We stood as one of the 11 finalists among 180 – 200 NGOs that participated in the India NGO Awards 2011. We did not win but we felt no less than a winner on the evening of August 17 in New Delhi. All the finalists were given certificates and holding that certificate in hand itself was a huge achievement.
It was a memorable evening spent with many representatives from the development sector. The Chief Guest for the evening was Ms. Ambika Soni, Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
Following is the list of Finalists with the Winners marked in Blue:
- Purkal Youth Development Society
- Voluntary Health Association of Tripura
- Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP)
- Udayan Care
- Sath Charitable Trust
- Nirnaya Trust
- VAANI, Deaf Children’s Foundation
- Save the Children India
- Hand in hand India
- India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India)
The J & K Yateem Foundation
Action for Autism
On the 17th afternoon, before the awards ceremony we had a panel discussion on ‘Philanthropy in India: Benefits and Barriers’. It was a very interesting discussion on recent wealth creation in India highlighting the growth in the market supported by legal and fiscal frameworks and how it can support and develop a culture of giving and shared values. It also highlighted the need for capacity building of the sector which is integral to philanthropists and donors giving freely not just to projects & programmes but to enhance & build the capacity of the organisations themselves.
The Resource Alliance team was excellent and it was a real pleasure meeting their CEO Neelam Makhijani, who is based in London, UK. The awards were organised by Resource Alliance and supported by Rockefeller Foundation.
It was a very good exposure for VAANI and I must mention here that when the medium category award was to be announced, almost 70% of the people present in the hall called out for VAANI. That was a proud moment indeed!
VAANI was the only one among all the other NGOs’ working for deaf children.
(Inky Sen, Manager – Trainings, writes)