Frequently asked questions

ABOUT US:
Mahika Mishra Foundation (MMF) is registered as a Section 8 company under the Companies Act 2013. It is a non-profit organization working on amplifying children's voices under its flagship initiative Letters for Change.
To amplify children's voices and inspire change.
To create a world where every child can speak up.
Letters For Change is set up by a 12-year-old and is completely run by students. So it is essentially an initiative by children for children.
Letters For Change brings two kinds of changes.
1. External - Where the letters received inspire change in society and systems around us.
2. Internal - Where the children become confident in speaking up on issues that they think can change their lives.
Children are people too. And they get affected by things around them. We encourage them to share their concerns and ideas through letters.
Adults have voting rights. They are free to choose. Children aren't. Decisions for children are taken by adults. Letters For Change is a platform for children to express their concerns and opinions.
WRITE A LETTER:
Your letter will be read by somebody at Letters for Change. They will hide any sensitive information that can help anyone identify you as an individual. Then the letter will be displayed on the website.
We will display the letter on the website and inform the concerned party to come and see the letter.
Yes, you may write a letter on more than one issue that concern you.
We request children to write letters on issues that they think can change their lives. If they have a solution, that's even better.
We don't share sample letters. We don't give specific topics. Or templates for letters.
We only accept handwritten letters for displaying on the website.
Yes, you are free to choose your way of expression as long as it is on paper.
Any child (under 18 years of age) may write a letter to Letters for Change.
We do not display such letters on the website. We follow the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights guidelines on sensitive letters received from children.
Letters targeted towards an individual or an institution with an objective of maligning them are not displayed on our website.
The law of the country doesn't require a parent or guardian's consent for a child to write a letter. So a child is free to write a letter on their own.
You are free to write a letter with or without your name. We at Letters for Change ensure that your identity is not revealed to anyone.
We use some of the best technology solutions to maintain data security at all times.
Letters for Change has a mechanism where it informs the recipient about your letter. And they can then read it on the website. More importantly, a lot of other people get to read your letter and are inspired to change.
GET INVOLVED - FRIENDRAISING:
We at Letters for Change don't raise funds. Yes, you read it right. We raise friends instead. Friends who contribute small amounts of money regularly for long periods of time. This way they become a part of our journey. And we remain on our toes, as we don't want to lose any friends.
Currently we don't have the 80G certificate to pass the tax benefit to our donors. The certificate is applied for. We should have it soon.
Yes, you will receive a receipt for each donation you make.
The minimum donation amount is Rs 100 per month. There is no upper limit on the donation.
GET INVOLVED: Partnership-
We will be sharing and insights periodically that we get from the letters with NGOs that we partner with.
All organizations that partner with us end up creating meaningful learning opportunities for children associated with them. This strengthens their bond with the children. In the process, brilliant ideas come out. We also get to know how children see the world around them.
We are open to partnerships with all kinds of organizations, viz. Schools, NGOs, Corporates, etc. The partnerships help to create meaningful learning opportunities for children.
GET INVOLVED: Internship-
Anyone who wants to learn is eligible for an internship. We recommend the applicants be at least 15 years of age. We have suitable learning opportunities for people of all ages and experience.
Letters for change is a student-run initiative. It gives you a learning opportunity where you get to be responsible for running the organization.
Letters For Change gives you an opportunity to be responsible for various functions of the organization. That's the most real learning one can get.
Immense learning Meeting exciting people and Lots of fun
We don't track daily hours put in by the interns. We expect them to put in a minimum 10 hours a week.
GET INVOLVED: Volunteer-
Anyone can volunteer with Letters for Change.
At the beginning of the volunteering engagement, the volunteer and Letters for Change agree upon a specific deliverable in a given time frame. The deliverable can be in any domain, viz. getting letters, Friendraising, building partnerships with organizations, helping to get more interns, content design, graphic design, etc.
Volunteering engagement is not duration based. It is task-based. The volunteer gets to decide a reasonable duration for accomplishing the task.
Internships are more structured in terms of projects and time engagement. Interns get a certificate of completion, certificate of appreciation, or letter of recommendation depending on their performance.
Volunteers are task-based engagement and can be of any duration. From a week to a few years or even a lifetime. Volunteers encourage us by believing in our mission.