Akash Tandon- Pehchan School

My name is Akash Tandon, an engineer by education, a digital marketer by profession, a social worker by interest and an artist by heart. I am working on social issues since last five years and I am currently running a slum school with the name Pehchan, which works for underprivileged children in a small slum of Delhi.

After volunteering for a number of social causes like women empowerment, children education and working with organizations like India against Corruption for almost three years; I decided to dedicate all my energies for one cause in particular- ‘Education of underprivileged children’. One fine day, I received a call from my friend who was overwhelmed to do something for the same cause and we started to discuss when, where and how of making it happen. After some research, we decided on where! It was ‘Anna-Nagar’, an area which lacked access to even proper toilets back in the day and ironically happens to be right behind the most elite social world organization – World Health Organisation. Such inequality to exist, at the periphery of the righteous state, seemed unfair at so many levels. With curiosity and a bucket full of questions, we went inside that slum to see how one of the largest slums of Delhi is operating. We met many people and all our discussions further cemented our belief and idea that we were headed in the right direction.

The idea was to inspire people – people with access to high-quality education – to take it upon them and make education accessible to those who are denied it. We decided we should be the first one to give these children ‘Pehchan’ and we made our first engagement – teaching a batch of 5 students without any roof to cover our heads or any infrastructure except the roads to sit on. As the day went, people started recognizing our efforts and they appreciated our mission and realized how difficult it must be to manage a class on road. And like a Christmas miracle, the slum people gave us an empty temple as a haven to take this noble cause forward. Our journey started with less than 5 volunteers and 10 children but in last 2.5 years, we have grown to more than 200 students and 60 volunteers. The biggest highlight was a recent event organized by ‘Pehchan group’ on Diwali. The event saw the participation of 60+ active volunteers who helped in organizing and conducting a fun-filled event like dance and quiz competitions with children and saw the donation of stationary, clothes, school bags on a massive scale. Also, 25 students from ‘Pehchan’ school went to secure admission in good primary schools for the first time in their family’s history.

We are an unregistered group and it has been really difficult for us to find donors and volunteers. Despite this, we have been able to sustain a large group of 60+ volunteers and received recognition on social media and newspapers. We are in the process of completing our registration and I am confident that this 2.5 years of hard work will pay off.

The mission of ‘Pehchan’ is to inspire people around us that education is the birthright of every child and we take the onus on us to make it accessible to them. A volunteer from our team implemented this idea in personal space as well and now he teaches children of house-maids and security guards on weekends. I want each one of us to become that story, because we can only bring so many ‘Pehchan’ schools to every street of Delhi and world, if and only if, all of us decide to give ‘Pehchan’ to every child who deserves it. Come let us make education viral.

Akash Tandon| Pehchan, The Street School

Harshit Gupta- Womenite

Everyday things which pass as blur, became the focus of my life and brought inspiration to bring ‘Womenite’ to reality. Most of us, like me, had grown up seeing how our mothers sacrifice all their might and happiness for the sake of her family. And it pained me to see that despite all their abilities and sacrifices, world plagues with stereotypes and continues to treat women as inferior sex and deny them their most basic rights. This realization motivated me to take a stand and I was a 19-year-old undergraduate engineering student at NSIT when I decided to start ‘Womenite’ with a mission to create an equal society with education, love, and empowerment.

I’m an Engineer by education and social entrepreneur by choice. When I started Womenite, people used to mock me by saying that I do some kind of business which involves supplying girls at night- ‘Women at nite’ but surpassing these mockeries and hurdles, ‘Womenite’ has come a long way. We have worked for ‘HeForShe’ campaign, UN Women’s solidarity movement for gender equality. We were also invited at the UN Women’s headquarters in New York for Brown Bag activity to present our project. Also, Womenite gave me the opportunity to become a global youth ambassador for ‘A World At School’ campaign which aims to promote quality education for all i.e. SDG 4. I was featured as TEDx speaker and was highly-commended runners-up for Queen’s Young Leader Award chosen by HH Queen Elizabeth II with a 1-year mentoring course on Leading Change by the University of Cambridge.

