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Photo of National Honoree Vaishnavi Pandey

Vaishnavi Pandey

India

Vaishnavi Pandey, 15, of New Delhi, a Class X student at Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, started “Flawless Flaws,” a campaign to support acid attack survivors and ensure equal opportunities for them in society. As part of her initiative, Vaishnavi works in collaboration with the Acid Survivors Women Welfare Foundation and raises funds for the survivors associated with the NGO. She has organized a cultural fest, bake fest, art fest, as well as an exhibition of paintings with her school students and donated the sales proceeds to the survivors for their post-surgery care and medical expenses. Vaishnavi has created awareness about the condition of the survivors and hazards of illegal sale of acids through street plays. She has also conducted skin donation awareness drives, made a fact sheet to address people's hesitance on the subject and distributed them in societies, clinics and hospitals. She got 100+ pledge forms signed and submitted them to The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization.

To help overcome barriers of employment for acid attack survivors, Vaishnavi reached out to radio stations like Red FM 93.5 to appeal for job placements. She helped organize interviews for the survivors and was successful in getting three of them employed at Lemon Tree Hotel, Bangalore, and The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi. Vaishnavi is passionate about her cause and has many plans lined up to address the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of survivors and their families.