Mona Yadav co-founded Sahas in 2016 with a vision to create a world free from gender based violence. She designs and facilitates workshops on gender, sexuality and reproductive health with adolescents, parents, teachers and young people. She is also a Dalai Lama Fellow 2017 that enabled her to learn leadership based on the values of love, compassion, interdependence and mindfulness.
She is a PhD Scholar in Education Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her thesis is focused on understanding the social context in education by critiquing the psychology of academic achievement. Through her work at Sahas and PhD, she is passionately applying the main purpose of education which is to bring social change. The gender work and her research experiences have enabled her to resolve the gap between education and practice.
In her spare time, she loves solo travelling, music, coffee and cafes.
Purvi Yadav, Co-Founder at Sahas is Feminist, activist and advocate for gender inclusive news reporting. She is a trained gender and sexuality facilitator. She has designed gender, sexuality and reproductive health curriculum for diverse population of adolescents, women, parents, teachers, young people and police. Along with designing, she engages in facilitation, creating gender campaigns and collating stories from the workshops in her blog https://nayerang.blogspot.com/ .
She is post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication who enjoys reading books and writing short stories. Apart from her experience in gender work, she had also worked in Media industry for 5 years.
Virendra Singh, secretary and administration in charge at Sahas, is a retired Army Personnel who has served 30 years at Army Education Corps. He has been working intensively towards building infrastructure, administrative and documentation work.
Sarla Yadav, co-leads gender program Kadam milakar chalna hoga for women. With strong communication skills, she actively engages in the mobilization of the participants, co-facilitation and logistics arrangement.
Akriti engaged with Sahas as volunteer for gender intervention with self-help groups in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. During her graduation in MIET, Meerutshe worked for “Parivartan” – a college run NGO with the objective to improve education and general awareness amongst children and adults in “Nangla”, a nearby village. Thereafter she pursued her post-graduation in Management from IIM Lucknow. Currently, she is working in ICICI Bank, Mumbai and is a constant support to Sahas.
Shishir Kumar Singh is an environmentalist and a photographer. He completed his Master’s in Environment Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University and Bachelor’s in Life Sciences from University of Delhi. He was an active member of Vatavaran and known for the student‟s mobilization action in Banaras Hindu University against a proposed 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant which led 550 students unitedly sending a petition to Government of India in March 2014. He shares his photography work on his Facebook Page- “Shishir Photography”. He is engaging in the work at Sahas through photography and facilitation.
Raaj is currently working as graphic designer with Sahas. He is also part of the mobilization and creative team as part of the work at Sahas during COVID-19. Student of Fine Arts, he loves playing guitar, painting and traveling. He aspires to become an artist and guitarist. He is a member of My Perch which holds a very special place in his heart and life because he believes My Perch has changed his life. His day includes learning guitar, singing, crafting, painting among many other skills at My Perch..
Uvinie Lubecki is the founder and CEO of Leading Through Connection, an organization advancing compassionate leadership. She is a leadership development trainer, consultant, and author. She has worked with executives and teams at leading corporations and nonprofits including Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, Celgene, GoPro, Cooper Design, Pachamama Alliance and Google. While at McKesson, she discovered the need and personal calling to integrate mindfulness and compassion more practically and directly into leadership behaviors. She left to join Dalai Lama Fellows, where she translated secular values, such as compassion, and meditation practices from the Fourteenth Dalai Lama into a leadership curriculum. She was featured on Forbes for her work on compassionate leadership. In addition to her leadership experience, Uvinie serves on the Board of and is a certified teacher for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an emotional intelligence training created by Paul Ekman, Eve Ekman, and Alan Wallace in collaboration with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. She is a meditation practitioner and has received training and teachings from both the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Kamiya, is a founder of My Perch a Ngo for children in Noida. She is a changemaker, an Indian fellow and an ardent humanitarian. She carries profuse compassion for people and utmost care for children in her heart. By interest, she is an artist. Loves to paint and use her art as a therapy to know and heal people. In prime of her youth and career, she decided to leave her corporate job and become a welfare worker. She worked with many ngos like Aarohi and Chaintanya to benefit people and comprehend her innate bent and she discovered that she wants to work for children. Soon she decided to open a magical abode for children from Barola slum in Noida and called it “My Perch.”
“There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child” and this love motivated her to start “My Perch”. Idea of “My Perch “was to create a safe and non-judgemental space for underprivileged children such as the children who live in slums, whose parents are rag pickers and daily labourers, these children usually end up on the streets and become easy prey to anti-social aspects of the society. Space where they receive love, warmth, where they want to try, where they want to experiment, where they want to learn for the joy of learning and where they would one day discover their true – selves. Where they want to come back again and again not to achieve or attain but to be. My Perch is a cocoon of hope for these kids and is giving them solace beyond their brute world.