5 Reasons to Work at a Crowdfunding Start-up

Crowdfunding is a new industry that has of late been getting a lot of attention. With new crowdfunding start-ups coming up in India, new career opportunities are opening up. While a lot has been written and said about crowdfunding, very less has been explored in terms of career scope.

One of the dynamic industries today, crowdfunding has a lot of potential, learning and incentives to offer. And, here’s why you should skip traditional companies and join a crowdfunding start-up:

Crowdfunding is new but growing…..really fast!

Crowdfunding is at its nascent stages in India. Which is why, now is a great time to be a part of the industry. Plus, it’s growing way too fast and it won’t leave you behind.  Beginning your career in crowdfunding could mean that you could grow with the industry itself. Since it’s new, crowdfunding also offers better and dynamic opportunities and hasn’t yet been exhausted by many aspirants.  Here’s what a YourStory article states,

“Having grown over a 1,000% in the last five years, the global crowdfunding industry is nothing short of bullish. With $65 billion added to the global economy and 270,000 new jobs created this year alone, crowdfunding efforts have helped re-build economies.”

With Brazil, India and China being emerging markets, this is your chance to be working at the right place at the right time.

Make dreams come true

Sounds like a fantasy line, doesn’t it? In the crowdfunding business, it isn’t. We see this happen almost every day.  Passion projects, NGO programs, Individual emergencies, do-good enterprises; thousands have made it only with the help of crowdfunding. And, to be the driving force, the facilitator, the motivator for such projects is what will constantly inspire and drive you!u

A socially-conscious career

Most of us have been trying to balance our professional career with our need to help others.  At a crowdfunding start-up you don’t only get a fast-growing, well-paying career but also help create social change. Your job on a day-to-day basis could be to strategize corporate CSR to bring change or to market a campaign by an NGO to build schools for the underprivileged or to find backers for a social enterprise that wants to create environment-friendly products. No matter what you do here, you will surely be making a difference to the world and it will feel terrific!

Meet young innovators

Most crowdfunding platforms are run by young entrepreneurs who are passionate about social change and innovation.  The start-up environment assures debates, discussions and a whole lot of learning from some great minds. Plus, you will be interacting with social entrepreneurs, NGO founders, film-makers, artists and more.  Can you imagine the exposure!

Fast-paced and challenging!

A crowdfunding start-up office is vibrant and energetic. There’s always an exciting project in the pipeline, or a high-profile fundraiser waiting to be created, a tech problem needing attention or a successful fundraiser to be celebrated! Roles are never just limited to one thing which gives you an option to explore and expand your talents!

 

Go apply now!

 

Child Sexual Abuse: What You Can Do To Protect Your Child

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Child sexual abuse has always been shrouded in secrecy. In an age where we cringe on the idea of providing sex education in schools or having “the talk” with our children, educating them about abuse is probably the last on our list. It is much easier to pretend that it doesn’t and cannot happen to our children. But, statistics say otherwise. According to a government-funded report along with UNICEF and an NGO named Prayas, there’s a 53% chance that your child may have or still might be facing some kind of physical or sexual abuse. And, there’s a 50% chance that the abuser might be someone your child or you know well.

That a large number of these cases go unreported is not surprising to anybody. At one point, we all have told our children that the neighbour that pulls their cheeks is only trying to show love or the uncle to makes them sit on his lap is only trying to play with them. While we can’t treat everyone around us as a potential offender, the problem is that we tend to sometimes miss obvious signs of abuse.  And, the bigger problem is that we ask our kids to ignore them too or worse, treat it as love or care.

Child Line India has been relentlessly working towards spreading awareness in schools around Bombay, conducting workshops and educating the children and parents on safe touch, unsafe touch and various other measures to combat child sexual abuse.

Reporting or recognising abuse is the first step to combatting it and thus, here are some measures you, as a parent, can take to make sure your child is safe.

1)Have “the talk”

Awareness is crucial. Children who face abuse are often afraid of telling or don’t know how to describe it. Educate your child about what kind of behaviour is ok and what is not. Make them aware of who can touch them, especially their private parts – mostly the mother or the nanny should be the only ones. Tell them about safe touch and unsafe touch, and encourage them to come tell you if they ever feel uncomfortable around anyone. Here are some Komal videos by ChildLine India that you could show your children to make them aware.

2) Start Early

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Most parents feel their children are too young to understand abuse. But, it is also true that younger children are more vulnerable. Child Line instructor, Anupama Kotiankar suggests you show the videos to children who are at least 4-6 years old. But, teaching them good touch and bad touch should begin earlier. “The videos aren’t enough and we can’t expect young children to comprehend them completely. Parents should also have a one-on-one with their children post the videos,” recommends Anupama.

3) Use Real Life Instances

Pose hypothetical real life situations and quiz the child about whether the behaviour is safe/correct or not. Give your child instances like, what if the bus driver or watchman offers to take you somewhere without informing the parent or the teacher, is that a safe situation? Should you go? Gauge your child’s response and teach them what to do if such situations arise. “Keep repeating this exercise with the child at intervals. Children tend to forget easily and so a constant reminder to be aware and alert is important,” says Anupama.

