Ujjeevit Foundation is a registered, youth-led, non-profit organization based in Guwahati. With the aim of working for the overall development of children and youth in the region, Ujjeevit set sail in August of last year.
The Starting Spark
It all began with Rahul Dutta’s humble desire to provide education and help improve the living conditions of underprivileged children and youth in the city. Rahul is an Assam Engineering College alumnus. A former intern at the United Nations Development Programme and research associate at the Centre for Sustainable Development Goals, he saw that a lot of talented children were missing out on opportunities due to the unavailability of facilities to augment their potential.
Ujjeevit Foundation is managed by a strong team of five. The team comprises of students and graduates which includes Raktim Gautam, Rashmika Das, Animesh Bordoloi, Parineeta Chakraborty, and Rahul. The team is backed by interns and volunteers as well.
The foundation’s first ever venture was a 3-day theatre workshop carried out for underprivileged children. Thinker’s Adda is another one of Ujjeevit’s initiatives which aims to provide a platform for open-ended discussion among the youth on issues that need attention. On the International Women’s Day, they organized O’Womaniya that brought together important female figures Darshana Sengupta (first woman car trainer of NE India and founder, WPCR), Monali Bhardwaj (senior producer, Concept Productions Limited), Meeta Dutta (advocate, Gauhati High Court), Manjori Borkotoky (editor, Time8) and Dr Kashmira Ghosh (intern, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh) who shared their experiences at The Tea Story in Uzan Bazar, Guwahati.
On 1st April this year, Ujjeevit started a campaign to spread awareness on mental health issues among young people. Going by the name Khul Ke Bolo, the campaign aims at the removal of stigma surrounding mental health issues and wants to create a platform for people to speak up without the fear of judgement. For this purpose, the team visited a number of colleges and held interactive sessions with students to promote their objective.
So far, they have also connected with various child centres to get to the root of the persisting issues and find ways to extend their support to the underprivileged. They even connected with the Amingaon High School and the Gopal Boro High School for the implementation of a few projects.
One project that is currently underway is Colouring Their Dreams which focuses on the beautification of infrastructure of government-run schools in the state. By painting classrooms, they plan to provide a positive and desirable environment for children to study and learn.
Supriya Khound, a renowned social rights activist, has been a constant support to the organization. She has provided inputs and has also guided them since its inception. Meeta Choudhury Dutta, an associate lawyer of the SG Law Plus firm practicing criminal and matrimonial law has also contributed to the foundation. She shares, ‘No words of appreciation are enough to convey the significant efforts that are being put in by Ujjeevit. It should be an obligation for people to extend their support in such social endeavours. I wish Ujjeevit the best.’
The Ujjeevit Foundation are open to queries and can be reached at [email protected].
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By Deirdre Basumatary