Devesh Lalwani



Moksha Foundation is recently started, zealous organisation that aims at simplifying lives. Located in Naraina, this NGO focuses on 3 primary areas of work which are, promotion of green energy, taking up information based awareness programs and providing legal advice and medical aid to those who can’t afford it. It was founded by Devesh Lalwani, a recent Bachelor of Business Studies graduate from the University of Delhi. The NGO successfully executed its first project earlier this year, called ‘The Take Two Campaign’ in association with Perfetti Van Melle.

Currently, all members of the organisation are below 25 years, with many DU students in the team. Moksha Foundation hopes to bring this youthful energy to its next project called ‘Moksha Jan Utsav’ which is a 20 week program under which an integrated camp will be held every Sunday in various slum areas and lower income group colonies in West Delhi. Through this project, the NGO will address common issues faced by the residents.

The team held its first camp on June 16 at the Satsang Bhawan in Dasghara village, Pusa Institute.

A part of the camp was a multi speciality medical camp, with a range of doctors including orthopaedists and cardiologists to help patients. The residents also availed a number of tests including BMD, ECG, ECHO screening and those to check blood pressure and sugar levels. To ensure that the best doctors were on board for the camp, the NGO had tied up with Metro Heart Institute, a leading hospital located in Naraina.


The next section was dedicated to providing free legal consultation on civil matters. As is observed often, those with issues hesitate to seek legal advice due to the expected time and money required. The camp bridged this gap by inviting residents to talk about their concerns to Mr Tarun Bhardwaj, the lawyer Moksha Foundation is associated with. He talked them through issues related to pension, property and so on.

Apart from that, the volunteers helped the people at the Moksha Jan Utsav by checking the status of their Aadhar cards, and even printing the cards out for them to use. In the upcoming camps, the NGO will set up a booth to assist the residents to enroll for their Voter ID cards.

Despite the rain, around 400 people came to the camp.

To ensure that cases which require long term attention are not abandoned once the camp is wrapped up, effective follow up has been planned. The project has been designed in such a way that those facing such issues can seek further help from the doctors and lawyers in the future as well, at highly subsidized rates.

Dinesh Lalwani, Chief Patron of the Moksha Foundation said:

“Its through a collective effort of society and the youth that through the passage of time, the society we live in can reach a situation of normalcy were the word ‘aid’ should be a foreign concept.”

At a time when citizens of the country frequently criticize the youth for being self centred and insensitive to important causes, NGOs such as Moksha Foundation exist to prove them wrong. With a successful beginning to the project behind them, the team is determined to help the nation, step by step.

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.