Looking at people like Abhishek Saini and thousands of volunteers that come to support various causes, it can be believed that humanity still exists and the world can (definitely) be a better place to live in.
Many of us aim to work for the betterment of the society or bring a change in the world we live in. but let’s question ourselves how many us actually take a step towards to it? Not many, right? But still among the lot there are a few rare ones who do not hesitate to take that leap of faith.
One such fearless thinker and motivator is Abhishek Saini, co-founder of Lending Hands Foundation. He is a social entrepreneur, a published author and a biker too. Belonging to a middle-class family he has been through all the limitations a child has to go through– be it limited resources, discrimination on the basis of income and English fluency.
Despite all this, he was the class topper throughout his school academics. It was after his admission in DU that he realized how a topper from government and private schools are different. It was then he became aware of the major flaws in Indian government-run schools. And that the moment when he decided to perform well.
Not only he completed his graduation with 1st Rank but also got admission in Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University which was the turning part of his life. During his first year at Delhi School of Economics, he chose to participate in a college based student-run social work society called “Prayaas-DSE” as a volunteer. he became a part of the Society’s education programme “Margdarshak Shikshya Yojana” (Education Guidance Programme) and started teaching students of his school.
He started working for the betterment of the society either through his studies or working with different NGOs. He saw his passion developing under the microscope of economics. He also assisted one of the DSE professors in his European Union project “Dimensions and Dynamics of Indian Urban Poverty (Globally part of NO POOR)” during his 1st year at DSE, directed towards checking the status of poverty in India and the effectiveness of government schemes to eradicate it.
While collecting primary data from different slums of Delhi and delving deeply to understand their problems. it gave him an onlook about the inequity and deprivation in the society, helping him to develop a perspective on how various forms of deprivation take root and manifest themselves.
Completing his masters he found himself placed in a leading marketing company Although, his pay cheque seemed was everything an old middle-class boy would have ever wanted, his keenness to do something better didn’t let him pull the strings to help the needy.
With his regular job, and with some time he managed to create a network of 80+ NGOs and 500+ volunteers around India. His idea was to reduce the search cost of volunteership and increase the participation of youngsters in social activities.
After 2 years he left his well-paid furnishing job and started working with an international NGO which talked about love, sex and relationship with an open, honest, and non-judgmental attitude. Over the time he has organized various international social events in Delhi and has worked with more than 6,000 youngsters.
Gaining all the experience and knowledge, he finally laid the foundation of his NGO registered by the name of Lending Hands Foundation, with his friend (Shreya Bhatia), which purposes to bring a strong base for volunteer support by civil society engagement, organizing resources to support an effective response, promoting community development and to work for the welfare of the society, Those In Need and Humans of Society are the active projects under Lending Hands Foundation.
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