RISE was founded by Gargi Vairagare in 2011
The inspiration for RISE began with an incident at a restaurant where Gargi was approached by a young girl. Showing her injuries, the girl said she had escaped from an orphanage, where she was beaten up, and pleaded to be taken home. She said she would do any work, but didn’t want to go back. Appalled and unsure, Gargi took her to the police station and reported the matter, and the case was taken over by the police. A few days later,when she went to meet the girl, she was nowhere to be found in the orphanage.
This disturbing incident was the initiation point of RISE, with the hope that she wouldn’t have to ignore a cry for help ever again.