ONOUREM (think: Honour Them) is an initiative started by two brothers in their early 30s who had been living a secure and predictable life for the last 11 years, one in Mumbai and another in New York. Dr. Neeraj Tripathi, CEO of ONOUREM, an IIT Bombay alum, had been doing research with leading research organizations in New York whereas Nitin Tripathi, COO, also an engineer by training, was heading sales for an IT firm in Mumbai.
While they were enjoying their life, something terrible happened in India at the end of 2012. A girl was gang raped in a moving bus, brutally tortured and thrown out on the road to die. And she died! The incident, referred to by The Nirbhaya gang rape incident, shook the entire country. The two brothers got shaken up (or you may say woken up). They decided to quit their jobs to start ONOUREM, an initiative that aims to address social problems, local and global, by inculcating right values in the youth. ONOUREM believes that any social problem can truly be eradicated by addressing the root of the problem, and that is the mindset of the people. ONOUREM’s aim is to become the powerhouse that utilizes education, art and social media to address social problems and to improve emotional and psychological health of the people.
To pursue its vision, ONOUREM has initiated three complimentary efforts.
1) ONOUREM has created the Society for Mindset Education that is bringing together intellectuals who wish to use education to address social problems. The goal of the Society for Mindset Education is to help teachers and parents worldwide, for free, on how to help kids develop healthier mindset that address social problems.
2) ONOUREM team conducts 2-3 hour interactive sessions in schools and colleges to encourage youth to participate in finding solutions to social problems instead of just criticizing them. Sessions are conducted at no cost to schools, college or students. Onourem is meeting education leaders to highlight the need for schools to educate kids on social problems. Onourem has picked the problem of “Discrimination between a boy and a girl child” as its pilot project. Few schools have committed to educate their kids, at least once a month, on this problem. These schools teach about 20,000 students combined together.
3) ONOUREM has created the ONOUREM Social Network that engages community at large in conversations that are constructive for the society and for personal emotional, psychological and physical health. A platform that is redefining the purpose and approach of social networking. Social networking is a great tool, we just need to use it in a way that is useful to humanity.
ONOUREM team is a growing community of students of all ages and backgrounds, professors and researchers of psychology, social sciences, education and professionals of various non-profit organizations.