Mom is starting a NGO (Non Government Organization) for charity work and watching her has been an educational experience. I never realized how much work setting up and organizing an NGO takes.
An NGO is somewhat of a incorrect characterization because all private companies can technically also fall under the NGO banner, but in India the term NGO refers specifically to organizations dedicated to social welfare/charity work that are not affiliated with the government.
Setting an NGO up requires that you have members from atleast 7 states in India and these members (called the founding members) can’t be blood relations. This is to prevent a group of friends or relatives deciding to start a NGO to get grant money and then disappearing with the money. It also shows that you have the capacity to work all over India. You can focus on a specific region but should have the capacity for broader work.
If you are wondering how I know so much, I have been proofreading the Rules and Memorandum for the NGO mom is setting up so got to know a lot from that, which was followed up with a lot of questions to mom. I will be designing and registering a website one as soon as the name is registered which should be sometime in October.
If any of you are interested in working in the NGO or want to donate money for charity work let me know and I will pass the word on. I can personally guaranty that the money won’t be misappropriated as I know most of the people who are going to be in the executive council of the NGO and they are honest people who want to work for the people. The regular memberships are not that expensive and I will let you know the pricing as soon as the fee structure has been finalized. (I have seen the drafts, but don’t want to commit incase it changes before finalization)
I won’t be active as a worker (Going out in the field) in the NGO (Lack of time) but am definetley going to be a member plus I will be the one maintaining the website and the mail servers etc.
I think its about time for me to start giving something back to the society and start helping people. This is one option that I will have.
Well this is all for now. Will post more later.