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Overview

See India Articles and India Events.

Key People


Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Jassriet Mahal, Madhu Verma, Raja Segar Thangavelu, Ramya Nageswaran, Rebecca Lim, Sreyashi Sen, T Rajasegar, Vishnu Swaminathan

SG Networks & Associations

Focus India Forum (formerly NRI Singapore) is a group of non-resident Indians in Singapore who financially support development projects in India through monthly member contributions.

Indiawallahs SG is a mailing list for people in Singapore to share their love of all things India.

SG Organisations & Companies


Chakra is a society dedicated to give a helping hand to under-privileged children through service learning activities. Through volunteers and funds raised Chakra builds & refurbishes schools, learning facilities and conducts enrichment classes. Chakra provides the children a window to better education facilities and also to aid in our own self development.

Young Sikh Association undertakes overseas community service projects to provide the opportunity for young Singaporeans to experience international civic engagement and social responsibility. At the same time, these projects will help raise an awareness and appreciation of the cultures in the region and enable participants to understand socio-economic development issues in the countries. The “Project Khwaish” is for a period of 18-21 days.


Key Projects


The Aasha Build is a community service project led by a team of youth that will take place over a period of 14 days, in a village called Devanahalli in the outskirts of Bangalore. The project is being organized in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Habitat India, a non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating the issue of poverty housing.


Project Manzil was conceived with the goal of assisting the Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee in the areas of IT equipment furnishment and support, documentation of biodiversity and mountain culture, exchange of information and ideas, and aiding in the buildup of informative resources (brochures, charts, postcards, posters, maps etc)


Project Yuksam is a 3-week eco-tourism mission to Yuksam village in west Sikkim, northeast India.


Potential Host Partners


These are organisations Singaporeans have done projects with:

The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of less privileged children, enabling them to maximise their potential and change their lives. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing non formal education through the Akanksha centre and also formal education by initiating school reform.

Association for Promoting Social Action

Bethany Children's Home

Bornfree Art School International is a special school exclusively for street, working children and freed bonded labor children. The objective is to educate and develop these children through the arts, putting them back into formal education. They share their life experiences, express themselves and contribute to the understanding of child labor in order to finally eliminate it.

Centre for Environment Education is a national institution engaged in developing programmes and material to increase awareness about the environment and sustainable development. CEE's primary objective is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment with a view to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life.

Child in Need Institute works to achieve sustainable development among poor communities living in the city of Kolkata, South 24 Parganas and surrounding areas. Through its field programmes, training and research, the focus has always been on health of women and children, child nutrition and development, adolescent issues and mainstreaming street children through education.

Children Walking Tall aims to help children living on the streets and in slums in Goa. It provides outreach work, assists children to gain access to the registered school system and provides healthcare for up to 150 children. It has also recently established The Mango House, a base for children to receive healthy food, a safe and dry place to rest and a chance to join in creative, educational play.

Doorstep School aims to provide education to the urban poor, using innovative programs that will bring education to these children and help them make the transition to literacy and a brighter future.

Goonj is a unique resource mobilization initiative providing clothes and other basic amenities to millions in the far-flung areas by turning one’s wastage into a resource for another. Initiated in 1998 with just 67 clothes, it now sends out over 10,000 kgs of material every month in 18 states.

Human Development Foundation of Sikkim

Khangchendzonga Conservative Committee is a community-based organisation in Yuksam, West Sikkim, involved in sustainable tourist development and environmental education. This means that the organisation comprises representatives of the community (e.g. village heads) and stakeholders in tourism enterprises (such as hotels) who work together to mitigate the negative impacts of tourism, conserve natural and cultural resources, provide training to community stakeholders, educate visitors, monitor resources, and advocate for appropriate policy changes.

L.V.Prasad Eye Institute

Manzil Welfare Society works as a lively learning space, at one level helping buddies everyday with schoolwork, especially Maths, spoken English and computers. The other - more important and subtle - level of work involves building on their latent creativity and talents, harvesting for them the experiential learning opportunities that abound around, facilitating open discussions and close interactions with positive role-models.

Mizpah Home is a unit of Mizpah Trust which is a charitable trust registered in the 2000. Mizpah Home provides a home for the children in danger- irrespective of caste, religion or creed, the children are cared for, disciplined and trained to be contributing and useful citizens of tomorrow.

Mother and Child Foundation

MYRADA is a Non Governmental Organisation managing rural development programmes in 3 States of South India and providing on-going support including deputations of staff to programmes in 6 other States. It also promotes the Self Help Affinity strategy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Bangladesh

Organization for Eelam Refugee Rehabilitation

Rotary Club of Cochin Habour

Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra

Sanlaap is a development organisation that works toward correction of social imbalances, which manifest in gender injustice and violence against women and children. They work against trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and prostitution.

SEEDS is a non-profit voluntary organization working to make vulnerable communities resilient to disasters. It adopts a multi hazards locally based approach seeking to empower communities through awareness generation, training and action. Founded in 1994, by a group of students and pedagogues of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, SEEDS comprises young professionals drawn from various development related fields. It is governed and advised by a board of eminent academicians and practitioners from international organizations.

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