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.
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.
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
- Interested students need to send their CV or resume on this email id email@example.com
- 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.
- Selected candidates would be asked to join the internship and be a part of Lakshyam.
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