Category: Women Empowerment

Padwoman of India on a mission to support cloth-free period for rural women

You don’t need to be in power or have authority to create change or make peoples lives better. If you have the will, there will be a way. This what I believe in and people around me have supported me on this journey and have been changing gears to move ahead… Read the story of the Padwoman of India – Maya Vishwakarma, and her journey that inspires many across the world. How did you get started on your philanthropy journey? I come from a small village called Mehra Gaon in Narsinghpur district, it’s close to Jabalpur and Itarsi in...

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Blazing her own trail

It’s been more than 15 years since I saw my classmate Bhumika. I was all excited to see her … We met at coffee day square… Bhumika: Smitha, it’s so great to see you! Smitha: Same here, Bhumika. What’s up? Bhumika: Just give me 10 minutes, I need to take this call. For the next 15 minutes, she had her headphones on and was busy on her laptop, while I drank my masala chai. Bhumika: Extremely sorry, I had to keep you waiting. Now, tell me… What’s special in the US? Smitha: I’m surprised to see you leading a...

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Borderless is more than an organization name, it’s all about crossing their own limitations.

A conversation with Adhik Kadam, Co-founder Borderless Foundation. How did you get started on your philanthropy journey? I was born and brought up in Poona, after 12th standard, when I was in my first year of graduation, I went on a study tour to Kashmir. I was student of political science and went there to study article 370, the Kashmir pandit crisis, and why they were pushed out of J&K. This was in 1997 and was a 15-20 day program. The 20-day program turned into a three-and-a-half-month program with little resources and money. Post this journey to Kashmir between...

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Its your battle – fight it yourself

I was warmly welcomed into Subhashini (Subha) Vasanth’s home. Subha – a lady full of energy, sporting a beaming smile meets me and instantly makes me feel very comfortable. I am slightly in awe, as I am sitting with the 2016 Neerja Bhanot Awardee. I settled down and we got started. IN CONVERSATION WITH SUBHASHINI VASANTH On her start to the philanthropy journey Subha is a trained and renowned classical dancer. She was a full-time fauji wife and traveled with her husband to each of his postings and taught dance to the people in that location. Subha’s husband, Colonel Vasanth Venugopal,...

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