Prerna Bhatia-Nurturing Dreams

“Every fire doesn’t need a fire extinguisher,

Some are meant to be kept alive!”

My Name is Prerna Bhatia and by profession I am a motivational speaker, life skill trainer, and a happiness consultant.My truest aspiration is to become a good human being and I believe rest will automatically follow.

I am the founder of NGOs ‘Nurturing Dreams, and ‘Strii Empowering Women’

I started ‘Nurturing Dreams’ two years back. I felt a dire need to start the motivational talks because whom so ever I came across be it college students or the well-settled people, everyone aspired to become x, y, z but nobody was truly bothered to become I and me, this despondence and discontentment among people, feeling low about their own self, getting depress on seeing others happiness, leaving hope of success on consecutive failures really urged me to step forward and initiate these talks.

Nurturing Dreams is an organization working towards bringing positive change in the society by making people feel more positive about themselves, by making them embrace their own set of imperfections in order to make them move on the road of improvement and for this we conduct motivational sessions for students, teachers, parents and professionals.

Our prime focus is to make youth positive and for this we talk on subjects like positive attitude, power of thoughts, never give up strength, stress and anger management, depress the depression, self acceptance, believe power of a being, leadership skills, communication and soft skills enhancement etc.

We have executed these inspiring sessions in various colleges of Delhi University.

I started with the school kids because that is the age where we are constantly compared to others and given benchmarks for being a good child, then gradually we started talking seminars in colleges, institutions etc.

While doing this I had to face several challenges but I strongly believe in possibilities which undoubtedly are the end product of challenges. There were various hurdles which indeed acted as the opportunities particularly that of the age, because people often questioned my age and even had this option that I am very young for this field, but then as precisely said, “your work speaks louder for you” and so did mine.

Things were going big, but God wanted things to get bigger, so out of my surprise my own school principal, Sister Pramela approached me to conduct a menstrual cycle workshop for the girls, and this was the point where my life took a 360 degree turn, to my surprise the girls told me that menstrual cycle is a bad thing and we should not go to temple during those days, after hearing all that, I decided to take this campaign forward and I named it *strii empowering women* and today we proudly tell girls about menstrual cycle under the project *I am proud to bleed* and break various myths and taboos related to menstrual cycle.

We distribute sanitary napkins to the girls and women in need of it by arranging sanitary napkin collection drive in schools and colleges, we go to slum areas make the men and women aware about this natural process along and impart them the knowledge of good and bad touch.

I started this campaign alone one year back, but today with god’s grace we are a strii family with 10 members and 50 volunteers.

I believe that sometimes, “life makes you gamble everything for the sight that only you can see”,

and in my case this become the ultimate truth, I had this vision that every girl whom I meet should carry forward this message that’I am proud to bleed’ and things are happening around the globe and are changing too.

 Prerna Bhatia-Nurturing Dreams

Amit Jain – Mitti Ke Rang

I am a 27 year-old Nomad Traveller, entrepreneur, social worker, youth activist and a student.

An Indian Correspondent at Commonwealth, I am also a World Economic Forum Extended Shaper, a Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld, Delegate – Pune Austin Sister city.

I Founded Mitti Ke Rang (MKR) in 2014 to address gender equality and widows empowerment, to provide them resources and support.

Moreover, I founded the Social Network Startup “Connecting 196 Countries”, a forum that seeks to connect young change-makers in the world to bring ideas and share best practices which will foster development in their communities.

We often talk about issues facing women but have rarely spent time thinking about the wellbeing of widows in our society. In India alone, there are more than 42 Million Widows out of which 60% live in very dismal conditions.

I come from a lower middle-class Indian family and have faced many hardships. My father did not live long enough to see me become something. My father passed away when I was four, leaving behind his wife and two sons and lots of loan behind. Due of the outstanding loan, from a very early age I was used to listen the words like Nilami and Jhapti. I worked hard for academic success throughout school. I wanted to be an engineer but had to shift to Commerce due to lack of money.

So, what now? Many said that with BCom degree you won’t be able to get a job, but I thought let’s give it a try. I wanted to overcome poverty. I moved to Pune in 2012 with just 1,000 rupees. I did not have a place to stay and did not know where to apply for a job. One month and many interviews later a company hired me. Our condition started improving and in 2014 I shifted my mother to Pune.

I have lived in so many challenging situations that Widows and their children have to face, often feeling frustrated and helpless. I couldn’t find any information or get access to support groups that could help widows. It was then that I made it my mission to fill the gap and start Mitti Ke Rang.

Our Society does not have the openness to accept widows as strong women who can contribute. Just because my mother is a widow, she was not allowed to take part in prayers/rituals, marriage ceremonies, or apply mehendi (henna). After my father passed away, my mother didn’t know what to do. She was not aware of her rights. In a fraction of a second everything changed, and she was completely unprepared for it. Raising two children with no financial stability was not an easy feat. This was my trigger to start working towards widows empowerment because I do not want anyone else to feel so helpless.

Amit Jain | Founder Mitti Ke Rang