After families and businesses, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charitable trusts are reeling under the impact of the global meltdown. City NGOs say funding has taken a beating.
“We run mobile crèches for construction workers’ children. Hence, we are a service industry NGO where we need funds to continuously run the crèche,” said Neeta Khajuria, general secretary, Mumbai Mobile Crèche. “The global meltdown has had an adverse effect with corporate and individual funding taking a sizable dip.”
NGOs get their funding from four main resources — government, foreign funds, corporate houses and individuals.
Charitable events like the Mumbai Marathon also are an opportunity for NGOs to get sponsors. “Mumbai marathon is a good way to earn funds for the corpus,” said Khajuria. “Last year, we earned Rs 32 lakh, but this year we managed only Rs 10 lakh.”
Simantini Duru of NGO Avehi Abacus, which deals with unprivileged children’s education, said, “Though the situation is not very bad so far, the crisis will get bigger in the coming months. If the worst happens, we will shell out money from our own pockets and make sure projects are not stalled.”
“Previously, we organised charity shows to teach patients of depression how to deal with emotional crisis,” said Freny Mahendra, director of the Samaritans group, which runs counselling centres for the mentally ill. “The shows would happen thanks to the money donated by well wishers. This year, it is not so. I guess in times of economic crisis, people are not charitable anymore.”