Barack Obama once said ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the change we seek’. A similar thought led Devesh Lalwani, a third year BBS student at Deen Dayal Upadhaya College to start an NGO called Moksha Foundation. Located in Naraina, this NGO focuses on 3 primary areas of work which are promotion of green energy, information based awareness programs and providing legal advice and medical aid to those who can’t afford it.
‘The idea behind Moksha Foundation was the constant nagging amongst my friends circle and then society as a whole that our generation can only talk about ideas like changing the world-which are easier said than done. Through this NGO we hope to simplify lives, working on individual household issues while keeping the entire society in mind’, said Lalwani.
Their premier project in association with Perfetti Van Mellewas called the ‘Week of Giving’ which included the ‘Take Two Campaign’. This campaign was held from the 28th of January to the 1st of February. The concept behind it was that two packets of chips were distributed to each student in certain government schools-one of which was for them to keep and they were encouraged to give the other one to someone who they thought couldn’t afford it. ‘The point we’re trying to emphasize on is the joy of giving, even if it is something as simple as a packet of chips. We’ve urged them to carry forward the movement with even bigger things in the future. While talking to the students, we asked them what they wanted to become in life. We got many answers like engineers, pilots and lawyers. We hoped to make them realise that there are many children who don’t have an opportunity to study and never get a chance to achieve their dreams’, said Angad Madan, the Chief Co-ordinator of the project. During the course of the week they distributed over 15,000 packets of chips in various government schools in West Delhi like DI Khan BS Senior Secondary School, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya and Bapu Adarsh School.
The NGO has many more projects lined up in the upcoming months. The applications for the Core Team of the organisation closed last week and the results of the same will be announced in February.