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A Meaningful Gift: NGOs To Shop From This Diwali

If you’re looking for unique and thoughtful Diwali gifts, look no further. There are numerous NGOs across Mumbai that sustain themselves partially by retailing items made by their beneficiaries.

Their wares make for perfect presents because they are unique and by purchasing them you get to encourage the efforts put in for self-sustenance and enterprise. So before you run out to do your festive gift shopping this season, check out some of these recommendations.

Advitya

Advitya is an NGO and vocational and activity centre located in Santacruz West which aims at keeping differently-abled individuals constructively occupied by way of creative expression. At the centre, the special students receive training to develop their skills in adding value to create a range of handicraft products such as handbags and slings, mobile holder and jewellery pouches. They also have a great collection of diyas this Diwali, from hanging diya options to gorgeous floor diyas.

Prices: Prices start from INR 100 to INR 1,000

Where: Available at their centre in Santacruz West on S.V. Road

Om Creations

Om Creations is a registered NGO in Mahalaxmi that ensures that the special students under their wing are skillfully trained to create elegantly designed and handcrafted items which are an ideal gift for any occasion. From ceramic candle holders and twin mugs, bottle lamps, soap dishes, wine bottle trays, and lip-smacking health snacks –  there is something for everyone.

Prices: Starting at INR 65 for paper bags, crochet pouches at INR 1,500 for 10, dip bowl at INR 1,500, acrylic coasters 750 for 4.

Where: You can shop online. Delivery charges are extra.

Shradhha

A pioneering non-profit vocational workshop, Shraddha Charitable Trust helps autistic adults earn a living by channeling their skills into crafting decorative and utility items. Their product range includes gift bags made from paper, jute, silk, with disposable leaf plates and bowls and much more being sold. Proceeds from the sales go to them as a monthly remuneration. Prices vary between INR 100 and INR 1,000.

Prices: Floor decorations at INR 700, greeting cards at INR225, paper lamps at INR 150 onwards, gift boxes INR 100 onwards

Where: You can shop online via their website

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Shraddha Charitable Trust

Jantanagar Municipal School, 4th Floor, Next To Imperial Tower, Tardeo, Mumbai

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Aseema Charitable Trust

Aseema Charitable Trust is an NGO that works towards education for kids from low-income communities. They've tied up with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai(MCGM) and provides trained teachers in English medium sections of public schools in the city as well as set up a school in Igatpuri. They sell a variety of products that are inspired by art works created by the kids themselves. The products showcase kids designs and also raise money for their educational programming. Choose from accessories, artwork, stationery, household products and more.

Prices: Coaster from INR 140, wallets at INR 550, greeting cards at INR 120, stationery boxes at INR 300

Where: Available online via Amazon, their website, and at The Centre, Juhu 

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Aseema

Josephine Apartment, Ground Floor, 3 & 4, Chimbai Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Kshitij

Kshitij is a Mumbai-based NGO that works with people with intellectual disabilities to help them live a fulfilling and dignified life. They have a workshop where instructors work with these adults along with their family members. They are involved in creating a variety of different products from chocolates to stationery, home decor artefacts, greeting cards, and special festive gifting ideas and products like trays, coasters, diyas and more. They also take bulk orders with 10-day prior notice.

Prices: Diyas from INR 40, jute bags and folders from INR 175 to INR 450, chocolates from INR 800/Kg to INR 1,700/Kg

Where: Products are available at their Mumbai Central workshop

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Kshitij

F-6-7, 1st Floor, Near Gilder Lane Municipal School, Mumbai Central, Mumbai

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Art For Akanksha

Art for Akanksha is a non-profit based out of Mumbai that works towards providing kids with low-income families a good education. Art for Akanksha is one of the ways the Akanksha offers empowering opportunities to these children through art education. They have a wide selection of products that feature artwork created by the children. There are bags, stationery, glassware, mugs, cookie jars and more. They also create gifting solutions for special occasions. 

Prices: Bags at INR 1,200, mugs at INR 350, calendars at INR 200, chai glasses at INR 130

Where: Products are available online via their website

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Art For Akanksha

Voltas House, 2nd Floor, Tukaram Bhikaji Kadam Marg, Byculla East, Mumbai

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CRY

CRY or Child Rights And You is a Mumbai-based NGO that works towards the upliftment of children from underprivileged backgrounds. They work with government agencies in sectors like education and healthcare, plus work within local communities and also work towards the advocacy of rights through policy framing and more. They have a collection of greeting cards, calendars,  diaries and more that are sold at Archie's outlets and support the foundation.

Prices: Greeting cards INR 200 for 10,  diaries at INR 395, desk calendars at INR 100

Where: Available at Archies stores across the city

Women's India Trust

Women's India Trust or WIT works towards empowering young girls and women with vocational training so that they can become more independent and self reliant. They have a workshop where they teach useful skills like sewing, making handicrafts jam making, handmade stationery etc. All these products can be purchased at the WIT stores to support their endeavors.

Prices: cushion covers from INR 600 upwards for 2,  napkin sets from INR 600 upwards, table runners at INR 300 upwards, embroidered guest towels from INR 320 

Where: WIT centres in Tardeo and Mahim, also available online via their website