FOR THE LOVE OF TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE BY – EMPATHY CONNECTSadmin
The joys of travelling are multifold – it broadens horizons, challenges notions, and offers avenues to meet new people. The love for travel, when combined with a social purpose, can create enriching and enlightening experiences, which Nitesh Sachan, engineer by profession and social entrepreneurs by passion, aims to offer. His enterprise, Empathy Connects, was formed in 2016, and organises experiential travel programmes that connects and engages individuals with existing social development movements and cultural events across
Nitesh is a graduate from the Vellore Institute of Technology, and was working with Wipro as a software engineer in Gurgaon, when he observed the anti-corruption movement in 2011. In a bid to explore opportunities to contribute to the development sector in the country, Nitesh left his job and was selected in the first batch of SBI Youth for India fellowship. For a deeper understanding of complex social issues and to strengthen his skills, he pursued a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
Mumbai, and worked in Kolkata-based Parivaar Education Society before starting his own venture.
Nitesh conceptualized this idea to create a platform to bridge gaps in people’s perceptions of varied societies and realities, after having felt the need for the one for himself.
Bridging the gap
The educational system comprehensively describes and explains rural life, and the culture and customs, but it offers no opportunity for students to experience it. “Socially conscious youth of the country plays a crucial role in development of the country. Their decisions in the fields of policy making, civil services, engineering, businesses, product design and various other fields affect masses. It becomes really important for them have an empathic understanding of the masses on other end,” says Nitesh. It was the commitment to make people sensitive and not just aware, especially the youth, that built the foundation for empathy connects. “Today, we are living in a highly mechanical world. Empathy is what differentiates us as humans,” adds Nitesh.