Why volunteering matters?

Despite the extraordinary industrial developments and lifestyle changes, society still faces inequality, hate, and discrimination. Children are starving, people are homeless with no governmental support, and human rights get neglected in some countries. The environment needs help too. Thankfully, as a response to the urgent matters in our society, we have volunteers. Volunteers give their … Continue reading Why volunteering matters?

Fake news

Fake News is more prevalent in India than in any other country in the world, with 64% of its citizens having encountered Fake News compared with the global average of 57%

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Human rights guarantee people the means necessary to satisfy their basic needs, including the right to liberty, equality, security, etc. Today, since we are so well aware of the importance of Human rights, there are so many NGOs and local communities that would help to solve the human rights violations immediately (at least on the … Continue reading International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Why should you avoid giving?

Think back to moment in your life where you gave something to someone or for a certain cause (or both). Did it feel good to offer that homeless person a sandwich? Did that child at the signal smile when you bought a worthless item from him/her? Were those children in the orphanage so happy when you offered them your toys?

Overlooked aspects of the COVID 19 impact – An Indian perspective

From Wuhan, China, to the man next door, the COVID-19 spread all over the world, causing a global frenzy triggering safety protocols. After months of rigorous lockdowns, we are yet to eliminate this threat. India began battling the virus in early 2020, rather successfully, given its massive population. Front-line workers worldwide receive vaccinations developed in India. This article discusses the niche aspects of the pandemic impact policymakers could tend to.

Everyday is Education Day

Resonating with the Evergreen quote “Scientia Potentia est” – meaning ‘knowledge is power’ by Sir Francis Bacon, International education day is a recent yet significant addition to the calendar of events. The goal is to promote inclusive education, providing equal opportunities for every individual by the year 2030. The international education day is distinctive due … Continue reading Everyday is Education Day

Day of the girl child

Achieving gender equality is about disrupting the status quo – not negotiating it. – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka In 2008, the Ministry of Women and Child Development announced every January 24th as National Girl Child Day of India. The aim is to provide support to the girls of India, including health and educational support. Besides, the main objective … Continue reading Day of the girl child

What to do on the National Youth Day?

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 wishing to compete in the National Youth Festival within the segments of Music, Dance, Regional Attire/Poshak Show, Theatre, Visual Arts, Expression Art, Knowledge Session, or Indigenous Games can register online

Has the pandemic impacted human rights?

Interestingly, previous Human Rights Day themes covered specific issues such as standing up for equality, justice, or youth standing up for human rights. This year’s theme has the words “Recover Better” emphasized, and this shows how the focus on the elevation of human rights gets dramatized in 2020.

COVID 19 and volunteerism

Credits – Soomin Yoo International Volunteer’s Day is celebrated on December 5th and gives a toast to volunteers’ efforts for sharing their labor, knowledge, and values. Mandated by the UN General Assembly since 1985, ever since the Day was an opportunity to promote their work around the world, including communities, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, government … Continue reading COVID 19 and volunteerism

Volunteer testimonials

SHAPE runs a volunteering programme for people from all over the world – offering them a chance to work with us to uplift the underprivileged. A few of our volunteers share their experience through vlogs – Find out what makes our programme so entrancing.

HIV/AIDS – 101

What is HIV/AIDS? Your immune system is like a shield. The main job of this shield is to fight against harmful substances and germs that enter the body. The immune system makes antibodies and uses them to specifically fight certain germs that the body has previously come into contact with and recognizes. All in all, … Continue reading HIV/AIDS – 101

What is poverty cycle?

Anu, a resident of Mumbai, has lived her whole life on the pavement. “We have been living here for so many years, our parents were here, we were born and raised here, we got married and had our kids here,” she says. Anu is one of the twenty million pavement dwellers that inhabit India.[1] These are … Continue reading What is poverty cycle?

Impact of COVID-19 on women

World Health Organization (WHO) has statistically found that 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that has the consequences of physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women. This act occurs both in public or private settings and … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 on women

COVID-19 and children

Established in 1954, the United Nations Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. The day is significant because it marks the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Adopted initially by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959, and the … Continue reading COVID-19 and children

Manhattan and mother earth

Credits – Vivian Chieh & Esma Adiguzel The Earth has a deadline. Manhattan’s Metronome digital clock was re-programmed to display the numbers representing the years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until that deadline. It is now known as the Climate Clock, an effort to project the urgency of combating climate change.  First of all, what is climate … Continue reading Manhattan and mother earth

Any girl, could be anything!

