is going to be a challenging field for innovators and leaders. It has just opened up and has already started showing signs of success by generating around three trillion dollar turnover globally", says Nishant.

"People, government, corporations and funding agencies worldwide have realised that this is a way to achieve sustainable development and have started encouraging social entrepreneurs and innovators in several ways", he said.

"In India, social entrepreneurship has been gaining ground, more recently in the last three years with more and more youth evincing interest in the field, including those from prestigious IIMs and IITs", says 24-year-old Nishant.

According to Neelima Chhiber, a social entrepreneur, the NGO model had worked very effectively in areas like healthcare and education but had not done too well when it came to livelihood.

The social enterprise model, however, has been able to effectively deliver in generating livelihood, especially in connecting rural producer and urban consumers.


Source: Social entrepreneurs gearing to change India-Corporate Trends-News By Company-News-The Economic Times



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Friday, July 2, 2010

NGOs ask for ban on anonymous donations to be repealed

Charitable organisations collect a substantial proportion of funds through donors who prefer not to reveal their identities—the government’s ban is eliminating their sources for finance

Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been crying out against the government's diktat on taxing anonymous donations for some time now. The finance ministry had clamped down on anonymous donations to (non-religious) charitable organisations to prevent money laundering. However, a number of NGOs say that because of a few isolated incidents, many charitable entities have been affected.

Noshir Dadarwala, chief executive, Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, has sent a petition to the Parliament of India Committee on Petitions (dated 29 June 2010), asking for the curbs on anonymous donations to be repealed.

Section 115BBC was introduced for the first time in the Finance Act, 2006, to tax anonymous donations to charitable organisations at the maximum marginal rate of 30%. Subsequently, a degree of relief was granted under the Finance (No 2) Act, 2009, that such anonymous donations aggregating up to five years of the total income of an organisation or a sum of Rs1,00,000-whichever is higher-will not be taxed.

"We are of the view that Section 115BBC, even after the amendment made by Finance (No 2) Act 2009, is a deterrent for genuine charitable organisations to mobilise funds for welfare and developmental work from the general public or ordinary citizens who are motivated to give for altruistic and not money laundering reasons," said the petition sent by Mr Dadarwala.

Mr Dadarwala, along with other NGOs, has met members of the Parliament of India Committee on Petitions in Mumbai to discuss the scrapping of taxes on anonymous donations.

NGOs argue that a number of leading charitable organisations mobilise their funds by placing their donations in collection boxes at shopping malls, airports, hotels and other public places where a number of ordinary citizens feel motivated to contribute money for a good charitable cause, be it for senior citizens, the
visually-impaired, impoverished street children or cancer patients.

"We are however of the view that a very large number of genuine charitable organisations and NGOs raise funds through collection boxes and people who put money into these boxes mainly comprise children and ordinary citizens of this country who may have heard about 'black money' but don't have any and contribute to charitable institutions only out of a genuine charitable impulse," added Mr Dadarwala.

Schools and colleges also raise money for various charitable causes with students going from door to door or requesting ordinary citizens in the streets to put money in collection boxes. According to Mr Dadarwala, NGOs which cater to orphans, cancer patients, and the mentally disabled are the ones who are most affected, as these organisations get nearly 30% of their annual donations from charity boxes.

"Leading NGOs collect lakhs of rupees annually through such collection boxes. Now, thanks to Section 115BBC of the Income-Tax Act, several NGOS have been forced to pull out these collection boxes," he added.

According to Shailesh Mishra, the founder of Silver Lining, an NGO which looks after senior citizens larger NGOs are affected by the provisions as they receive more anonymous donations, while smaller NGOs may not be affected.

Read more: NGOs ask for ban on anonymous donations to be repealed - Moneylife: Personal Finance Magazine

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