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Apurva from lucknow shares her experience about LEAD Prayana interview

Apurva a LEader from Lucknow had applied for the LEAD Prayana interview to experience the leadership journey and she has shared her experience about it, she had attended the telephonic interview and had received the task in order to prove the leadership qualities in her. 

Apurva accepted the challenge and she thought of donating her old clothes to the needy kids. It was indeed a challenging task for her to arrange all the clothes in one night so she approached her mom and friends to help her. The second problem faced by her was to find the needy people during day time as they would be found only at night while going to sleep. Apurva collected all the clothes which are of no use to her and walked to the kids on the street and distributed to them. 

Kids were very happy after receiving the clothes and most of the people rushed towards her which was again challenging for her to handle the situation. She equally distributed the clothes and made everyone satisfied, around 50+ students were given distributed with the clothes at Chinat Village. Apurva was touched and speechless by the response of the people. Elderly people showered blessing upon her and she feels that it was worth doing the task as she feels that it was most relaxing and satisfying work that she ever did.

Apurva is thankful to LEAD Team for the task given as it helped her in realising the leadership qualities. She feels proud and says that it was one of the memorable moments in her life.

DFP LEaders stepped out towards impactful change

DFP LEaders went out in Hubli on 11th of December, 2014 to bring in difference amongst the students and the youngsters of Hubli. The enthusiasm and energy was dedicated to the impactful change in the society.

The passion and encouragement was there in all the activities as they trained about more than 400 students in leadership, creativity, environment conservation and plantation.

While on the other end, 200+ children from government schools were given several trainings on Yoga, sanitation and maintaining cleanliness. As the examination time is near the fellows also trained the children on how to prepare effectively and memorize the things.

Activities from fellows benefited the students. In the activities around 30+D.Ed. trainees were trained and oriented on the usage of internet which would be helpful for them to train their juniors and the children whom they teach. The Trainees appreciated the fellows for teaching them about the important necessities of internet. Trainees appreciated the LEaders for the leadership activity they took, as it is helping most of the people in the society to increase their knowledge.

My Story: Santosh Patil

My Story: Santosh Patil (Jain College, Belgaum)

I come from a village background. My father is illiterate, but was determined for his four sons to have a different life, one with more possibilities. He worked hard for my brothers and I to come to Belgaum and attend Jain college, which we all did.

I first learned about LEAD when I attended a LEAD orientation at my college. I was attracted to the support the program provides, and so I decided to join the community. Amrut guided me through small projects, and then Abhi, another mentor, affirmed that he was ready to move on to the next level shortly after. His first project was turning plant waste from the field into usable fuel. Along with this, I educated farmers on the negative effects of pesticides, and the importance of organic farming. To date, I have promoted organic, sustainable farming to 100+ farmers. In addition to this noble feat, he has completed 26 other projects, which have all had a positive effect in my community. For my leadership I was nominated for the LEAD Ambassador position, which I accepted and guided over 100 students through their leadership development.

Throughout this journey, I have never forgotten my roots in my village. At the government school there, there is no toilet, and the kitchen is very dirty. On October 3rd, 2014, my team and I turned the old kitchen into a proper bathroom, and arranged for sanitary food preparation. This effort even got media attention and we were featured by city news. 

My father has always been my role model in life, and now Abhi is a mentor for me also. 

Because others have helped me so much, I want to pay it forward and help people also. Another dream of mine is to be a social entrepreneur - I want to be the job provider, not the job seeker.


My Story: Sunil Lingaghetti

Sunil Lingashetti (Bijapur College of Agriculture)

"You can change your world also."

Sunil has always remembered living in fear - fear of the unknown. Much of his time spent studying at Bijapur College of Agriculture was spent avoiding communication with others, not eating or sleeping properly, and suffering from a depressed and closed-minded mentality which inhibited his desire to learn or do anything new.

Then came 10 days that completely transformed his life. He attended the 2014 LEAD LEADership Camp because his friend was heavily involved with LEAD and convinced him it would be a good experience. This camp exposed him to the LEAD program and all its offerings. After the camp, he came back to Bijapur a changed man. He was confident, doing well in school, healthy and motivated. He told his friends all about it, but still they resisted getting involved. He was so determined to have others experience LEAD, however, that he gave an orientation anyways. This first orientation was with six of his friends, but he continued introducing people to the program and has since inspired 200+ registrations, 70% of his location’s projects have been approved, and almost 50 have been completed. Besides this statistical success, the biggest triumph for Sunil was the building of his social identity and leadership. Before, he felt like nobody. Now, everyone (students, faculty…) refer to him as “LEAD Lingaghatti” - he is known by all and saved in people’s mobiles by this name, signifying how much of a peer leader he has become.