4) Keep No Secrets

Be an active part of your child’s day to day life in a way that they don’t hide anything from you. Always be available and understanding and keep asking the child to share. Most abusers often get away because they threaten the child or give an incentive to the child like a chocolate or a toy, and ask them to not share the incident with their parents. “Always teach the child that when someone tells them not to share something with their parent, that’s when they should definitely tell you,” advises Anupama. “Teach them, it is wrong to hide anything from the parents. Be your child’s confidant.”

5) Trust Their Instincts

We often tend to dismiss our children’s complaints about a certain acquaintance or family member making them uncomfortable. But, children have good instincts while picking who they can and cannot trust. If the child is shy, isn’t talking or isn’t willing to go near a family member or a friend, don’t force them. Let them take their own time to open up to new people. Be receptive and encouraging when they come and share things with you about people they find strange. “Praise them for sharing things with you. Once when my daughter was unwell my maid touched her stomach and neck to check for temperature. My daughter immediately came up to me and asked if it was safe. After reassuring her that it was indeed ok, I praised her for sharing it with me. This ensures that your child keeps sharing instances like these with you,” shares Anupama.

6) Keep your trust circle small

This might sound disheartening but keep a check on who interacts with your child and how – even your closest family members, neighbours or friends. Be cautious about leaving your child with a hired help or a day-care centre. Do thorough background checks before you hire or enrol your child. You can’t be suspicious of everyone but you must be aware.

7) Report

More than half of the cases go unreported. It becomes especially difficult to report if the offender is a relative or a friend. But, for the safety and well-being of your child, we encourage you to take appropriate action. You can call Child Line India’s 24×7 helpline 1098 to report cases, ask for assistance to help a child you may know and get legal help.

 

Child Line India is raising funds to spread awareness in schools around Bombay and Bangalore to fight child sexual abuse. You can contribute to their fundraiser here.

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Drought In Maharashtra

The drought in Maharashtra is not a new phenomenon. The region has faced water crisis since more than three decades now. Each year, the situation has only gotten worse. News reports are calling this year’s drought, the worst in over 100 years. Here are quick facts about the conditions in Maharashtra that you should know about:

  • Around 27,723 of the 43,000 villages in the state have been declared drought-hit.
  • It has been four years since there has been adequate rainfall in Marathwada causing death and distress
  • People who rear cattle for livelihood have been facing problems as well with the only fodder available being withered sugarcane. The states ban on cattle slaughter has only worsened the situation.
  • Marathwada once had 30% forest land. It has now dwindled to 1%.
  • It is forecasted that the region is slowly heading towards desertification with the increasing number of bore wells depleting ground water and the decreasing amount of rainfall annually.
  • Rainfall has consistently decreased since 2013 by 10% each year. It was 40% below average in 2015.
  • Eight of the 11 major dams in the region have dried up.
  • Only 3% of water stock is available in all the 814 major, medium and minor irrigation projects in the Marathwada region.
  • As many as 2,745 water tankers are being used in the region compared to the 939 used this time last year.
  • In 2015, around 3,228 farmers in Maharashtra committed suicide due to crop failures and worsening drought conditions.
  • Out of them, the state has found only 1,841 eligible for government aid.
  • With 3,712 major, minor and medium projects, Maharashtra has the highest number of dams in the country; yet its irrigation coverage is only 17.9 per cent.
  • Over 70% of the water in the state goes towards sugarcane cultivation.
  • According to a study by the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), drought-prone districts, for instance Solapur, Pune, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Satara, Osmanabad, Beed, Latur, Nashik, Jalna, Parbhani and Aurangabad, account for 79.5 per cent of sugar produced in the State.
  • SANDARP states large dams, wrong cropping patterns, water diversion for non-priority uses, neglect of local water systems and unaccountable water management as some of the causes for the drought, hinting that it is a man-made disaster and not a natural one.

Step taken by the Government:

  • The central government recently approved a National Hydrology project with an outlay of more than Rs 3,600 crore, which aims at collecting water resource data for the whole country and balance the capacity of water between the state and centre.
  • A 50-wagon water train carrying 25 lakh litres of water was sent to Latur district on Wednesday.
  • The state government’s own flagship scheme Jal Yukt Shivar is attempting to improve groundwater storage, particularly in drought-hit areas, by stopping water from flowing away.
  • The Maharashtra government has granted 10,000 crores to boost water conservation and make the state drought-free 2019.
  • The Central Government has approved relief assistance of Rs 3049 crore, which is the highest-ever central assistance given to Maharashtra.

A lot of NGOs and non-profits have been tirelessly working to improve the situation and provide relief to the farmers. Today, on Earth Day, it is time we all take responsibility to save the planet’s natural resources and help those who are suffering. You can help the farmers by starting a crowdfunding campaign on our website and donating the proceeds to a charity of your choice that works to help the farmers of the region. Login to our website to start a campaign and make a difference now!