A Million Livelihoods

Lighthouse Communities Foundation (LCF) is on a mission to build empowered communities through life-skills, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for a million disadvantaged youth across India.

A Million Livelihoods

Lighthouse Communities Foundation (LCF) is on a mission to build empowered communities through life-skills, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for a million disadvantaged youth across India.

Latest News

Aurangabad Lighthouse organized the third NGO meeting

Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much! Aurangabad Lighthouse organized the third NGO meeting along with Aurangabad Smartcity and Aurangabad Municipal Corproation on 28th November 2022. A total of 20 NGOs working in different areas such as Skill...

Workshop on Gender Equality

Janata Vasahat Lighthouse organized a workshop on Gender Equality on the 11th of November. Mr. Koustub, Senior Youth Counselor from Stree Mukti Sanghatna. Mr. Koustub, Senior Youth Counselor, conducted this workshop. During the session, Mr. Koustub sensitised the...

Orientation Program at Bhubaneswar Lighthouse

The Job Fair at Bhubaneswar Lighthouse, held on 18th October 2022, was a great success; approximately 650 youth attended the job fair, out of which more than 200 youth were offered jobs. On 2nd November, Bhubaneswar Lighthouse hosted a one-day orientation program for...

Customer Value Proposition workshop held for the Junoonis

Customer Value Proposition is a unique identifier for any business. Without it, consumers won't have a reason to purchase what you sell. They may even choose a competitor simply because that business communicates its value proposition clearly in its marketing...

650 youth attended the Job Fair at Bhubaneswar Lighthouse

The Job Fair at Bhubaneswar Lighthouse and Jaga Skilling Hub held on 18th October 2022 was a great Success. Over 18 employers attended the job fair, and more than 350 job opportunities were available. Some of the leading organizations that participated in the job fair...

Second batch of five LGBT students completed Foundation Course

We at Lighthouse Communities Foundation leave no stone unturned to empower the LGBT community to build an inclusive and equal society. With the support of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), we started with the second batch of five LGBT students. All...

Bhoomi Poojan for DSEU- Lighthouse Patparganj, Delhi

The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU), in partnership with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) and Lighthouse Communities Foundation (LCF), has kicked off the fourth centre at Khichripur, Patparganj, Delhi. Atishi Marlena, MLA from Delhi,...

Second batch of Junoon launched for the year 2022-23

Junoon- an entrepreneurship program aimed at supporting the growth of micro or home-based entrepreneurs, is co-created by the IDFC FIRST Bank and Lighthouse Communities Foundation in Aundh, Pune. On 30th September 2022, the first batch of Junoonis from the 2-22-23...

Games Room Inaugurated at Hadapsar Lighthouse

On the 29th of September, a "Games Room" was inaugurated at Hadapsar Lighthouse. This room is equipped with indoor games like table tennis (donated by our donor Principal Global Services), carrom, ludo, monopoly, chess, etc. The students beautifully painted and...

Felicitating the first batch at DSEU Lighthouse Kalkaji

We are glad to share that DESU Lighthouse at Kalkaji has successfully completed the first batch of the Foundation, Digital, and Skilling course. During the felicitation event organised on 27th September, more than 150 students were awarded certificates by Dr. Ganesh...

Our vision

 

Our vision

Underserved youth realising their full potential through sustained livelihoods and good citizenship.

We envision a future India where youth from low income households thrive

The youth of India are its future. Millions of young people are struggling to build better lives for themselves and their families. COVID-19 pandemic has further pushed low-income communities into extreme poverty. We are on a mission to change that by enabling sustainable and prosperous livelihoods.

Making a difference

Making a difference

Impact of Our Work

Lighthouses guiding youth towards full potential

Lighthouses guiding youth towards full potential

Slum communities covered

Youth enrolled in the livelihood journey

Youth completed training or placed after Foundation Course

Youth are placed/self employed

Youth opted for higher education

%

Youth who are placed, are still at work post one year

Slum communities covered

Youth enrolled in livelihood journey

Youth completed training or placed after Foundation Course

Youth are placed/self employed

Youth opted for higher education

%

Youth who are placed, are still at work post one year

Success Stories

Vandana Pagar at 57 is on a journey to be a successful entrepreneur

For Vandana, age is just a number. Married at 21 and raising three kids, she subsided her dream of starting her own business. But at the age of 51, she realized that now is the time to take the step! Before joining the Lighthouse, Vandana had completed a Food...

Vishal aspires to be an entrepreneur through his Art skills

One of the second cohort students is thirty-two-year-old Vishal Jogdand, who resides with his family in the Indira Vasahat slum community in Aundh, Pune. His father worked as a driver throughout his life. His mother is a housewife, while his two elder brothers work to...

Akshay on his way to expand his Entrepreneurship Journey

Akshay resides in Pimple Gurav, Pune, along with his parents and a sibling. In spite of his family's limited financial resources, he was always encouraged to follow his dreams of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Soon he ventured into an entrepreneurship journey...

Piyusha adds a feather to her cap as she bagged her dream job!

Piyusha is a 22-year-old computer engineer who comes from a challenging background. Her father is a driver, her mother works as a beautician, and her younger brother is in 10th grade. Her mother is an alumnus of the Lighthouse who completed her basic in the beauty...

