Meet Bijal Damani

"Unfortunately, there is a vast difference in the opportunities available to children owing to their social status. I realized that since I am training the future entrepreneurs and industry leaders, this is the right time to make them aware about concepts like Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship."

What inspires you?

I derive my inspiration from Mother Nature and discovering things that she has to offer. All the inventions, innovations and philosophies of the world are hidden in nature. I am also inspired by children - their enthusiasm and sense of curiosity inspire me.

Tell us about an issue that matters to you and how you became aware and involved.

I am passionate about bridging the opportunity gap in the communities. Being a Business teacher working with a private school, I deal with students from elite and rich segments of society. Every morning when I am getting down from the school bus, I see young kids working on a construction site near school. The vast difference in the opportunities available to these kids struck me. Moreover, I realized that since I am training the future entrepreneurs and industry leaders, this is the right time to make them aware about concepts like Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship. So we organize 'Galaxy Bazaar' every year before Diwali ( since the year 2005) wherein we get in touch with manufacturers and wholesalers and sale the festivities' related products. It is a complete business venture without any safety net from school. The net profits earned at the end of the event are used to secure and sponsor admission of underprivileged students into our own school - providing them with an equal educational opportunity. We have managed to raise Rupees 16,00,000 (approximately $32,000) so far.

Share your perspectives on what makes a good leader.

A good leader works WITH the team and leads by example. Its important for a leader to have a clear vision and the courage to follow what is right.

Do you think TakingITGlobal can help you achieve some of your goals? Have we already?

TakingITGlobal can provide a global platform to this project. If some elite schools from different countries join us in our endeavour to bridge the gap,it will help us tremendously. Galaxy Bazaar is scalable and if more schools are joining in, we will be able to provide more opportunities to the underprivileged children.


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