Help Small Indian NGOs Find an Audience on the Web

If you want inspiration, look no further than India, where thousands-upon-thousands of small NGOs are working to improve the lives of people in small villages and major metros alike. Just don’t expect to find them on the web.

Many of the people doing the most amazing work are doing so in tiny organizations, driven by a passion for service, rather than any great love of actually running an NGO. For these people, admionistration is a necessary burden, not an end-in-itself. Too frequently, they do not have the skills, resources, or understanding to harness the power of the web. The loss is ours, as well as theirs.

But there are solutions — and you can be a part of the process!

ProPoor is a web portal providing development news and networking capabilities for South Asian NGOs. It maintains searchable databases of both the NGOs and donor agencies. If you know of a small NGO, tell them about ProPoor and encourage them to register.

Small NGOs should also know that GuidestarIndia is begining a registry of ITPAN-certified organizations, which should facilitate the inflow of financial donations.

CharityFocus has been building free websites for small NGOs from all around the world since 1999, using exclusively volunteer talent. If you know of a small NGO that needs a website, tell them about CF, and consider working as the advocate (liaisoning between the NGO and the rest of the volunteer team) on the project.

CharityFocus also helps to spread the good news about the works of inspiring individuls and NGOs. Think about contributing an essay profiling a person or organization you find insirational. I assure you: if ou are inspired, others will be as well.

Finally, I am looking to build a list of internet service providers in India who are willing to give free hosting for the websites of small NGOs. There are a number of such ISPs in the US, but most will not entertain the admistative headache of hosting for foreign organizations since the post 9/11 passage of the so-called Patriot Act. If you know of an ISP or tech company that is willing to support the efforts of small Indian NGOs by donating web hosting, please leave a comment here. I will compile a list from all the recommendations.

With a tiny bit of effort, we can all help to ensure that the great work now being done out of the limelight will at least shine on computer monitors across the internet.


3 Responses to “Help Small Indian NGOs Find an Audience on the Web”

  1. 1 Hiren 5 February 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Intersting links on NGOs. Thanks.

  2. 2 Prasun 23 July 2007 at 10:59 am

    I have lots of spare space on my account. Let me know if I can be of help.

  3. 3 rakesh dubey 31 July 2009 at 10:18 am

    I am also do work for propoor persons
    will you help me

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