“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
Volunteers are people who expresses a willingness to undertake a service. It is not necessary that one volunteers for the pursuit of monetary prize or recognition. One can also volunteer due to the desire to work for the welfare and betterment of the society, in particular the underprivileged sections of the society. The volunteers are the people who reflect a nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving.
There are numerous organizations who have made an attempt to uplift the people out of abject poverty and prevent the ostracization of the underprivileged sections of the society. Lakshyam is one such organization which through the help of its volunteers has and continues to make this society a better place to reside in.
Lakshyam was founded in the year 2012 by Ms. Raashi Anand with the ultimate aim being the advancement of the socially, economically marginalised communities and prevent the exploitation of these underprivileged sections of the society. Lakshyam today, is spread across 19 centers in India and has impacted 20 states. It has further touched over 30,000 lives and directly benefited them.
Lakshyam offers a volunteering programme where the volunteers can work at centres spread across 5 locations across India. Lakshyam encourages the volunteers to work in diverse areas ranging from – media and communications, performing arts, academics, indoor and outdoor sport, data management and research etc. This enables them to use whatever skills they possess to further enhance the skills of these underprivileged sections of the society.
Lakshyam further provides programmer like Butterfly where they can employ the knowledge they possess for the betterment of these underprivileged sections of the society. Butterfly allows the children to come out of all the inequalities and fears and have freedom to foster creativity and curiosity.
The volunteers can teach various subjects as well as positive healthy habits of cleanliness, hygiene and discipline to the children involved in various professions like rag picking, begging etc. The volunteers can also take workshops of art and craft, music, dance forms, drama, calligraphy etc.
Another major initiative or the programme launched by the Lakshyam is the Lakshyam Toy Library which provides the children what they are lacking- childhood. Various toy libraries have been set up across India. The volunteers provide them with educational toys, games and books to help the children in their growth and development.
Furthermore, Rooh is an initiative which is introduced to provide women with financial independence. Thus, women are provided vocational training by volunteers and renowned professionals so that it could help them generate self-employment and a measure of income. Volunteers also engage in enhancing the knowledge of women with regards to sanitation and menstrual hygiene.
Other volunteering programmers initiated by Lakshyam includes fashion for cause, a one-of-its-kind fashion show, Delhi Primes etc. Furthermore, Lakshyam NGO offers an opportunity to be a part of the Earth bag build which is a green sustainable school building workshop and a volunteering opportunity in Delhi.
Thus, Lakshyam provides the volunteers an opportunity to improve the conditions of these marginalized sections of the society by contributing their knowledge and skills.