Gloria Benny

The 30-year-old and her co-founder have built two strong organisations of value and strength -- Make A Difference (MAD) and Guardians of Dreams -- for underprivileged children in India who live in shelter. And the organisations provide education, infrastructure and psycho-social care for these children.
It was not until Benny started teaching at shelter homes that she realised that the way those children looked at themselves and dreamt about their ambitions and goals, was way below than what a child should have been aspiring for. She realised that such children were limited only because of their circumstances and not because of their lack of skill or potential which is what she found unacceptable and that formed the genesis of her two organisations. MAD is primarily built on a model where college-going volunteers are able to spend some time teaching the kids after their college hours, developing individual plans for every child. MAD has reached out to around 5,000 children in 77 shelter homes across 23 cities in India. After her stint at MAD, Benny has now started her second organisation, Guardians of Dreams, to improve the way childcare practices are carried out across shelter homes.

Read more in our issue dated October 14, 2016. Issue out on stands on September 30, 2016