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.
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.
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Art for Akanksha100 Days of Art with Akanksha Day 64: Grade 3rd: Kandinsky 's Concentric Circles
Shout out to Rajeshri from MEMS Akanksha School, Pune. Oh how fun it is to take Kandinsky's circles and imagine them as more than just circles. Love your imagination grade 3.
Art 1 by Vahida, 8 years old, who says, 'It reminds me of an omlet only it has different colours in it.'
Art 2 by Tufail, 8 years old, who says, 'They look like a pizza.They remind me of different shiny beads.'
Art 3 by Junaid, 8 years old, who says, 'I saw a colourful sun in it. This reminds me of, a colourful rainbow cake, because I like cakes.'
Art 4 by Gauravi, 8 years, who says, 'I had so much fun. It looks like a colourful rangoli. Yes, they look like lollipops. This reminds me of firecrackers (chakari) because it is colourful and circular in shape.'
Art 5 by Anushka, 8 years, who says, 'Yes I liked this activity. It looks like an amoeba, and also has a lollipop shape. This reminds me of a colourful umbrella.'