Young Social Entrepreneurs In India, Top Social Entrepreneurs In India

An entrepreneur is a person with an innovative idea, capacity to build a business, and manage to bear in mind the risk factors in order to make a profit. Simply, an entrepreneur is not someone with just a vision or idea but implementing those ideas into practical reality. When the term social and entrepreneur comes to both blends to identify and solve the social problems. Thus, identifying society’s problems. Social entrepreneurship is an organization which uses methods of corporate business into solving social problems with a unique and unconventional approach. In the present world, social entrepreneurship has come forward to change the lives of many individuals. They are active in fields of education, health, sanitation among other areas.

A number of Young Social Entrepreneurs in India have come up with an aim to save the lives of under-privileged strata of society and to provide those population which inadequate resources. One such name in the field of social entrepreneurship making significant changes is of Rashi Anand. She has made a notable influence in the field since her young age. A young Rashi after completing her higher education followed to the metropolitan city of Delhi to study Bachelors in History (Hons) from Delhi University. Originally, belonging from Ranchi, Jharkhand. A bright young girl Rashi Anand started working with various organization in order to make a difference and contribute towards society. She was always inclined towards working for street children in order to uplift them provide them with basic education and especially bestowed them with toys. Originally, NGO Lakshyam was started by Poonam Anand in 2005, mother of Rashi Anand and an active social worker from Ranchi, Jharkhand. Rashi had the vision, aim, and objective in mind in association with her mother in 2012 she started her own NGO Lakshyam.

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Literally transforming the word Lakshyam means ‘Aim’, thereby signifying the goals of lakshyam which was founded with the aim to empower women and underprivileged children. The NGO basically works to provide basic education to street children and to provide those disadvantaged and less fortunate ones with a platform to develop and shine brighter. The ideology behind starting lakshyam was simple to shower each child with love, to sustain their childhood innocence, to empower each woman out there. Rashi realized the capabilities of these street children and sought to support them both financially and morally.

Today, lakshyam has a presence across Indian states like Jharkhand, Delhi, Bangalore, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttarakhand, also caters the needs of more than thirty thousand lives which have been given a positive direction, and there is active of toy libraries running across nineteen Indian states. Successful and prosperous programs like Lakshyam Butterfly – Child Welfare Program, Lakshyam Rooh – Awakening Women’s Soul, Project Arogya – Healthcare For All. Lakshyam successfully runs 2 centers one in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and Vasant Kunj, both these centers host more than two hundred children providing them with education, teaching them subjects like Hindi, Maths, Drawing, General Knowledge, English under its Butterfly program. Apart from academic teaching, a number of other activities, events, and workshops are conducted at the centers. Women under its Rooh program are provided with financial support where they are given a platform to work, and skills training programs are held. Under the Arogya program wherein generic medicines are efficiently provided across many villages of Delhi- NCR.

In a country like ours, people have little to no awareness, child rights are exploited, the massive number of population is still living under poverty. Under such circumstances, Rashi, surely transformed her dream, vision into a positive direction making impacts on the lives of many. Further, she wishes to see every child enjoying their childhood, playing

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How to Choose a Volunteer Program in India and Abroad?

While travelling abroad is one of the most fulfilling ways of gaining knowledge and discovering new things, one approach to make your travel even more meaningful is to apply for a volunteer program in one of the country you’re visiting, as it allows you to share your passion and your energy with the local populations and can lead to great experiences.

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You should however not jump into this without thinking things out. In order to be really effective and truly help the organization you wish to work with, you have to make sure that you really have an interest in the local culture, in the mission you will be working on and feel confident about the things that you will be doing. It is important to conduct extensive research about the different projects that you are considering and not engage in such activities before you are a 100% willing to do so.

The first thing you can ask yourself is how can I contribute. Do I want to help financially because my resources allow me to do it? Or would I rather get personally involved and apply for a real internship? At Lakshyam, you have the opportunity to volunteer and participate actively in the missions of the organization, and the team is always eager to welcome passionate and dedicated volunteers.

