Thursday, April 12, 2012

Social Good - Dream a Dream - Empowerment of children

Founded in 1999, Dream A Dream is registered Charitable Trust that seeks to empower children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time sensitizing the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where unique differences are appreciated. Over 11 years, we have impacted the lives of 10000 children with support from over 2000 volunteers who represent an increasingly sensitive community.
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It was in late 1999, when Brinda Jacob started sharing her idea of the "Power of One" to bring about positive change in our communities. She was fascinated by the opportunity to engage young people and to powerfully utilize their passion and energy to bring about change within their communities. In no time, 11 others got inspired by her idea and joined hands to start Dream A Dream in November 1999.

The single powerful desire to make a difference in their communities brought together, an assorted group of young people huddled in a garage and discussing ideas to change the world.

Young marketing officers, management graduates, software engineers, chartered accountants, future business tycoons, photographers, ad professionals, a contemporary dancer and several interesting individuals from different backgrounds.

This heady and hearty mix brainstormed to conceptualize many new ideas and dream many different dreams; all against the common, binding backdrop of wanting to give back to the community and unleash the "Power of One".

Thus, was formed 'Dream A Dream' in November 1999. The twelve founder dreamers were Arjun Dugal, Brinda Jacob, Neha Shah, Pramod Ramprasad, Rahul Mathur, Rashmi Bajaj, Sandeep Wadhwa, Shweta Kothari, Supreeta Sampath, Vipul Chhabria, Vishal Talreja & Vishwa Prasad.

"We came together because we thought we could make a difference in a very small way. None of us realized the power we were unleashing - The Power of One. We didn't know how far we would take Dream A Dream, but what we did know was that our lives would never be the same again and we would greatly impact the lives of a few children." - Vishal Talreja, Director & Founder Member .
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