Why focus on farmer suicides?
Who is to blame?
When we started brainstorming few years back on these issues, several offenders came to mind – the government policies, corporate lobbying, uneducated farmers, lack of water conservation and fair pricing structure. Soon, we realized that the reasons are almost irrelevant as they provide fodder for debates but not solutions. Imagine this – you are married, you have a 3-year-old daughter and own a small piece of land to support your wife and child. You take loans with the hope of paying them off after the next harvest. The debt keeps mounting (due to inclement weather and other reasons) with sky-high interest rates of the private lenders and you see no way out of this. The social burden of humiliation and the sheer helplessness of their situation drives farmers to suicide.
Would you rather read about this and blame someone or take action? We chose the second path and we are making efforts to support the families of deceased farmers and to prevent future suicides.
How much money has SIF raised? Does that meet your expectation? If not, why?
We have raised $10,265.45 since August 2012 out of which about $5000 has been spent on helping 11 widows (whose husbands committed suicide) setup small businesses for their livelihood.
Having said that, it does not meet our expectations as we wish to –
- Extend our support beyond Maharashtra
- Go beyond helping widows and prevent suicides in the first place
Have you received any donations from people living in India? If not, why?
How many farmer’s families have been supported so far? Can you provide any testimonies?
How do you ensure that donations are used efficiently for the welfare of a farmer’s family?
How many organizations like SIF are supporting a similar cause? Have you approached any of them to work together towards your goal? If not, why?
How do you differentiate your organization from other nationally recognized NGOss? In short, please help me understand why I should make a donation to you instead of to United Way/Red Cross/Disabled Veterans/ St. Jude etc.?
How many cents of every donated dollar will be actually assigned to a particular project?
Can you provide information that will allow my company to match my donation?
Sure we can. Here is commonly asked information to get your company to match your donation.
|Name||Save Indian Farmers|
|Address||137 Courts Lane|
|Contact Person||Dr. Hemant Joshi