If you decide to do that, you can afterwards ask yourself what is the issue that you feel the most concerned about. If you are more concerned about education, you can apply for a program dedicated to child welfare and participate by teaching children your skills if you have some valuable ones, or simply take care of them and set up activities. If you are more concerned about health issues, you can focus on another program that will tackle these questions. Lakshyam offers a wide range of different tasks for volunteers that can go from communication activities to organizing sports events, teaching children or participating in the construction of new facilities for example… You can choose the program and the tasks that interest you the most and that will make you the more confident.

When applying for this program, there are some things that you should keep in mind. It is important to know the context of the place you are going to and meet some requirements. First of all, volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. They should also acquire some knowledge about Indian culture and the social norms so that they behave appropriately while on the field. The conditions of work and the surroundings should also be taken into account, as the volunteers will have to confront some situations that will be new to them. A background check on the slums might be preferable to have an idea of what to expect. Finally, learning a bit of Hindi could also be a good idea to be able to connect more easily with the local populations and have a privileged contact with them.

When your choice is made, prepare yourself for a strong and meaningful experience. Lakshyam will endeavor to make your volunteer program in India as versatile as possible so that you have a complete and diverse experience with us !

Children Education-Step Taken By Ngo To Fulfill Their Dreams

Child education is very important in each child’s life because it gives him the original personality, to develop their quality of living, improving knowledge and skill. Schooling plays an important role in education.

Root cause of not getting educated

But in current scenario there are so many children living in India who are not even know about the schooling education. Some children have dream to go to school but not fulfill due to many reasons:

1. Due to lack of money: Many families come to urban cities for the search of job. But they are hardly getting money to fulfill their need. They don’t have that much amount of money to eat two meal of a day. So they enforce their child to start working in dabbers, begging, rag picking.
2. Lack of knowledge: there are lots of schemes organize by government for the education of children, but there is no medium to tell them about these schemes to their families ultimately there is a lack of awareness in them.

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Solution to fulfill their dreams to get educated

There here is a hope comes true for all the children in form of lakshyam ngo .it provides education to unprivileged children and dropouts wherein the gap can be filled so that these kids can be enrolled in formal education system.with theoretical knowledge they also provide practical knowledge. On regular basis they also organize workshops for the children. They also organize competition such as painting, dancing, writing for their extra-curriculum activities.

Skill development plays an important role in kid’s life. It helps in determining their ability to execute their plans with success. Lakshyam organizes various workshop regarding skill development such as spoken English etc. ngo also helps in awareness regarding child education, child labor.

Lakshyam ngo –new hope for children

It helps children to unlock their potential and realize their dreams. They believe that every child is extraordinary and can scale great heights if provided with the right learning opportunities. They are committed to ensure that all children, irrespective of their origin are able to go to school, play, interact and learn with other children.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR –A NEED OF THE SOCIETY

Entrepreneur is someone who takes risk and creates something new. In current generation everyone want to be entrepreneur, want to start business. As there is an increase in social problems such as violence against women, poverty, climate change, education disparity and more, social entrepreneur is the need of the hour.

Social entrepreneurship is important because it provides a framework for business to find their own success in the pursuit of helping others. There is great deal of interest in social enterprise today because this approach offers a new and possibly more sustainable path for us to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Importance of social entrepreneur

Employment development: it provides employment opportunities and job training to segment of society which are underprivileged. They many focus on disabled, homeless, gender-discriminated women.

Innovation/new goods and services: social enterprises develop and apply the innovative ideas for the betterment of the society. An example showing that a use based student had find a solution to get details regarding diabetes such as glucose level from eyes. In current scenario large amount of people die due to diabetes. They don’t get regular checkup at the early stage of diabetes because they have to spend a large amount of money. Now even we use the strips to detect the glucose level but it is very costly for a common people. To reduce this problem, a student form use develop an app which can detect glucose level form our eye sight by just clicking from the phone camera. In this way it gets less costly for people.

