- Elizabeth Sholtys : A Mother Of Slum Kids Of (Pune, Maharashtra)
Elizabeth Sholtys, a resident of United States has started working as a volunteer in various NGOs, orphanages and hospitals while studying in United World College in Pune. She is working for slum children in Pune from last 10 years.
In 2005 she had formed ‘Asharaya’ a residence for street children. The work of ‘Asharaya’ began with the residential programme for four kids. This center deals with the overall development of children right from the age of 1 year to 18 years. Elizabeth is like a friend, philosopher and guide to them. She is more concerned about their educational as well as personality development. A small initiative from upper class always makes a big difference in the life of these kids.
- Ajit Saxena : From A Railway Officer To A Foster Father (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Ajit Saxena, is currently posted as the Chief Commercial Manager of Southern Railways in Chennai. But he does something more worthwhile than just earning money for his family. He has accepted the parenting of the children of dead farmers from the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. He is a philanthropist, a foster father and a mentor to them. He also provides financial support for their education.
On one fine day he took a leave from his office and headed to Vidarbha to conduct a survey of suffering families. He had selected 29 families and decided to look after their children.
In the materialistic world where everyone is running after their dreams, a person like Ajit Saxena makes us believe on the fact that the humanity is still alive.
- Gopal Vastapara : A Selfless Man (Surat, Gujarat)
Wedding ceremony is the traditional and cultural event for any family. It is considered as an important and prestigious feature of one’s life. But people like Gopal Vastapara think a bit differently. They treat a wedding ceremony as an opportunity to fill happiness in the lives of girls for whom a marriage is only a dream.
Gopal vastapara, a real estate developer from Surat has planned a grand wedding ceremony for 100 girls from economically and socially backward class. Gopal has kept the marriage of his only son a low key affair to invest a huge amount of money in this mass marriage. It doesn’t end here, Gopal vastapara has financially helped the newly wed 100 couples
- Mark Balla : A blessing for the girls (Nasik, Maharashtra)
Four years ago, on one of his visits to India. Mark Balla, a resident of Austrailia had visited a school in Dharavi, Mumbai, and he was shocked to see that many teenager girls had dropped out of school because there were no toilets there. He decided to change this situation by building some neat and clean toilets for those adolescent girls.
Mark talked to many people in Australia about what he had observed in Mumbai. And in 2013, after getting some of his friends on board, he started a charity named ‘We Can’t Wait’ for gathering money and spreading awareness about lack of toilets in schools in India. ‘We can’t Wait’ has risen more than Rs.75 lakh till date. The very first project of the organization was in New English School Nashik. ‘We Can’t Wait’ had built 15 toilets for 500 children of the school.
This act of Mark Balla has proved that ‘a few sensitive minds and helping hands are enough to bring a positive change in the society.’
- Gurmangal Dass : A Real Life Hero (Punjab)
Gurmangal Dass Soni, an electronics Engineer had an offer to go to the University of Nevada Reno for higher studies. But he chose the road less travelled. Gurmangal had a passion for sports and for doing something fruitful for the upliftment of his village in Punjab. Hence, renovation of the football ground was the very first activity of Gurmangal Dass and his team. The volunteers sweated it out to level the field, planted grass on it and made a beautiful leveled football field for all the passionate football players of the village. He has a remarkable contribution in promoting football in the village by giving mental and financial support to the young and skillful football players. Gurmangal Dass’s story will surely inspire us to get out of our comfort zones to make a difference in the lives of our local community.