A world where children are equipped with the skills and abilities to reach their full potential.
Bucket List is one-of-a-kind club that welcomes underprivileged children & adolescents with the aim of offering them avenues to support them in positively growing physically, mentally & emotionally. While doing so, providing them stability and bringing about visible change in their behaviour & disposition.
How it all began
What do you think when you see a street child?
“Poor thing”, “Eew, don’t touch me!” or “Why aren’t you in school?”
One way or another, we have all engaged with street children. After the initial thoughts, come either indifference or the exact opposite.
It was such one interaction which brought about the existence of Bucket List. It was no more than occasional off-hand conversations with street kids that led to the conception of the initiative.
A regular group of friends having tea outside their office on a cold winter evening. While discussing & making fun of each other’s bucket lists, this group is approached by a couple of familiar children of the streets. As one would with old acquaintances, this group too included them in the interesting topic.
Started with a regular topic, the effect of their answers was most unusual. All their bucket lists held were significantly small wishes. Wishes so innocent, they make you question your outlook towards life.
Very soon these casual dialogues turned into deliberate interactions. These interactions motivated the founders to give the initiative a more structured direction.
The founding members carry each conversation since with them, and it is these conversations that form the core values of Bucket List. Early on, we knew we wanted to find a way to give these children a platform that helps them build a better future for themselves, fulfil their innocent wishes like celebrating one’s birthday in way to give them hope in life and find them healthy outlets for their overflowing energies, threatening to take a negative turn.
What do we do now?
Bucket List is currently working with disadvantaged children & adolescents of Jasola, Madanpur Khadar, Sarita Vihar, and Okhla and Nizamuddin Basti in Delhi and Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Through years of conceptualising & pilot runs, Bucket List is today a club like no other.
Bucket List club is the only such entity in the entire country - the very first club for underprivileged children. This club gives disadvantaged children somewhere to belong and find family outside of family. Studies show that one of the major reasons waywardness of street children is lack of stable relationships.
Bucket List club works on 6 major verticals, which in their own unique way, help each child in reaching their full potential - physically, mentally, emotionally as well as socially.
The aim is to give underprivileged children a support system that is complete and helps them grow into healthy functioning individuals of the global society .
We are also actively working on creating awareness about the plight of children on the streets and giving the masses a glimpse into their difficult lives and an opportunity to make a real difference.
Currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Jamia University in social work, Rida graduated from Delhi University in History & completed post graduation in social work from Jamia Milia Islamia.Always sure of her calling, she gained experience working with organisations like World Wide Fund, Dhriti & Greenpeace, India, before finding an inspiring enough cause to begin Bucket List.
Today, she is successfully driving the organisation’s vision ahead. Apart from overlooking all operations, Rida directly handles multiple verticles of our work, like accounts department & volunteer body. As driven as she is, Bucket List always boils down to the kids for her. Her own way of overcoming obstacles is to spend time with the children.
After spending the early years of her life in a quiet town called Fatehpur, Rida moved to the capital city to pursue higher studies. A huge Potterhead, Rida also loves to ‘Tsundoku’. Catching up on currents affairs & walking in the rain are some of her most favourite hobbies.
Before finding her calling with Bucket List, Sakshi gained experience & expertise in fields of writing, finance & event management, while continuously working with organisations like Greenpeace, India and World Wide Fund. With a strong belief in endless learning, Sakshi is today a Changelooms fellow, amongst other accomplishments.
With Bucket List, Sakshi is a Co-founder and operatively someone who looks after organisational content, communication, human resources, administration, coordination and education vertical.
Personally, Sakshi is strength personified. Since the age of 19, she has been continuously losing vision & today has very little remaining. Contrary to general belief, this impairment does not define her, what defines Sakshi is her strength of mind and the cheerfulness with which she embraces whatever life has to offer.
Her absolute favourite activities are listening to audiobooks, adventure sports, travelling, organising and planning & cultural studies.
You could not find a more diversely accomplished professional at his age. After years of experience leading the business team in a media agency, today he is leading his own media house. From content and marketing, to design & technology, he knows it all. A self-proclaimed “Jack of all trades, master of quite a few”, Yogesh truly holds expertise in all things relevant.
It is this expertise that he extends to Bucket List as a co-founder, apart from supporting on-field whenever possible. Handling the entire media side of everything, he also spends most of his free time with the kids on field. If you saw him at one of our centers, you could hardly tell his friends from the kids with his attachment with either.
Personally, Yogesh is crazy about football, all things Batman, gadgets & rock music. With the coolest sense of humour ever, you could not be around Yogesh without bursting out in laughter at least once. A true friend & a driven professional - he leaves no stone unturned in fulfilling the responsibilities of either.
We have 2 young women from the local community as our center coordinators. Still students themselves, the 2 girls support the children in their academics as well. Their major role is to coordinate operations within and amongst different Bucket List communities. The go-to girls for any work on-field, Bucket List is proud to be employing & nurturing young and motivated minds like theirs. With their perseverance, children on our Jasola community have reached an academic level even before starting school.
With dreams & ideas of their own, Bucket List also gives them a platform to learn & practice their skills & talents. We are proud to note how they shine on a stage of theatre or field of sports. Believing very strongly in 2 way growth for all, we give special attention to their personal & professional development through constant capacity building sessions.
The Core is a group of young volunteers.
Why do we call them the ‘core’? That’s because together, these amazing individuals make a team that embodies the spirit & values of Bucket List. They give back to the society because they understand not only how they are helping the world, but also how their efforts, in a way, come back to help them grow as human beings.
We could not imagine Bucket List without the core, these young adults, coming from different walks of life & uniquely dynamic personalities & skills, hold one thing in common - the determination of changing the world as we know it.
At Bucket List, we believe that volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, energy or skill, they have the heart. Following the same belief, we have kept the entire organisation and space open for our dear volunteers.
With constant work going on field and so much happening in Bucket List otherwise too, we have a plethora of options for anyone who wants to volunteer with us. The idea is to provide a space for everyone to explore their interests, capacities and the intention to change the world.For example, so many of us have tried teaching street kids around but always come to a standstill due to lack of space and resources. Sometimes, even with the best intentions, our good thoughts alone are not enough to take our efforts to the next level.
Bucket List wants to support you by offering a space, direction and a huge team of other volunteers who have the same motivation and can definitely lend a hand.
Volunteering, anywhere, in itself offers endless possibilities and benefits. A great way to build network, meet like minded people and exploring your own interests and capacities, all while doing something extremely satisfying.
Irrespective of your professional and academic background,there is something for everyone at Bucket List and we would like nothing more than to have you on board with us and be a part of your journey as you will be of ours.