Volunteer Work In India, Volunteer Programs In India

A volunteer is a person who is willingly to work and gives his time, energy to contribute to the greater good of others. The term ‘Volunteer’ is derived from French word ‘Volontaire’, which means “one who volunteer”. In the earlier times it meant to serve the country willingly in times of war. With the changing times the term has also evolved to mean and volunteer for the society.

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Volunteer work, Volunteer programs in India have been going on right from the times of ancient era, and there are evident examples of some famous freedom fighters who at that time worked for women issues like sati practice, widow re-marriage, abolition of child marriage, girls education amongst other issues. The Indian society since independence have undergone tremendous changes and so the domain of volunteer work has also shifted its focus from these issues to issues like child education, empowering women by providing them opportunities to enhance their talent, environment, health and etc.

Lakshyam is an NGO, founded in 2012 by a young social entrepreneur Ms Rashi Aanand, with a motto to provide women empowerment and holistic development of children. Today Lakshyam is spread across seventeen Indian States and has reached three countries and many have been benefitted from its vision. However, all this wouldn’t have been possible without its troops of volunteer who come forward to help and garner Lakshyam vision to reality. Volunteers under Lakshyam can choose to volunteer in its program i.e. Lakshyam Butterfly – Child Education and Welfare program which works toward child development from their education, personal hygiene, to their extra-curricular activities. Volunteers can choose from an array of activity areas like media and communications, performing arts, academics, indoor and outdoor activities, data management and research, administrative work and business development, social entrepreneurship, building and construction. Volunteer under Lakshyam come from different walks of life like from the field of MBA, social work, house makers, architect, and data analysis. So, for this purpose Lakshyam gives a range of activity from which they can choose and work, associate themselves with good deeds. Like for instance, a MBA student can help and contribute toward making of an excellent business strategy or help make improvement in the earlier ones or a teacher can volunteer to teach lakshyam kids at the centre where they can choose from a range of subjects like Hindi, Maths, English, General Studies, Social Studies, Computer.

The requirements to join as a volunteer in Lakshyam are meagre like the minimum age of volunteer should start from 16 or 18 years, since some tasks require volunteers to be minimum 18 years of age. If, 18 years age must possess a authorize government ID, should be able to communicate freely in English as well as Hindi. The conditions Lakshyam works in are really poor so, expects volunteers to possess a tolerance level towards poor, unhealthy conditions and unhealthy slum surroundings. The volunteer must commit for three to four months of volunteer term.

Over the years of Lakshyam existence it has grown and evolved into an organisation and come forward to touch many lives. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and contributions of volunteers who turn up to lakshyam and through Lakshyam help the under-privileged and under-resourced community.

Donate for Mud School for Lakshyam Street Kids

***GREEN SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL BUILDING WORKSHOP AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY IN DELHI***

Lakshaym NGo Event in Delhi

With the motto of Hands to Hearts, Lakshyam works to safeguard and uplift children of not so privileged sections of the society. One of such is Vasant Kunj’s Sindhi Basti where 11 months ago Lakshyam NGO had set-up its school and camp for the betterment of children and people living in that area. From education to empowerment, Lakshyam has supported them all and tried its level best to improve their living. With this particular initiative, Lakshyam envisions to provide them with a school which will not stop them from learning and developing their inner skills in any circumstances.

This area is inhabited by around 100 families and approx 300 children who are seen begging or selling toys or performing on tarffic signals or are ragpickers.

The vision and idea is to bring these children out of these professions and provide them the basic education and amenities for their better future.

The need for a shelter:

  1. We are unable to function in that area due to no permanent structure in the vicinity to carry out activities. We started with our set up under the tree to a tent to a bamboo room.
  2. Currently, the bamboo shelter which is there is unable to withstand vagaries of nature such as strong rains, winds etc.
  3. For us to become a true engine of change, we need a reliable structure where they can carry out activities such as medical camps, remedial education for kids, vocational lessons for women, etc.

To see the video of the Basti visit: https://youtu.be/xccPbQMEOsc

We are grateful and delighted to collaborate with Ms. Shagun Singh, from Geeli Mitti Foundation, who would be teaching and helping to build the Lakshyam Centre with Earthbag technique.

This technique focusses on low cost, durable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly structures using recycled materials.
Earthbag structures are extremely strong and can withstand earthquakes, fire, floods, bullets…
Being a natural building using mud as the main building material, the school we are building will have thermal mass to remain comfortable through the sweltering Delhi summer heat, the humid monsoon and bitter cold of winter.

This will be a single room classroom in the middle of the slum. An oval shaped structure with a sloping roof.

ABOUT GEELI MITTI FOUNDATION

Founded by co-trustees, Shagun Singh and Osho Kalia,
Geeli Mitti Foundation spearheads projects and causes in the domain of Environment, Sustainability, Women Empowerment, Health and Skill Development for Jail Inmates, Women and Children.

