What motivates a person to get involved in social work? While the simple answer may be an innate desire to help others, for many, that desire may stem from personal experience; and for many others it could be the determination to change the world.
Whatever the reason, being a change agent isn’t easy, and sparking a conversation or doing selfless service can often go unnoticed and unappreciated in the hustle and bustle of life and everyday challenges.
today in SocialStoryWe bring you the stories of five social entrepreneurs trying to create change in their own way and add meaning to the lives of others.
Coming from a middle-class family, the idea of starting something of her own did not gain much ground in Anushka Jain’s family. However, she was determined to harness technology to solve the problem of second-hand household items that were no longer in use, so that they could reach someone in need and not end up in landfills.
Anushka, then working with Accenture, realized that the gap was between donors and NGOs, mainly due to lack of infrastructure in NGOs, time, or insufficient communication.
To fill this gap and learn where and how materials were used, he began Share at the doorstep (SADS) in 2015, a service that arrives directly at your door to collect goods in good condition and facilitates their donation to an NGO or charity.
The SADS journey began with just a few volunteers and two partner NGOs in Bangalore. Today, SADS operates in 11 major cities. In addition, it has partnered with more than 120 NGOs, more than 100 companies and has half a million users throughout the country.
Dr Manju Vasudevan
Environmentalist Dr. Manju Vasudevan has been working tirelessly with members of indigenous communities, especially near the Chalakudy and Karuvannur river basins in Kerala.
He realized that there was an ongoing question about how create livelihood opportunities based on the knowledge and wisdom of the indigenous tribes.
In collaboration with the Kadar, Malayar and Muthuvar tribes, Manju and his team established forest post in early 2017. Forest Post is a network of collectors of minor forest products and manufacturers of handmade products such as beeswax, oils, bamboo baskets and cloth bags.
The group recently won the Outlook for Conservation Sustainable Leadership Award.
Nilay Agarwal, 29, an ontologist by profession, always wanted to do something shocking. From modest backgrounds, she worked to succeed in her career before starting an NGO. However, the unexpected death of her friend made him rethink and not wait to do the things that she really wanted to do.
Thus, in 2019, he decided to undertake Vishalakshi Foundation in Lucknow, named after his deceased friend. He began by collaborating with a local NGO to deliver food to people.
In the last two years, his foundation has been able to feed more than six lakh people, about 500 people per day, in 11 cities (Delhi, Lucknow, Gurugram, Noida, Ranchi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Amroha, Fatehpur, Banda and Prayagraj ) with the help of more than 3,000 young volunteers in these cities.
Natasha Mudhar believes that there is much to be achieved under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In 2015, UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals outlining 17 goals, including reducing poverty and hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, and gender equality, among others. . The same year, Natasha was nominated by filmmaker and SDG advocate Richard Curtis, who was responsible for films like Love Really and Bridget Jones’s Diary, to popularize it in India.
With a 15-year deadline to achieve the SDGs (2015-2030), Natasha took it upon herself to break down the SDG targets into family chats and become part of people’s everyday routine, translating into bigger changes.
He had been doing it as part of Sterling Global, a global business and communications consulting firm founded by his mother in the UK. Since 2018, the work has been carried out through London-based The World We Want, a separate entity focused solely on accelerating the SDGs by working with business leaders, NGOs, governments, celebrities and influencers, and philanthropists. to organize global movements.
Leverages the concept of storytelling, global collaboration, strategic communications, and positive action to turn awareness of issues into action.
Dr. Geetanjali Chopra
When the young Geetanjali Chopra visited the orphanages together with her grandfather, she did not know that she would find her calling to serve them in the future.
Geetanjali with the children
she established wishes and blessingsan NGO, in 2014 as a platform that connects donors with beneficiaries, spreading happiness and making dreams come true.
According to Geetanjali, the philosophy behind the company is simple: Many of us have unfulfilled desires. While some of us are more blessed and can help others fulfill their wishes, we receive their blessings in return. Hence the name, ‘Wishes and Blessings’.