Meet the organizations whose mission is to promote social development and human dignity

Since 2009, world day of social justice has been celebrated around the world as a means of promoting justice and equity and ensuring fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue and fundamental principles and rights at work .

Also known as Social Justice Equality Daythe celebration recognizes the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to address issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights and protection social.

The theme for the celebration this year is ‘Achieving social justice through formal employment‘, emphasizing the formalization of employment as a prerequisite for reducing poverty and inequality. The event will take place virtually.

More than 60 percent of the world’s working population – two billion women, men and young people – earn their living in the informal economy.

“Promoting the transition to formality is a necessary condition for reducing poverty and inequality, advancing decent work, increasing business productivity and sustainability, and expanding the reach of government, especially in times of crisis,” according to the UN.

On the occasion of the 14th World Day of Social Justice, SocialStory brings together NGOs and businesses that recognize the need to promote social justice and are tackling huge issues to achieve it.

Ashoka

International non-profit organization, Ashokafounded by Bill Drayton in 1980, is based on the idea that the most powerful force for good in the world is a social entrepreneur.

Today, Ashoka claims to be a network of 4,000 social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) from over 92 countries, who strive to provide breakthrough solutions to the most pressing social, environmental and cultural issues. They are people committed to the good of all, just like their work.

About two-thirds of Ashoka Fellows claim to have changed national policies in their country within the first five years of creating their innovative solution.

The organization is based in Bengaluru, India. Fellows include Nobel laureates Kailash Satyarthi (Bachpan Bachao Andolan) and Laureate Magsaysay Anshu Gupta (goonj)among many others, impacting millions of people and communities through their work.

Currently, Ashoka Fellows belong to fields such as agriculture, education, human rights, finance, local media, and women and youth empowerment.

The non-profit organization is leading the way in building an “Everyone is an agent of change” (EACH) world. He applies the ideas of social entrepreneurs to set in motion profound societal transformation.

“Our rapidly changing world calls for an EACH world, a world where every person practices the essential skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and change. In today’s interconnected world, more and more complex and change-driven, we believe anyone can create positive change. Everyone must be empowered to realize their power to make change thrive,” says Yashveer Singh, Co-Founder and Global Director, Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka.

The Ashoka Young Changemakers program was launched in 2018 to identify, select and create a global community of teenage changemakers.

“By identifying and selecting inspiring teen changemakers as Ashoka Young Changemakers, we work to reimagine the way young people grow up and create a new kind of role model for children and young people who have the potential to have an impact on an entire generation to aspire to become agents of change,” says Yashveer.

Lythouse

Based on Gurugram Lythouse aims to become a data-driven safety technology ecosystem that records the safety ratings of cities and places, as reported by area residents/visitors. This DROR flagship product is based on the democratization of security data through the crowdsourcing of security information.

Launched in 2021, the playful social security app, available for Android and iOS users, solves the problem of fear and uncertainty regarding personal and business-level security on a daily basis.

It collects granular user-generated data such as safety ratings, audio and visual content for each location as well as AI/ML-based media reports and generates safety insights for users.

Every safety issue, ranging from a small pothole to a murder, is flagged on Lythouse so people are aware of the safety situation around them.

“Solving for SOS does not prevent crimes in India any more than the Indian Penal Code does. The solution lies in creating preventive mechanisms. take justice into their own hands – that’s the power of Web 3.0. We are decentralizing security data by getting first-hand information from citizens and communicating with affected users,” says Founder and CEO Dhiraj Nauhbar.

As of October 2021, Lythouse claims to have reached a new milestone with over four million safety ratings reported on the platform and over 150,000 videos shared by over 200,000 registered users.

Clean the foundation

This non-profit organization, founded in 2016 by 17-year-old Sanjana Runwal, aims to bring positive change to the lives of garbage cleaners and scavengers in Mumbai.

It has taken steps in this direction through activities such as providing clean water to garbage collectors, healthy meals, providing safety equipment for scavengers, helping with education for scavengers’ children, the provision of medical insurance, and many more.

The Mumbai-based charity is currently working on the possibility of providing accommodation for this segment.