Our core projects live right now include:

  1. The ‘Say No to Polythene and Yes to Cloth Bag’ campaign recognised by the Haryana Govt. in its list of achievements of 50 years for its impact in both substituting Polythene and providing skills and financial support to Jail Inmates and Women in slums.
  2. Under our work on Women Empowerment, we work with the Police across different cities and States to impart self defense training to school and college girls, especially in rural hinterlands surrounding the metros.
  3. We have adopted three remote villages in Uttrakhand and are working to make them self-sufficient eco-communities with organic farming, waste management, natural housing along with set up plan of a health centre, libraries, education support, upskilling trainings for women and a computer centre.

The Foundation also helps to market the produce from our SHGs and organic farmers.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE/CONTRIBUTE FOR THIS EARTHBAG BUILD

1. You can volunteer and join the workshop to learn to build with Earthbags and contribute to the cause at the same time.

10-day workshop covering:
– Natural buildings and its advantages
– Foundation and Plinth
– Earthbag walls, diddling, pattern, wire laying, tamping techniques
– Opening, doors and windows affixing
– Electrical and plumbing provisions

Workshop fee – Rs.5000
You can also pay the entire or part of course fee by way of donating some of the materials that we need.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION WILL BE PROVIDED

Note – Please carry your own bottle of water and food/snacks.

2. Donate the materials or contribute money to the fund for purchase/sourcing of our building materials and labour.

List of Materials for donation:
1. Gravel for foundation
2. Tarpaulins for shade and cover. Strong ropes
3. Wood for doors/windows/roof frames. Also readymade/old doors and windows that can be reused
4. Large cardboard rolls or boxes for roof insulation
5. Clay soil / laal mitti / potters soil for plastering
6. Barbed wire
7. Iron rebars and angles
8. Tools – shovels, tampers, strip anchors, mud sievers
9. Tin sheets/panels for roof

CONTACT
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Raashi Anand – 9540690002
Email- support@lakshyam.co.in

Website: http://www.lakshyam.co.in/

Child Welfare Organizations in India – Building A Better Future For Children

With over 12 million child workers (on paper, possible there could be more than 60 million child workers) out of 440 million children, India is sadly the home to the largest number of child labourers in the world.

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International Labour Organization defines ‘Child Labour’ as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to mental and physical development. It refers to work that:

  • Is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and
  • Interferes with their schooling by:
  • Depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;
  • Obliging them to leave school prematurely; or
  • Requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.

Over 50% of children face some kind of sexual abuse in India.

Nearly 2 million children in India do not live till the age of 5.

79% of children below the age 3, have anaemia in India.

Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts
Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts

However, there are various child welfare organizations in India that are working very hard to pull them out of the extreme conditions and return their lost childhood. One such child welfare organization is Lakshyam, an NGO covering PAN India that works for building a safe, habitable world for the unfortunate lot of our society. Since its inception in 2004 till today, Lakshyam has touched well over 18,000 lives in 11 states and directly benefitted them. With over 4 projects working towards child welfare, women empowerment as well as slum development; it steers infallible schemes that would holistically benefit the poor.

Lakshyam currently runs two programs for child welfare, “Butterfly” and “Lakshyam Toy Library”.

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Image Sources: Lakshyam 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. With this objective, children at Lakshyam are taught Hindi, English, Math and Computer Sciences, in purview of methodically filling in the gaps in formal education. When a child who is not very well-versed with English or computer language suffers in government or private schools, Lakshyam’s remedial centre provides free of cost tutorials

CENTER BENEFICIARIES
GHAZIABAD 100
KURUSHETERA 40
VASANT KUNJ 120
TOTAL 260

The other child welfare program by Lakshyam is Lakshyam Toy Library. Lakshyam has always believed that money is not the only thing that builds a childhood; it is love too. Widely unnoticed, but children develop a strong and deep bond with their toys. In times of loneliness, it is toys that keep us company. Unfortunately, being poor in India is not only lack of money; it is lack of love too. To fill in this gap in their childhood, Lakshyam came up with a brilliant idea of a Toy Library.

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Image sources: Lakshyam toy Library

Lakshyam set up its first toy library 8 years ago with thousands of toys collected from various schools across Delhi. Now, it has 16 of them throughout the country. Children can access these toys whenever, however they want. Lakshyam’s aim to fill in this void in their lives has been so far successful. With storybooks and toys, Lakshyam wishes for the children to have a normal life without any depravity.

NGO in India For Children Education

Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts
Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts

It has been more than half a century since India’s independence and 100 percent literacy rate is still a distant dream for our country where almost 35% of the population is still illiterate. On one hand where India is being called one of the worlds fastest growing economies it still lacks proper school facilities and efficient teaching staff across the government run schools across the country, which takes it far behind even the most underdeveloped nations of the world in terms of its social indicators.

So this is where the NGO’s in India for Children step in and take the necessary action to educate the underprivileged.  While most of the governments efforts to universalization of education goes in vain because of inefficiencies in its system and politics, the NGO’s help government achieve their goal since NGO’s only motive is community development where children and adults realize their full potential in a safe and a healthy environment.  They try to fill in for the inefficiencies of our system and bridge the gap between the underprivileged and the privileged sections of the society.

