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‘Fashion for a Cause’ is one of Lakshyam’s most illustrious and thriving initiatives that is held every year. Our annual fundraising initiative has a twofold objective that aims at garnering support from the society, and raising funds for the existing programs and the ones in the pipeline. Children from our centres walk hand-in-hand with the most prestigious Fashion Icons of our country. Owing to the acclaimed status of the guests, we are able to raise awareness in the public eye of the issues plaguing our society and the urgent need for each one of us to do our bit. Every year, we not only try to make it a bigger success that spreads the message of Lakshyam, but also ensure that our kids experience immense exposure and confidence from the initiative, and have a gala time. We wholeheartedly thank every individual that takes part in the fashion shows, and thus enabling us to advance our endeavours.
Bollywood heartthrob, Salman Khan and his charitable trust, Being Human, kick started the flagship initiative that met an astounding success. Music and dance performances by the kids of Lakshyam who wore Being Human T shirts, and interactions with the superstar was a dream come true for the giddy young faces. Salman Khan and Being Human donated a generous amount to mark the occasion as a rewarding one. And the Lakshyam kids walked in Being Human T shirts along with the models.
Rohit Roy, Cyrus Sahukar, Yuri Suri, Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa and Claudia happily participated at the second year of the initiative. While Tusshar and Kulraj brought along drums and Bollywood music that thronged at the venue, the celebrities fashionably walked the ramp along with the children of Lakshyam. The thrill of walking a ramp, that too with such acclaimed celebrities, was visible on the awestruck faces of the kids. They enjoyed the event to the hilt and couldn’t wait to come back the next year. This is here we started the concept, where women of substance walked the ramp rather than model with the designer label Satya Paul.
When the top notch designers of India, namely Rohit Bal, Ashima-Leena, Varun Bahl, Ranna Gill, Satya Paul, Gauri-Nainika, come together under one roof, innumerable shades of fashion paint the event with style and make it one memorable occasion. Fashion for a Cause blended fashion along with Lakshyam’s cause for uplifting the lives of not-so-privileged children, and garnered much appreciation and support. Socialities like Sonal Mansingh, Saba Ali Khan, Nalini Singh, Shobhana Narayan and several other prominent socialites of Delhi wore the best of the designers present and proudly walked the ramp with the kids.
It was again a one step ahead for us as we got 14 top designers of India along with 3 luxury brands and 45 women together to support Lakshyams Cause.Designers on board Varun Bahl, Priya Kataria Puri, Ashima and Leena,Ritu Kumar, Gauri Nainika, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Rina Dhaka, Mandira Wirk, Malini Ramani, Renu Tandon, Falguni and Shane & SBJ displayed their beautiful collection.Three luxury brands, Judith Leiber, Porsche and Ivanka Trump auctioned the best of their products. With a customized Lakshyam themed, Judith Leiber clutch, a Porsche smart phone and an Ivanka Trump handbag, FFC 2015 proved to be an absolute sensation! Bollywood actor Jimmy Shergill and TV Celebrity Neeraj Gaba graced the event by walking the ramp with Lakshyam kids.
The event filled with Love, Compassion and Stardom, Fashion for a Cause 2017 proved to be one big event. We count it as the most successful fundraiser by us! With the motto “Kindness is Fashionable”, Fashion for a Cause 2017 was highly praised by all its participants and famous media outlets. Supported and Encouraged by personalities like Anupam Kher, Rajeev Khandelwal, Rohit Roy, Shibani Kashyap, Shriya Saran, Mugdha Godse, Ritu Kumar, Varun Bahl, Rohit Roy, Gauri & Nainika, Rohit & Rahul, Study by Janak, Rajat Tangri, Anu Ranjan, Raavee Gupta, Krushnaa Patil, Anjanna Kuthiala, Arti Surendranath, Fashion for a Cause attracted everyone.
We owe this huge success to all our supporters and to our team who have worked and been with us through thick and thin.
Lakshyam in association with Prama Jyoti Foundation organised the 6th annual show, themed around ‘Empowering the Girl Child Today, to Building Women Leaders of Tomorrow’. It was even more special as renowned actor Boman Irani graced the event with his presence. Like every year, our purpose was increasing awareness and resource mobilisation. This year the idea behind the event was to work for the upliftment of our new centre in Vasant Kunj which is in Sindhi Basti slum wherein the majority of population is involved in begging and selling toys in traffic signals. The number of children going to a government school is just 5 percent and the basic facilities in the form of where they live is bare minimum, till the extent that they have to buy water for drinking or washing or bathing.
