I first heard about MAD through a press article, where the journalist had written about how youngsters of today are helping others and spreading the message and the importance of education. Its heartwarming to know that the youth of today care, and they care enough to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I think they are doing a creadible job with whatever little they have, to give back to the society with the means they have
I am the parent of a volunteer. I have attended a summer camp organised for the children. I am very impressed with the work they are doing. I wish them all the best with their initiatives.
I really like the idea when this group organized a picnic for the kids from 'Thara, orphanage for boys'. I got involved immediately and introduced more donors for the event. Though I could not volunteer to help but I was very sure that it would be a successful event and indeed it brought so many smiles on those kid's faces.
Every month I contribute a part of my salary for charity, its the same as usual, some for CRY, SOS International, MAD and other groups. But in MAD, i usually take part in how they utilize it for the kids. Every time they hold a camp, which is basically a get together between children from different schools, there's a lot and lot of work, so I involve in helping them out with all that work. So all the effort placed into it, can be visualized and be made worth it by just seeing the smiles on their faces. All the activities organized, you see how it can help them. Every time, our efforts are mainly monetary but this time, its both, and you working yourself through is any day better than any cash contribution can make you feel. That why I support MAD and their efforts to help me make a difference.
I am part of Friends of MAD, and have been donating money for the cause every month. I was prompted to do so since I have seen the amount of hardwork and dedication that goes in to it. And this was my way to help the cause. There were quite number of young volunteers(mainly students) who teach the underprivileged students but they lack the money to provide for the study material and such. An already established NGO like MAD needs to be given its recognition for it to reach more children and change their world for the better.
The students behind this organization in Thiruvanathapuram are so into the well being of children in & around the place. Myself a radio Jockey had taken them on air & seen their passion in this area. For engineering students to be able to look beyond their career is a commandable effort!
Although I have not worked personally as a volunteer, I have seen the dedication, enthusiasm and energy of the young people who volunteer to teach English to the poor students. MAD has filled a void for young people who would like to volunteer their services to helping the needy. It is important to help such an organization to grow so that more youth can participate in such activities in a society where we do not have many of these activities.
My first interaction with MAD started when they were starting out their chapter in Hyderabad, AP, India. I was asked to help out with recruiting volunteers who could lead the effort in this city. Having done several interviews for the company I work for, I was pleasantly surprised to see the guidelines laid out by the organization when selecting the candidates. This was one organization which had no qualms in going without volunteers rather than recruiting a bunch of non-committed ones (a rare sight for an NGO, coz most of them are trying to increase just their volunteer base). The quality volunteers (most of them young eager guns !!) is what makes this organization stand out among others. I salute the spirit of these volunteers and with MAD in their hand/head/hearts, this organization future looks bright and ready to scale new heights :). These people are completely MAD about making a true difference in the society.
its a wonderful nonprofitable organisation with young talented volunteers..who i saw spending their precious time in educating the under priviledged...n also the efforts they are making to collect the funds for the needy...
i know MAD through my daughter who is a MAD volunteer.the notion of these young people to make a difference when they could very well be watching TV at home is praise worthy. keep up the good work!
i have witnessed myself the way the approch the childern who have been neglected of the right to proper education...infact it dares lot of courage to indulge when they have their own furture to care of...i salute them..
"It may be those who dream most, do most" MAD is all about a dream.Being best friends with some of the spear-heads of this dream, has driven me MAD! And I dont regret it. The personal involvement of each volunteer, the heart warming stories they share of individual children they have come across in the program and the sheer passion with which they go about making a difference talks about MAD's commitment to that dream. Starting with a bunch of college kids, how this organisation has spread allover India and in such a short time is a testament to their vision. What I like best is their superb organisational hierarchy and management skills with which they ensure maximum efficiency and productivity from their volunteers. Making a difference is a serious business! They also make it easy for absolutely anyone to pitch in,no matter which corner of the world they are sitting in. If MAD warms your heart, you can help! Kudos to their entire team, Hope they can shine the light of knowledge in a lotmore childrens' lives.
