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ART RISES FOR INDIA: A COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDRAISER AUCTION BY THE INDIAN ART COMMUNITY (19-20 MAY 2021) : ABOUT THE AUCTION

NGO BENEFICIARIES

The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the following grassroots NGOs:

Goonj

Goonj is a non-profit organisation working in the areas of disaster relief, humanitarian aid and development in India. Founded in 1999, it is headquartered in New Delhi with a presence in 23 states across the country. As a part of its Rahat COVID initiative, the organisation is currently seeking funds to extend their relief and rehabilitation efforts to neglected street performing and artisan communities. Their efforts include the distribution of ration kits, catering to urgent health and hygiene requirements, and offering financial support and resources for the sustenance of endangered artistic traditions.

Hemkunt Foundation

Hemkunt Foundation is a non-profit organisation seeking to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities through humanitarian efforts in the areas of education, health, climate change and disaster relief. Established in 2010, the Gurugram-based NGO currently runs over 12 projects. This includes the Corona Relief project launched last year, and their ongoing Oxygen Relief project – a campaign across New Delhi, Gurugram and Mumbai that provides immediate and free of cost oxygen supply to critical patients through oxygen centres and mobile arrangements.

YUVA

Founded in Mumbai in 1984, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) is a non-profit development organisation that focuses on enabling vulnerable communities to access their rights through engaged discourse and sustained collective action. They are currently active in five states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and New Delhi. YUVA’s most recent COVID-19 relief efforts include distributing basic amenities and ration kits in deprived neighbourhoods, setting up help desks and aiding in vaccine registration, and supplying medical provisions and infrastructure – especially oxygen cylinders, PPE kits, beds and stretchers – to needful health centres.

Dastkar

Established in 1981, Dastkar is a non-profit organisation working to support traditional craftspeople and artisans across India. With a reach that extends over 25 states and includes more than 750 crafts groups, most of which are run by women, the organisation offers support through training in entrepreneurship, assisting in product development and organising exhibitions. The organisation is currently inviting donations for the Artisan Support Fund, which aims to support neglected artisan communities through the provision of medical supplies, financial assistance and better access to online retail platforms.

Khoj

Khoj International Artists’ Association (also known as Khoj) is a non-profit organisation striving to create better opportunities for alternative, contemporary and transdisciplinary arts in India. Since its inauguration in 1997, the New Delhi-based organisation has organised multiple workshops, artist residences and community art projects to support the art community. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation has set up The Khoj Support Grant 2020 to provide professional and financial assistance to early-career artists and creative practitioners. Khoj’s relief efforts also include attending to the medical and sustenance needs of migrant workers, daily-wage earners, refugees and stranded youth in their neighbourhood.

FICA

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) is a non-profit organisation working towards improved recognition and opportunities for contemporary art and artists in India. Based in New Delhi, the organisation runs multiple projects to encourage, promote and support innovative work in the arts. This includes public grants for art projects, educational programmes, art philanthropy and collaborative exhibitions. Currently, FICA is hosting the Public Art Grant programme and the Emerging Artist Award – both of which have been created to financially support artists in need.

Street Survivors

Street Survivors is a non-profit organisation working towards improved and indiscriminate access to education, employment and justice for all. Founded in 1990 as a school for destitute children and child labourers in New Delhi, the NGO currently works with disadvantaged minority communities in Murshidabad, West Bengal. The organisation has undertaken a number of relief tasks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing financial and medical assistance to deprived families, organising oxygen banks and other medical amenities at hospitals, donating computers to students for online classes, offering mental health support for those in situations of crisis, and providing financial assistance to Kantha craftswomen. 

Aangan

Aangan is a non-profit organisation striving to ensure the protection and safety of children susceptible to violence, exploitation, trafficking, child marriage or child labour. Since 2002, the organisation has been working with state governments and their subdivisions – including police forces, school administrations, shelter homes, municipalities and community officials – to identify children at risk, intervene in harmful situations and prevent incidences of crimes against children. Headquartered in Mumbai, the NGO operates in nine states across India – Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Nagaland and Maharashtra. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aangan has employed over 6000 women volunteers working to provide emergency care and support to children who have lost one or both parents to the disease. Their relief efforts also include offering food and health services to families in need.

Charaka

The Charaka Women’s Multipurpose Industrial Co-operative Society (also known as Charaka) is a non-governmental organisation specialising in the production of naturally-dyed handloom fabric. Based in Shimoga, Karnataka, the organisation was founded in 1994 with the aim of setting up an environmentally-conscious and equitable industry to generate employment in the region. Charaka – along with its training centre, The Shramajeevi Ashram, and commercial extension, the DESI Trust – performs a variety of functions, including training in product designing, development and marketing, researching and producing eco-friendly cloth dyes, and preserving the regional visual artform of Hase. The NGO currently offers employment to over 700 villagers, most of whom are women.




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