26/11 attacks on Mumbai engulfed Indians around the world in a state of shock.  Aftermath of the attacks left a indelible mark on the conscience of many individuals. People decided to help in whatever way they could.

Kiran Manral is one such individual who turned to blogging as a medium to help out. She started http://indiahelps.blogspot.com and with the help of a few other like-minded bloggers created an interface for people who needed help and those who could provide help.

India Helps is a grassroots organisation of like-minded Indians, formed in the aftermath of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and aimed at putting donors in direct touch with the victims and their families. It was formed when several Mumbai bloggers came together to pledge their support and resources to the cause of those affected by the attacks.

Momina Khatoon Sheikh, is one such victim who has been helped. She is the wife of the taxi driver who was killed in the blast at Vile Parle. The thought of bringing up four children without a father, brings tears to her eyes. India Helps not only provides financial assistance, but also develops a personal bond with the families of the victims.

  A volunteer, Aparna Nair, keeps in touch with Shiekh’s doctor besides visiting her regularly. “We have mobilised money and volunteers to help victims who are struggling to pick up the pieces, and all this purely by means of a blog,’’ says Nair.

What sets India Helps apart is that it moved from rhetoric in the blogosphere to ground zero. Ordinary people like Nair began interacting with and assisting parents and children whose safe and secure lives were ripped apart on November 26, 2008.

Helping out is not restricted only to monetary donations. You can help as a therapist, or by collecting items needed to donate. The only qualification you need is the desire to help, writes Kiran on her blog.

Visit the India Helps website  to lend a helping hand. If you are a blogger, you can also show your support by displaying their badge on your blog.  You would need to mail them to get the HTML code for the badge. (I will post my badge once I get the code. )