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Mera Bhaarat Mahaan: Young Women Activists In India You Probably Don't Know About (But Should!)

Mera Bhaarat Mahaan: Young Women Activists In India You Probably Don't Know About (But Should!)

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." - Yo-Yo Ma


We all nurture a passion but few translate it into action. There are some women who have dedicated their lives to making a difference to the society we live in. With ambition and determination, some Indian women have become social workers and activists at a tender age.
Meet these five young Indian women who are a great inspiration to all of us. From setting up orphanages and NGOs in slum areas for underprivileged children to raising funds for cancer patients, these women have empowered us to strive for change and achieve milestones for our country. Read on!


1. Rashi Anand has been working for underprivileged children in Delhi to nurture and protect their childhood.


Rashi Anand


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At the tender age of 18, Rashi Anand founded Lakshyam, an NGO working for underprivileged children in Delhi to nurture and protect their childhood. Lakshyam has opened schools called Sakshyam across India to conduct workshops with street children under the flyovers, in the red light areas and at the railway stations to make them aware of the problems that come with drug addiction and tobacco intakes. 


Rashi has also opened an orphanage in Ranchi city. Also, she has worked for three years with blind, deaf and dumb children.


2. Avani Singh founded an organisation, Ummeed, which gives training to women in slums to become taxi and rickshaw drivers.


avani Singh


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Avani Singh, a 17-year-old female entrepreneur from Delhi, founded an organisation, Ummeed, which gives training to women in slums to become taxi and rickshaw drivers. She started this initiative with a single electric rickshaw, donated by the local manufacturer, Green Wheels. Ummeed has empowered many women by giving them a way to earn both a living and a level of physical mobility by teaching them how to drive. Interestingly, Avani has helped these women get on the road before she herself can legally learn to drive.


3. Meera Sharma is running Tangled, an organisation working across India to provide free organic wigs to the underprivileged cancer patients.


Meera Sharma


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Meera Sharma, a 22-year-old young woman, is running Tangled, an organisation working across India to provide free organic wigs to the underprivileged cancer patients, boosting their self-confidence. On learning that real hair wigs are very expensive, Meera took the initiative of giving cancer patients new lives through this attempt. Meera believes that charity begins at home and hence she started off by donating her own hair for this cause.


4. Anjali Chandrashekar has raised funds for issues such as natural disasters by selling her paintings.


Anjali Chandrashekhar


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Anjali Chandrashekar began painting at the age of five. Her love for painting and passion to make a difference inspired her to become a social activist at the age of sixteen. Her artwork has raised funds for issues such as natural disasters, prevalent diseases in India, child abuse and the rehabilitation of underprivileged children.


In 2008, she used her paintings to raise close to three lacs at an International Diabetes Charity and used that money to provide insulin and medication to many poor diabetic children.


5. Varsha Varghese initiated The Wordsworth Project in 2014, a programme to empower underprivileged children by improving their language skills.


Vinita Varghese


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Varsha Varghese's journey of giving back to the society started with her being a volunteer at Make A Difference (MAD) Foundation. She initiated The Wordsworth Project in 2014, a programme to empower underprivileged children by improving their linguistic comprehension and learning. The Wordsworth Project works by making fun reading spaces accessible to children. They have recruited trained volunteers to acquaint underprivileged kids with basic grammar through interactive activities.


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Published on Aug 15, 2018
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