Light Lives

LEAD Projects

Take the ‘next-gen’ learning experience to rural schools in India

The HeadStart LEAD (Leadership Experience And Development) program is offered to schools at select locations in the southern states of India. At each of the projects, TalentEase Certified Facilitators work with the children providing once-a-week sessions in a year-long course covering skills and values. In several places, we also work on developing spoken English of the children and also explore specific technical job-related skills.

These sessions are a huge success among the students as it is fun and interactive with no textbooks and lectures. Students learn the skills the TalentEase way. The programs include movie clips, games, activities, group work and video inputs created to help students discover and develop leadership skills.

On-going Projects

Located in the sprawling campus of the Good Shepherd convent and run by the sisters of Good Shepherd. These girls have already completed level 1 of the TalentEase program and now are in level 2 of the program. Right now, there are 57 girls in this orphanage.

Started in August 2003 to save a small number of children from the uncaring environment of the slum districts of Bengaluru and villages beyond. The home operates from a few houses in an enclosed locality. There are 22 boys and girls.

This home is run by the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo for about 60 girls and was started in 1974. All the children study at the St. Charles schools and Pre University College nearby and receive quality education. The home is aided by the Women and Child Development department of the Karnataka government.

This foster home is also run by the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo for about 16 girls and most of them are of a younger age group.

Ashadeep home for girls was started in 1993 and more than 350 girls have gone through this home. Currently about 52 girls pursuing schooling and Pre University are at the home

There are 55 girls currently between the age of 9-16 years studying the St. Joseph’s Convent Girls School. The children are encouraged to excel in every field – academics, sports, cultural activities etc.

This is a girls home run by the Refuge Foundation and is meant for the welfare and benefit of children in distress. There are between 30-40 girls staying at this home and pursuing education at schools close by.

About 37 boys and girls make Sishu Mangal their home. It was founded by Mr. Srinivas Rathod with a mission to provide a safe environment with right education to children who could find a path to pride and dignity.

About 23 boys and girls are at this home which was started by Ms. Rosy aiming at the total development of needy children along with quality education in a child friendly and healthy atmosphere.

Low-Income School Projects

Started in 1929, this community provide education to about 3000 girls and is a thriving hub of the Ranipet industrial district. Most students are first-generation learners from low-income families. The LEAD program has run here for Level 1 and we are now running Level 2 for 1506 girls from classes 6 to 9. The school pays a portion of the costs and we are dependent on sponsorship to cover the balance. The goal is to also ensure that we can cover the girls from Grades 3 to 5 and 10,11 and 12 once funding is received. This would ensure that another approximately 1000 children will benefit from the program.

This school is run by the Seva Missionary Sisters. It is an unaided minority school recognised by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The school was founded in 1991 and caters to both girls and boys. From a strength of 46 students in 1991, the school has grown to serve over 3500 students. Again, here the low fees allow the school to serve children from several low-income families in the Devakottai District. We work with 1267 boys and girls from Grades 3 to 12. The school partly funds the cost of the LEAD program for 1100 students and we are dependent on sponsorship for the remaining costs.


LightLives is registered as a charitable trust and your donations is eligible for income tax benefit under section 12 clause (iv) of first proviso to sub-section (5) of section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Light Lives sponsored projects are currently in operation in Bengaluru (Karnataka), Hyderabad (Telangana) and other locations in smaller towns in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The LEAD program consists of 24 weekly sessions and typically happens over the course of an academic year.

Unless specified and agreed beforehand with a sponsor, LightLives alone will determine where best to spend funds received. LightLives will use funds received at its discretion to finance students training in skills and values through the LEAD program. However, LightLives will be able to present details of how many students have been benefited through sponsorship and the location of the program. Individual names will not be shared with the sponsor. Individual pictures of students will not be provided. Group pictures of students at the LEAD session will be provided wherever possible.