Pre- Diwali celebration at Lighthouse

Pre- Diwali celebration was held across all Lighthouse locations! Atishi Marlena, Member of Delhi Legislative Assembly, visited Kalkaji Lighthouse to celebrate Diwali with the youth. While at other lighthouses, the team and youth lit the diya (earthen lamp) to spread...

Felicitating the youth of first batch at DSEU Lighthouse Kalkaji

We are glad to share that DESU Lighthouse at Kalkaji has successfully completed the first batch of the Foundation, Digital, and Skilling course. During the felicitation event organised on 27th September, more than 150 students were awarded certificates by Dr. Ganesh...

Ritika- nursing her way to glory!

19-year-old Ritika, lives in Bhoomiheen camp Kalkaji. Her father, a daily wage laborer, developed severe health issues because of which he couldn't continue his work. Soon after, the family went into deep financial distress. Ritika was young and a bright student at...

Successful Entrepreneurship Journey of Arshada

Arshada, 27, was born in a conservative family where were not allowed to step out of the house without a male family member. Her father worked in Mumbai and hardly earned enough for the family of eight. Arshada always wanted to be an independent person. She was a...

12 LGBTQ individuals breaking the societal norms and taboos

It has never been easy for a person belonging to the LGBTQ community in our country. Rejected from their home and society, they could not complete their education and ended up begging or in low paying jobs. Some dared to break the shackle of the structured societal...

Simran, “Training offered at Junoon and Lighthouse is a complete package.”

24-year-old Simran Mukadam resides in Pune along with her grandmother and husband. She was brought up by her grand parents. As a young person, she wanted to be a beautician, but when her grandfather passed away, she had to put a pause to her dreams. For three years,...

About us

Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Lighthouse Communities Foundation is a beacon of hope and opportunities for youth from low-income households to make their dream of a better life, a reality. Our flagship program, the Lighthouse fosters agency, skills, and workplace competencies in youth, makes them employable and enables them to get employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

About us

Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Lighthouse Communities Foundation is a beacon of hope and opportunities for youth from low-income households to make their dream of a better life, a reality. Our flagship program, the Lighthouse fosters agency, skills, and workplace competencies in youth, makes them employable and enables them to get employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan

Chairman, Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Ruchi Mathur

Director & CEO, Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Ashwini Malhotra

Managing Director, Weikfield Foods Pvt. Ltd.

Pradeep Bhargava

Independent Director, Persistent Systems

Rajan Navani

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies

Pervin Varma

Trustee – CRY

Malini Thadani

Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

Ujwal Thakar

Chairman – Educate Girls

Rajnish Kumar

Ex Chairman SBI

Vinatha Nathan

Sr. Payments Leader, Crane Payment Innovations

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan

Chairman, Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Ruchi Mathur

Director & CEO, Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Ashwini Malhotra

Managing Director, Weikfield Foods Pvt. Ltd.

Pradeep Bhargava

Independent Director, Persistent Systems

Rajan Navani

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies

Pervin Varma

Trustee – CRY

Malini Thadani

Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

Ujwal Thakar

Chairman – Educate Girls

Rajnish Kumar

Ex Chairman SBI

Vinatha Nathan

Sr. Payments Leader, Crane Payment Innovations

Our Partners

We work together in a unique Public-Private partnership with government, corporates, nonprofits and citizens. This pioneering collective action model ensures that each partner plays a specific role in achieving the goals.

Government Partners

Donor Partners

Placement Partners

Global Partners

Ecosystem Partners

Government Partners

Donor Partners

Placement Partners

Global Partners

Ecosystem Partners

City-Specific Programs

As part of our other social transformation initiatives, we are implementing a large-scale program for livelihoods (Global Opportunity Youth Network, Pune), digital empowerment for low-income citizens and quality education in public schools.

Pune City Connect

Celebrating 5 years of communities transformation

Lighthouse Communities started its first initiative in Pune, Maharashtra in partnership with Pune Municipal Corporation. We operate in Pune with a vision of “Sampoorna Pune” (Pune Fulfilled) and work with youth through the Lighthouses while also identifying further opportunities through the Aspen Institute “Global Opportunity Youth Network” partnership.

We also have a comprehensive Digital Empowerment initiative, inspired by the Prime Minister’s National Digital Literacy Mission to make one person in every family digitally empowered. We have been facilitating holistic Education through the “Shikshak Sahyogi” or Teacher Mentor program as well as the “Models of Excellence” program that aims to take Social Emotional Learning across PMC schools.

Pune City Connect

Pune City Connect

Celebrating 5 years of communities transformation

Lighthouse Communities started its first initiative in Pune, Maharashtra in partnership with Pune Municipal Corporation. We operate in Pune with a vision of “Sampoorna Pune” (Pune Fulfilled) and work with youth through the Lighthouses while also identifying further opportunities through the Aspen Institute “Global Opportunity Youth Network” partnership.

We also have a comprehensive Digital Empowerment initiative, inspired by the Prime Minister’s National Digital Literacy Mission to make one person in every family digitally empowered. We have been facilitating holistic Education through the “Shikshak Sahyogi” or Teacher Mentor program as well as the “Models of Excellence” program that aims to take Social Emotional Learning across PMC schools.