“It’s not about having time,
It’s all about having the heart”
How true of oneself. Defining volunteer work as the subjugation of personal priorities by the will of giving in the time and effort to light a couple dark areas is the most expressive form amongst its other definitions. Give it a simple look, anybody can be great. You just need the will to serve, no college degree, no high-end education, etc. You do not need to know Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to serve. You see, it’s as simple as the wish to serve people, you need a soul that is dedicated to improving lives for making the world a better place. These are the thoughts of well renowned leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The word ‘volunteer’ has had its journey from “serving the country in war” to what global change-makers do today.
Pick up India’s history book from any grade, you see well-spoken mentions of various volunteer work in India that’s prevailed the times of this state. Be it Mughal Empire or the British Raj. From Sati, abolishment of child marriage, all these movements were started by someone who had the strong sturdy urge to bring about a change against something that they couldn’t witness happening. In the booming economy, India has come a long way since then to be the world’s largest democracy. Our priorities, our needs, have changed. The expeditious need of educating all children, equal women’s rights, immediate eradication of discrimination of any sort, have been widely realised by profound leaders of this country. India simply cannot progress further if changes at such foundational levels are not brought to life.
Amongst severely enthusiastic people who thrive to volunteer to bring about this change to effect, stands a robust lady with her impregnable work done under her self-made organization: Lakshyam, NGO. Ms. Rashi Anand, in her own words, believes in “equal opportunities for all”. Such sturdy beliefs in one’s ideas is what drives them to do more and more impactful volunteer work, if you might be wondering. Of course one gets too many doubts before devoting their life to this field, but such confidence in one’s purpose is what has steered Ms Anand in this direction continuously.
Under her resilient leadership, Lakshyam has established three major programs since it was found in 2012. ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Rooh’ are examples of well-functioning programs devoted to holistic child development and basic empowerment of women through the idea of self-dependence. As far as Lakshyam is successfully changing lives across 17 different states, the organization offers heft opportunities to people from a plethora of fields to contribute and do ‘volunteer’ work. From people with no education to those with basic education to those with higher education, all can apply their skills in some manner to contribute to this selfless act. It doesn’t need to be a direct job of feeding children of the streets, if you’re a management student, you can offer your skills to make effective marketing strategies, efficient business intelligence, etc. There is no limit to how much you can contribute and no restrictions to how you can contribute. Such is the beautiful structure of Lakshyam.
Quite evidently, according to publicly available figures, Lakshyam’s work has progressed and the organization has been successful in changing lives. It’s beyond amazing that Ms Anand has made it so comfortable for anyone to contribute to the work as easily as possible. This flexible structure is what makes Lakshyam’s programs the Volunteer Programs that should be eyed in the time to come as they seem to emerge well sufficiently in the future.