Siddhant Mohite was only 11 years old when he realized he was meant to work for the welfare of society. But being too young he faced a lot of rejections for volunteer ship “None of the NGOs took me in, not even as a volunteer. The main reason was being too young to participate. It became an unspoken rule for me that I wanted to do my bit for society and the zeal just couldn’t wash away. It was right after the completion of my SSC board exams that I started with OYE at an age of 17 and since then I have come a long way.”
Today at 20 he is successfully running OYE (Organization For Youth and Elderly). In the course of 3 years the organization has till now launched more than 180 campaigns pertaining to different social issues like girl child, education, old age, blinds, environment etc.
Talking about the challenges the foundation had to face, Siddhant said that,
“ The only challenge that the organization is currently following is that as a lot of volunteers are youth therefore they had to adjust the timings of work as per their schedule therefore the organization has no fixed time of work”
Through different fundraising activities the organization collects its funds. In the past they have organized a waste recycling activity through which they made out things out of waste and raised their funds. They are also manufacturing water bottles, bags etc under their merchandise line that they have started for raising the funds for the organization.
OYE as an NGO stands out with the unique campaigns that they undertake and involve massive youth population. They did a protest drive during the Nirbhaya Rape Case in which more than 1000 people have participated. Launched a Rakhi project through which they sent Rakhis made by visually impaired at the war front to the soldiers.
It launched a special initiative of “Thank you Police” on Valentine ‘s Day where it suggested that we must be grateful to the policemen for they are the one who keep us secure. Oye volunteers visited police stations around the town and gave out roses to policemen, thanking them.
Apart from it they had launched “IDONATE” a drive to spread awareness on eye donation. Under their campaign “Ab Padhega India”, 10,000 underprivileged children were distributed basic stationery . There are many other campaigns that they have launched.
Currently, OYE has branches at in Mumbai, China, Canada and New Zealand that are strongly supported by the volunteers.
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