Awards & Recognitions

Conferred with Bhoomika Award

Our senior core team member, Angana Prasad, was awarded on Women’s Day, 2018 with Bhoomika Award, an initiative by Eastern Condiments, to acknowledge her work and sincere passion towards a gender equal society.

Felicitated with Piyush Vaghela Award

Our founder, Akshai Abraham, was felicitated with the Piyush Vaghela Community Appreciation Award that honours those people have contributed significantly towards the Ultimate Players Association of India - UPAI community through coaching new players and teams and using Ultimate as a tool for social change.

Awarded with “Guidestar India Gold” Certification

Society for Development Activities (Project KHEL) has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Advanced Level-Guidestar India Gold’ in January 2018, third year in a row.  ‘Guidestar India Gold’ is the Advanced Level certification indicating that high level of accountability and good governance procedures are adopted by the organization. Guidestar India is India’s largest NGO information repository with fully searchable database of reliable and comparable information on over 8000+ NGOs. To view our profile at GuideStar India, please visit

Featured on GOI's 'Startup India Hub'

Our Founder's interview was featured on Government of India's Startup Hub

Speaker at Women Without Borders

Our team member Angana Prasad, was invited to speak at the Women Without Borders gathering in Lucknow on Project KHEL’s work

NGO Leadership Award

Project KHEL received the NGO Leadership Award for Lucknow NGOs, from the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Dinesh Sharma, for innovative work at grassroots with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


The Central Vigilance Commission has certified Society for Development Activities (Project KHEL)’s pledge towards integrity and commitment to uphold the highest standards of good governance and ethical practices.

Felicitated as TEACHER WARRIOR

Our Founder, Akshai Abraham was felicitated as a TEACHER WARRIOR for his exceptional and unconventional work as an Educator, by ScooNews on 18th August 2017 at Hyatt Regency Gurgaon.

The Accor Local Hero Award

Our Founder was presented with the Accor Local Hero award by Accor Hotels, at their 50 year celebration, in Lucknow, to thank local heroes for their contribution for adding value to the society.

Featured in Reader’s Digest January 2018 edition

Our founder was featured in Reader's Digest's Jan- 2018 issue, which covered 'Seven amazing real life stories of courage, compassion and service'.

Invited to attend Obama Townhall - India

Our founder was one of about 300 young leaders of India who were invited to attend the Townhall India, an event by the Obama Foundation which saw Barack Obama interacting with the invitees

Featured in a Sports for Development article by Feminism in India

Project KHEL’s work was featured in an article on the website of Feminism in India titled “How Is Sports Being Used As A Tool For Development?”

Featured in the Family Planning Voices portal

Our senior core team member, Angana Prasad, a Rise Up Youth Champion got featured in the Family Planning Voices portal. The FP Voices is a series like the Humans of New York, which features people across the globe, who are working in the space of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Coverage in Hindustan Times highlighting our children at MUN

Participation of 5 of our children from shelter homes and slum settlements in the Revolutionary Model United Nations 2017 was covered in an article titled “Lucknow slum children impress at Model United Nations” by the Hindustan Times, Lucknow.

Featured in Grin News

Grin news features Project KHEL’s Founder, Akshai Abraham, his journey to start Project KHEL and how Project KHEL is transforming lives of children from low income backgrounds through ‘Power of Play’ in the article, ”Learning about life by playing”. Grin News is an online media platform which focuses and features the stories of solutions, of entrepreneurs, of hope and success, from around the world.

Mfreek features Project KHEL’s work

Mfreek is an Online Media Company which aims at generation and distribution engaging content had recently featured Project KHEL in the list of NGOs from Lucknow that are directing their efforts to the betterment of the city and its people.

Featured in The Atlantic - CityLab

The Atlantic- CityLab features how Project KHEL’s is using  The Transformative Power of Play in Urban India to take life skills education to underserved children. CityLab site explores "the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today's global cities and neighbourhoods” and has more than 4,25,000 readers annually.

Selected for Youth Champions Initiative

Our team member Angana Prasad got selected to participate in the 8-day Youth Champions Initiative (YCI), implemented by the Public Health Institute (PHI) of California, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Selected as an Acumen Fellow

After a rigorous selection process, our founder Akshai Abraham was selected as one of 20 Acumen Regional Fellows from India! The Acumen Fellowship is a year-long leadership development programme that selects outstanding individuals who have the audacity to transform the world, making it a more inclusive place.

Awarded with ‘Guidestar India Gold’ Certification

Society for Development Activities (Project KHEL) received the ‘Advanced Level-Guidestar India Gold’ certification second time in succession as recognition of its practices and voluntary demonstrations of its transparency and accountability in the public domain. Guidestar India is India’s largest NGO information repository with fully searchable database of over 6,800 NGOs. Click here to visit the Guidestar India profile of Society for Development Activities

Selection for Anubhav Series

Abhilasha Sachan was selected for 'Anubhav Series', an initiative of the The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy which aims to bring together individuals who have influenced change directly at the grassroots in India, document their initiatives into case studies, and empower them with skills to scale their impact in a sustainable manner.

Woman Achiever Award 2017

Our team member Angana Prasad was felicitated on Women's Day 2017 for her exceptional  work at the grassroots by The Hindustan Times group in association with Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow

Talk at TEDx Dharavi 2017

In February 2017, our Founder-Director, Akshai Abraham spoke at TEDxDharavi on Reimagining and Redefining Education.

