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Amongst many young entrepreneurs in India, Raashi Anand, Founder, Lakshyam NGO is one of the young women changing the world ,who has been awarded the “Social Entrepreneur of India ” by Entrepreneur India Summit 2013, one of the biggest entrepreneur conventions in the world, she has multiplied her successes and awards ever since. “Giving equal opportunities to all has been my main work since the last 10 years” says Ms. Anand in an interview given at the beginning of this year during the World Economic Forum where she has been named “Iconic Women creating a better world for All”.
After graduating from Bachelors in Arts History and completing her Masters in Human Rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights, she obtained a Diploma in Advertising & Event Management from the National Institute of Advertising. Finally, her multifaceted academic path ended with a focus on entrepreneurship development programs from both MSME and Oxford University from which her dedication towards social entrepreneurship programs in India surely takes its origins.
With a young yet determined entrepreneurial spirit, Ms. Aanand founded her own NGO – Lakshyam in 2012, an organization which has vowed to put an end to the widespread violation of people’s fundamental rights, especially of women and street children across India. “While trying to give a real added value to our missions compared to the other social startups in India, we deeply aim to empower the needy through education and employment by implementing models of development that are tailored to the needs of the communities and are sustainable and replicable.
She received the “Youngest Social Worker” award from Navratan Foundation in 2013 and many awards as the Young social Entrepreneur, Women Entrepreneur in India, Young Women changing the world , Young Changemaker in Delhi, Women social entrepreneurs in India , awards by organizations like Delhi Management Association , World CSR Congress, Barclays Rise the City award, NSS Media to name a few.
But the Lakshyam founder’s success story comes also from her incredible dynamicity and social entrepreneurship ideas like making the documentary movie “Lal Seeb” screened in PVR Cinemas or multiple fundraising events like “Fashion for a Cause” involving well-known celebrities like Salman Khan , Anupam Kher, Boman Irani , Priyanka Chopra who has supported the cause of Lakshyam over the years. In 2017 she has been chosen as one of the fellows for Kalinga Fellowship 2017 organized by Odisha Government and Bridge School to work towards safeguarding girls in Odisha via different stakeholders. She also got selected for the AND fashion & lifestyle campaign shoot with Bollywood stars like Kareena Kapoor. In 2018 Raashi was one of the Judges in Miss Malaysia India 2018, a social development beauty pageant running since last 21 years in Malaysia for inclusion of Indians in Malaysian community.
As an inspirational woman and one of the young social changemakers across India and worldwide, Ms. Anand has been invited to a wide range of events as a Guest of Honor and Keynote speaker by Universities, Colleges, National Summits, Economic magazines and news channels. Starting at the British council in 2015, she is continuously sharing her experience and vision over the years about social and environmental related topics such as women empowerment, utilization of waste material, child abuse and rights, holistic education or inclusion of genders in the society.
Finally, social entrepreneurs in India usually hold important responsibilities in companies and foundations by supporting them on a voluntary basis. The social business woman Ms. Aanand is actively involved as Sexual Harassment Committee Member of Samsung Electronics, the Department of Posts, Govt Of India as well as B.L. Export House and Super Nova Exports. She is also Board of Director in Championer organization, a UK non-profit organization providing technical support to various NGOs and in Holy Cow Foundation an NGO working for animal welfare.
Ms. Raashi Aanand stands today as one of the most impactful young women making social changes and is ranked amongst the top social entrepreneurs in India since 2013. Thanks to her great social initiatives and work towards the betterment of the society, the life of many children and women has been changed and their dreams fulfilled. Her NGO Lakshyam tries to provide all necessary aid through its internal programs, volunteering system, and external contributions. Spread across 19 centres in India and impacting 20 states, Lakshyam has touched over 30 000 lives and directly benefitted them.
The second wave of Covid-19 has proven to be fatal for India with both the death tolls and positivity rate rising every day and citizens frantically looking for resources. The frailties of our Health System have come to the forefront due to the pandemic and we can now clearly witness what most of our population witness on a regular basis. Working with the population from slum areas, Lakshyam recognizes and understands the plight of these individuals. To combat the same, the organization is helping the population in the following areas:
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