After spending nine months in India we have grown attached to the place. India is a beautiful country filled with wonderful people. It is full of success stories – like the IT boom in the past decade – but it is also full of many challenges. Nearly a third of the people are in poverty, there is little care for the environment, and the educational system largely fails its children. We are planning to donate substantially to several charities that serve the children and environment in India. After asking around, here are some of the charities recommended by colleagues:
- Aravind Eye Hospitals*
- CRY – Child Rights and You (and its US affiliate*)
- Ninash Foundation* – building schools
- Plan India
- TCV – Tibetan Children’s Villages
- TREE Foundation
- WWF India
- Youth for Seva
* These can take donations from the US, in US dollars, and are tax-deductible in the US. It may also be possible to donate to the others via wire transfer, but I’m not sure whether they are tax-deductible in the US.
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