Archana Srivastava’s window to happiness

Main choo sakti hun akash, mauke ki mujhe hai talash
I am Archana Srivastava, founder of Gavaksh, a spirited entrepreneur and a social worker at heart. Just like many other girls in our society, during the early age of my life, I too faced a lot of restrictions and constraints when I first stepped out of the safety of my home. My immediate family and extended family had their own set of reservations about the sort of project I was planning to undertake. They were worried about my safety, what people would say and whether it would be enough to bring home bread and butter. Today, I am running my own NGO near ITO, New Delhi.  Every day brings in a new set of challenges and lessons.

“I know I am on the right path. I am doing what I am meant to do. My mind is clear about the vision I need to pursue. I am happy with the way things are shaping up for GavaKsh.”

The most defining and magical moment for me so far has been the birth of my dream project “GavaKsh – window to happiness”.   This was born on 31st December 2014. This project is an attempt to bring happiness into the lives of children coming from under privileged section of our society. I discovered that the cause of working towards social development of underprivileged children pulls all the right heartstrings for me.

GavaKash aims to reach out to the children with lesser means to provide them with meaningful education. The objective is to make education and learning fun by using interactive learning and teaching techniques like dance, music, observation, art and craft, games, workshops and many such tools. The idea is to ensure that each child who joins the NGO, looks forward to the next session. Therefore, Gavaksh tries to inspire and initiate solutions which have the potential to change the lives of children who have been deprived of what they deserve.  

To the fellow womenfolk, my message is :

“It’s time for us “WOMEN” to come forth and undertake some extra initiatives. We need to help create an environment of empowerment for other women around us, who are still struggling for their basic rights of education, equality and safety. It is our responsibility to make sure that we co-create an environment of awareness, education and nurturing such that every female is able to rejoice in being a woman!”

Archana Srivastava                                                                                         Founder GavaKash| Social Activist| Spreading Happiness

Latika Wadhwa : Small beginnings lead to bigger changes

The story we are presenting today is all about celebrating the incredible women of our society. Latika Wadhwa is one such name. She serves as an apt example of what women can do if the society allows them be their own self.

My name is Latika Wadhwa and I would like to introduce myself as a young Social Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker and the Founder of MaStyle Care, a not for profit organization started in the year 2013 with an aim to create awareness on various social issues and help the needy to connect with the resources across the country.

For me it all started when the winters were approaching, back in 2013. I thought of doing something for the underprivileged kids who roam on the streets of Delhi during the cold winter season. A small beginning there shaped into something much bigger and I haven’t looked back since.

In the course of 3 years, my organization has been able to conduct various online as well as offline campaigns pertaining to women empowerment, girl child education, environment, old age, blind & autistic underprivileged kids etc. Some of the successful events are: Chalk Walk Against Women Violence, Colorothon Delhi, Gift a Garden to Autistic Kids, Pop The Balloon, Birthday Away to 100 orphan girls, Elderly Birthday Party, Say No to Crackers on Diwali etc. My organization’s work has impacted more than 30,000 people across the country.

Through the campaign, Kisse Changemakers Ke we have been able to cover more than 1000 stories of Change makers across the country in order to help them with volunteers, resources as well as in outreaching and networking with the resources. With the help of the campaign various social change makers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Coimbatore have been able to connect with each other and launch social initiatives that benefited the people of the society.

Another area of interest for me has been women empowerment. I have started social media groups like Mompreneur Circle which are connecting women from all parts of country to come together, motivate on another and inspire the womenfolk. Every week there are Facebook chat discussions with an expert to help the community of 4300+ mothers and married women solve all their problems related to restart their career.

We at Those In Need hope to share many more such stories of empowerment, progress and women power. Along with this, we will try hard to play a part in encouraging the women in our society to follow their dreams.

Latika Wadhwa

Founder MaStyle Care| Social Activist| Mompreneur Circle