•Ms. Anuradha is the founder President of Lakshya Foundation, committed to the cause of creating an awareness of the valor of our soldiers among the civilians. •Anuradha has visited Kargil 16 times, and her work has been cherished by the army by writing about her and Lakshya Foundation in Asia Defence News. It is attempting to bridge the gap between armed forces and civilians. •She was recently nominated as best speaker in TEDx talk on YouTube.
Chariton Enterprise primarily works in the area of building SMART Washrooms & Menstrual Hygiene Management. In its phase I it has installed 25 toilets in Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Chennai. This was a Pilot project and is currently installing 250 toilets in Mumbai in its Phase II. Under its Menstrual Hygiene Management Program it offers sanitary pad vending machines, economic premium quality sanitary pads, used pad electrical incinerators (burners) and education program for the girls.
At Door Step School’s very inception, Mrs. Lashkari took the first non formal education class in the then Dalit Ambedkar Nagar. Ever since, her links to the communities have remained strong. As the organisation’s work and the team expanded, she took on the crucial leadership role. She continues to head the Mumbai branch of Door Step School. Her work has been acknowledged by many. She was awarded the Ashoka fellowship in 2002, the Mayor’s award on Women’s Day in 2002 and more recently in 2009, the AhilyabaiHolkar award on Maharashtra Day. She has a Masters degree in Social Work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan in Mumbai.
Majlis works towards ensuring the rights of individual women are protected by providing legal counseling, legal representation and innovative legal strategies. Till date, Majlis has given legal services to over 50,000 women, most of which were destitute women. It was instrumental is initiating reports on lapses by police officers while recording cases of sexual offences resulted in around 30 enquires against errant police officers being initiated by the department.
•Akshara Centre inspires young women and men to become gender advocates, change makers and leaders in their communities by using innovation, technology, capacity-building, networking and advocacy. •They made interactive games for young people and put them up as Yuvati Mela, which later included young men and boys in the Yuvak Mela. Currently, we have a Kishor and KishorI Mela for children and each Mela has the potential of reaching more than 300 people in one day. •Since its launch in 1995, Akshara has reached out to over 40000 youth directly and over 20 million people through its offline innovative campaigns.
•Hiware Bazar is a village in the Ahmednagar. It is noted for its irrigation system and water conservation program, with which it has fought the drought and drinking water problems. •Popatrao managed to get 22 illicit liquor retail outlets closed, secure bank loans for farmers and started rainwater harvesting, water conservation and management programs. The grass harvest increased from 100 tonnes in 2000 to 6,000 tonnes in 2004, and the milk production rose from 150 litres a day in the mid-1990s to 4,000 in 2010.
•Vandana Foundation works in Vidarbha with widows of farmers who committed suicide and help them to start and run micro businesses. •It has supported more than 3500 families in Vidarbha. •Its khadi project provides livelihoods to more than 100 women across six villages. •Founders of Vandana Foundation have won the social entrepreneur of the year and Prerna Puraskar.