It is indeed terrible when you have to grow up without the care and love of your parents. This campaign is about giving such children hope, support and a chance at rebuilding their lives. Located in the Beed district of Maharashtra is a wonderful institution called the Balgram orphanage that takes care of such children.
There are currently 137 orphans who live here (as of 1 JULY 2022). They have lost their parents or have been abandoned by their family. These children need our support and love to grow into independent adults. They have very interesting dreams and ambitions and your support to this campaign will help them realise that and give them a secure future.
READ ABOUT THE STORIES AND DREAMS OF TWO OF THE CHILDREN HERE.
THE BACKGROUND :
From the parched land of Beed, which finds it's name in the hundred most backward districts of India, comes a heartwarming story of an activist. Santosh Garje, at the age of 18, single-handedly set up the Aai Foundation and an orphanage named 'Balgram' with a hope of providing shelter to destitute children. This is located in a small village called Georai, in the Beed district of Maharashtra.
Santosh Garje was the son of a cane-cutter from the drought-prone region of Beed notorious for farmer suicides. He lost his sister to domestic violence leaving her infant daughter as an orphan in Santosh’s care. This not only changed Santosh’s life but also the lives of many children who would now address him ‘Baba’. He quit his dream of becoming a school teacher and at the young age of 18, began an institution called Sahara Anathalay Pariwar later renamed Balgram with a aim to provide a better future to those innocent children who had faced similar destinies as his niece. This is how the Balgram orphanage was born.
The home takes care of the food, stay, education, medical care and clothing of all the children who live there.
It costs just INR 2500 to support a child for an entire month. This includes the food, stay, education, medical care, clothing and more.
All funding has 80G tax benefits.
THE IMPACT YOU CAN MAKE :
EXPENSES PER CHILD :
ABOUT ME :
My name is Shourya Agrawal. I am 14 years old and in Grade 10 at the EuroSchool, Thane.
I have undertaken this campaign because I think being able to impact the life of an orphan (who possibly is my age or younger) by giving them education, a place to stay, food, medicines, and other skills for an entire year would be incredible. This will definitely transform their lives and help them have a better future. Through this campaign, I want to create the same opportunity for all those less fortunate children so that they get good food, a safe place to stay, clothes, medical care and a great education. The fact that just INR 2500 can make a difference in the life of an orphaned child for an entire month made me realise that I must do something about it.
Please support my campaign as we can together transform the lives of many such children. The more funds we raise the more impact we can make.
Let's transform their lives together.
IN THE MEDIA :
PICTURES OF CHILDREN AT BALGRAM :
A VIDEO BY BALGRAM :
TAX BENEFITS :
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as AAI FOUNDATION is a registered trust and you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act. Foreign funding is NOT accepted.
FEEDBACK THAT YOU GET :
To ensure that there is complete transparency I shall get a report from Balgram (this takes between 1 to 3 months usually after the funds are raised & transferred to them) telling me who benefitted from the funding. The details will then be posted on the UPDATES section of my campaign and will be in a format like the one below. As soon as I post an update, the platform will send an EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. Click on the link on the email and you can read about which child benefitted. That's transparent right.
The below image is an example of the FEEDBACK FORMAT that we will be shared with all my funders.
Will we get to know the details of who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to AAI FOUNDATION. They will update you on the details of the beneficiaries as soon as possible. Once we get this information we shall upload a report on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert and can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do we get the receipts?
The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How can we fund this campaign with a Cheque?
Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd account details are as below
BANK NAME: HDFC Bank Limited.
BRANCH: Koramangala( Main Branch). City: Bengaluru - 560095.
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 50200013106778
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Please draw a cheque in favor of "Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd", and deposit the cheque into the Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd HDFC Bank account (any branch across INDIA). After you deposit the cheque, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com with the following funder information.
1) Name of Funder:
2) Full address with Pin code:
3) Telephone/Mobile no and Email ID:
4) PAN of funder:
5) Cheque number:
6) Amount funded:
7) Whose campaign are you funding. (Name of the person OR campaign number/ID):
After the funds are received and the above details are verified, the fund amount will be transferred to the respective campaign. This can take from 1-3 working days.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept and is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations and ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding.