Finalist

Chinu Kwatra


Chinu Kwatra leads the ‘Roti Ghar’ project started by the Khushiyaan Foundation in December 2017 which gives under privileged children a place to stay, provides them fresh homecooked food and helps them to fulfil their dreams. They started out with only five kids as part of the Roti Ghar project which now provides to over 1100 children and is steadily growing. Chinu volunteers to learn, grow, respect, help and be a much needed ‘human’ in this society.

Finalist

Anisha Nichani


Anisha Nichani works with an organisation named ‘Guild of Service’ on a project named ‘Svacch Sanitary Disposal Bags’. She also helps conduct the NGO’s ‘Helping Hands’ program which essentially trains them to make disposable bags thus, providing them with employment opportunities. The proceeds from the selling of bags goes to buying sanitary pads for slums or calamity hit areas. Anisha’s organisation has been called by officials at Leh, Ladakh to volunteer with disabled children about making such bags.

Finalist

Devaragattu Balaprasad


Devaragattu Balaprasad has done splendid work in empowering women, men and farmers. He has made ten families self-sustained in phenyl and detergent making. He gathered the unemployed youth of the village and connected them with GMR skill training. Through his initiative, Devaragattu Balaprasad has provided two cows to each farmer and has imparted knowledge of natural farming. He has helped provide scholarships to deserving unprivileged students. He has helped around 80 families and 2000+ students. Devaragattu Balaprasad believes that it his personal responsibility to give back to the society.

Finalist

Madhava Reddy


A common man on a mission to usher in corruption free politics, Madhava Reddy founded Zero Budget Politics two and a half years ago. While he was pursuing his B.Tech from NIT Warangal, he observed the injustices faced by the people of the lower strata of society. It was these observations that led to the foundation of Zero Budget Politics. Till date, Madhava has conducted 35 sessions nationwide. Ha also had the privilege of speaking before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He recently did a live talk show of the Doordarshan – Yadigiri channel and is due to address IIT Mumbai in 2019 pertaining to his volunteering initiatives.

Finalist

Manju Mehra


Manju Mehra is a senior traffic warden in the city of Bangalore. She helps pedestrians, commuters, the elderly, specially abled and school children cross the road amidst heavy traffic. Volunteering to help them gives her joy and makes her feel connected to them. She is a very friendly police warden unlike most stereotypical policemen. This job tests her patience and endurance as she faces a lot of difficulties daily but it has made her calmer in the chaos. Manju has voluntarily rushed several victims to the hospital and prevents commuters from getting into a gridlocked traffic situation. She has also fixed several potholes by herself and has reunited a two-year old child with the family. Each commuter on the road is her family and Manju does this job without any salary, which is for the welfare of the people and for them to travel safely.

Finalist

Peeyush Shukla


Peeyush Shukla volunteers to bring positive change in the society. He began initiatives such as ‘Swarna Bharat Parivaar’ and ‘Help India Help Foundation’ and has been successful in bringing several changes in various government policies, acts, laws and regulations. The challenges he faced were, lack of support from the government, and difficulty in communicating their agendas to the public. Peeyush fights against ‘the gruesome evils of society’ and for ‘the betterment of society’.

Finalist

Rajarshi Debnath


Rajarshi Debnath, a student started working to fight against Children Sexual Abuse by teaching them about ‘good touch and bad touch’ and encouraging parents to speak out to “break the silence” and “speak out”. He is the founder and executive team head of “Project Baalrakshak” and is associated with CRY. With no monetary support, Rajarshi has covered 16 schools and has had 70 sessions with children and 28 with parents. At the start, they had to beg schools to let them conduct these sessions but now they are invited. Rajarshi faced many challenges like breaking taboos, getting parents as audiences, among others.

Finalist

Shishir Joshi


Shishir Joshi conceived ‘The Mumbai Plastic Recyclothon’ as an initiative to involve voluntary participation of people across the region to make the community and city cleaner & healthier. The larger purpose was to inculcate a habit of giving, inspire a sense of hygiene & inject awareness of the perils of plastic as well as the benefits of recycling plastic for public amenities. Through this unique initiative the donated plastic will be recycled and converted into benches for senior citizens and a live permanent work of art.. The MCGM and MMRDA has approved this. Shishir invested over 200 hours in this project and his key role in the Recyclothon was to lead by example and build a communication network along with confidence among the masses who wished to participate. The Recyclothon resulted in huge participation amongst citizens, institutions and the local administration, as well as created massive awareness, across all age groups as a voluntary act of giving.Shishir wholeheartedly dedicates his time because he “Prefers walking the talk”, because by leading a volunteering initiative like this, others too get inspired to take the plunge.

