Rashi Anand is a young social activist in India engaged in providing better childhood to the underprivileged street kids. With this aim she and her mother established a NGO Lakshyam in 2005 for children welfare, education, health, and women empowerment. The street children being extremely poor are most likely to get engaged in anti social activities like begging, drug trafficking, pick pocketing, prostitution etc. There are more than 1 lac street kids in Delhi alone. So, a huge part of our society is likely to go in the wrong direction. Rashi Anand observed that these poor kids are not always doing the wrong thing willingly but they are driven by their circumstances. Rashi wanted to give these kids a chance at a normal life. So she decided to start an NGO for them and named it Lakshyam.
How Rashi Anand started Lakshyam
Lakshyam is an NGO, which works for the rights of deprived children in Delhi. According to statistics, more than 1 lac kids in Delhi are street kids. Questions like What would be the future of these children? Would they go to schools? Would they become criminals in the future? encouraged Rashi Anand to start such an organization, which could work for the betterment of street kids. Rashi realized the potential of these kids, and concluded that all they need is financial and moral support.
Rashi Anand and Sakshyam
Currently Lakshyam is running a school named, Sakshyam, in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. The school provides about 200 children traditional and technical education. Lakshyam organizes workshops to spread awareness among deprived children about harmful effects of drug addiction and tobacco intake and at Sakshyam they are given formal schooling.
Due to the sincere efforts of Rashi Anand the organization’s size increased. Today the organization is operating in six states; Delhi, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, and Karnataka. Rashi is helping more than 7000 children in country and making a great contribution to the well being of our society.
When Rashi was a young girl of 18, she became a member of the board of Lakshya, an organization formed by her mother Poonam Anand. Rashi sees her mother as her role model, and has utilized all the trips made along her mother to the rural areas of the country. Rashi’s contribution to the society seems to be a result of an inspiration from her social activist mother.
Initially, Rashi Anand faced two major problems. First, very few people took her plans seriously. Most of the people viewed that running an NGO is a job of an old person and not of a youngster like her. Second, she had to build trust and reputation of her organization. Rashi coped with these troubles due to her passion for it and moral support of her friends and family.
Rashi received the prestigious “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award given at the Entrepreneur India Summit 2013. Going by profession, Rashi Anand is an event manager. She is running her advertising and event management industry for more than five years . Her agency is named as Mirrorz. The organization manages national and international events. Rashi wishes to see every kid enjoying a normal childhood. She believes that each one of us should pay back to the society in some way or the other.