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Lakshyam was founded in the year 2012 by a young social entrepreneur who further brought the group together to contribute towards the betterment of society with a focus on child education, holistic child development and women empowerment. We share a common dream – a world where every child is showered with love and is given opportunities for their bright future; a world where no child’s innocence is marred by the horrors of child labour, and a world where women’s wellbeing is paid attention to and they’re empowered to sustain themselves and their family.
Despite being the capital of India, Delhi has over 4 million people living in makeshift homes in slums that are overcrowded, lack adequate water supply, sanitation, and security. Children of these slum dwellers often do not get access to basic education and instead have to start working to support their families. At such a tender age, they are forced to grow up in a haste and suffer the loss of their childhood and innocence. They are taken advantage of by employers who use them as cheap labour. United Nations recognises the deprivation of these resources to be a violation of fundamental human rights. It is not just the responsibility of the government to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups It is the duty of us (the citizens) to do our bit in ensuring equal advancement of all sections of the society.
The statistics and the problem is the same across India when we talk about less privileged ones in our country be it rural or urban India.
We at Lakshyam vowed to put an end to this widespread violation of people’s fundamental rights, especially of women and children residing in the slums of metropolitan cities. We aim to empower them through education and employment by implementing models of development that are tailored to the needs of the community. Lakshyam has organised programmes such as – Butterfly- Child Welfare and Education (wherein basic education is provided to impoverished children through comprehensive learning methods), Lakshyam Toy Library (wherein the child’s growth is supplemented using educational toys, games and books in an environment which cultivates and encourages the child’s imagination and creativity), Rooh – Awakening Women’s soul (wherein women are empowered to generate self-employment and a means of income using training of vocational and professional skills).
Lakshyam’s Butterfly Program provides Remedial Education Centers for street children and dropouts, wherein the gap can be filled so that these kids can be enrolled in the formal education system.
Lakshyam Toy Library aims at providing toys & books to each child as we believe every childhood is special and toys and books play a crucial role in the development of the child.
Lakshyam’s Rooh Program tirelessly strives to educate the women of India and empower them with skill training so that they can lead a life with confidence and at par.
To work for economical, political and socially marginalized communities for their holistic advancement and implementing customized, effective, scalable and replicable models for community development
We intend to empower and expand our family in the coming years. Our mission is to enroll more students to the formal schooling system, increase our reach of toy libraries, and upskill a new women
Lakshyam is an NGO registered as a trust under the Indian Trust Act 1882 vide registration No. 393 dated 3rd Feb 2012 with the amalgamation of Lakshya, a society; registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 vide registration number 440 dated 23rd march 2005.
Donations/voluntary contributions are exempt under section :
12 (A) and 80(G) 50 (vi) of the Income Tax Act 1961 as per permission granted by the Director of Income Tax (exemptions), New Delhi vide letter No. DEL-LE24407-11012013
Permanent Income Tax No. is AAATL9638D
We are also eligible to receive foreign funding from the Ministry of External Affairs by FCRA No. is 231661694.
Poonam Anand is working for the welfare of society since 1986, by being an active participant of Lions club. The passion was so strong and powerful that she co-founded Lakshyam to do something on a personal level as well. The focus was to intervene in the unbalanced structure of the society and work for the upliftment of children and women from the not-so-privileged society. And after successful interventions and results, there was no turning back for her and Lakshyam as a whole.
She is the executive member of the Jharkhand State Child Welfare Council, core committee member of Healthy City Alliance & the Vice President of Jharkhand Disable Sports Welfare Academy. For her esteemed services, she has been bestowed with several awards including the ‘Jharkhand Ratan Protsahan Award’ and ‘Gandhi Samman Award’ and has been counted as one amongst powerful 100 people, profiled in the Achiever’s Book published by Dainik Bhaskar.
Working for women also gave her the opportunity to share the responsibility and be a member of the anti-sexual harassment committee of Jharkhand University. In her words “ There is a no bigger satisfaction of being a part of the society and working for the society, to make a little change is a step toward a better world.”
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.
Dr. Shyama Chona strives to make this world a better place through her NGO, ‘Tamana’, that works for physically & mentally handicapped children. She was the former principal of India’s most prestigious school, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram and has been on the advisory board of 96 other institutions. She was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in 1999 and 2008 respectively.
She has also her name in the Limca book of Records 2007 and an unusual of 49 awards. Dr. Shayama has made the difference we wish to see in the world. We are lucky to have her on board with us.
Dr. Lalit Bhasin is the managing partner of Bhasin & Co., one of the largest law firms in India. Former Chairman of Delhi Bar Council (1973-1977), he is the President of The Bar Association of India and also President of Society of Indian Law Firms. He was awarded the ‘Honorary Membership of the IBA’ in Melbourne in 1994 for outstanding service to the legal profession.
He was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law. He also presented the ‘National Law Day Award’ by the President of India in 2007, for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Legal Profession in India’ among countless other achievements. Dr. Bhasin’s knowledge and support have helped Lakshyam plan its future course of action and direction in the social field.
Mr. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta is the Chairman of the All India Anti Terrorist Front and is now a full-time social worker who left politics to help and support army families of martyrs. Former President of the Indian Youth Congress and a Minister in the Punjab Government, Mr. Bitta earned the title of a ‘Living Martyr’ for being brave in the face of deadly attacks and bombings.
His mission in life is to terrorize the terrorists and protect the suppressed. His constant support to Lakshyam and advice has made its foundation so strong, for which we will always be grateful.