The dark underbelly of the world has some hideous facts and it stirs something inside you to work constantly to create a better world for women. We live in a world where more than two-thirds of all women have been harassed sexually or physically at least once in their lifetime. This is a world where every third woman gets harassed in her workplace. Here, a housemaker’s work has no monetary reward and menstruating is considered a taboo where bleeding women are barred from entering religious places. I believe these problems will continue until people are ‘educated’ and made ‘aware’ about these issues and their skewed mentality is changed. Thus, we conduct workshops with our focus on three key issues, namely ‘Child Abuse’, ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Menstrual Hygiene’ in order to educate children and adults alike.

The workshop on child sexual abuse functions in four age brackets: grade 4, grade 5-6, grade 7-8, and grades 9-10. It aims to educate students about safe and unsafe touch and talk to them about danger, trust, and safety. It teaches them the concept of personal space; make them aware of abuse and its types, i.e. contact and non-contact.

The workshop on gender equality finds its target audience in the children of ages 12 and above. Its primary objective is to make children realize that gender inequality does not exist in a vacuum; rather, it permeates every part of our lives and affects everybody and everyone, regardless of the social systems that bind them. The gender equality workshop has a follow-up, i.e. the feminism workshop that introduces children to the concept and ideologies of feminism.

The workshop on menstrual hygiene aims to educate both young and aged about the process of menstruation and serves to bust myths and folklore around the menstruation process. It motivates the audience to use products available in the market that are aimed towards menstrual hygiene.

Till this date, we have conducted sessions in over 100 schools, organizations (including other NGOs), colleges and public events, thus, impacting over 20,000 students and youth. But I believe there is still a lot that has to be done; as an old saying goes- ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and a new ‘equal’ society must wait many days to come into being.

 

Harhsit Gupta|Founder- Womenite NGO

Anvi-‘NazariyaEkSoch’

Fifteen is a delicate age. After spending a decade in illusions, we steer out of haziness and start consciously deciding ‘To be or not to be’. For me the choice was clear, I decided ‘To be’ a medium of change, as something Gandhi Ji said always inspired me ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.

It is difficult enough to break the taboos let alone think of doing at age of fifteen when no one takes your words seriously because people think ‘you are too young’ to have judgment or opinions. But they all are excuses people make because they have accepted to live with distorted views, never realizing that their rituals are outcomes of irrational superstitions. I am talking about one of the biggest taboos women bear brunt of their whole lives- Menstruation.

A lot of people are set out to speak the unspeakable but one voice- Aditi Gupta’s Ted talk stirred something inside me and made me realize what I really wanted to do! The realization marked the beginning of my journey – to burn the stereotypes and judgments and bring the purity of thoughts. It was difficult at first but being brought up in an unorthodox and supportive family gave me the courage of taking up this initiative of making society aware about “Menstruation and its Taboos”.

I started out small, taking a few workshops in the neighboring schools; creating awareness on Menstruation, talking to the students freely about the whole topic, telling them what to do and how to do. It was a bit difficult sometimes. I wasn’t appreciated by the teachers in some schools because they thought it was something that should not to be talked about in open. But I outgrew all the negatives and despite all the hurdles I have managed to conduct 20 workshops with a footfall of around 2500 people till now. The biggest achievement was the success of an event in Delhi where I organized an open discussion on “Menstruation and its taboos”

Now that I have a good start, I plan to expand my reach, make more people aware about menstruation and break the silence on this topic. I want people to understand that it’s not a curse rather a blessing to get periods. There is nothing impure about it and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a natural process, that every girl, every woman goes through. It’s a gift to women.

No good thing ever dies and I hope my small contribution will create a ripple in the sea and bring about the change needed to break the taboos on menstruation.

 

Anvi| Founder ‘Nazariya’ Organisation

 

Simran-Talk Happy Therapy

I’m Simran – a young 21-year-old enthusiastic psychologist, actor, anchor, a radio person, a researcher, a poet and a social entrepreneur. I have been working in media since 2011, and that is the same year I started studying psychology and fell in love with it.  A culmination of 7 years of experience in media and psychology helped me curate ‘Talk Happy Therapy’! My idea for ‘Talk Happy Therapy’ was conceived on a scooty ride and is an effort to stop our generation from falling deep into an abyss.

Our generation is special; we are not like our forefathers. We follow our hearts, we do not settle for a 9-5 job and a simple video going viral can turn us into media sensation and celebrities. Following your passion is not a choice apparently; this is something we must do. And what about those who are not that ‘special’ as per society’s definition or never become celebrities? We all have felt this seemingly innocuous discontentment of being ‘not special’ or ‘not successful’ crawl into our brains but we knock it off or bury it though we never get fully rid of it. This dissatisfaction grows roots in our brains and settles to take form of ‘Depression’. A large part of our generation has fought this issue at one or another point of their lives. More than five crore people suffer from depression in India (WHO, 2015) and it is ranked 122 in the World Happiness Index, 2017.

