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Before people can thrive

they must survive.

It was a simple philosophy that led to the foundation of the Rising World Foundation: Before people can thrive, they must survive. As we contend with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, many vulnerable sections of our society, especially our migrant workers and daily wage earners, have been stripped of the foundational necessities of their dignified existence. We in the Rising World Foundation believe that taking care of those of us who are most in need will help India not only survive, but grow stronger.

An initiative that is led by community organizer and internationally experienced philanthropist Marina Shaikh, the Rising World Foundation is uniting communities across India through the cause of COVID-19 relief action. We are working tirelessly to ensure that the needy have access to basic necessities such as food, medicine and sanitation supplies during these dire times.

Mission & Vision

The Rising World Foundation envisions a future wherein each person in our community, no matter how vulnerable, has a dignified existence with an equal opportunity to rise and thrive. However, before we are able to strike at the complex issue of social disparities, we strive to alleviate the pain of those who COVID-19 has hit the hardest. In alleviating suffering through relief action and raising awareness of structural inequalities, we hope to contribute towards a more harmonious world.


Join us and be a part of the change!

We are seeking motivated volunteers to work on the front lines of COVID-19 relief action by procuring and delivering life-saving necessities to families and individuals in need. Joining hands with us does not require any prior experience. All that we are looking for is the simple drive and desire to make a positive impact on our world.

Marina Shaikh

Letter From The Founder

As I observe my country facing this deadly pandemic, my thoughts have often turned to the plight of the least fortunate around me. While this is a frightening time for all of us, some of our neighbors’ very survival and dignity are now threatened by the lack of access to basics like food or medicine. I soon realised that apart from being my moral obligation as a citizen of my country, serving my more vulnerable fellow-citizens is also a passion that is central to who I am.

In no time, my thoughts turned to action, and the Rising World Foundation was born.  From day one, I, along with RWF’s volunteers have occupied the frontlines of the crisis, distributing thousands of meals, dry ration kits, masks, and sanitizers to stranded migrant workers, wage earners and others impacted by the pandemic across the five states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat.

The unending resilience and courage of the people that I am serving has inspired me thoroughly, and even though we have come together, I am aware of the sheer scope of work that awaits our action. I therefore plead my friends to join us and contribute towards helping us bring relief to those in need. It must be known that no donation is ever too small, and that every rupee helps someone, somewhere who is more in need of it than us.


As the pandemic upends millions of lives, there has never been a timelier moment to give back to the community. Your donation to The Rising World Foundation will be directed to purchasing food, hygiene and educational supplies for vulnerable families and individuals. Donations also support the critical process of building our infrastructure and expanding our outreach towards the neediest part of our remotest populace.

All our contributors will receive a token of appreciation in their mailbox sent directly by the Rising World Foundation.


Join us and be a part of the change! We have volunteer opportunities, as well as job openings across the country.

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