Since the last 2 decades or more the role of NGO’s and the dependency of the government and our country’s citizens on it for education has increased tremendously. NGO’s use many strategies such as public-private partnerships, teacher-training, family literacy, community involvement and developing funds for educational sector.

In rural areas especially, where women and girls are forced to give up even their most fundamental right like education due to various reasons such as lack of proper sanitation facilities at public schools, child marriage, family pressure and sexual exploitation by male teachers etcetera NGO’s protect their rights by providing a safe environment for both boys and girls to reach their full potential. Most of the NGO’s in India today provide education in the most remote villages and slums across the country.  They provide financial assistance to children who dropout because of lack of money and even provide free education at their own expense. To those children who don’t go to school because of inaccessibility, they reach out to these kids and teach them at their homes. Also a lot of NGO’s even assist in skill based higher education that can help unprivileged children become self- sufficient and not rely on others.

As Nelson Mandela very aptly said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” NGO’s in India have a crucial role to play in educating the children and thus developing the country.

Child Welfare Programs in India

Child Welfare NGO
Child Welfare NGO

“Child welfare” is a seemingly small word containing another universe of it’s own! When we talk about welfare, what do we mean? Do we mean education? Healthcare? Protection? Or do we mean giving the child a “normal” life as you and I have lived?

Development does not end at education, does not end at protection or healthcare. Development covers a loving environment for the child to grow up in, a pair of two to give the child care and support, a home and not an orphanage, it means clean water not mud, it means a toilet that’s not in a jungle, it means much more than you and I can think of.

Thousands of “Child Welfare” programs have been launched in India. Though lesser and lesser proved efficient. In every nook and corner of this country, every individual tries to do his bit, and so should you. The process of welfare, is simple really yet intricate. You start with the outlook, the dirt on the body, work towards the mind and finally, towards the emotional being.

Very few organizations have coherently understood the meaning of Child Welfare. Yet, some of the efficient ones such as Lakshyam NGO have done a stupendous job. Not only is the emotional, physical and mental growth is taken care of, it also targets the career path that the child chooses. For Lakshyam, actual welfare comes within a state when the child in independent in the broadest sense of the word.

Lakshyam informally adopts poverty stricken bastis (ghettos) and targets an all round welfare of the households. The children are enrolled in the remedial school and are taught three main subjects, which are Math, Computer Science and English. Additionally, Lakshyam endeavors to help children chose the right career path and enroll them under a professional tutor, which allow them flourish without any trace of depravity.

Child Welfare Organizations in India

Child welfare is a continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for their children successfully. Child welfare organizations in India (Lakshyam Butterfly)serve a variety of purposes including adoption and foster care facilities, child abuse and neglect reports, family reunification etc. all of which ensure holistic growth and development of the children of the country, especially those belonging to vulnerable sections of the society.

Childerns Camp at Ranchi Center - Lakshyam NGO
Camp at Ranchi Center – Lakshyam NGO

Children constitute principle assets of any country.  Children’s development is very important for the overall development of society and the best way to develop national human resources is to take care of children.  India has the largest child population in the world.  All out efforts are being made by the Government for the development and welfare of children.   A number of organizations have been set up for this purpose. To name a few:

Organizations Serving Children in India

  • Indian Council of Social Welfare, Hyderabad
  • Delhi Council For Children Welfare, Delhi
  • O.S. Children’s Villages of India, New Delhi
  • Haryana State Council for Child Welfare
  • Bal Vikas Bhavan, Haryana
  • Holy Infant Mary’s Girls Home, Kerala

Such organizations fulfill the dream of building a brighter India by improving the conditions of the future of the country  – the children. All spheres are taken care of under most of these organizations to promote well being of children. They provide robust health and nutrition benefits to the children coming from the most marginalized communities. They work towards providing quality education and equal opportunities for all children in India. They strive towards working to make a difference in the lives of the most socially-excluded children by providing them protection against any form of violence, labor or abuse.

NGO in Delhi for Children

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Lakshyam NGO

Children are the future of a country. To ensure that every child in the country gets access to proper education, healthy lifestyle and good values, several NGOs especially in Delhi have come into the picture. They have taken up the responsibility to nurture and shape the future of the underprivileged and vulnerable children and hold their hands in times of need.

The route or method might differ from one NGO to the other, but the ideologies and objective remain the same. It is to work selflessly and sincerely to help improve the condition of the children and also inspire others to do the same.

NGOs like Lakshyam, CRY, Uday and Smile foundation and many more have set out to make this vision possible not only in Delhi but also in other branches in India to take up as many children as possible. The different training programmes adopted by these NGOs provide layers of exposure to the children and prepare them for the future endeavors. Be it life skills or general knowledge, there are constant efforts being made to uplift the mental horizons of the children. When the vision is clear, then only can the children think of breaking free from the shackles of their present and work to create a better tomorrow.

These NGO in Delhi for Children have covered lakhs of children under them and changed the lives of so many of them. The international recognition received by them is a testament to the scale at which the NGOs reach out.

It is only with the efforts of each and every one who is involved in the cause that has helped make this project a success. If everyone tries to contribute in any way in their locality than we can expect a change in the years to come.