I am an Indian citizen ,fiercely democratic and love my country warts and all!I am a Masters in History and currently doing Masters Program by Correspondence in Social Work.I am heading a registered philanthropic trust which is committed to helping children and women steeped in povertyand find ways to lay a foundation of education,health,livelihood skills and a gainful life.
At the core of our program is the marginalised child who is forced to work –such kids are at the very bottom of the poverty heap because together with severe deficits of health, habitation, nutrition, protection they face exploitation, violence, coercion and risky behavior patterns. We provide flexible options for these children to access school and help them bridge the many gaps they have in learning, hygiene, health, nutrition, social and emotional skills.
We collaborate with the government to share underused school buildings ,join ,expand and augment ongoing programs so that outcomes for children are more effective.
We lay strong emphasis on supporting women because it helps bring progress and stability to the whole family. When women who are ignorant, illiterate, unable to exercise their rights and disempowered are given skills and support they become powerful instruments of social change.
We use a combination of approaches in both focus areas, non formal education, drop-in center, shelter home, transit or short stay home, livelihood skill training, counseling, self help or micro finance training and support.
I have been working with urban deprived women and children in my region for the last 5 years.Through my non-profit Trust we are now in 2012 enabling over 580 children and 92 women to access education and livelihood skills. I am personally providing shelter and family like sustenance to 12 children in difficult circumstances like child marriage,child beggary and gender bias .I am married with two beloved daughters and a husband who is a bureaucrat but writes Sufi Haikus!I love painting, reading ,writing ,creating things out of waste am learning how to sing ,learning how to balance life,work ,family ,friends,fields of interest,learning how much there is to yet to learn and learning how to keep it simple and joyful.
Areas of Expertise
teacher and trainer, teacher and trainer social activist
An idea worth spreading
You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play." --Warren Beatty ---- it doesnt matter if what you love to do doesnt fit the world's templates of success., do it anyway...To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
Mohandas Gandhi- when people entrapped by the most fierce poverty are given a way out which is respectful of their dignity and gives them a chance to particiapte in their own capacity enhanciing and skill -building it brings transformative change which is lasting and life changing. Literacy should be only a third of the curriculum and values ,democratic principles,community spirit,creatvity,integrity,shared humanity and innovative problem solving should be firmly be equally important.
I'm passionate about
life...people i love...my beliefs.. a common humanity,child rights..gender equality.. an authentic life as much as possible on my own terms ,mindfulness, democracy, food,snuggling on Sundays
Talk to me about
child rights ,gender bias ,enabling urban poor ,building community ,human rights everywhere,teaching children,music,poetry,empathy,environment, cats,dogs,horses,movies,food, ...
People don't know I'm good at
fashion!! interiors,Bollywood singing and dancing!! being pigheaded but stubbornly resilient,laughing at myself,
My TED story
newbie but find it very inspiring ,extremely interesting and expanding my understanding..The talks as well as the conversations are very interesting ,stimulating thought,humor and debate. will take this up in a more focused way after my post grad is over. It is hugely inspiriational motivating and intellectually revelatory but sadly vast ...I have so many talks already pending and new ones keep adding up!