We believe that our girls should not be afraid of what the future holds for them. We want them to be who they want to be with nothing curbing their growth. Our child project sincerely aims to achieve this goal.

Why is India poor?

– Vivian Chieh & Esma Adiguzel It is saddening to know that more than 29.8% of India’s population still lives below the poverty line, meaning more than 29.8% of 1.35 billion is still struggling between their haves and have-nots. The efforts made so far have been successful, but a need for more action to eradicate … Continue reading Why is India poor?

Women, nature, and poverty

– Vivian Chieh Today we celebrate International Day of Rural Women with an emphasis on the theme: “Rural women and girls building resilience”. This theme reminds us that with a critical need to address climate change, we should not forget the invaluable impact that rural women and girls have on building resilience. The statistics say … Continue reading Women, nature, and poverty

Teach our children!

On the 5th of October, we are celebrating World Teachers’ Day, which is an international event launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994. Before we jump into what we do as an organization, to understand the significance of this holiday, here is some context into this highly relevant day: … Continue reading Teach our children!

Are we lizards?

As human beings, we tend to highly depend on our sense of sight. We are a visual species. This fundamentally leads to one of our most damaging yet extensive habits: judging a book by its cover. We unfortunately tend to form impressions of people merely based on their appearance. We scan an individual, examine their … Continue reading Are we lizards?

Education and religion

There have always been wars waged against people based on their religion, color, and beliefs. Beginning from the Crusades, numerous Jihads, Holocaust, and the South Asian religious animosities paved the way for the deaths of millions. When we narrow the geography and timeline of such injustices to our current position, the statistics still disappoint us. … Continue reading Education and religion

Ganja killed a family

The story of Vasu – a child victim of drug abuse Vasu is a 10-year-old semi-orphan who lost his father, Gangadharan, to illicit drug abuse. In 2017, Gangadharan was a taxi driver who dealt Cannabis on the side. Like most drug addicts, he always argued that his addiction to these drugs was nothing but good … Continue reading Ganja killed a family

Early childhood education

Early childhood education is what a child learns in school or any educational establishment before turning eight. This is considered to be a crucial stage for human development since it shapes our entire life. Denial of education at this stage can lead to impaired physical, emotional, and mental growth. SHAPE provides care and support for … Continue reading Early childhood education

The role of racism in global citizenship

Global citizenship – considering oneself as a part of the global village all the while maintaining allegiance and respecting cultural values. With the technologically advanced networking, faster travel options, and globalized economy, the world has now become a village. Just like a geographically small neighborhood, in the global village, everything we do has rippling consequences. … Continue reading The role of racism in global citizenship

Cigarettes and sex

The story of a dysfunctional husband. This post was written as part of ‘No Tobacco Day, May 31. Mr. Jawahar (36), married Ms. Kamini (34) (name changed on request), one of our women project beneficiaries, in 2015. This story of her unfortunate short marriage below is as narrated by Kamini. “Back in 2014, I met … Continue reading Cigarettes and sex

Farzana, the modern slave

Ms. Farzana Mubarak was working in a metal factory until 2013 when she was found by SHAPE. While her work and daily routine seemed totally normal, she was a modern-day slave (Read about slavery in India). in 2005, her father, Mr Rafeeq, had borrowed INR 20,000 (€233) from a local business owner, Mr Hari (name … Continue reading Farzana, the modern slave

The rag-picking doc

Rescue story of a future doctor cursed to be a rag-picker Anitha (age 13) who is under the care of SHAPE’s literacy centers (know more) was once a rag picker on the streets of Tiruvannamalai. She picked up her uncle’s job because her father died. Her mother, Radha, is a wage worker who had to take … Continue reading The rag-picking doc

The infectious stud

A recent interview with Mr. Juver Ahmed (single, male, migrant worker) conducted on 11.06.2019 by SHAPE as a part of its periodical HIV/AIDS KAP survey exposed the following information. After stressing his reluctance to talk to us for fear of losing his employment, Mr. Juver Ahmed agreed to an interview. He is from the Badurpur … Continue reading The infectious stud

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