Sanjana, Founder and CEO of Clean Up Foundation, says:

“The scavengers are the most neglected community in our country; no one recognizes them. I want to bring a positive change in their life. They are human beings like us but unfortunately ignored. They deserve much better. Providing them with health, safety, hygiene and education assistance is a small step in that direction. I do everything I can to improve their lives and would like to ask others to help me do so.

The Clean Up Foundation claims to have donated several water purifiers which have been installed in Bandra, Khar and Santacruz, thereby ensuring the availability of clean water for more than 12,000 garbage cleaners in Mumbai.

“The foundation is planning to carry out many more such activities at several locations in Mumbai to help the real heroes of our city – the scavengers and rag pickers,” Sanjana said.

Bal Utsav

NGO based in Bangalore Bal Utsavfounded by Binu Verma and Ramesh Balasundaram in 2009, aims to empower children and provide them with a better future.

Over the years, he developed many programs for children to learn key concepts and created “bridging schools” for those who were forced to drop out of school due to difficult circumstances.

The NGO started adopting public schools in Karnataka to bring about holistic reform. This was executed through their flagship programs, Sampoorna Shaala and iShaala. Both include targeted and sustainable investments in infrastructure, teacher development, scholarships, water, sanitation and hygiene in public schools.

Amid the pandemic, the organization has brought technological intervention to public schools to ensure continuity of education for children, especially those in the hinterland.

Binu Verma, co-founder and director of Bal Utsav, says:

“Bal Utsav has chosen to work with children who are the agents of change and our hope for a better future. We believe that if each of us can take it upon ourselves to educate a child, we can ensure that the next generation will be blessed with a stronger and more vibrant India.

“The models we worked on were conceptualized with the intention of replicating and scaling them up. This model is available to like-minded people and can be adapted to local needs around the world.”

The NGO has also set up a disaster response program called Dayitva, to respond to children and families affected by disasters.

It started after the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, followed by floods in southern India in 2015, 2018 and 2019. Under this program, during the first and second wave of the pandemic , the NGO distributed hygiene and food kits, drinking water and food to communities and frontline workers, as well as other things to 30,000 families and helped them cope with the pandemic.

The objective of Bal Utsav is to establish and operate at least one school compound for approximately 1,000 children per district in India across iShaala/Sampurna Shaala.

The NGO also wants to expand its footprint across the country and explore the possibility of serving other Asian countries and developing countries in Africa.

“We would like to start with 10% coverage of each state (about three districts in Karnataka out of 31) and expand to similar coverage in each area (South, North, West and East). We would like to serve at least 30,000 children over the next two years in around 100 schools,” says Binu.

The NGO claims to have made a dent in the public education space, having revitalized more than 200 public schools in Karnataka. Nearly 800,000 students have benefited from its flagship programs.

Saath

Charitable trust based in Ahmedabad Saathfounded in 1989 by Rajendra Joshi, runs an integrated slum and community development program, to rejuvenate slums into vibrant neighborhoods and empower communities.

Saath works with children, women, youth and vulnerable people in urban slums and rural areas. It responds to the multiple needs of socio-economically vulnerable people with unique solutions, through which slum dwellers have access to basic services for holistic growth.

It works with communities, especially young people, to undertake improvement programs. Communities co-invest with Saath and with donors to implement and scale up the program.

As of December 2021, the NGO claims that its platform has approximately 2,14,024 beneficiaries.

The organization plans to expand its Urmila Home Manager program, which offers training in various areas such as cooking, cleaning, childcare, geriatric care, etc., to other states.

He also plans to develop microentrepreneurs through the “Business Gym” app and make it more accessible to the masses.

Rajendra Joshi, Founder and CEO of Saath, says:

“We envision inclusive societies. I believe that cities will become smarter when there is fair sharing of resources, inclusion of people from the informal sector and social cohesion.

The Saath Area Integrated Development Programme, which operates in the Vatva region of Ahmedabad, aims to create a network of institutions and individuals at the city level for the development of Vatva and its environs over the next five years.

Edited by Teja Lele Desai

Joel C. Hicks