An example of his empowerment and transformation is the way he has been able to guide people through the same darkness he was lost in. He recalls a friend of his on the phone with him, in tears because they were afraid to talk to people and to take the leap and join LEAD. Sunil shared his experience with them and let them know that “you can change your world also.”

In addition to mentorship, Sunil also developed a passion for inter-gender communication within the college. He would often gather groups of students together to explore LEAD, but before each meeting he would make sure people were arranged alternating males and females in order to avoid two divided, gendered groups. He also facilitates ice-breaking activities to break down barriers and encourage dialogue between everybody. Through these efforts, he hopes to change the mindset of people and break down the stereotypes associated with gender.

In LEAD, Sunil completed two projects, both in the field of agriculture and sustainability. The first was raising awareness of bio-gas, and the second for encouraging the use of bio-fertilizers. He went to every home in his village and educated them about the benefits of these sustainable energy sources. Additionally, he planted medicinal trees in his campus and is now working on adding signs depicting their scientific & common names, as well as information about the plants.

Sunil’s passion for sustainable agriculture is undeniable. He is more than aware that 70% of the Indian population depends on agriculture for income, but many who do the agricultural work are unaware of the subsidies available to them because the benefits (such as fresh research, innovative technology, etc.) are not reaching them. He wants to work with these people to help them realize all the possibilities that are available to them. Sunil’s doddappa (uncle), who is is his role model, always treated labourers well and worked with them compassionately. This sparked the same drive to work with, and help, these people who are providing us with so much. He wants to also see more organic, sustainable farming in the future. He is starting first with implementing this approach in his village, and is aiming to expand elsewhere afterwards.

Sunil credits a great deal of his passion, commitment, network, and enthusiasm to the LEAD program, which he has come to know as “a platform for exposing our minds to the world.” His personal development flourished through his experiences with LEAD, and he is now more confident than ever to “find the problems, then find solutions for them”, and it’s clear that he is in a great position to empower other young people to believe the same.

Abhishek Upadhyay finds a new path for the Street Children

LEader Abhishek Upadhyay from Shepa College of Varanasi was touched to see when he saw the people on the street sleeping without warm clothes in the winter especially the kids. He also had observed children playing on the footpaths who were not going to schools as they had no books and proper clothes. Abhishek then decided to provide children with warm clothes as well as books so that the kids would have the bright future. 

Abhishek purchased the books and the winter clothes out of his pocket money to few students and provided them to the children who were happy to receive and were very joyful. He urged to distribute the books and clothes to more number of children so he collected the required materials from his friends in his village and he distributed twenty books and twenty three pair of clothes to five children of the Barani Village of Mirzapur District . Abhishek says that he did not face any challenges as he had planned properly about the initiative and also his friends were of great support to him in the successful completion of his initiative.

Sanjay Nitave benefits 300+ individulas on Children's Day

LEader Sanjay Nitave from BPP College Kalamb, Pune took the initiative to organize a Swachh Bharat for International Children’s Day, in collaboration with Z.P. Primary School, 57 Chal. He organized the cleaning of garbage and plastic in areas around the school, as the emphasis was on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene for children. Following this theme, a local doctor came to visit the children. He offered a medical check-up, medicine and injections if required, as well as education on how to stay healthy and fit, all free of charge. Parents and community members were amazed to see this student-run awareness campaign have so much of an impact.

The schools’ administration was very supportive of the event, and there was a great response by students as well. Fun games commenced the grand event which, in one day, touched 300+ individuals.


LEader Datta Hule forms a library of 100+ books for underpriviledged students

“This Library transformed the whole scenario” says enthusiastic LEADer Datta Hule. He also added, “Being an social entrepreneur and LEAD student, the level of confidence has reached beyond the sky. It is turning my ideas into action”

LEader Datta Hule (Vidya Pratishthan, Indapur) decided to form a library for the underprivileged students who come from an agricultural, village backgrounds. He formed a team and asked them to contribute books as well as a book stand for this initiate. The team then reached out to their friends, and even a local politician, to collect a great assortment of books. The team then asked the members of the community if they could use a common room in one of the local temples as a site for the library, which was approved. The project execution was a success, and there are currently 100+ books available, on various topics such as Agriculture, Educational, Health, Environment, Awareness, Culture, and Technology. Additionally, there are two well respected newspapers, Sakal and Parshwabhumi,that are available on a daily basis. His team is currently working on enhancing the library even more by starting night study sessions for hostel students.