Sandeep Jajodia is a dynamic and self-motivated visionary. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Monnet Group. Monnet Ispat & Energy Limited (MIEL), the flagship company of Monnet Group is a fully integrated steel player and an independent power producer, thanks to the in-depth knowledge of Mr. Jajodia. His positive intentions and thorough insight of the industry is inculcated in the not-for-profit organization, thus helping Lakshyam function in a smooth yet strong manner.
Amit is the Reliability and Maintenance Lead – Eastern Hemisphere at Valaris plc. He has previously worked as the Operations Asset Manager (Floaters) for the Middle East, Asia Pacific & Africa working out of Dubai for Ensco Plc, which is one of world’s biggest and premium oil drilling contractors. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, he is a mechanical engineer who started his journey as a management trainee and has never looked back.
He has worked across five continents in different roles while dealing with multiple nationalities and working through a variety of challenges. He has been active with education for not-so-privileged children right from his college days. Since Lakshyam’s inception, Mr. Amit Bansal has been constantly involved in the functions and programs of the NGO and extended his support in a lot many ways.
Ravish Kapoor is a pioneer in the art of customized, couture invitation cards coupled with top-notch branding and packaging. One of the youngest entrepreneurs in the industry, he has ushered the trend of exquisite invitation cards for special occasions. He has exclusively worked with the top brands and prominent celebrities in the industry like Shilpa Shetty and Karisma Kapur. Ravish Kapoor is a ‘one stop shop’ brand that has constantly supported Lakshyam, especially during its fundraising initiatives.
Director of Golden Bells Playschool & De Indian Public Senior Secondary School, Mr. Gupta has a vast experience in the field of education since the last 15 years. He is an academically qualified CA, CWA, CS, and an MBA. He is one of the Directors of the educational publishing house, Rachna Sagar. He is also the Secretary of Early Learning Association of India, a venture of the Ministry of HRD, India and Australian Govt. for revamping early school curriculum. He is associated with All India Anti-Terrorist Front as the General Secretary and the Chairperson of Anti-Corruption Cell, Delhi. Mr. Rajiv Gupta’s immense support to plan out educational programs for all the centers of Lakshyam is truly helpful and much appreciated
Ms. Ramon Llamba is the Founder of Golden Age Transformation and is a life coach and business coach based in Gurgaon, India. She has touched the lives of many people & helped them find within themselves what they had been seeking outside them. Have successfully trained many corporates from senior management to the sales team, and also excel in culture change programmes. She has worked as a business coach for companies like Qatar Gas (Doha), Coke (Chandigarh), Paramount (Delhi), Emirates (Dubai). A masters in Reiki, Past life Therapy, she have been Awarded ‘Woman of Vision’ by PHD Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Also been awarded Aadi Abaadi Women’s Achievement Award in the area of transformation in 2012.
She teaches practical and proven ways to create a life of true potential i.e. effective, balanced and fulfilling life. Her immense support and enlightenment towards the same with Lakshyam kids have helped children for choosing what is right for them, to which we are thankful.
Director (Marketing) – Opulence Realty, a real estate company involved in various construction businesses, Mr. Madaan has a business acumen offering 14 years’ career in marketing and administration. He is also working with a Japanese company – Marketing Division, towards establishing and expansion of business in the Indian market. He is an academically qualified aircraft engineer and possesses planning and relationship management skills. Mr. Rahul Madaan’s contribution to Lakshyam is vital, with his invaluable inputs in conceptualizing fundraising events and social programs.
With 9 years of experience in the field of Accountancy, Shubhangi heads the Accounts Department at Lakshyam. She has been working with the organization since past 6 years and performs activities that go well beyond her scope of work. She makes sure that our donors have a smooth experience and do not face any issues. She is a travel and dance-lover and is a go-to person in the organization.
With 30 years of extensive experience in Fundraising, Sales & Marketing, Business Development and Customer Relationship Management, Ruby brings abundant energy to the Lakshyam Team. She independently manages the entire Fundraising Department at the organization. She is also a wine-connoisseur and loves travelling.
Mamta supervises the Vasant Kunj Center of Lakshyam, she ensures that the operations run smoothly and children are learning. She is a friendly personality at the office and is a go-to person for all children at Lakshyam.
Akash takes care of all the logistical needs of the entire Lakshyam operations. Because of him, everything reaches on time to its place. He looks after all the program needs and logistics. He is the most punctual and obedient member of our family.
Santoshi has been a part of Lakshyam since very long and manages the sewing centre in one of the centres in Ranchi. The work runs smoothly with her efficient supervision. She is patient in her work and is a hard worker.
From management to coordination everything is smoothly functional under her keen vigilance. Suneeta handles the Umri, Madhya Pradesh Centre for Lakshyam. She ensures a smooth running of the centre.
Deepa knows her work well and also helps us in coordinating with other women smoothly. Because of her we get our products on time. She knows the products well and identifies defects very quickly. She ensures that all the products are passed further only after her quality check.
Below are our annual reports which cover all the major activities implemented by Lakshyam
Letters of Appreciation by Ms. Sheila Dixit, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Ms. Sharmila Tagore, Mr. Madhur Bhandarkar.
Lakshyam kids got a lifetime opportunity to meet the Ex-President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of Children’s Day and Honorable Prime Minister Of India Shri Narendra Modi on the occasion of Rakhi where kids tied rakhi to him.