MRS. JANKI VASANT
While India is undergoing radical changes, Mrs. Janki Vasant believes that the personal choices made by the citizens would lead us to either more greed, isolation, and suffering or more love, compassion, and happiness.
Life changed for her at an early age due to being one of the passenger hostages of the Panam flight hijacked in Karachi in 1986. This incident brought her close to the real values of life, taught her what really matters in life or actually things that really DON’T matter in life!
“If you have a purpose, means will follow” – with this philosophy she has dedicated her life to the under-privileged, eventually working towards modifying lives and environments.
If you have a purpose, means will follow
- Mrs. Janki Vasant
Her compassion was first channelized back in 2001 when Gujarat was destroyed post-earthquake. Then, she volunteered in the overall coordination of an earthquake shelter, where over 20,000 earthquake victims stayed and thrived for 2 months. A passionate, deep-seeded trust that education empowers drives her to reach out to the children.
With a Motto - ‘Not just education, but quality education is the right of every child’, she founded Samvedana in 2003, a platform to create opportunities and interdependence through inclusive synergy. Her area of focus is strengthening the public education system, infant nourishment – early care, and skill training for the integrated development of socially and economically deprived children, youth, and women.
Samvedana's tagline says it all -
Give your compassion a name
Over the years and through its varied and timely interventions, Samvedana has nurtured a potent ecosystem that adds value to all involved - be it children/youth from extreme poverty, their families, or volunteers from privileged sections! It’s their great satisfaction to have this number constantly grow over the years from 30 children to over 2 lakh at present! Being a constant learner is what constantly evolves her, last September she was at Stanford University for a non-profit management course on a full scholarship. She received the most prestigious National Honour, ‘ Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016’, by President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan on this International women’s day.