How Nishita Rajput crowdsourced Rs 51 lakh to educate underprivileged girls in Vadodara
24-year-old Nishita Rajput’s journey as a social worker and philanthropist started in 2011, when she along with her father decided to mobilise funds for the education of underprivileged girls in Vadodara, Gujarat. It’s been 4 years since she set out on her mission. Every year Nishita sets a goal for herself and manages to reach it. This year she planned to donate Rs 51 lakh towards girls education and she has achieved it.
According to The Quint, help seems to be pouring in generously with several people committing to Nishita’s mission. Nishita set out with a target of collecting 351 cheques in 2011. She crossed the mark and over 400 cheques landed at her door step. The number rose considerably in a year to 700 and spiked further in 2014, when she had a 1000 contributors. By the end of 2015, Nishita wanted to collect at least 5,100 cheques. This year she has collected cheques amounting to rupees fifty-one lakh.
Nishita funds education for underprivileged girls who are forced into labour or domestic work due to their family’s financial situation. Nishita councils the girls as well as their parents. In these counselling sessions, Nishita emphasises on the importance of educating the girls so that they can be self-sufficient later in life. Nishita tells the parents that she is more than willing to fund the education for their girls.