Gouri has worked with various civil society organizations focusing on human rights, social justice, education and poverty for over two decades. Prior to joining Akanksha, she served as Deputy Executive Director at Amnesty International USA where she led Amnesty’s work on domestic and international human rights campaigns. She has also worked on labor rights here in the U.S. with the Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ and at the global level with the National Labor Committee. She has served as Executive Director of both the New York Civic Participation Project and of the Hague Appeal for Peace. She worked on bringing together environmental and labor public policy as Vice President of Campaigns at the Blue Green Alliance. She earned her MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Born and partially raised in India, she joined the Akanksha Fund in 2013 with a desire to contribute to work being done to empower India’s underserved communities.
Meghan McNamara comes to the Akanksha Fund with over 10 years of experience in the non-profit and education sectors. Previously, Meghan taught science, math, and writing to adults pursuing their high school equivalency diplomas in the Bronx and Manhattan. In this capacity she developed and taught science curriculums that built STEM literacy and confidence in adult learners, which she presented on regionally and nationally. Prior to that, Meghan was director of programs at Girls Write Now, a nationally-recognized writing and mentoring program for NYC high school girls. Meghan also runs a non-profit she co-founded called the Octavia Project, which uses arts and STEM enrichment to encourage critical thinking, build confidence, and develop skills in a myriad of subjects for teens in Brooklyn.
Chandrima joins us with over 8 years of work experience in the financial sector. She has performed various roles including project management, corporate finance, strategic consulting and analytics at American Express. Chandrima grew up in India and completed her bachelors and Masters in Mathematics and Economics respectively from the University of Delhi. After which she moved to the US to pursue her second masters at the University of Chicago. Having grown up in India, Chandrima understands the struggles of the underprivileged to access a decent level of education. She has often volunteered her time to teach and work with kids at the underserved schools in Delhi and Manhattan. Her passion for education and dedication brings her to Akanksha. After a successful career at American Express, Chandrima took a break to raise her family. And is now very excited to resume her career with Akanksha.
Fareeda joined Akanksha after six years in the nonprofit sector working in public health and CSR. She has worked with international aid agencies to effectively engage the private sector on public health issues. Prior to that, she worked with UNDP’s Private Sector Division where she worked on addressing development issues through private sector partnerships and building sustainable value chains. Fareeda has attended school in Saudi Arabia, India and the United States. She holds a Masters of Arts in International Relations from the City College of New York-CUNY and a Bachelors in Commerce (Honours) from Osmania University in India. An Indian at heart, Fareeda believes in the transformative power of education, especially its role in creating equal opportunity for women and girls.
Gowri envisions a future where education is equally accessible, meaningful and transformative for all children all over the world. To that end, she has taught at various capacities in India and the US, including an year-long volunteering stint at an Akanksha Foundation after-school center in Pune. Before her foray into the education and development sectors, she worked/interned with various wings of the Indian media, where she contributed features on social issues. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies in English Literature at St. John’s University, Queens. With (and through) Akanksha, she hopes to become a well-rounded advocate for education.
RSVP for our 2020 virtual gathering and campaign and make a donation at akankshafund.org/together/. You will have a chance to hear from our amazing students and alumni, to learn about our COVID-19 relief efforts, and to support the dreams of our 10,000 students during this uncertain time. Please reach out to us at email@example.com for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
2020 Virtual Event Help keep our 21 schools open during and beyond the pandemic. Support Akanksha in two easy steps: 1. RSVP to save your spot at our virtual gathering 2. Donate to support the campaig...
A week full of positivity, enthusiasm, joy and most importantly learning.
We have been flooded by heartening messages and images of how our teachers welcomed our students on the first day of school. This week was special and transformative as we kick-started our effort to make #HarGharEkSchool.
Akanksha's 2020 Host Committee has reimagined our annual Gala! We invite you to join us for a virtual gathering on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.. This is in lieu of our in-person event scheduled for October 2020.
This year our students are faced with unimaginable challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools face the possibility of having to shut down due to the resulting economic downturn. Our virtual gathering on July 23rd is a call to action. But more importantly, it is an an occasion to hear from and be inspired by our students, teachers, supporters and leadership.
Thank you to our Host Committee: Nymrata and Yunus Bickici Lorie and David Broser Priya and Gaurav Hariani Shauna Hinduja Sunayna Jain and Sachin Jindal Karishma and Abhay Javeri Seema and Raj Shah ... See MoreSee Less
"By providing a high quality education to children in marginalized communities, #MyAkanksha aims to remedy the inequities created by the lottery of birth." - Bharti Malkani, Akanksha Education Fund Board Secretary
Bharti is pictured below at the UN headquarters with Akanksha alum Pragati Raskar, during Pragati's visit to NYC in December 2019. Pragati is studying for her Bachelor's degree on full scholarship at the University of Rochester.
Please visit our website if you'd like to learn more about our work, read about our COVID-19 response and make a donation towards the #MyAkanksha campaign: www.akankshafund.org.
The Akanksha FoundationWe are #BackToSchool today!
Our students are ready and excited to join school right from their homes because at Akanksha, #HarGharEKSchool is the new normal.
What is special about today is that our students have logged in for their classes with their parents who are not only our partners but are also our co-educators for the students.
We at Akanksha have always integrated technology to enhance the learning experience of our students. In these testing times, our past experiences and expertise in engaging our students through technology will allow us to facilitate comprehensive and blended learning for all our students. ... See MoreSee Less