NGOs are non-government organizations formed by some good souls of the society for the benefit of the nation. Only due to these NGOs, child labour has reduced to an extent and the homeless people are safe in India.
There are different types of NGOs are formed for different purposes. I have listed below some of the top NGOs in South India:
1. The Banyan
The Banyan is one of the most popular NGOs in Chennai. It is formed for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged and neglected women. It was started by Mrs. Vandana Gopikumar and Ms. Vaishnavi Jay Kumar in 1993. It provides medicinal remedies, physical exercises; job oriented training programs, events for interacting with the public. They have a success rate of around 5000 cases so far now.
2. Eureka Child
Eureka Child is an NGO that provides quality education to kids belonging to weaker sections of the society. This NGO was set up by old pupils of IIT and BITS Pilani in 1996. They have introduced a new scheme called Eureka Superkidz. This scheme is available in all the rural areas in Tamil Nadu. Their aim is to provide free books, play kits, writing materials, food, etc. to the children in rural areas. Also, they conduct puzzles, quizzes, activity games, etc. to make them think and actively participate in studies. They provide training in Tamil language, English, maths and science for the children. They offer free cab facilities packed with all types of dolls, activity games, balloons, animal models etc. for nursery students.
3. Sri Sakthi Trust
Sri Sakthi Trust was started in 2001 by S.P.Jothi, a social activist. It is located in Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Its motto is to create consciousness among the rural public about physical cleanliness, importance of education, need of an employment, saving needs of money, etc. They achieve these by organizing skit and plays concerning the society. It provides self-employment opportunities and classes for mother, eco-friendly alertness etc.
4. The Hand in Hand
The NGO known as Hand in Hand is located at Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. Their main motive is to abolish child labour and provide refuge and education to neglected women in the society. They have tie-ups with many corporate, government institutions, banks, and foreign companies etc. to promote its services and empower the women Hand. The charity associates of Hand in Hand include Flextronics, the Swedish medical aid and water.org.
5. Kaakkum Karangal
Kaakkum Karangal is an NGO located in Chennai that began operations in 1992. Their main aim is to provide refuge for old persons and street children. They provide medical aid to people who need them. Also, they provide education to children and employment training programs for all to earn and live. They help kids living in the streets & give them bathing kits consists of tooth brush, tooth paste, comb, soap, shampoo, dresses etc.
6. Life Help Center
Life Help Center was set up in 1977 in Chennai & they were recognized for their services by the President of India. Their motive is to provide accommodation, education, workshops and job facilities for both mentally and physically challenged persons. They provide job-oriented training to mentally retarded persons. The training include Cover making, leather tailoring, carpenting etc. for adults. They then sell the finished products at cheaper rates for needy people in the society. They also collaborate with Southern Railways in providing social services. They have a special room for physically challenged women & also train them to make orthopedic supporting devices for themselves.
7. Naam Foundation
Naam Foundation was formed in 2010 by Maniratnam, the film director and his wife Suhasini. This NGO takes care of neglected women in the community including widows, unmarried women, single mothers etc. They provide job-oriented training to needy women and provide education to their children. They provide free medical check up for women and their families & also provide counseling and training programs for motivating them.
Bhumi has a large number of young volunteers from the society. Their aim is to provide education to orphan children in under-developed areas. Their well wishers include Google, SBI, Tech Mahindra foundation etc. The social schemes include planting trees on roads to make the city green and also make to make it free of ad stickers.
Mithra is one of the popular NGOs for mentally and physically challenged persons in Chennai & it was founded in 1977. They provide free education up to the age of 16. They provide facilities for self-employment like canteen services for women and light engineering work for men including cover making, doll making, carpentry etc & have their own hospital to provide medical treatment to needy people of the society.
10. Agaram Foundation
Agaram is an NGO founded by Surya, the Tamil film actor in Chennai in 2006. They provide student scholarships to needy and eligible children. They provide free training programs for aptitude and personality development of poor children. Every member of Agaram Foundation has to sponsor education for at least one child in future.
11. Udhavum Karangal
Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands) is a registered, non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit social service organization, established in 1983, with the sole objective of serving people in need.
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