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  • Sowmya

    Created by

    Sowmya Lakshminarayanan
  • ds

    This fundraiser will benefit

    dHIVE students from low income schools

    from India

All of us in the workforce today realise that there is more to education and learning than scoring the highest marks. More than often, we need better creativity, communication skills, team skills and confidence to navigate both in our work as well as personal life. These are also abilities that students today require in the fast changing world.

What is dHIVE?

Students are full of creativity, and quite often we underestimate what their curious minds can do for community building. They need more than subject knowledge; they need other skills to face the real world challenges and acquire good employability skills. Lack of medium of expression of their ideas and hence lack of confidence don't let students realize their true potential.

dHIVE is committed to equipping students with skills and mindsets to strengthen their leadership ability through design thinking.


We are doing this through a well researched Children Led Participatory Design (CLPD) where children identify and co-create contextual solutions along with their community to solve real world challenges. This program helps both the students and the community where they live in. By working with the community, our program develops leadership qualities in children - by empowering them to co-create with the community, building a sense of ownership and helping them acquire employability skills.

More details of our work in social media

Impact so far and future -

We have thus far intervened in semi-urban and rural setting (Lobhi-- a rural village in Maharashtra, low income private schools from Chennai and rural villages near to Auroville-Pondicherry). Through these centres, we have worked with 200+ students and developed 20 student innovators.

Through our intervention, students in Lobhi have created their own design portfolios, through which they have received scholarships for higher education. Rural girls have also involved themselves in our program and developed products that solve challenges pertinent to women in the community. Women in the community formed Self Help Groups to scale up the products invented by the children, thereby creating an alternate source of livelihood for themselves.

In the low income school in Chennai, children won the  ‘Brightest idea of the year” award in a national design competition conducted by Design for Change.  

This year we will be working with low income schools in Chennai. And aim to impact 400+ students. In 10 years, we aim to impact 1 million semi-urban and rural children, bringing their fullest potential to light.

Get involved in the Change

For this year, our budget is INR 10 Lakhs which, we are raising through your support. The money will strictly be used for the program costs (Training, operation costs and innovation trips) and some basic equipments for innovation.

With as less as Rs 450, you can be a part of this change and empower students in becoming community change-makers. (Rs 450 will be spent for the innovation program of 1 student for a month. With Rs 1800, you can sponsor a team of 4 and with Rs 9000, you can sponsor a classroom of 20 for the innovation program).

We invite everyone to join hands in our vision in building community change-makers of tomorrow. 

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