The Best Women’s Organizations in India for Woman and Child Development

India has a population of 1.2 billion of which 48.5% is constituted by females. This means that almost half of India’s population is composed of female members. The government do have rights assigned separately for women in many regards such as citizenship, access to education, equal employment opportunities. But the reality is radically different.

Despite technically having constitutional rights which aims to safeguard the and empower women in the society, women in India face violence in injustice and are victims of rape, domestic violence, forced labor, marital rape, denial of educational and employment opportunities even in the 21 century. Being a girl in the male dominating society means struggling for what you should be entitled to get.

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India being the second largest populated country of the world having diverse cultural groups. It is difficult to generalize and separate population into various groups. However, empowering women is vital for the growth and development of the nation. A nation is only developed only when women of the nation is developed and nurtured well through education, employment and healthy living practices. Today, women need advocates and allies across the country that will fight for them for not only their safety and health but also to gain access to further educational opportunities and to build their confidence for empowerment and autonomy.

There are several NGO’s which are working exclusively for women rights to give them opportunities and justice. Some of the best women’s organizations are Safety, CREA, CARE, Swayam and Snehalaya.

One such NGO which is continuously working to lift the status of women in the society is LAKSHYAM.

Lakshyam has a specially designed program called ROOH-Awakening Womens’ Soul’, meaning the spirit is a strategically developed, three-tier project that aims at strengthening a woman’s status towards life itself. It starts from providing remedial education to children; second is to provide an essential degree of exposure along with professional training, and third is equipping girls with a popular platform to learn and sell their skill.

Besides this, the program also provides opportunities and a by organizing various workshops based on easily marketable skills that enable poor women to generate employment for themselves.

Health Related Workshops

A Breastfeeding Awareness Session is conducted for the community women almost every two months, according to the needs of a particular area. The community women learn about WHO and UNICEF recommendations for feeding an infant or a young child in a healthy manner.

Through these sessions and workshops Lakshyam bridges the gap between knowledge and personal well being.

Impact of Initiatives of Lakshyam

Lakshyam’s struggle and programs have so far got a positive change in the lives of the women and families. Thousands of women have been able to support their families. Awareness is been created among the women regarding health measures, policies, educational opportunities for them to live a better and a dignified life. Lakshyam has made a conscious effort to liberate women from social injustice in many parts of the country and Lakshyam devote time to grow woman and child development.

We have centers another center in Ghaziabad and Vasant Kunj areas in Delhi where Lakshyam has effectively made foreseeable changes in the community and is continuously making an effort to build a dignified living standard. We also have centers in Jharkhand where 120 women have received training in stitching and sewing in Nagri Village. And 80 women have received training in jewelry making and stitching in Mahilong Village District.

The aim of this ROOH Program of Lakshyam is to empower women of all age groups, by providing basic resources and enhancing their skills which will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle and lead a better living for them.

Best Volunteer Programs for International Students

Volunteering as you travel is a wonderful way to see the world, learn more about different cultures and ways of life and make a difference in the lives of the people and country you visit.

The best way to volunteer and learn better about a place and the society we live in is to volunteer with an NGO which gives you exposure to problems faced by under privileged sections of the society where you can be a helping hand to the under privileged women and children.

When we think of empowering children and women both and being a helping hand to both, LAKSHYAM is what one may and should think of.

 LAKSHYAM is a non-governmental organization which came into existence in 2012. It is established itself for the welfare of the society, and mankind at large.  Lakshyam is engaged in a number of social welfare activities like child welfare, health, education and women empowerment, Lakshyam has rigorously aimed at implementing effective and innovative strategies to improve quality of life of under privileged community.

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Over the years, Lakshyam has expanded and strengthened its inventive programs and initiatives. The activities that the organization is actively involved in are various camps, workshops and programs that are designed to cater to the basic need-based approach. Lakshyam is currently working in 7 states across India and recently commenced its international chapter with Scotland. Two stores in Aberdeen, Scotland showcase our handcrafted products which has definitely given us a global platform and expanded its horizons to outside India.Lakshyam’s purpose of existence is to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children and women, and to offer a positive direction and a healthier approach towards life. Lakshyam continues to vow a credible, honest, transparent and accountable organization that devotes itself towards a privileged future.

Keeping these goals and objectives in mind, Lakshyam focuses on three programs which are as follows:

Lakshyam Toy Library

Lakshyam came up with an innovative plan of having a toy library for kids as they could not afford playing with toys due to their economic conditions. Toy boxes were installed at various schools in Delhi, India. The toys were collected from various schools and were put in the toy boxes accompanied with story books which all were free of cost for children to read and play. With storybooks and toys, Lakshyam wishes for the children to have a normal life without any disparity. As a result, Children now have access to toys and storybooks, read to them by teacher volunteers present at our centers. They no more look at toys with longing eyes, and can learn and enjoy their childhood to the best.

Butterfly-Child Welfare Program

Lakshyam launched a Child welfare program named “Butterfly- Child Welfare and Education” that symbolizes freedom with the wings of a butterfly. The concept of ‘Butterfly’ is based upon imparting the two most crucial aspects of welfare, a holistic education and well-round development. children at Lakshyam are taught Hindi, English, Math and Computer Sciences, with the objective of methodically filling in the gaps in formal education. When a child who is not well-versed with English or computer language suffers in government or private schools, Lakshyam’s remedial center provides free of cost tutorials. Twice a week, volunteers from IIT- Delhi work upon formulating a strategy that would help children renew their lost interest in studies. Recreational activities such as dance competitions, painting, magic shows, puppet shows etc play a major role in the development of the mortar and other physical, psychological and emotional development of the child and thus these activities play a major role in the welfare of these children at Lakshyam.

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ROOH-Women Welfare Program

Lakshyam’s another innovative program Rooh-Awakening Womens Soul meaning the spirit is a three their project aims at strengthening a woman’s conduct towards life. The first step in this program is to provide basic education to children. Second is to provide them with exposure and professional training and grooming. Third is to provide training and equipments to girls to sell their skills in the form of marketable goods to generate an income for themselves.

Interning with Lakshyam

Lakshyam hires interns throughout the year and is completely on voluntary basis. Students outside India can also apply and get practical exposure and experience in the fields. Under graduate and Post graduate students both can apply.

Responsibilities of an Intern

  • Teaching kids basic subjects like English, Hindi, Maths, Science and Social Science at the activity centers of Lakshyam.
  • Marketing of products made by women of the communities to help them generate income for a better livelihood.
  • Content writing on what Lakshyam is all about.
  • Market Research and field work related to problems of the community women and children.

International students can also apply for volunteer programs in India at Lakshyam anytime of the year and get exposure of local communities and their problems outside their own country which would be a lifetime experience for them.

Procedure for International Students to apply for internship

  1. Interested students need to send their CV or resume on this email id activity@lakshyam.co.in
  2. If your resume is shortlisted you would have to undergo a basic interview round. The interview would consist of basic questions about yourself, your past experiences with any NGO, if any.
  3. Selected candidates would be asked to join the internship and be a part of Lakshyam.

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Certificate of Recognition

You would be provided with a certificate of recognition towards the end of the internship which would definitely be an addition to your CV.

Reviews of Previous Interns

Interns get a hand on experience and exposure to problems in the society.

They develop problem solving and decision making skills in terms of solving these problems on their own.

Managing children by getting out of your own comfort zone

Learn how to enroll students in the government schools and generating employment opportunities

Overall, for every intern it has been like a dream come true to intern with Lakshyam.

Why not try and make your dream come true?

For more information about Lakshyam visit http://www.lakshyam.co.in