“If India is to survive, she must be made young again. Rushing and billowing streams of energy must be poured into her; her soul must become, as it was in the old times, like the surges, vast, puissant, calm or turbulent at will, an ocean of action or of force.” – Sri Aurobindo
Keeping this philosophy of Sri Aurobindo in mind, the Debabrata Auro Foundation (DAF) was set up by Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker and Dr. Debraj Shome in November, 2016 in Mumbai, India. The NGO was started in the memory of (Late) Dr. Debabrata Shome, a humanitarian extraordinaire and visionary. India has seen tremendous progress over the years in all aspects. Despite this, a vast majority of Indians still live below the poverty line and are not able to fulfil their basic needs for survival. Gender discrimination is prevalent in all social strata and access to good healthcare is wanting. The reasons for this state of India are plenty. The government is doing its bit; however, any problem can only be solved if we as citizens also decide to do something about it. Even though many of us empathize with the plight of the underprivileged, when it comes to taking concrete steps towards their aid there is not much that we actually do. We believe that, small efforts lead to big changes and this is a way of doing our bit for the society.