On a scooty ride while I was contemplating these issues and my life – this million-dollar idea struck me with one word – ‘Happiness’. The goal of human life is to be happy and right now our generation seems to be a little misguided from the route to happiness. Then, I thought to myself – what do psychology and entertainment have in common? The answer is – they both make us happier. One does it through therapies and discussion on our life problems and the other through comical dialogues, songs, stories etc. Psychology has a dry approach (the old and dull sitting on couch approach) but what if I could change the approach to make it interesting say via media ‘talks’ – on radio, on TV or on stage as public sessions with a psychologist.

Entertainment. Entertainment. Entertainment! Or more like Talk. Therapy. Happy. Bingo- ‘Talk Happy Therapy’

Today with my wonderful team, we have covered 4 cities, counselled 500 individuals and saved 13 lives through our fun filled dilemma solving workshops. We focus on the sources of common anxieties such as failure, bullying, relationships etc and provide counselling on how to tackle these issues in a non-conventional and non-boring way.  A lot has happened in a short duration and I want to keep on impacting more and more people. A particular case which I vividly remember is that of one of my dearest friend who was on the verge of committing suicide but fortunately my attention and counselling stopped him from taking this dreadful decision.

With all the passion, we move forward and help everyday through workshops and provide peer support to spread smiles.

Simran|Founder- Talk Happy Therapy

RISHI BANSHIWAL- REACHING SKY FOUNDATION

In the world which is constantly changing and evolving, you run the risk of becoming obsolete if you are not adopting. ‘Survival of the fittest’- decades old as this biological theory slash adage is, it shall never lose its relevance even if human race was wiped out and ruled by robots or machines.

I am Rishi Banshiwal, co-founder of ‘Reaching Sky Foundation’. This social initiative is aimed at making the youth of India ‘fit’ for survival in this competitive world and makes them employable by imparting them the most important skills and education. Currently I am a United Nations Volunteer, working on a National Project which promotes volunteering among youth all over India to get involved in matters critical for the development of the country like the sustainable development goals. We are working on opportunities so that they can improve their skills, networks, competencies and feel much more confident about themselves and then go on to become success stories and inspire others in their respective society.

I belong to a family which has a deeply rooted culture of volunteering and I imbibed their habits whole heartedly. It is a maddening world and it takes being more than ‘good enough’ to make a mark in the society. I come from a humble background and I realized it was need of the hour to make people, especially our youth, resourceful and thus came the idea for this initiative.

After completing my graduation I worked with many young leaders and organizations in Delhi/NCR and executed 8+ social projects. I got hungry to learn more and realized I needed to develop skills to deliver the best, if I were to stick to this field and make a social impact. So, I took up a managerial Course (MBA) from a socially inclined University in Agra – Dayalbagh Educational Institute. In the last semester of my MBA, post finishing my internship with another social organization, I registered my dream social venture. Through this initiative I wanted to give power and awesomeness to our youth which promotes lifelong growth. After discussing this idea with co-founder Sunidhi Kant, we decided to give it a name – ‘‘Reaching Sky Foundation”..

Riding on a wave of passion to make an impact, we started with empty hands and a big dream. We wanted to save money so we painted the walls of our office by ourselves and converted a rented store room into a breathable working office space within a month. I also learnt new skills like designing, video-editing, web development etc. which made me very productive. We embraced and utilized new technology to solve day to day problems. It’s difficult to show someone what you are working on at the initial stage and there are apprehensions as to what should be the next step. It is important to have faith and take suggestions and criticism in a positive light.

My passion and my efforts for promoting volunteering and supporting youth were rewarded when as I was awarded as the “Youth Champion” in September, 2016 by iVolunteer Awards! This was extremely humbling and motivating moment for me and it energized me double up my efforts to keep up the good work.

