According to a recent Indian government committee constituted to estimate poverty, nearly 38% of India’s population (380 million) is poor. Food for Change (FFC) attempts to meet many of the needs of those impoverished by providing housing, food, education, and medical care through funds donated to NGOs. The fundraiser organized by India Cares Foundation as part of Daan Utsav, India's Festival of Giving and sponsored by HH Sheikha Arwa Al Qassimi was extremely successful, with many people participating. NGOs, who registered free for this special evening, received 100 % of all donations.
India Cares Foundation raised a phenomenal RS23.63 lakh for twenty NGOs in its third edition of Food for Change. The event, hosted in the well-known Indiranagar Club, was also supported by the contribution of food from six eminent restaurants and hotels. The approximately 450 attendees enjoyed the lavish spread. Famous personalities and artists also supported the event, some entertaining the group. Among them were SubraMania (featuring Ambi and Bindu Subramaniam) who took time from their frantic schedule to perform.
Princess Arwa Al Qassimi supports and promotes many worthy causes, including Food for Change, the third edition of which took the total funds raised by FFC to Rs 95lakh. The majority of contributions came from both individual and corporate contributions. Rajan Narayanan, President of India Cares Foundation, stated, “We, India Cares Foundation, are really thankful to Her Highness Sheikha Arwa Al Qassimi for the wonderful support and encouragement she provides for the work we do to promote and raise funds for the small and medium NGOs for whom this is invaluable."
Poverty in India is a major societal issue. Rural Indians depend on unpredictable agriculture incomes and urban Indians face unemployment in an extremely competitive job market. By providing funds to numerous NGOs who work to improve the food, shelter, medical, and other needs of the impoverished in India, HH Sheikha arwa al qassimi and those who participated in and sponsored Food for Change hope to provide not only for the physical needs, but also the emotional needs of the poor. The goal is to provide the dignity, respect, and support, as well as alleviate suffering.
Note: Food for Change (FFC) - a fundraiser organized by India Cares Foundation - is part of Daan Utsav, India's Festival of Giving. FFC show cased various NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations), aiding their fundraising.