The fashion show got the sheen when celebrated personalities from all walks of life walked the ramp for the designers like Reynu Taandon, Poonam Bhagat, Vandy Mehra, Payal Jain, Niki Mahajan, Varun Bahl and Payal Bahl. We wish to come back soon next year with a bang …
‘Delhi Primes: Women in Power’, the first fundraising initiative by Lakshyam, unique in its concept reaped positive responses from the classes and masses. Aimed at spreading awareness towards Lakshyam’s project, ‘Rooh: Women’s Awakening’, a compilation of inspiring stories of 35 powerful women of Delhi threw light on hope and inspiration as the key tools to a happy and successful future. The Coffee Table Book highlighted the awe inspiring tales of women from all walks of life like Shallu Jindal, Ayesha Thapar, Priya Sachdev, Sangeeta Assomull, Shahnaz Hussain, Dr Shyama Chona and others, with special messages from the likes of Ms. Sharmila Tagore, Dr. Kiran Bedi and Dr. Farooq Abdullah. The book includes a Foreword from the Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Sheila Dixit that rightly echoed the sentiments of woman power in the country.
The renowned names illustrated in the Coffee Table Book have been actively associated with us and continue to contribute towards Lakshyam’s growth and development.
We’d like to specially mention Ms. Shahnaz Hussain who took our initiative, Delhi Primes, to the international markets and showcased the work of Lakshyam in several countries like the U.S (White House), Sri Lanka (President House), Malaysia, Singapore, Canada (Cannes Film Festival) and many more. The positive and encouraging reviews from the global audience make way for us to keep walking the path towards a better tomorrow.
The second edition of Delhi Primes featured 37 honorable men around the city of Delhi, who have earned accolades, not only in their respective businesses but also in their individual efforts to do good for the society. They recognise that with great power comes great responsibilities. These men recognise the responsibility that lies heavy on each one of us – taking active measures to help create positive impact where the need is utmost. The fundraising event serves as an impetus to Lakshyam’s various projects and helps reach out to larger masses. The respected names include Dr. Naresh Trehan, Mr. Jatin Das, Mr. Kapil Dev, Mr. Tushar Kumar, Mr. Bharat Sahni, letters from Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Chetan Bhagat. Inspiring as they are, these men have earned themselves a significant status in the society and are spreading a noble message – that the good we have is not ours to keep. The renowned names illustrated in the Coffee Table Book have been actively associated with us and continue to contribute towards Lakshyam’s growth and development.
Laal Seb, a short film made by Lakshyam children living in the slums of Delhi on their true story. Lakshyam undertook the project to involve the students of ‘Butterfly: Child Welfare & Education’ into constructive learning through varied electronic mediums that trigger their creativity and help them learn some of the basic nuances of filmmaking. The movie titled “Laal Seb” has been the artistic child birthed from the creative minds of the children studying in Lakshyam School. Made by and for the children, it is based on the unfortunate realities faced by the children of slums and their journey towards Education – the everyday trials and tribulations captured with innocence and absolute honesty. Conceptualized and scripted by the children, the Film showcases a day in the life of a young girl living in the slum, who has a school assignment to complete (related to a Laal Seb – Red Apple) and how such a regular activity brings along struggles that no child should experience. The movie was Screened and launched in PVR cinemas along with core supporters of Lakshyam.
Lakshyam organized a social media campaign ‘PeriodT – Making periods a non-issue’ with a belief and idea to normalize talking about periods. On the occasion of National Period Day, we launched this campaign on all our social media handles urging our audience to describe a myth related to periods that they want to burst. We witnessed some shocking statistics related to the impact of menstruation on our country:
– 23 million girls drop out every year due to periods.
– Around 42.4% of women don’t have access to any kind of sanitary pads
– 87% of women still believe in taboos and doesn’t enter the kitchen and temples due to periods
– 56% of women are shy to use pads in public
-64% of women burns or buries their used pads
– No access to menstrual hygiene is the 5th biggest killer in the world.
Through this campaign, Lakshyam wanted to put a full stop and debunk all the myths surrounding menstrual hygiene. With this campaign, Lakshyam also aimed to raise funds to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene, distribute safe menstrual absorbents and help girls continue their schooling and become financially independent. The idea of the campaign was originated when we saw our women in rural areas of Jharkhand & Madhya Pradesh considering themselves impure & during our skill training program, they would not touch the sewing machines saying they are untouchables! We were happy to see that more than 500 individuals shared their entries via messages to stand with the cause. Not just the individuals but schools & colleges participated as institutions followed by 10 digital media influencers.
GLOBAL VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Women Leading in the Time of Crisis
Covid- 19 has had a huge impact on all of us, no matter from which sections of the society you come from. To cope up with this crisis and to help the women of the society in this pandemic, Lakshyam has expanded its mission of empowering women by organising an exclusive 5 hours of powerful session of Global Virtual Summit “Women of India leading in time of crisis” recently through an online platform.
For this summit, Lakshyam partnered with USA based organisation “The Women Ambassadors Forum (WAF)’ with prominent celebrities and influential speakers. 25 Prominent Indian Leaders from 7 different countries participated in this summit.