Celebrating women power
On October 2, city-based organisation Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) Group, that came into existence two decades ago, when it started working with communities in Latur, felicitated 50 women with Sakhi Ratna Awards. The event was held at Latur and attracted over 800 women. The Award commemorates the spirit of ordinary women who have achieved extraordinary results in initiatives such as ensuring safe water and sanitation, doorstep health services, sustainable agriculture, education and entrepreneurship. For the women leaders who were felicitated at the event, it was their platform to share and know the weight of their networks that have impacted over 1,00,000 women and families from five districts: Latur, Osmanabad, Washim, Nanded and Solapur in Maharashtra and as well as from Tamil Nadu.
As the country celebrated the Joy of Giving Week, the online fund raising event The India Giving Challenge (IGC), raised over Rs 1 crore in the first four weeks of the event. Launched on September 10, the IGC 2013 witnessed great momentum and enthusiasm with Genpact and Teach for India leading as champion fundraisers so far. Altogether, 20 companies and 70 NGOs participated in the IGC 2013, which will end on October 24. The India Giving Challenge is GiveIndia’s annual flagship Joy of Giving Week initiative that aims to bring together profit and non-profit organizations in India to raise funds online, create maximum impact, and get rewarded in turn. During this six-week long online event, while NGOs raise funds for themselves, the corporates nominate NGOs they wish to support and raise funds for them. After the success of the India Giving Challenge (IGC) over the last four years, GiveIndia is offering huge incentives to participating NGOs and companies by matching grants upto Rs 1 crore as prizes for the top performing NGOs.