Today, the small initiative started in a rented room is a big movement, giving opportunities to hundreds of youth to help change their lives by changing the life of others. In the last half decade of working with youth and children on quality education at more than 10 slum sites and by mobilizing more than 25,000 volunteers , I have managed to streamline my passion for volunteering in a more effective and deliberate way and the rewards have been immensely fulfilling! On the field, when I see my students excitingly waiting for our team to come and teach the lessons we have planned, it makes all the hard work worth it. When the volunteers who devoted their time in being the resourceful persons on field tells me that they had the best time of their lives and they feel much more confident and competent about themselves, I feel our efforts are important and relevant for the development of our society.

I feel that I am the luckiest person because I chose to work for my ‘passion’ rather than for a ‘job’.

Rishi Banshiwal

Co-founder ‘Reaching Sky Foundation’| Social Entrepreneur

Saumya Aggarwal – Youth for Peace International

Hi everyone, I am Saumya Aggarwal, a 20-year old, currently in 3rd year of college and the co-founder of ‘Youth for Peace International’.

We began in December 2015 with a vague idea, yet we knew that we wanted to create a platform to promote peace and harmony in our society. It was in the middle of 2016, when we met few peace scholars who helped us in transforming our small idea into a large community. Today, my organisation conducts workshops to spread awareness on the issues of peace-building and conflict transformation. We help people to know themselves first and guide them on how they can work in a team setup. Gradually, we move towards conflict-resolution negotiation and then finally sustainability. We help the candidates to negotiate in daily life. For us, peace means non-existence of conflict. We wish to generate a thought process in people, through which people don’t jump into conflicts easily and think about the other person also.

When we were doing research work at refugee camps, I used art as a tool to heal the psychological trauma people we met had undergone. Art is very close to heart as it helped me when my mother was dealing with cancer. At the refugee camp, there was a strong communication barrier so we made extra efforts by conducting interactive activities. Now, we do multiple donation drives for the development of these refugees. After witnessing all this, I have become more empathetic towards people and thankful for the life I am leading.

My routine is pretty hectic as I manage college and social projects simultaneously. Listening to music, searching for opportunities, painting and watching TED talks on YouTube helps me unwind. I was really thrilled when one of my paintings was displayed in UN’s headquarters in Bangkok. It was selected as the best painting from among the artworks of various artists.

I like to keep busy. These years are the most crucial ones of my life. I can make or mar my life. When my mother was in pain she never showed it and that silent courage has taught me the biggest lesson of my life. My journey so far has not been easy as I have received my share of criticism. People have had issues trusting me because I am a young female leader. Also, I had to work extra hard to establish my credibility in the organization. But I have a great passion to accept challenges and now that I have realised my mission in life, why not work towards it from the beginning? I plan to make this initiative a revenue generating model and also to pursue masters from Harvard University soon.

Saumya Aggarwal                                                                                                             Co-founder Youth for Peace International | Social Entrepreneur

Sunidhi Kant – Reaching Sky Foundation

My name is Sunidhi Kant & I am a Founding Member & Managing Director of Reaching Sky Foundation; a youth oriented Non-Profit based out of New Delhi.

I have always been a person who wishes to harvest learning & experience from anywhere possible and thus have kept myself much involved in various leadership roles & responsibilities, extracurricular activities, internships, trainings, research studies, volunteering etc. I also have a profound interest in reading self-help, motivational & leadership books & articles, writing poetries, listening & singing music, watching mythological series and socializing with awesome people from various backgrounds. Being a people centric person I am looking forward to implement all my learning & experiences in creation of systems solving Global Challenges.

I believe we are the content writers of our own life choosing either our big dreams or our small challenges. I had aspirations to pursue a different career in the field of Research, but a one-time volunteering experience managed to draw me into the social space. And so, I chose my very own Founded Interest – Service to people and began my journey in pursuit to serve humanity through volunteering in 2012, discovering how easy it was to make a difference. Soon I realized helping others is a key of being much more self-empowered & self-reliant and gradually I developed my interest into my passion. I always feel glad to say that today I am a Social Entrepreneur and I am currently involved in the fulfillment of United Nations’ fourth Sustainable Development Goal i.e. Quality Education for all by 2030. As a Co – Founder & Managing Director of Reaching Sky Foundation, I am working in progression to develop a world where people are empowered with social values, quality education and leadership skills. I have always felt the need to create more leaders having self-belief & concrete values.