Finalist

Tehmeeena Rizvi


Tehmeena volunteers as a co-ordinator and project manager at a non-profit organization called “All J&K Youth Society” located in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite facing numerous challenges, she has been successful in gathering youth volunteers to create a society in which they have discussions and come up with collective decisions regarding the betterment of the people in the state. She has worked towards improvement in education facilities, and has played a vital role in the “Me Too” movement that took place in the state. Tehmeena made use of the government schemes and legal procedures to improve the social conditions of the women in the state.

Finalist

Afsal Mohammed B


Afsal is a volunteer from Kerala who puts in efforts to organise campaigns for various social causes and was able to include more community people with the help of Perinad Gram Panchayat. He started a sustainable development goals club under the youth circuit and organised Model United Nations as the Chief de Cabinet for them. He has inspired and motivated more than 1200 people into volunteering and has been the top online volunteer of UNV India. Afsal has not only made the community aware of their rights but also gave a platform to students and differently abled children through various training programs and internships to exhibit their talents and help provide better recognition. These students were also given financial and physical support. Afsal wants to keep up the good work and volunteers to spread smiles.

Finalist

Anju Verma


Anju Verma, a 16-year old young student with great aspirations, has been working for the past five years to conduct surveys in and around her hometown to gauge the number of children being deprived of education, and helping to get them enrolled in educational institutions. Coming from a rural area, Anju faced a lot of criticism including death threats from her community. Yet, she continued with her noble work and initiated a movement of education, which now operates in Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan.

Finalist

Asma Ansari


Asma Ansari believes in doing her part towards change. She helps in various youth development programs, has worked and mentored over 700 youth in a year and also helped in presenting youth group at the 9th Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Moreover, she has impacted the lives of various girls in her community and helped them gain confidence and tackle issues such as early child marriage. Asma aims to create a secular, tolerant and just society.

Finalist

Jasper Paul


Jasper, through his volunteering efforts, has established a shelter for the elderly poor. He oversees the welfare of over 130 destitute members in terms of medical care, food, emotional support as well as of those working under him. He has helped rescue over 500 people from the streets of Hyderabad and has also helped unite over 50 people with their family members. Jasper has also helped in bridging the gap between the sick street dwellers and govt. hospitals. He has done all of this despite the lack of support from the police department. Jasper believes in changing one life at a time.

Finalist

Mayank Giria


Mayank Giria organised a drive, PPM4Society wherein his team provided photo banks to the NGO of the ‘Rag Picker Community’. This year he also assisted the NGOs, International Justice Mission, Tiljala-SHED and more by providing them with photo banks that would help them in their documentation and presentation purposes. Mayank has completed four years of photography volunteering for the society. This year another volunteer assignment by him was ‘Dine and Dialogue’ to understand the dangers and experiences female rag pickers go through. Mayank volunteers to see a smile on other people’s faces.

Finalist

Tanmayi Shinde


At the tender age of only 16, Tanmayi Shinde has taken leaps and bounds in initiatives to keeping her city clean. She volunteers to spread awareness regarding the need for cleanliness through skit performances in buses, bus depots and railway stations. Last year, Tanmayi along with some other volunteers formed a human chain from Sinhagad Road to Sinhagad Fort to spread awareness against the use of plastic. ‘Cleanliness in the hallmark of perfect standards and the best quality inspector is conscience’- J. R. D. Tata. This quote is precisely what Tanmayi Shinde believes in. She says that doing things that make you feel good is selfish but, in this case, she doesn’t mind being selfish.

Finalist

Vijayambigai T


Vijayambigai is a young volunteer who works with various organisations to bring about positive change in the society. She is a multi-tasker working on various causes like beach cleaning, helping destitute children and conducting campaigns in schools among others. Winning accolades for her work, Vijayambigai continues to volunteer as she believes that it gives her an opportunity to help others and improve herself and the society as a whole.

Finalist

Learning Links Foundation


Learning Links Foundation is a non-profit organisation with the aim to foster a bright future where education is optimally delivered and learning is truly inspired. LLF provides a platform for the brilliant, like-minded volunteers to come together and join hands to make the world a better place to live in. Their program ‘Skill Development of Children through Girl Empowerment’ works on providing fundamental necessities to the girl child. The ‘Go Green’ initiative focuses on conservation of natural resources and includes activities such as seed-ball preparation, tree planation drives, repairing of school buildings, among others. The ‘Atal Tinkering Labs’ initiative, which mentors students about technical and presentation skills; has won multiple accolades on various national and international platforms. Volunteers are special for LLF as they demonstrate commitment to a cause, helping to achieve a solution. LLF believe in their action through compassion and consider volunteers as priceless resource.

Finalist

eVidyaloka Trust


eVidyaloka Trust is working towards creating an educated and empowered rural India. They connect passionate volunteers with children in remote Indian villages to provide quality education.

