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NGOs Awarded for Ensuring Accountability and Transparency

New Delhi,The Resource Alliance along with The Rockefeller Foundation and EdelGive Foundation felicitated the winners of India NGO Awards 2013 – 14. These are the most coveted awards in the social sector that honour Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who have been adopting good standards and practices while implementing their programmes. The awards were given away by Smt. Kirron Kher, Honourable Member of the Parliament from Chandigarh and a renowned theatre, film and television actress.

 “I feel so fortunate to be here this evening. It is a beautiful moment for me to see the outstanding work these organizations are doing. With so many NGOs operating in the country, there is a lot of skepticism amongst the public regarding the genuineness of these NGOs, however, the selection process of The India NGO Awards makes it possible to reward the deserving NGOs on the basis of  accountability, transparency and effective utilization of funds,” says Kirron Kher.
 The winners of the India NGO Awards 2013 - 14 
Small NGO – SaveLIFE Foundation
Mission of Save LIFE Foundation (SLF) is to significantly reduce the high number of road crashes across India and improve emergency medical responses by combining innovative on-ground solutions with interventions at legal and national policy levels. Its Vision is to play a leading role in shaping policies that enhance road safety enforcement and emergency response, resulting in continuing reduction in road accident deaths and injuries in India.
Medium NGO – Sense International India
 Sense International India, was established in 1997 as the first national NGO in India to develop sustainable comprehensive services for deafblind people. It is working with 48 partners in 21 states providing services to almost 57,000 deafblind people. Sense India’s ambit of support includes appropriate education, vocational training, livelihood support to adults, and training for families & teachers to work with deafblind people. Sense India advocates for the rights of deafblind people for inclusion with communities and government.

Large NGO - SOS Children’s Villages of India
SOS Children’s Villages of India’s work primarily focuses on children who have lost their families and those children who are at the risk of abandonment and social neglect. SOSCVI aims to achieve the following objectives:  To provide long term Alternate family- like care to children who have lost parental care and are homeless and abandoned. This objective is fulfilled through the Family Based care (FBC) programme implemented through the SOS Children’s Villages in 31 locations across the country.  support children from very poor families and enable them to grow within the caring family environment to prevent their abandonment. Working directly with the families and communities to empower them to effectively protect and care for their children. This is implemented through the Family Strengthening programme (FSP) at  33 locations across the country
 Rising Star Award  
Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF) has been formed in the year 2007 with an aim to address the problem of lack of medical facilities. Today, foundation has five health care centres that are located in the rural interiors of west Bengal   and two centres are close to the slums in Kolkata. The health centres are open 6 days a week from 9AM to 6PM.  OPD services are provided to the patients through four departments in each of the centres namely General Medicine (Allopathy), Ophthalmology, Dental care and Homoeopathy. The total number of patients treated from 2007 to June, 2014 is 9,29,856.
“Since the inception of the India NGO Awards in 2006, the benevolent and philanthropic efforts of several NGOs have gained recognition. It gives us immense pleasure to host this event this year and acknowledge the brilliant work being done by these organisations. We hope that these Awards serve as an inspiration for the society and we are optimistic that the Awards will see many more contenders year after year who are aspiring to bring about a positive change. It is extremely gratifying to see so many NGOs striving hard to bring about efficacious and sustainable benefits in India’s development sector, and we hope that we are able to achieve the dream of fostering India’s social sector in the best possible way.” says Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation.
“Over the years these Awards have created tremendous buzz among NGOs and stakeholders across the country and have received an amazing response. We are confident that these Awards will inspire more and more people and organisations to work in the field of promoting accountability and transparency in the non -profit sector,” says General Surat Sandhu, Chair, Resource Alliance India

India with a population of 1.2 Billion is witnessing NGO boom with over 20 lakh NGOs operating in different states and union territories. Instituted in 2006, the India NGO Awards aim to advance the country's non-profit sector by promoting financial and organisational sustainability and strengthening community support of civil society.
The competition format addresses the ambition to make the awards accessible to NGOs across all causes and thematic areas, sizes and geography. Applications were invited from all the four regions of the country and this year a record 387 applications were received. These were evaluated by a team of independent assessors on the basis of the parameters of: effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources, the demonstration of efficient management of resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability, and the impact of their work in bringing about tangible benefits to its target communities.