The Akanksha Foundation
Focus: Education, Livelihoods, Children and Youth
THIS initiative harnesses the potential for creative expression in every child through which they can speak their mind, paint their world and dream of a different destiny. Akanksha firmly believe that education is not just about earning grades but also about learning skills and values to make good choices – vital for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Art-based career opportunities are offered to the alumni and the art products, often custom-made, are sold to generate revenue.
TAILORED for 15 to 20-year-olds, this Mumbai-based year-long programme exposes youngsters to social issues and motivates them to act as change agents. The aim of SLP, started in 2004, is to build self-understanding in young people about their strengths and weaknesses and hone leadership skills. The SLP team also support Akanksha centres, and some schools, to integrate the spirit of service into the curriculum. SLP is one among other programmes that Akanksha run for student enrichment.
What the Akanksha team have done for our children is a dream come true. Today our children teach us about so many things thanks to values they imbibe at school. Akanksha is a support system not only to the students by to the entire family.
I have never mentored a child, so this relationship is something that is very new and very special to me and one which I will always treasure. My mentee has taught me to be enthusiastic, honest and just plain cheerful in life!
I love my mentor because she is always with me in every situation and gives me advice on what to do in my life. She has taught me to be self-confident, to trust others and above all to respect others.
- Vandana Goyal Chief Executive Officer
- Chitra Pandit Development & Communications
- Sivakami Kotla Chief Financial Officer