A vibrant team of youngsters with a social mission. Nothing can dilute their enthusiasm and passion to serve the lesser gods of their generation. Had been to a camp organised for the children of MAD's associate orphanages. Was truly humbled to see how all of them laughed, interacted and had a great evening. Touched by the display of love and affection the children shared with every member of MAD. Sure it wasn't just about being grateful for providing a great evening. It was surely about a life-long relationship, an intense feeling, for enabling their lives to face the world outside of their orphanages. The team has all qualities required to take MAD to greater heights. However they badly require funding to support their dreams. But they are also against crass commercialisation of this noble endeavour exploiting the children. The team is very protective of the childrens' dignity. To me it gives all the more reason for any genuine individual/corporate who wants to support a real cause, not being bothered about any donor publicity. Perhaps it is also the reason why MAD is still unable to find a suitable donor. I'm convinced to become a member of MAD, don't know when. Not sure if I can match the commitment and dedication they demand from a MAD member.
i think MAKE A DIFFERENCE indeed bridges inequality by using a better resource : EDUCATION Best wishes from my side.
I've been associated with MAD for over two years now. While searching for a non-profit to be associated with, I chose to support MAD because their work has very direct and discernible results. The focus on teaching English allows for the entire organisation to work towards only one thing, and the results are equally easy to see. Many non-profits have too many goals, and after a while the purpose gets lost. MAD's strength is the clear focus on one objective.
It is so gratifying to see young citizens of India being passionate about the community and chipping in their little bit to improve the life od children in India. It is commendable especially considering the fact that elders with much more reach and monetary backing are turning a blind eye to this growing need..it is an example for the government to learn the fact that small deeds can make a huge difference. Paul K Jacob, Architect
MAD About Something That Matters ! A tireless campaigner - MAD is a true lobbyist for children and change. The energy and passion with which the team at MAD works, be it fund-raising, be it motivating & supporting the under-privileged children with their enthusiasm & dedication they are truly exemplary ! The catalyst for change they are, educating & reinvigorating the children - the true inheritors ! I have been associated with this noble cause more as a donor assisting the frontline workers identify others. The amount of drive and determination that these workers move around with. They as individuals, their conduct, their cause, the team players they are, collaborative style of working with other organisations, the inspiration they are to their peers. They influence the youth around them - their peers in activities like these, to chanellise the 'energy of the youth' in productive & constructive channels. Such initiatives embibes a sense of service which further percolates only to enable them become a better citizen, an asset to the community & creative administrators. The innovative ideas they are to bome up with, the PR skills they need to project for the desired couple to make these 'cause champions' market compliant for the next career leap. They are dedicated to enriching the lives of others. The combination of business acumen and dedication to innovative social services is a rare blend that will serve our community well into the future. Would also like to make a mention of the on-line platform they put to use to remain in touch with the patrons, keeping them posted on all their initiatives adds to the transperancy in this sceptical, doubt-cast world. Their passion and vision for strengthening people, families and communities is apparent to everyone they meet. As a donor giving to charity or “prosocial spending” makes me happy. The so-called helper’s high.
MAD is testimony to the fact that each of us can truly make a difference in making things better for the underprivileged.It's truly enthusing to see the passion, energy and commitment that the MAD group of youngsters keep putting in to build on their initiative. The best part is that their contributions are very practical and make a high impact in genuinely improving the lives of the young children.
I still remember MAD's humble beginnings and how my close friend was actively involved in it. I too felt my need and responsibility to contribute but never did I, but the sheer growth and success stories behind MAD will be one testimony to what I will/can do for others. I wish all the best to MAD and its members .
Been in cochin and having seen the exponential growth of this NGO within a span of few years is truly worth commenting... Even though been a student's initiative..it has never shown a lack of professionalism in performing its duties!!! My prayers and support will always be with Team MAD....keep up the good work!!!