12 Stories Of Hope From 2020: Volume 1

By: Hitesh & Chiara

Published On: December 28, 2020

It can be hard to believe now, but 2020 had its moments of hope too. Most of us will be glad to see this year end; however even among the fear and despair, 2020 also brought us some heart-warming stories of hope and kindness. At ImpactGuru, we are proud to say that we made these stories possible. Here are some of them:

1. Letting Students Learn Better

Involve, led by an IIT-Madras alum, wanted to help improve learning outcomes in public schools. Through a peer teaching approach, it addresses both a) shortage of teachers and b) dismal learning outcomes. But though their concept was awarded and praised, they needed funds to make a change.

At ImpactGuru, Involve was able to raise more than Rs. 12.13 lakh to support 10 under-resourced public schools in Chennai and Bangalore. Number of students impacted? 1000!

2. Women Transforming India

The Fourth Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards - organized by the Niti Aayog - felicitated 15 winners from diverse fields. From working to make technology accessible for those with disabilities, to making farmers financially independent, to setting up tissue banks, to rehabilitating homeless children: some truly amazing women-led ventures were recognized. ImpactGuru’s Khushboo Jain was among the winners.

3. Helping The Vulnerable, Amidst The Pandemic

Singer Shaan - along with Aakanksha Vision For A Better Society and HelpAge India - started a fundraiser on ImpactGuru. The objective? 

The campaign raised more than Rs. 5 lakh, and used the amount for two purposes. One, it provided groceries and hygiene kits to elderly communities across India. Two, it provided monetary and in-kind support to daily wager workers living in the slum areas of Kadapa and Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

4. These Students Taught India How To Make A Difference

Indian students from Imperial College, London & IIT and NIT alumni collaborated with four NGOs working across India. The aim was to support these NGOs and their massive COVID-19 relief operations to help daily wage workers and the elderly across India.The response, however, was staggering.

Together, Society for Poor People Development, HelpAge India, Rapid Response (partnering with Sawed Trust) and Elder Care Trust were able to provide relief all across India. 

  • SPPD alone could distribute 247 dry ration kits and 147 hygiene kits. 

  • HelpAge India distributed 408 dry ration kits. 

  • Rapid Response distributed 342 dry ration kits. 

  • Elder Care Trust distributed 170 hygiene kits. 

Many families across India - from the most vulnerable sections of society - were able to get through the pandemic and its aftermath, thanks to these kits. 

5. Protecting Our Protectors

Stories of shortages of PPE kits had started making the rounds. Students & alumni from IIT Bombay addressed this in their own way: by coming together and starting a fundraiser on ImpactGuru.  

More than 900 donors helped raise about Rs. 4.23 lakh; these funds were used to provide PPE kits to the doctors and healthcare workers working round-the-clock in Cygnus, Max and Nanavati Hospitals.

6. Periods Will Not Stop In A Pandemic. Why Should We? 

The pandemic had taken a toll in more than just lives. Sanitary napkins were one of the many essentials that became scarce during the initial months. But periods couldn’t be postponed till these napkins arrived.

The #PassOnThePad campaign - by Red Is The New Green - worked with ImpactGuru to crowdfund and supply pads all across Mumbai. These funds helped distribute more than 2.39 lakh pads all over the city.


Part 2 of these stories can be found here. You can also create a similar campaign here. You can also get a complete guide to starting a fundraiser here.