The Light Within

On 22 November this year Touching Lives celebrates its fifteenth birthday! The organization has taken many strides in the field of Healing and Learning of children and their families.

On the occasion of Foundation Day, the mentors, the founder and the CEO of Touching Lives share how they would like to bring light to the world. Go ahead and feel inspired.


I don’t know how how I can bring light to the world, but surely i know i can be by everyone’s side to help them hold their light and be open to receive and embrace its grace.

~ Sonia Mackwani, Founding Director




 I want to create art – books, films, music. I want to do this to bring awareness and joy in the lives of people.

~ Ankit Kanani, CEO


I want to help people to help each other and be the hands that hold others rather than pull anyone down. Loving one another, rather than judging is what will make this world a better place. I want to become the light and spread my shine to others so that they become the light too. So that world is full of light and we shine together!

~ Sonam Tevar, Community Leader and Writer


I want to teach values – kindness, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness and acceptance to everyone. Especially to mothers, right from the time they conceive.

~ Aditi Kanwar, HR and Learning Center Head


Being compassionate is important. I want to spread my light of compassion and want to create space within and around me where each soul who connects with me feels loved and cared. I want be the reason for people to smile and feel joyous.

~ Nikita Shah, Mentor and guide – Foundation Class

I wish to spread the love of performance arts to the world. It has healing powers and I want to help people to seek and find that healing in art.

~ Parina Chavan, Mentor – Foundation Class



I choose to bring light to world by first finding the light within. That is when I can make any real difference.

~ Tanvi Shah, Mentor – Transit Class


I want people to feel free when they’re with me and be fake. I want them to just be themselves. I feel it’s important to be yourself and I want people to be that with me. Themselves. This is the inner light and this is how I want to spread light.

~ Alisha Daredia, Community Mentor



How would you like to spread your light to the world this Diwali?


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Nisha Joshi is the Chief Editor and Teaching Fellow of the Discovery Class Program of Touching Lives. She would like to spread the light of stories, poetry and music to the world through her voice, poetry and storytelling.

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