There are several crowdfunding platforms in India that are doing a great job at raising funds for those who need them the most. Milaap, BitGiving, and Ketto are some of the most popular crowdfunding websites in India. GoFundMe and Indiegogo are the international counterparts. Anyone, anywhere can start a fundraiser either for themselves or for loved ones, charities, and even strangers. Crowdfunding has gained fast momentum in India and around the world with more people joining in to help others and save lives.
Here are 11 instances where people came together to raise money to help others.
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25-year-old Rushi Kumar Dave was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and required a bone marrow transplant to survive. Hailing from a humble background, his family had to arrange Rs. 30 lakhs for his treatment. This is when Humans of Bombay kick started a fundraiser on Ketto; many Good Samaritans donate generously, and raised Rs. 24 lakh in a day!
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Humans of Bombay once again started a Ketto crowdfunding campaign and raised over Rs. 13 lakhs to help Shabbo, an acid attack survivor, start a new life. The Ketto description stated that Shabbo would require Rs. 30 lakh for her medical treatment and her daily living. But any amount raised is good enough as it takes Shabbo closer to her goal.
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An Irish woman, Jill Smith from Cork, set up a GoFundMe in order raise necessary funds to transport her 70-strong herd of cows to a sanctuary in the UK to save them from slaughter. The charity began crowdfunding to raise the 6,500 euros, but they managed to cross the 9,000-euro mark in less than one month.
After Nagaraju Surepalli, 31, and his son Ananth Sai, drowned in a tragic accident in the US, Surepalli’s friends raised money through crowdfunding to send their bodies to India, and to arrange for their funeral. In two days, the fundraiser on GoFundMe managed to collect $151,630 which crossed their goal of $150,000.
- People raise $55,000 for homeless man who saved lives in Manchester attack
A series of crowdfunding campaigns were started to help a homeless man, who helped the victims of the Manchester terror attack. People raised more than £42,400 ($54,800) to support the man who rushed to help the people wounded in the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert. The attack had killed at least 22 people and left 59 injured.
Nishtha Bhatnagar, a 35-year-old mother of two and an alumnus of Holy Child Auxilium School in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar, crowdfunded Rs. 10 lakh rupees for her favourite teacher. 63-year-old Asha Verghese taught Bhatnagar English in class VIII and the two kept in touch even after Bhatnagar graduated. It’s because of her bond with her teacher, Bhatnagar decided to raise funds for her treatment as Verghese suffers from bipolar disorder. Bhatnagar has raised more than Rs. 6 lakh on Ketto.
Ananya Saluja volunteers in the remotest villages of Leh, Ladakh, where she teaches underprivileged children. Over the last two years, through crowdfunding, she has raised more than Rs 10 lakh to build playgrounds and start libraries for these children. The money raised is enough for 19 libraries and several playgrounds in the area.
32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in the US in an incident described as a hate crime. To support his family, Kansas residents and people from across the country donated toward a crowdfunding campaign to help Kuchibhotla’s family by raising $150,000. However, they managed to raise $300,000 within 24 hours.
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After Joel Cervantes Macias saw an 89-year-old man struggling to push his ice-cream cart, Macias bought 20 ice-creams and handed Fedencio Sanchez, the elderly man $50. Sanchez had recently lost his daughter and it was after her death that he and wife started selling ice-creams. Moved by his story, Macias started a GoFundMe campaign and raised $100,000 for Sanchez and his wife.
- Dance school crowdfunds Rs. 4 lakh to help a differently-abled freelancer
Banjara School of Dance started a Ketto campaign for Saurabh, a polio patient with 90 percent disability in his body except for his brain and right hand. A freelance social media expert, Saurabh is confined to his home as his legs are shrinking and he can’t use a caliper or crutches. Thanks to the dance school, Rs. 4 lakh has been crowdfunded for Saurabh’s electric wheelchair.
- Man crowdfunds Rs. 8 lakhs for Tara Balgopal
Once upon a time, Tara Balgopal was one of India’s most celebrated dancers. However, when her dilapidated living conditions went viral on social media, Nikhil Sarup decided to start a Ketto fundraiser to rehabilitate Balgopal. Thanks to the Rs. 8 lakh he helped raise, Balgopal is now living in a refurbished home and has been well taken care of.