People donate to make things happen. To put their values to worth. To make a difference. So I thought, why not provide a platform for people, as well as myself, to give back. In september 2019, I turned 16 years old and as a way to give back some of everything I have received, I decided to start a fundraiser.
My first objective was to find a meaningful cause so that I could completely devote myself to it. Using Ketto as a platform, I decided to crowdfund money for local farmers around Maharashtra for Concern India Foundation. Farmers who work in rural and remote locations have to deal with hardships like unpredictable climate and market conditions, financial strain, social isolation, long working hours and reduced access to services. Having been brought up in Mumbai, I have never been fully exposed to the hardships most Indians go through, but I have always been told to count my blessings and be grateful for everything in my life. However, as much as I am grateful for everything, I would never truly be happy with myself if I didn’t find a means to give back to society.
Being the second fundraiser I have started independently, I find that fundraising can be exhilarating when all the good it can do shows.
The more I try to think of new creative and entrepreneurial ways to crowdfund for a meaningful cause, the more I fall in love with the thought that I am touching and helping multiple people’s lives. No matter how you choose to fundraise, how much you raise or whether you do it regularly, fundraising brings a sense of fulfillment like no other. On the other hand, according to me, meeting one fundraising goal does not mean I have accomplished great things and can now sit back and relax. For me, there are always more people to help and more you can do to support your cause, which means a constant stream of funding is always going to be needed.
I am looking forward to pursuing my love for doing everything I can to give back to society.