Social entrepreneur- a new generation vision to develop the society

Currently every college has a society called enacts. Their aim is to create a better, more sustainable world. Their focus on uplifting the standard of backward and ignored sections of society with the help of entrepreneurial actions.

Why social entrepreneur?

Just as business entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, inventing new approaches and creating solutions to change society for the better.

Volunteer programs/organizations in India

Despite many development efforts made by the Indian government in recent decades, the social imbalance is increasing immeasurably and the Indian economy is struggling to solve the many socio-economic problems related to its demography. The people are struggling to access to equal rights and living conditions and the orphanages fill up. Many associations and organizations participate in humanitarian action with the means at their disposal. Whether in donations of medical equipment or in funding for humanitarian projects, international and local institutions accompany and initiate humanitarian missions in economically weak areas, orphanages and areas of tension within the country.

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It is in this sense, and to address the needs of the poorest, on a daily basis, that volunteering initiatives have, over the years, tremendously diversified. With programs as varied as the personal development and schooling of children, the care of young people in difficulty, the rehabilitation of handicapped persons, the empowerment of women and their independency, the preservation of human rights, the access to healthcare, infrastructures etc.; the opportunities to aid the deprived are numerous. While you’re in India, connecting with a volunteering organization and making a contribution towards the betterment of society turns out to be an enlightening experience. The best way of choosing such an organisation is when it can specifically benefit from your abilities and skills while providing you with an enriching experience.

While volunteering opportunities and non-governmental organizations multiply across the Indian subcontinent, NGO Lakshyam aims to give a deep and complete experiences to those willing to give assistance to the underprivileged. Founded in 2012, Lakshyam contributes towards betterment of the society with a focus on child education, holistic child development and women empowerment. The association shares a common dream – a world where every child is showered with love and is given opportunities for a brighter future; a world where no child’s innocence is marred by the horrors of child labour, and a world where women’s well-being is paid attention to and empowerment representing the way to sustain themselves and their families.

In the light of the organization’s values, the proposed volunteering missions seek to give a responsible and useful field of action to the candidates. Spread across 5 locations in India and impacting 16 states, Lakshyam actively operates on a national scale and its projects extensively address the humanitarian condition that benefits the communities in need. Through its centres based in the middle of the rural and economically weak areas, the organization offers a wide range of tasks from which the volunteers can chose to work on during their involvement. The real-life experience and interaction with the people play a major role for the volunteers and the community as it is the key for a mutually beneficial experience.

In this way, the volunteering missions mostly emphasize on fostering the children’s and women’s self-development as well as their educational skills. From comprehensive learning methods through languages, maths and computer operations, to physical activities such as sports and leisure activities, the young people integrate basic but necessary knowledge while developing a feeling of responsibility. Living in a society requires basic social and personal skills which Lakshyam tries to confer to those who need it the most. Artistic workshops and manual skills are also being provided as the enhancement of creativity broadens the children’s patterns of thinking and thus, their potential. Moreover, volunteers in Lakshyam are given the opportunity to contribute to the internal and external development of the organization through media & communications, business model development or even the data and research field. Finally, in order to improve the communities’ conditions and the social benefits of this humanitarian association, volunteers may be active in the frame of the social entrepreneurship field where every innovation is supported and accompanied.

It is by daring to leave our comfort zone that we make the most memorable experiences of our life. Why not you?

Women and Child Development in India

No nation can achieve a sustained, high and equitable growth without the development of its human resources. Women and children form nearly two –thirds of our population. Despite constitutional provisions, legislation, policies and schemes being in place, women achieving gender equality and all children being nurtured with due care and protection still remain a distant reality. Issues of malnutrition, illiteracy, health, sanitation, gender inequalities, bias against the girl child, lack of access to opportunities and increasing rate of crime are some of the basic issues which are of deep concern till now. The development of women and children is in the interest of the entire nation. In order to develop an effective women and child development strategy, it is necessary that women and children should be viewed as major potential contributors to the country’s growth. Their empowerment and development is essential for the nation’s socio-economic and political development.

