Arpita Chowdhury

Youth leader & volunteer, Jazbaat Foundation founder

Ms. Arpita Chowdhury (20 years) is currently pursuing her B.A. Honours Degree in English Literature with a minor in Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

Currently pursuing her B.A. Honours Degree in English Literature with a minor in Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

She is currently working as the president of the English Literary Association, LSR. Arpita started her volunteering journey at the age of 18 when she started teaching English to some NGO students, then she worked with Children's Education Trust to teach 15 girls of Hope Foundation.

She then moved on to work with specially-abled students at Tamana NGO, Delhi as part of the National Service Scheme, LSR. Through her journey, she developed a keen interest in working for society and wanted to start a community project of her own.

She has always felt strongly about the importance of Education hence when she saw the immense potential in a few students from remote villages, she decided to start her project 'Jazbaat Foundation.'

Under the project she started a campaign called #EducationForAll during the Covid pandemic in order to help support students from remote villages of India. She brought five students belonging to Delhi and arranged for their accommodation.

She along with her team of college students made judicial use of social media and personal networks to appeal to people for help. Between August 2020 to December 2020, she reached out to nearly 500+ people who helped by donating money, stationery materials, books, WIFI connection and food for the students.

She then started the 'Voluntary Teaching Program' wherein she invited school/college students to teach these tribal students via online mode. 30-40 Volunteers from institutions across India had/are working with Jazbaat Foundation teaching various subjects.

She has conducted several workshops and webinars (inviting career professionals, psychologists, college professors, youth leaders) for the students.

In order to build a larger network of youth volunteers, her project has collaborated with organisations like Enactus Hindu College and Rotaract Club of Rever, Aarohan NGO, Women's Development Cell, KNC). Currently, she is working with nearly 10 under-served students who are preparing for their board examinations.

Arpita has conducted various lectures and workshops with organisations such as Girl Up Clubs, Women's Development Cell, Rotaract Club of Rever, Future Girls Summit, Mentor Mitr wherein young people have attended her sessions and benefitted heavily from her vision and work.

During the second wave of Covid, she started a campaign #LetsFightCovdTogether to verify leads related to all Covid resources, she worked for about 90 days, verifying 1000 leads and reaching out to 500 people for helping them. Her initiative was covered by BBC. She has been awarded COVID SHEROES AWARD by Twitter India which inspired many young people to start their Covid relief work and support the community.

Her work has been covered by various platforms such as BBC, Hindustan Times, CGTN America, New Indian Express, Edex Live, DU Express, DU Beat.

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