It’s the time of year when everyone is looking forward to celebrating Diwali with family and loved ones. Before you rush out to do your Diwali shopping for the year, here's an idea that lets you give back to society while you gift! Many of HelpYourNGO's partner NGOs create wonderful products like diyas, cards, lanterns, chocolates and other gifting items. Check out these options and do contact them if you're interested! Double the joy you spread this Diwali.
- Research Society: One of India’s oldest and largest not-for-profit organisations, the Research Society supports over 650 people annually. They serve the needs of mentally challenged people and provide their students with vocational training to help them lead a self-sustaining life. The proof of the training can be seen in their range of candles, diyas, cards, ornaments and other items. Call them at 022 24701231 / 2285 for more details.
- Om Creations: Om Creations is one of those organisations whose chocolate-making reputation precedes them. A staple in many circles during Diwali and Christmas, Om Creations sells well over 3,000 kilos of chocolates a year. The organisation works with developmentally challenged girls, and use chocolate-making as therapy for them as well as an avenue of earning a livelihood. Their beautifully packaged gifts are an ideal gift for clients, co-workers or for family occasions. Get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Aastha Parivaar: Aastha Parivaar addresses the issues of sex workers across Mumbai and Thane. They are a registered body consisting of 13 Community Based Organisations (CBO) that work to empower sex workers and make them independent. You can help the CBOs achieve their goal by buying the delicious looking sweets, colourful diyas and decorative items they make. Get in touch with Anjuli at email@example.com.
- El Shaddai Charitable Trust: El Shaddai Charitable Trust cares for orphans, street and destitute children and provides them with food, clothing, shelter and education for a better future. The children that El Shaddai works with have created these lovely products themselves. If you're interested in these products, they can be yours in exchange for a small donation. Contact Siddharth at 0832 6513286/87.