I feel that most of the problems in our world can be eliminated if we can educate the minds with skills that make them self-sufficient & reliant through love and compassion. I have been working in the social field since 4+ years on 8+ projects at more than 10 sites (slums in Delhi/NCR) with different organizations and influencing personalities impacting more than 5000+ beneficiaries from different age groups by helping them in different areas like skill development, education, health and lifestyle to be able to lead a better life by being an empowered citizen. I look forward to open affordable schools in Slums & Rural Areas for everyone to fetch quality education & lifelong learning opportunities for themselves and at the same time I am planning to create a structure wherein volunteering is redefined from charity to self – learning & skilling initiative.

Recently, I was selected as one of the privileged 60 participants from 30 Youth Led Organizations in India for the 2016 UNESCO driven Media & Information Literacy Workshop for Youth Capacity Building at Punjabi University, Patiala. Recently, I have been acknowledged by LetsEndorse on Women’s Day 2017 Among Top 14 Bold Ladies of India. I am a woman who wishes to harvest learning & experience from anywhere possible. I believe it’s the never-ending quest to improve ourselves and become our best selves and then work for the betterment of others. I believe, sometimes, making an initiative simple, sustainable and reachable is the biggest challenge, but with big hopes & big actions – change within us and among our surroundings can be aspired, aimed and achieved. It’s all about having the faith that we all are awesome!

Sunidhi Kant                                                                                                                         Founder Reaching Sky Foundation | Social Entrepreneur

Praveen Shukla: Being Social-एक नई शुरुआत

My name is Praveen Shukla and today I want to share the story of Being Social-एक नई शुरुआत with everyone. We started this group in November’15 and since then have been moving forward with the motto – “Spread Smile & Serve Humanity.”  I personally believe that one should try to spread infectious smiles to as many people as possible. These smiles bring out the positive spirit and kindness within through different actions of humanity.

My friend (Gaurav Singh) and I were compelled to start this organization when we saw a little girl, who forced by her circumstances was left with no choice by to eat from the dustbin outside of a McDonalds. It was this instance that touched out heart gravely and we decided to do our bit for the society.

Our intention is to work for as many distinct causes as possible and touch as many lives as possible. Some of the projects that we have undertaken are:

Water for Birds: We tried to save the birds from scorching heat and provide them with water at the most frequently used resting places by them. This year Indian Express published the work that we are doing and this cause was spoken about by PM Modi in one of his Maan Ki Baat speeches.

Kala Paathsaala:  We launched this initiative recently in which we try to teach the slum dweller’s kids over the weekends who are unable to afford education. We try to take up moral education and skill development for these kids. We try to celebrate most festivals with these kids as we feel that a festival belongs to all and only to those who can afford to celebrate.

We also try to support some kids who dropped out to school due to financial reasons with their entire education. Currently we are supporting 6 kids in Ludhiana and 8 in Pune.

Health & Hygiene Awareness:  We hold these sessions in slums and government schools. Good hygiene is the starting of a good life. Recently we got the support of Yuvraj Singh Foundation and the Attac Foundation for expanding our reach further.

Visiting the Old Age Homes and Orphanages: We believe that when youth will see the reality of these shelters they will at least re-think the choices they make as adults when it comes to their parents. We try to bring smiles to faces of the people who are residing in these shelters. We try to give them the warmth that they are always craving for.
From last 20 months, we have been trying to connect like-minded people for social cause under one platform. Our objective is to promote Individual Social Responsibility (ISR) and to create good Samaritans for the Society.

Praveen Shukla                                                                                                              Being Social-एक नई शुरुआत | Social Activist| Spreading Smile

 

Manish Jaiswal – Children is the heart of human development

My name is Manish Jaiswal and I am founder of I-KIRAN FOUNDATION (IKF) and I believe together we can create a world that loves all children unconditionally and where children are free to be themselves.

My journey into social work began after the 2013. I came to New Delhi for the first time for my further studies. After one year, I dropped out because I was not satisfied with what I was doing. I always wanted to do something for a greater cause. Had I stayed in the same educational barriers, I would have missed out on so many opportunities for personal growth that I now understand was so important for me. I understood only one thing – do what makes you happy.

I started volunteering for several NGOs. I attended many meeting and conferences and met many social activist and change makers of society. I started gathering up the knowledge about voluntary organization and how it works.

At this time, I went to Shahabad for some work. While I was there for a couple of days, I was upset with things around me. I closely observed the effect of poverty in education in my village. Despite the Right to Education act 2009 that allows children ages from 6 to 14 to get free and compulsory education, I saw children roaming here and there in school time abusing each other.

