All Hope Is Not Lost: 5 NGOs Making A Difference In Rural India

5 min readJun 7, 2021

The ongoing pandemic has only amplified the pain and suffering of those living in rural India. While their struggle for basic necessities was present even before the first wave broke in India, Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown’s have stolen from them even the little they did have.

With no proper access to hospitals or the means to afford oxygen cylinders and concentrators, countless people are left struggling for their lives. However, their troubles don’t end here. They are also fighting for their lives due to the lack of food. Having lost their only source of income, they have nowhere to go.

The people of rural India continue to fight the virus even today. It’s not over yet.

However, all hope is not lost. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt during these difficult times, it’s the incredible ability of people to be kind and empathetic in times of need. NGOs and individuals have gone above and beyond to help thousands in need. And their work continues even today in rural India to help the poorest of the poor.

Here are 5 NGOs that are creating an impact and helping those who are the most vulnerable right now:

1. Sphoorti Foundation:

Sphoorti Foundation works for the rehabilitation of underprivileged children — orphaned, abandoned, destitute and other vulnerable sections of society. They have also worked extensively since the pandemic to help the ones in need by distributing grocery kits and medicines. Now they intend to distribute oximeters, oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators and medical kits to the villages of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Last year, they had donated grocery kits to 8000 families, 40000 bread packets and had helped over 2000 private school teachers. This year too, they want to reach out to the ones in need and help them with medical supplies.

2. Shaan Foundation:

Shaan Foundation has numerous welfare initiatives for the underprivileged section of the country on education, healthcare, livelihood with a special focus on women empowerment of rural India. Established on 15th June 2018, Shaan Foundation started its journey in the education domain where under Shaan IAS Coaching, they have been guiding young aspirants towards a dignified future. Since the pandemic last year, Shaan Foundation has been working very hard to provide food and essentials to the poor and underprivileged. Now, their sole concern is to provide oxygen supplies. They have started an oxygen centre in the Community Health Care Center of Patan block, Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh. Similar centres will be made in Hilauli block and Ganga ghat. Initially serving as Covid Centres, they will finally be used by government hospitals. Shaan Foundation is working day and night to provide immediate care to people in dire need in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.

3. GRAPES Foundation:

The daily wagers of India have been suffering miserably since the pandemic struck the nation. They have had no job and have been forced to starve for weeks together. GRAPES Foundation is one such organisation that is working for the daily wagers in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. It was registered in the year 2004 and has been working closely regarding women and tribal development in a holistic way. They have been creating awareness about menstrual hygiene etc. GRAPES Foundation is donating grocery kits to the daily wagers, helping them to survive in these difficult times.

4. Chinmoy Foundation:

Chinmoy Foundation and team are making a Covid Care Centre for 125 patients in New Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh. The situation in small cities like Raipur is really bad because of the unavailability of beds and unaffordable resources to the patients. The Covid Care centre will be free of cost for all those who are not able to pay hospital charges. Not even a single rupee will be charged, admission will be free, Doctor’s consultation will be non-chargeable, medicines will be free, food will be provided free of cost, oxygen cylinders will be provided for free. They are also continuing their work to feed patients and the homeless during the lockdown, by taking necessary precautions and obtaining required permissions.

5. Share And Care Welfare Society:

Share and Care has been working for years together to help rural India get a better life. They’re a Tamil Nadu based NGO dedicated to alleviating the cruel, inhuman effects of poverty through a process of social welfare measures and reform. Share and Care works with an inspired vision of a future world where all can live with human dignity and equal rights. This NGO has been working closely with rural children and their upliftment. Now more than ever, the need is urgent. With their families in no condition to afford even a single meal. Share and Care society wants to help them by distributing grocery kits, especially during these times. They are doing this distribution drive in Katchur village, Seethencheri post in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.

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