A well known author used to go to the ocean to do his writing work. He had the habit of walking on the beach before he began work. One morning walking along the shore when he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. Curious to see who this person was, he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw it was a young man and that the young man was not dancing, but instead was picking up something lying on the sand and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?”
The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I guess I should have asked – why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up and the tide is going out, and if I don’t throw them in, they will die.”
“But young man, don’t you realise that there are miles and miles of beach and tens of thousands of starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it past the breaking waves into the sea and said, “It made a difference to that one”
Inspired by this story. the founders of the Support Foundation believe in the power of small efforts to make an impact on big problems faced by the most needy.
A large number of tiny NGOs working at the grass-root level in villages are small efforts to alleviate the suffering of many to whom they dedicate their lives. Most of these small NGOs are equipped with good basic skills and warm empathy with the people they serve, but often lack the basic resources to tackle the daunting challenges they face everyday. They do not have the time and skill to raise adequate and sustained funding, even though they are trying to serve and solve problems that escape attention from the mainstream. In spite of commendable work done by them, such small NGO neither receive government patronage nor are able to plough through the complicated procedures of private fund raising. They thus, remain perpetually starved of even limited support which, if made available, will enable them to continue their efforts and impact lives in a meaningful way.
‘SUPPORT Foundation’ endeavours to bridge this gap.
‘SUPPORT Foundation’ aggregates funds from its Trustees, their family members, relatives, friends and from other individual donors. The corpus thus collected is channelised to fund such needy micro and small NGOs to help them sustain and gather momentum.
The SUPPORT FOUNDATION is registered as a non-profit organization:
Registration with Registrar of Societies under sub-rule 21 of 1860: Mum. 1794-2013 dated 16 July 2013
Registration with Bombay Public Trust under sub-rule 29 of 1950 : F 56065 (Mum) dated 29 January 2014
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