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Bengaluru: Milaap, a friend for the poor and needy

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ROHAN RAMESH
Published May 1, 2017, 5:01 am IST
Updated May 1, 2017, 5:06 am IST
Milaap is raising money to support a travel agency.
The city-based Milaap is a fund-raising organisation  having raised Rs 149.23 crore through crowdfunding. (Representational Image)
 The city-based Milaap is a fund-raising organisation having raised Rs 149.23 crore through crowdfunding. (Representational Image)

Bengaluru: Nine-year-old Pranavi of Cement Nagar-Panyam in Andhra Pradesh suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy with severe left ventricle dysfunction. Her parents have spent Rs 9 lakh for treatment, but need another Rs 39 lakh for a heart transplant.

Harshaben (28) needs Rs 5 lakh. Not to buy a car or jewellery just to manage to live with her two daughters, as she has been staying away from them for the last three years. She lost her husband to cancer when she was just 24 years old, and soon after she had to move out of the house. She stays in a hostel and works as a housekeeper in one the nursing colleges in Ahmedabad. Whatever she earns goes into travelling to meet her children.

 

Five-year-old Srujnaa lost both her parents in an accident. There are families who want to adopt her, but well-wishers want to set up a trust to ensure that her education and future are secured.

They need help, and someone needs to reach out to them and connect the needy to the generous. That is where Milaap comes in.The city-based Milaap is a fund-raising organisation  having raised Rs 149.23 crore through crowdfunding. Abitha, an 18-year-old from Kakkayam in Kozhikode district in Kerala, wants to run at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Daughter of a farmer, who trains at the P.T. Usha Academy, Abitha doesn’t have the money to realise her dream. She was adjudged the best girl athlete in the country in the senior girl's category at the recently concluded National Schools' Athletics Championships in Pune and won bronze at the Commonwealth Youth Games at Samoa in New Zealand. She needs Rs 20,000 a month for the next six months for training. Milaap set a Rs 1,20,000 funding goal, and has so far raised Rs 77,125.

 

Right now, Milaap is raising money to support a travel agency started by a man who gave up his career as a freelance travel consultant to start the venture that would hire only acid attack survivors. Akash hired 6 visually impaired women, which he started after taking a loan of Rs 8 lakh. But he is struggling to repay now. There are hearts that beat for others. Milaap is one shining example.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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