Recognizing the need for women and child development, the Department of Women and hild Development (WCD) was set up in 1985 and was later upgraded into the Ministry of WCD in 2006. The Ministry ensures women’s empowerment as well as gender equality to the extent possible and children’s holistic development and growth by emphasizing on various welfare and development related policies. It also aspires to ensure safety and security to women at the workplace by ending all forms of discrimination, exploitation, harassment and violence by strictly implementing the relevant laws. By increasing their participation economically and socially and benefiting them with welfare schemes, women’s status and dignity would be ensured in parity with men. Similarly, it aspires to ensure zero tolerance to all kinds of exploitation of children including labour, sexual abuse and violence by providing legal and institutional support. The Ministry runs many programmes and most of them are run through non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). One of the special programmes launched for children by this Ministry is ‘Integrated Child Development Services’. ICDS provides a package of services comprising supplementary nutrition, immunization, health check up, pre-school education to children under 6 years of age and their mothers. Primary education has been made mandatory for all children. The girl child has been given great importance through special programmes and the Ministry has also launched women empowerment schemes like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme’, ‘Women Helpline Scheme’, ‘One Stop Centre Scheme’ , ‘Rooh- Women Welfare’ etc. Women and children are the key to global security and prosperity. The government is keen to ensure a future where all women are empowered and all children receive a happy, secure life free from fear of violence, abuse, hunger and deprivation. The challenges ahead are immense but the future is bright.

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Woman and Child Development

Families will be healthy and incredibly evolved if our women are empowered. Lakshyam team perceives in scooping a world where every woman and girl can go to school, live free from violence, have the liberation to make discretion and choices of her own, and allying equally in enhancing economic condition of family. India has grown rapidly over the past two decades and has seen strong improvements on developments indicators. We stand at a point now where we need to plan for a promising future, building on our achievements and ensuring our demographic dividend is harnessed to its complete potential.

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Lakshyam’s program ‘Rooh- Awakening Womens’ Soul’, meaning the spirit, is a strategically developed, that aims at strengthening a woman’s demeanour towards life itself. It is widely acknowledged that ensuring a strong for each child and investing in early childhood interventions-especially in the first 1000 days from conception to a child’s second birthday-will lead to a healthier nation. In India, 2.1 million children die before their fifth birthday. Half of these children die even before they are 28 days old, accounting for one-fourth global infant deaths. Of the 9.7 million child deaths worldwide annually, one-third occur in India. The statistics are equally shocking among neonates—children new born to a maximum age of 28 days old. While around 4 million children die within the first 28 days of life across the planet every year, India records around one million of these cases.

The reasons cited for the poor state of infant and child health in India are inadequate neonatal care, insufficient breastfeeding, malnutrition, low immunity and high incidence of communicable diseases.

Lakshyam believes in helping individuals live a life of dignity. To achieve this, our child and woman development programmes focus on generating sustainable livelihoods. This is done through by organising various workshops related to Block Printing, Menstrual Hygiene, Papad Making, Jewellery and Bag making. When we talked about woman development, for more than centuries this patriarchal culture has been carried forth, deeply rooted and now in this 21st century the era of globalization where development is dynamic. Indians are now seeking modern lifestyle, there is a social change with growing number of successful working women, and the patriarchal society is now being challenged. Most of the people have accepted this change that we can’t always be patriarchal and we need to be egalitarian. The few people, who cannot accept this change, rebuke it which ultimately is the cause of crimes against women.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global poll revealed this shocking fact in the year 2011 that India is fourth most dangerous place in the world for women. The 213 gender experts who ranked countries on their overall perception of danger, as well as by six key categories of risks – health, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and harmful practices rooted in culture, tradition or religion, lack of access to economic resources and human trafficking. India was ranked fourth due to these major reasons: female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking.

To over-come woman and child development problems, it is necessary for our people to accept change; this can be achieved by designing an over-all education system. Our education system focuses on knowledge based subjects but the need of the hour is to inculcate good values and civic sense. We need to teach our children to be good humans, culturally and socially open to accept change in this globalized era.

Through our work we contribute to achieving the goal of economic and social equality for women in India.