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The best way to way to start New Year can be with a resolution to help. In these hectic times it’s usual for us to think about our needs and desires but how about caring and providing for other less privileged ones and practicing some charity.. Furquan Siddiqui and Zofeen Maqsood reports.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2013 23:35 IST

The best way to way to start New Year can be with a resolution to help. In these hectic times it’s usual for us to think about our needs and desires but how about caring and providing for other less privileged ones and practicing some charity.

If you want to help but don’t know where to start, we get you options from donating money to supporting a child, giving away unused medicines to helping to care for an injured bird, to even offering your time. If you look around, the city offers a range of opportunities for us to help the needy.

Medical help
There’s nothing more satisfying than helping someone who’s sick and needy. If you have unused medicines then you can donate them. Raahat hi Raahat is a medicine bank run by Omkar Nath, popularly known as the Medicine Baba. A retired lab technician Nath convinces people to donate unused medicines to him instead of throwing it away after they get expired. Nath has tied up with clinics where he gets the medicine inspected. He also rents an extra room with a refrigerator to store the medicines.

You can call the medicine baba on 9250243298, 9971926518.

Show love to animals
You can show some love to birds as Wildlife Rescue is a bird rescue centre run from the bylanes of Old Delhi. Started in 2003, the centre takes care of birds, specifically birds of prey. Since Delhi has a large consumption of meat, the scrap that it generates attracts a lot of Eagles and Black Kites. And most of these birds get injured by the glass-glazed thread used for flying kites. You can help via monetary help, medicines or even reporting about an injured bird on their helpline. 2970, Shah Ganj, Ajmeri Gate.

Tel: 9810029698

Love canines? Then help out animals in distress. Jeevashram has set up catteries and kennels and also gives post operative care. The ashram for pets runs mobile clinics, vaccination and de-worming and also works for the upkeep of livestock. You can also adopt a pet or support by donating medicines.

Village Rajokri. Tel: 25064114

Feed a hungry soul
It’s disheartening to know that even today many of the city’s poor can’t manage a square meal for themselves. Delhi Foodbanking Network works as a non-profit distribution enterprise. They have created a system that moves the food from donors to people in need of it. Supported by the Delhi government, the Foodbank works in association with 18 NGOs which provide food to the destitute as well as shelters, schools and charitable hospitals.

To donate food you can send an sms (GIVEFOOD IFBN to 58888) or to get food, send (GETFOOD IFBN to 58888). Alternatively contact to support financially: C2/2200, Vasant Kunj.

Tel: 9810007524

Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) and Aman Biradari provides food to the homeless at the shelters run by each organisation. Uncooked food can be provided directly to their volunteers or the purchase can be supported financially.

28, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road. Tel: 45705000, igsss.org, Aman Biradari, 105/6-A, Adhchini,Aurobindo Marg. Tel: 26535961/5962, amanbiradari.org

Spread education
You can donate your old books to nurture young minds. Yodakin bookstore in Delhi has started The Yodakin Reading Loft which is open to all and is often frequented by many youngsters. With books on varied topics, the bookstore is looking toward growing its library inventory which can be facilitated by anyone. 2, Hauz Khas Village.

Tel: 26536283. yodakin.com

If you are looking at helping a poor child academically then Goonj and Aman Biradari run education programs under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and take donations in forms of books, school bags, notebooks, stationery and other such stuff.

Support children
Bring smile to children’s faces by sponsoring food and education for them. Happy Home is an orphanage run by the Zakat Foundation of India (ZFI) that provides a home for children who were forced to leave Gujarat after the Godhra riots. According to the president of the foundation, they are bringing in more kids from Assam who lost their family in the last year's riots. You can financially support the foundation alternatively, there is a provision to sponsor a child as well. ZFI, Batla House, Jamia Nagar.

Tel: 9811200621. zakatindia.org

India Vision Foundation, also runs a project called Children for Vulnerable Families under which they identify children from prisons and slums,and provide them schooling, boarding. 56 Uday Park. Tel: 47100700/04/05, indiavisionfoundation.org

Clothes for all
You can focus on the basic need of clothing to the poor by contributing your old usable clothes, woollens, blankets and other household material to Goonj either to one of their offices or volunteer dropping centres in Delhi or else through various collection camps organised by Goonj from time to time. You can also offer space at your home to be used as a volunteer dropping centre or help organise a collection camp with the help of your Resident Welfare Association members.

Goonj, J-93, Sarita Vihar. Tel: 26972351 goonj.org

Quality time with the destitute
If you thought charity is only about money then think again. Music Basti believes in music for community building and looks for donation of time. The program run by the organisation identifies the children at risk and promotes self confidence and creativity through participative music education programs and life skills. Music Basti looks for creative heads to take out some time for these children and volunteer as a teaching artist. Integrated Development Education Association, A-15/19 Basement, Vasant Vihar. Tel: 40505980 musicbasti.org