They enable quality education for children across grade V to VIII of govt. schools through digital classrooms. They have over 1100 volunteers who come from all walks of life such as homemakers, working professionals, retired teachers, defense personnel and students. They have delivered 522,620 child learning hours in the year 2018. eVidyaloka is disrupting the traditional physical paid teacher model by leveraging technology to make a difference to the societies in which we live.

eVidyaloka’s operating strategy is to maximise contribution from the society/community at large and their organisation structure, both people and system, is designed to enable the same.

Finalist

Nallamallis Adarsa Mahila Charitable Trust (NAMCT)


Nallamallis Adarsa Mahila Charitable Trust (NAMCT) works for the underprivileged and financially backward section of the society. One of the program named ‘Life Achievement and Service for Physically and Mentally Challenged Women’ felicitates talented differently abled women and prove that disability is not an obstacle in growth. The volunteers help various such women reach new heights that would usually go undiscovered. For this, the volunteers are trained and assigned a specific role accordingly. Volunteers are provided with certificates as well as financial aid for completion of their education. Such programmes boost volunteers’ confidence and commitment towards their goal of betterment of the society.

Finalist

PotHoleRaja


PotHoleRaja, an NGO with a vision to make our roads safer and pothole free, while hoping to bring about a change in the mindset of the citizens about road safety and social responsibility.

Their primary aim right now is to fix at least 5000+ potholes and to enable 5000+ school children to understand and follow road safety. They engage volunteers from different facets such as corporates, schools and colleges, general public, ladies associations, Rotary and other clubs along with many industry bodies. The volunteers do not receive any stipend and all work together against the pothole menace that exists in our country. Training is provided to all the volunteers about how to fix potholes and other road safety requirements. PoteholeRaja monitor their volunteers’ progress through technology and pre-post pictures of all events to create a bigger impact as well as to help move towards their goal of road safety.

Finalist

Pushp-kiran Union for Real Enlightenment (PURE)


Pushp-kiran Union for Real Enlightenment (PURE) as an organisation works to inspire the youth to become better citizens. They provide professional mentoring to their students. Their program ‘Marg Darshak’ has seen much success. They engage working individuals as volunteers in order to help children becoming responsible citizens. Volunteers are given the required training and are then allowed to conduct programs. They are considered the real super-heroes of PURE.

Finalist

Talent Quest for India


Talent Quest for India is an organisation with a vision to create socially responsible leaders. It is a youth voluntary movement where 1000+ volunteers, who deliver their educational programs in schools and conduct social awareness programs, run the entire organization. They conducted the TQI Ulla’s Summit Program in 29 government schools across 21 districts of Tamil Nadu. The main objective of this program is to provide a mentor to the school children, from their locality, who they can look up to and who can listen to their dreams and appreciate their talents. Volunteers are usually college students from the respective districts.

Finalist

Volunteer For a Cause


Volunteer For A Cause is an organisation that is solely driven by volunteer forces. Its mission is to spread volunteering by providing a common platform for all volunteers to participate in social change. It aims to empower volunteers by helping them realize their potential as active citizens that take up social initiatives as a way to give back to the society. Any of their volunteers can choose one of the 17 social causes that the organisation aligns itself with.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. is a global federation of companies operating in 22 key industries including information technology and financial services. They work towards encouraging their employees to connect and help the underprivileged community. Esops – Employee Social Options, is an employee volunteering platform at the Mahindra & Mahindra Group, adopted by the organisation to involve employees in social and developmental programmes. They have organised several successful programs like ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to work around the hygiene and cleanliness domain; ‘Mahindra Haryali – A Million Trees Each Year’ which aims to plant one million trees every year and  ‘Lifeline – Express’ that aims to bridge the gap between remote rural areas and quality healthcare. Mahindra & Mahindra felicitates its employees with certificates as a token of appreciation for their selfless hard work as volunteers.

Website: www.mahindra.com

GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

GMR Group is one of the fastest growing infrastructure enterprises in India. They primarily work in areas of education, health, hygiene and sanitation. They have implemented various schemes such as — sponsoring the complete educational expenses for over a 100 children under the ‘Gifted Children Scheme’, ‘Employees Support’ and ‘Skill India Mission’, to train students in electrical and mechanical skills. They also organise several events on a grand scale during ‘Daan Utsav’, to inculcate the practice of donating money and time. GMR Group truly believes in giving back to the society by contributing towards the overall development of its community.

Website: www.gmrgroup.in

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

TCS Maitree is an initiative by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., one of India’s leading software service provider. One of their chief projects namely, ‘TCS Maitree Panvel Primary & Secondary School Initiative’, works to promote English as a primary medium of instruction in schools. This initiative has resulted in numerous children from the rural areas to develop their speaking skills. Their other noteworthy initiative — The Women’s Organisation of Waze’ (WOW), has helped women make a huge transition from being mere housewives in a rural agricultural areas of India to being significant contributors to small scale industry. This was made possible by providing these women with the required training and making them self-reliant and self-sufficient.

Website: www.tcs.com