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Aishwarya has delivered more than 50000+ hours of volunteering through projects and programmes.

“Architect for Humanity” is how Dubai resident Aishwarya Joshi construction architect is seen after she progressed towards an innovative career path, to evolve into a successful social entrepreneur in the UAE.

Aishwarya Joshi is the founder of “The Lighthouse Cohort” (TLC) a Dubai -based enterprise that brings together cohorts, to deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing needs around global peace, education, healthcare and livelihood via project design and strategic partnerships across Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Aishwarya reiterates that “UAE as a country embraced her as its own and allowed her to live her passion for with dignity and spread wings even outside UAE through her humble social enterprise The Lighthouse Cohort” Precisely the reason I call UAE hoe away fro hoe because it doesn’t judge e but encourages and guides to achieve y vision for the huanity at large

Aishwarya has delivered more than 50000+ hours of volunteering through projects and programmes for peace education and healthcare through corporates and humanitarian organisations. She has mobilised humanitarian aid worth more than D 950, 000/year within UAE for local causes.

Aishwarya has facilitated more than 20 containers /year, of humanitarian aid from UAE to other Middle East, countries Africa and Asia including countries like Congo, Nigeria, Guinea, Bangladesh, Iraqi Kurdistan and similar conflict zones

Aishwarya reiterates: “UAE as a country embraced me as its own and allowed me to follow my passion with dignity and spread wings even outside UAE through my humble social enterprise ‘The Lighthouse Cohort’. This is precisely the reason I call UAE homee away from home because it doesn’t judge me but encourages and guides to achieve my vision for humanity at large.”

Another NGO SmartLife, licensed by the Community Development Authority (CDA), Dubai, works closely with blue collar workers in the various labour camps in Dubai and helps them improve their potential and thus the quality of lives through the diverse projects of SmartLife.

Some of the programmes of the NGO that has helped thousands of blue collar workers since its inception include SmartReading, a reading initiative of the government and helps semi literate workers to enjoy the pleasures of reading; SmartIdol, a talent show that brings out the hidden talent of the workers ranging from singing, dancing to anything that they are adept at. Winners and finalists of the SmartIdol finale become part of SmartBand, giving them an opportunity to perform in corporate events.

Some other initiaitves include SmartMedic offers periodic health check up and addresses wellness in workers; SmartWoman, a woman-centric project where we teach them to work on hobbies such as sewing, knitting, embroidery, cooking, baking, henna application, dancing amongst several others. The objective is to engage them so they are able to use their available time constructively and also motivate them to learn new skills.

SmartBuddy is related to education and offers scholarships for children of blue collar workers in Dubai and children studying in their home countries; SmartRelaxation is a project that teaches yoga, meditation and breathing techniques with follow up sessions that keeps the practice a way of life. SmartCup is a cricket tournament where blue and white collar workers are part of the same team vying for the coveted trophy; SmartElder addresses the segment of blue collar workers who are 50 years and above, teaching them about middle age and old age health problems, how to handle finances, adjusting to growing old, retirement plans, relationships on returning home after a long stint in the Gulf and similar.

A teacher with SmartReading programme at the NGO, Vrinda Dhawan said: “I find it very gratifying to empower blue-collared workers of UAE through the Smart Reading programme of Smart Life. When teaching and mentoring them with spoken English language skills, a necessary tool in UAE’s multinational society, it is rewarding to see their confidence, self-worth and personality flourish. I feel very proud to be a part of Smart Reading program which has helped over 9000 blue-collared workers of various nationalities in the UAE over the past years.”





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