Labhya Foundation is a non-governmental organisation founded in the year 2017, by four passionate, young entrepreneurs. Registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act (Not-for-Profit), Labhya Foundation adopts a unique approach towards both education and dedicated volunteerism.
"labhya", is a Sanskrit word which translates to 'within reach'. Labhya Foundation intends to build a fertile ground to facilitate service learning for everybody alike. Our vision is to invest youth in education and dedicated volunteerism in order to transform communities.
Labhya began as an idea when our experienced founders came together to create a human-centric ecosystem, with a vision to enable people with purpose. We got our name from one of our alma mater’s motto and adopted it because it was in alignment with our intent to make service accessible to all.
For the past 5 years, our founding members have spearheaded various projects while creating a few from scratch under various organisations, and have since developed a unique perspective towards volunteerism. We have worked closely with various government and private institutions during this time and have had immense exposure to both policy-making and ground realities. Our core experiences have been in the following development spaces:
Our core experiences have been in the following development spaces:
- Urban healthcare solutions
- Empowerment and education in sensitive communities like tribes in naxalite areas of Chattisgarh
- Rehabilitation, advocacy, and play therapy in Rohingya refugee camps
- Holistic and alternative primary education in metropolitan cities
- Automation in start-ups
- Youth empowerment and mentorship in urban settings
After graduating from the prestigious Modern School, Barakhamba Road, and deciding to take the "road not taken", Vedant, at the age of 18 ended up being the youngest core team member of a UK based unicorn startup, GreenVan, in 2013. GreenVan is one of the handful global startups endorsed by the UK Govt. (UK Trade & Investment). As Management Executive for Strategy & Operations, he undertook various roles and responsibilities in varied positions and led teams across different verticals during his tenure. His major areas of focus were optimizing data collection and machine learning algorithms, automate processes and researching new potential markets while designing & implementing country-wide strategies. He collaborated with some of the best IT professionals across the globe to fully-automate and revolutionise the Home Services sector in the UK & EU. He on multiple occasions has been selected as a sole delegate to represent India at various youth, entrepreneurial, intercultural and economic conferences and summits at a global level.
In 2016, a service-based rural immersion journey made Vedant realise his true calling. At 22, he quit his job at GreenVan and has been serving at Labhya Foundation while asking himself the questions, "What is the future of education?", "How can we create a fertile ground for everyone to serve?".
While serving in pivotal positions, he has spearheaded various projects and processes in organisations like Becoming I Foundation and Youth Alliance. He also actively worked towards the exploration of leadership, youth development, self-awareness, dedicated volunteerism, and process automation in the social sector. Vedant strongly believes that a high emotional quotient is a key to a better world. He has a deep passion for learning and has always believed that a well-developed brain will always be more valuable than a well-educated one. He also firmly believes that a fertile mind is bound to have multiple passions and interests. Change, innovation and love are what drive him towards his vision of a reimagined and transcendental future.
Born and brought up in Lusaka, Zambia, Richa has always explored the question "What does it take to preserve empathy among children?"
Currently a Teach For India fellow and a Global Girls' Education Fellow, Richa has explored service by spearheading various projects in the social space. She spent the last few years mentoring volunteers and developing workshops for school and refugee children as part of various organisations and has community development experience with Rohingya refugee communities in Delhi. She has been the International Editor for EAGLE Network, Africa, an organisation trying to combat the violation of animal rights in 8 African countries.
Richa strongly believes that learning more leads to learning better. Therefore, she co-founded The Labhya Foundation in January 2017, in an endeavour to transform how learning looks like. While being a TFI fellow, she continues to contribute as an advisor for the organisation.
Richa is a budding poet and has been published on various platforms like Urban Mélange, Population First, and Moledro Magazine. She has used her words to combat discrimination by contributing poems to popular activist movements as well.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Malika completed her Bachelor of Commerce from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. She is a Chartered Accountant by profession and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
She has been working with one of the leading global consultancy groups since 2013. She is exploring the questions "What is education and what does it mean to me?". Malika has been with and has supported Labhya Foundation since its inception. She has served and been an integral part of organisations like Youth Alliance and OM Foundation.
Born in Saharsa, Bihar and studied in multiple villages and metropolitans, Adarsh finds the 'what do you want to do?' question extremely difficult to answer. He loves reading, travelling and interacting with new people. A mechanical engineer by education, he is passionate about education and rights of rural people and hopes to make a difference in those fields.
After leaving his job after 13 days, he has been living in remote villages of Chhattisgarh since 2016. While working to change the face of education in the Red Corridor Zones of India. He started his journey as a Shiksharth fellow in the tribal villages of Sukma. He is currently working in senior leadership at Saathi Samaj Sevi Sanstha.
Adarsh co-founded Labhya Foundation in January 2017 to immerse himself deeper into the community and provide solutions with the effect being directly being on the ground. He is managing operations for Labhya in Chhattisgarh while focusing on overall community development.