I was worried for them as the expenses of education are too much for a family to pay for. Most of them send their children to work in field once the child turns 14. The boy is migrated from village and daughters are married off. Children don’t even have enough space to study and no one around to guide them for better path.

With this enlightening experience, I came back. With support from my family, I started college in a nearby village (I was also nominated to REX Global fellowship program under the flagship of United Nation) and I started with after school literacy classes, where I gathered few children and started guiding and teaching them.

During my stay in village I found that giving quality education to village children can help much family to full fill their education need. I observed that people of the village have potential to understand about the value of education. Due to the lack of information and knowledge what is happening around the world they are unaware of value of education.

I often try to come in front the line for protecting children and their families from repeating cycle of poverty. I am proud of myself for having the inner strength and motivation to overcome this experience and continue on with my journey. I registered my own organisation with the support of my family. Finding volunteers in the village was difficult, but I managed somehow.

We are changing the life of village children. But I realize that teaching the evening class will not solve the problem alone. To continue with it, we need more volunteers and financial support. The problem is limited not only to poor quality of education but extends also to poor nutrition and lack of medical care. We are working the best we can.

Now I am about to write for my final year examination. Till date we have worked with 200+ children. We are more focused for raising resources for these children so that we can meet there educational need we have also adopted few children as our own responsibility we connect these children direct with resources I could only say.

“Don’t leave the better World for the children rather leave better children for the World”

I am also thinking to introduce following things in our village:

  1. Digital Libraries across our village
  2. Residential educational center to provide village children the space where they could have an open space to think more, and learn more, beyond the shackles of their family environment.

We will be incorporating this by following steps:

a). by establishing Science club for village children,

b). by establishing Sports Complex,

c). by establishing Conference hall,

d). by establishing the Computer lab.

In the end, I want to say that children do inspire me. I want to be a child activist so my life would most likely revolve around children and their parents. That’s what I want. I want to guide children towards success and happiness. They inspire me also because a person is shaped when they are a child. All of their habits are developed as a child.

Manish Jaiswal                                                                                                             Founder I-KIRAN FOUNDATION  | Social Activist

Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi – Dr@Work

I am Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi from Bangalore. I am happy to share about my social initiative: Matru Siri Foundation Activities

The incident which triggered my desire to start this foundation was… One day, almost seven years also, I was driving on the busy road to Hosur, when I witnessed an accident. The injured person was left bleeding on the road without any medical attention. Unfortunately, no one came forward to help him. At that moment, I felt that being a doctor, it was my moral responsibility to help him and fortunately I had a first aid fit in my car. I provided him the necessary care.

This incident had a very deep impact on me as I realized that there are many such people who need such medical attention and are not getting the same at the right time. That is when I decided to dedicate my time to service of people who lack access to even the basic health facilities. This motivated me to start the NGO and provide free healthcare to people.

As you know, for any good initiative we need a team and the first problem I faced was gathering volunteers who had the same bent of mind. We started with a team of doctors who were my close friends and relentlessly pursued the camps in spite of lack of resources but with a strong will to help people. Soon word spread, and many others joined us in this noble initiative.

Healthcare is basic fundamental right and not a privilege and India lacks in the same. Hence, as a solution to provide free or low cost medical help to people from economically backward class, I started this NGO. We conduct medical camps regularly every week. We adopt government schools, old age homes, slums and construction sites and provide help to the local community. We also provide first aid training, awareness about organ donation, and health talks.

The most important impact was that most people did not know what was their actual health problem. Earlier they used to neglect the problem or took self-medication and then wait to recover. After our camps, they were aware of what their actual problem was and got the right medication at a low cost. Also, this had an impact on their income as they were healthier and would be more effective at work and also did not miss work on any day due to illness.

So far, we have organized around 700 medical camps which have benefited around 30,000 patients around Bangalore by Mobile Doctor Clinic Project. We also have another Project called Vatsalya (Now renamed as Humanity Charitable clinic). We have started a noble scheme ‘Gift of Service’ which offers an opportunity for people to sponsor a medical camp at any old age home or a slum to mark special days such as birthdays, or anniversaries.

In the end, I would like to say to everyone reading this: Practice democracy! Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in election once in five years but when you volunteer, you vote every day.

Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi                                                                                               Founder Matru Siri Foundation| Social Worker| Volunteering