Awarded with iCONGO's Karmaveer Puraskar, 2016

Our Founder, Akshai Abraham, received iCONGO's  Karmaveer  Puraskar on November 30, 2016, a prestigious national award for constantly striving harder towards a larger social goal. The  "KARMAVEER PURASKAAR  (KVP)"  is the Global Awards for Social Justice and Citizen Action instituted by iCONGO, in association with the UN, VSO International, SOAP and various partner organizations. The Karmaveer awards and the Chakra recognize and applaud the social commitment of concerned individuals, who have proactively and voluntarily worked for bringing a positive transformation in the society and the world we live in.

Awarded with India Education Awards, 2017

Our founder, Akshai Abraham was awarded for Innovation in Education at the India Education Awards, 2017 on February 16, 2017 at a ceremony held at Taj, Bangalore. These awards celebrate and felicitate excellence, reputation and exemplary work in the Education Sector showcasing high academic goals and outstanding achievements through innovation, leadership, dedication and commitment. The awards were handed out by Bollywood celebrity Ms Neha Sharma  

Featured in The Indian Observer

The Indian Observer features Project KHEL at Tedx Dharavi (Feb 2017)

Featured in DNA (Daily News & Analysis)

DNA features Project KHEL's founder Akshai Abraham, his ideologies that gave birth to Project KHEL and the secret behind the success of his team for over 4.5 years.

Featured in The Logical Indian

The Logical Indian features three transformational journeys of Project KHEL's very own Santosh, Neeraj and Uttam in their story 

Awarded for Excellence in Sports Education

In September 2016, our founder, Akshai Abraham, was awarded the K.D Singh ‘BABU’ Award for the Excellence in Sports Education by PHD Chamber of Commerce, CII and YBLJ in recognition for Project KHEL’s outstanding work. The award was handed over by Mr. Kirti Azad, an ex-cricketer and a member of Lok Sabha. This event was organized in association with The Times of India and AMITY University.

Founder receives the Young Achievers Award

On Teacher's Day 2016, our founder, Akshai Abraham, received the Young Achievers Award from the Chief Secretary of State as a recognition to his contribution in the field of Education in Lucknow. The awards were organized collaboratively by PHD Chamber of Commerce, Cii Yi Lucknow and YBLJ.

Lucknow Observer features Project KHEL in September 2016

Lucknow Observer, a leading online local news portal, features Project KHEL’s work in the story ‘Education as a Medium of Change’ in their September 2016 issue. The article highlighted how Project KHEL is imparting the gift of inclusive education and a wholesome development to the underprivileged.

GuideStar India NGO Transparency Award

Society for Development Activities (Project KHEL) has been awarded with the ‘Advanced Level-Guidestar India Gold’ recognition of its transparent practices and voluntary demonstrations of accountability in the public domain. Guidestar India is India’s largest NGO information repository with fully searchable database of reliable and comparable information on over 6,800 NGOs. Click here to visit the Guidestar India profile of Society for Development Activities

Winners at the eNGO Challenge South Asia Awards 2015

Project KHEL was chosen as one of the winners under the Juror's Mentions at the eNGO Challenge South Asia Awards 2015 under the Social media category. The event was held in New Delhi on October 9th, 2015.

'Talk with Amazing Indians'

The Vishwa Yuvak Kendra organized a talk series called 'Talk with Amazing Indians' wherein individuals with inspiring stories of change share their story with adolescents from high schools, to motivate them to aspire bigger.

Panelist at workshop organized by Ci3 at The University of Chicago

Angana Prasad was invited as a panelist at a conference at the UChicago Cente, Delhi with world’s leading organizations to discuss ‘reproductive health and family planning among youth’.

TEDx Talk: Power of PLAY

In February 2015, our founder Mr. Akshai Abraham gave a TEDx talk on the ‘Power of PLAY’ - highlighting the importance of 'play' as a form of education.

Desh ka Namak

Desh ka Namak is an initiative to salute to all those unsung heroes who are fulfilling their responsibility towards the nation.

The Better India features Project KHEL

The Better India is a media platform to bring out positive stories of unsung heroes and has a viewership of 1 million plus social media followers and 0.5 million readers per month.

Featured in Dasra's Research Report on Sport for Development

Dasra is India’s leading strategic philanthropy foundation working to create large scale social change.

Featured on Volunteer Weekly

Volunteer Weekly is a web platform to bring together stories and resources on volunteering for individuals and organizations.  

Featured by Niti Consulting group in March 2013

Niti consulting featured Project KHEL in March 2013 appreciating its innovative approach to build life skills through sports.

Featured as a changemaker in Times of India

Got featured for bringing positive change in life of underprivileged and street children, both in and out of schools through sports.

Amazing Indians

Our founder was featured on a TV show "Amazing Indians" on Times Now channel  in January 2014 for his stellar work with underprivileged children.

Karmaveer Chakra

Our founder was awarded with the Karmaveer Chakra award in November 2012, a National Medallion for Social Justice and Citizen Action the Chakra instituted by iCONGO awarded individuals who have worked towards bringing a positive transformation in society.

Sadguru Gnananda Fellowship

Our founder was awarded with the Sadguru Gnananda Fellowship in August 2014 by the Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM-MSDS) . This fellowship is given to only 3 individuals each year

Mahindra – Spark the Rise

Winner of the first round of the Mahindra – Spark the Rise contest on the basis of public voting and jury selection in November 2012.