Dream A Dream is an 10-year old professional organization that is working on empowering children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time sensitizing the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where unique differences are appreciated.
Under Vishal’s leadership, Dream A Dream has grown to impact the lives of over 3000 children in 10 years through the active support of over 1500 volunteers. Dream A Dream is today acknowledged as a professional organization doing some innovative work in the area of life Skills development amongst children from urban slum communities and setting very high-standards of transparency, accountability and impact. Dream A Dream was the regional finalist (south) at the India NGO Awards 2007 & 2010, Has been a runner-up at the Outstanding Annual Report Awards for 2009 and 2010 and was a Global runner-up at the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project hosted by the Global Development Network.
Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow (www.ashoka.org) and also sits on Boards of many organizations including Unltd India, ITIHAS and Bangalore Cares. He has represented Dream A Dream at many national and international forums including as an “Architect of the Future” at the Waldzell Meetings – A Global Dialog on Inspiration at Austria, and as a delegate of the International Visitor Leadership Exchange Program hosted by the Department of State, United States.
Vishal also mentors many start-up NGOs and provides his expertise in areas of governance, strategic planning, fundraising strategy, project evaluations, financial planning, etc as an independent consultant.