...and Hopefully make a change!
I was a bit reluctant to write on this topic. As I'm aware of some fraud NGOs.
I know there are a few genuine ones as well who really work perhaps, and hats off to them for their awesome work too! But they are just a handful! Rest are out there simply to grab donations. Reportedly there is 1 NGO for every 400 people in India! Alarming! Needless to say many are frauds or are inactive altogether.
I had heard about a cancer related NGO from close quarters and was quite appalled at their way of functioning. They'd send volunteers ( they prefer only girl volunteers btw ) to collect money ( from any & everyone ) from morning till night, clutching pictures/profiles of cancer patients ( with some of them already dead ). The NGO has several plush branches in various malls, which seemed most absurd place to open an NGO in the first place. Anyways, all the money would eventually go into the pockets of the few 'top ones' who started the NGO, and the cancer patients ( on whose name the money was collected ) as well as the volunteers ( who did all the hard work ) would be left all high and dry. Once or twice the NGO did hold free cancer detection camps or shelled out a miserly sum as distribution of funds ( to show that they are genuine ), but that distribution is too miserly compared to what they collect everyday.
There are many complaints against them as well by various previous volunteers/employees who had worked there.
Reference : Here & Here & Here
I know the above may not be the same with other NGOs too, but you never know. So, I am a little wary of them. Anyways, just wanted to bring the issue to notice.
Now, for the main topic. There are plenty of issues that plague this world and I'm not sure if there will ever be a solution ever. However, if at least a few unfortunate ones manages to get some much needed help and a smile on their faces, I'll be more than happy.
The causes I worry about ...
Oh..dear! This is an ever increasing list. While I hope these problems get solved, I also want to stress on the verification of the NGOs who claim to help them. I personally cannot refer any NGO, cos I suspect most of them including the biggies, hence I'd prefer that when the results are out, the backgrounds of the NGOs ultimately selected are thoroughly checked. Also would like the one mentioned right in the begining, thoroughly investigated too based on so many complaints at the 'consumercomplaints' forum.