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

Entrepreneurs Learn Creative Ways to Design Their Business for Maximum Efficiency and Impact

On January 21st, IDFC FIRST Bank organised a transformative webinar on the art of "Working on the Business, not in the Business." Led by Anand Desai, CEO and Founder of Dheya Career Mentors, the webinar was a treasure trove of valuable insights on strategically and...

Lighthouse Celebrates 74th Republic Day with Pride and Patriotism, Aims to Provide Skilling and Sustainable Livelihoods to 1 Million Youth by 2030

Today, we at Lighthouse celebrated the 74th Republic Day with a spirit of pride and patriotism. Our Chairman, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, unfurled the flag and reminded us of our mission to provide skilling and sustainable livelihoods to 1 million underserved youth by 2030....

Aurangabad Lighthouse Job Fair A Resounding Success, 16 Employers Offer Over 500 Vacancies to Local Job-Seekers

The Aurangabad Lighthouse shone brightly on the morning of 22 Jan 2023, as it played host to a spectacular Job Fair. A beacon of hope for the job-seekers of the community, the fair brought together 16 esteemed employers, offering a plethora of opportunities with over...

IDFC FIRST Bank’s Social Media Workshop Proves a Game-Changer for Entrepreneurs, Boosting Confidence and Skills

The Social Media Workshop, organised by IDFC FIRST Bank at Lighthouse in Aundh, Pune, on January 10th and 11th, 2023, was a game-changer for our 23 "Junoonis." Led by facilitator Ms. Vandana from our partner organization Butterflyeffect Media, on day one, the workshop...

Empowering youth through technology: AllianceBernstein donates laptops to the youth of Hadapsar Lighthouse

On January 13, 2023, AllianceBernstein, a leading global investment management and research firm, made a generous donation of 50 laptops to the youth of the Hadapsar Lighthouse during their maiden visit. Members of AllianceBernstein’s leadership, including SVP, Chief...

Improving Quality: Junoonis Learn the Importance of Customer-Centric Products and Services

During Vallabh Chitnis's group mentoring session on December 30th, the focus was on improving the quality of products and services. Our Junoonis from the current cohort were eager to learn the difference between a product and a service, and were able to classify their...

The Lighthouse Communities Foundation is Empowering Youth in Pune and Beyond- Malini Thadani

"Pune is a hub of education, no wonder the Lighthouse Communities Foundations started in Pune in 2016 to provide vocational training to Youth. Having established a model in Pune, the Lighthouse Communities has spread its beacon across the country. The communities...

291 students celebrate successful completion of skills training at DSEU-Lighthouse in Delhi

The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) and Lighthouse Communities Foundation (LCF) recently celebrated the successful completion of skills training programs for youth from the Malka Ganj area. A total of 291 students completed the in-house foundational...

Business Basic Program conducted for our Junoonis

Business Basic Program with the new Junoon cohort commenced on 21st Dec 2022 in Pune. 19 of the new Junoonis from different trades like, Food, Fashion Designing, and Beauty Parlor Industries are part of the team this year. On day one, Ninad Deshpande from Dheya...

Lighthouse Celebrating Christmas

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” With joyful hearts, fond memories, nostalgia, accomplishments, and promises, Lighthouse Communities Foundation celebrated Christmas. There was dancing, cake cutting, delicious food, and...

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

From isolation to empowerment: Alisha’s journey to finding acceptance and success with the help of Lighthouse

Alisha Thapa is a native of Nepal, also known as Suraj earlier. It wasn't until she started seeing changes in her body and hormones as she grew up that she realized she was transgender. When her family learned about her, unlike most families who would force their...

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...

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.