I am a GIRL . I have a VOICE .

What We Do

VOICE 4 Girls, started in 2011, is an NGO that works with adolescent, marginalised girls and boys in India. VOICE conducts activity-based camps in government and low-cost private schools. Through these camps, adolescents acquire critical knowledge, spoken English, and life skills. VOICE’s curriculum is designed to impart knowledge on critical topics such as health, safety, rights, future planning, and self-awareness. Thus campers acquire problem solving, decision making, negotiation, and communication skills. Camps are conducted by motivated college students who are recruited and trained intensively to impart our curriculum.

Our Mission

To enable marginalized adolescent girls in India to take charge of their futures by imparting critical knowledge, spoken English, and life skills through activity-based camps.

Our Vision

All girls will take charge of their futures, and work towards breaking harmful cycles of economic, social, and gender inequality in their communities.

Our Methodology

VOICE campers are adolescent girls studying in government schools and are between grades 7-9 and are in the age group of 11-16 years. The camps empower them to use their VOICE.
Camp counsellors and field coordinators are undergraduate or graduate students who are hired from various colleges and who go to camps to impart knowledge to the campers.
Trainers can be from the VOICE team or young changemakers who have undergone multiple camps with VOICE and are thorough with the VOICE content and acquainted with the VOICE classroom.

Board

Anusha Bharadwaj

Executive Director
 

Anusha Bharadwaj

Position: Executive Director

As Executive Director, Anusha is working towards taking VOICE Camps to marginalized adolescent girls across the country. Anusha has been a development sector professional since 2002 and her core expertise is in child education and health, adolescent health, gender, public health and rural development. She holds an MBA in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and an MA in Sociology from Annamalai University. Her commitment and leadership are demonstrated by her selection into the Asia Pacific Leadership Fellow (2013-14), East West Center, USA and Harvard-Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program (2014-15). She is also a Board Member of Bodhi Education Society, an NGO that runs an affordable English medium private school in rural Telangana. In her spare time, Anusha is a documentary photographer and she believes that this lends a unique perspective into the communities she serves.

Reshma Lohia

Director
 

Reshma Lohia

Position: Director

Reshma Lohia is the Principal and Correspondent of Lohia’s Little Angels School, which was founded in 1986. Ms. Lohia has worked at all levels and became the Principal and Correspondent in 1993. During this time Ms. Lohia completed her BA in English and History from Andhra Pradesh Open University and a MA in English from Osmania University. In 2000, Ms. Lohia worked closely with Professor James Tooley who is a preeminent scholar on affordable private education. She joined his Board, The Beautiful Tree Trust, in 2008. Since then, Ms. Lohia has partnered and worked with a number of service providers such as the IDEX Accelerator and researchers in the education field. Ms. Lohia’s decades of experience in and outside the class have allowed her to grow a school from under 20 students to over 1,000. She is an enterprising woman whose passion for education, especially for girls, has lead her to be a valuable mentor, partner, and role-model for VOICE.

 

Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary

Position: Trustee

Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary, Director Business and Strategic Initiatives, Caspian Debt, is a development finance professional with more than 20 years of experience in microfinance, impact investment and mainstreaming gender in financing. Prior to Caspian, Ragini served as a CEO of GMC India, where she led setting up of an 8m early-stage investment fund, an Accelerator for mobile ed-tech companies and initiatives for eco-system development for education.

Ragini is a management graduate from IRMA, a qualified Management Accountant from Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA),UK and certified coach from International Coaching Federation.

Jayapadma RV

Advisor
 

Jayapadma RV

Position: Advisor

Jayapadma RV is Learning Facilitator at LOGIN, a South and East Asia-centric multi-stakeholder network, promoting knowledge exchange on practices and processes towards strengthening local governance. She has worked for a decade with community-based organisations in Orissa and Jharkhand, and thereafter has been teaching in the area of sustainable development practice at academic institutions and NGOs, for the past decade. Jaya has sector experience in community-based habitat development, including clean and sustainable energy, water supply and sanitation, ICT for social development, promoting decentralized governance, developing social leadership, strengthening management systems of organizations, and mainstreaming gender processes in organizations. She is founder member of TREE Society that imparts business training to rural entrepreneurs, and serves on the Board of the NGOs – Timbaktu Collective and PRAN. Jaya is an alumnus of IRMA, Anand and St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata

Raj Gilda

Advisor
 

Raj Gilda

Position: Advisor

Raj is a banker turned social entrepreneur and co-Founder of an NGO, Lend A Hand India (LAHI). LAHI has been a pioneering organization to introduce vocational education as part of secondary school curriculum since 2006 and currently working in 500 schools across five states and 30,000 students in partnership with Government of Maharashtra, Haryana and soon Madhya Pradesh. Raj has worked across Asia, Europe, and North America and brings 20 years of varied experience in the fields of education, banking, insurance, and information technology. Prior to leaving corporate sector in 2011 to focus full time on Lend A Hand India, he spent ten years in New York working with Citibank and Deloitte Consulting. Raj was recently appointed by Government of India as a General Body member of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA). He is an advisor to Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), Government of Maharashtra for the roll out of vocational education initiative in the state and member of the state-level committee to effectively utilize CSR resources for the education sector. He was also selected by the UK Government, as a Chevening Gurukul Scholar (2012) at the London School of Economics. He was recognized as a top 100 graduate alumni of the University of Texas at Austin and received an award for exceptional community service from the President of the United States. Raj is an Electronics Engineer from the University of Pune, a CFA, and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Rohit Ranganathan

Position: Advisor

Rohit is a Senior Engineer and an expert in the domain of semi-conductors, currently working as Project Leader at ams AG. He brings many years of project management skills where he has dealt with team members across five countries. In addition, Rohit spent one year in Gram Vikas Orrisa as Manager, Renewable Energy. He has worked on renewable energy solutions to provide families with access to clean water, electricity, livelihood opportunities etc. In his 13 month tenure with Gram Vikas, he managed a 20 crore budget and team working on PV electrification, Micro-hydro electrification, installation of off-grid solar-powered and grid-powered electro-chlorinators to provide clean drinking water. Rohit was also instrumental in mapping all the central and state schemes available for electrification, solar water pumps, portable solar lights etc. This was presented as a roadmap for Gram Vikas to help communities to avail those schemes. Rohit was also part of the Skoll Leaders Regional Initiatives where he worked with four Skoll Leaders to create a multi-country Impact Program that embraced girl education, renewable energy, water sanitation and rural development.
Rohit also brings to VOICE, a keen understanding of the sector through his direct work and indirect association as a documentary photographer. In 2016, Rohit was a participant of the prestigious CSC World Leaders forum where he continues to work with a group of seven CSC Leaders from seven countries on a Public-Private-Partnership Model on creating a set of indices to rate energy inequity.

Team

Vanitha Prabhu

Operations Director
 

Vanitha Prabhu

Position: Operations Director

Vanitha holds a degree in Masters in Public Policy with a career spanning over 12 years in various social sectors. Vanitha’s core expertise lies in girl child programming, public health, research and monitoring. She has set up new processes and systems at place, for smoother implementation of the projects. Vanitha is passionate and dedicated towards empowering adolescent girls and women. She believes that educating them guides them to question stereotypes and helps them to become leaders in their communities – driven with responsibility.

Vishvani Siluguri

Assistant Operations Manager
 

Vishvani Siluguri

Position: Assistant Operations Manager

Vishvani joined VOICE as a full-time employee in 2013 and worked until 2017 after which she pursued her Master’s from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Later, she worked with a Pune-based NGO that works with the Government of Telangana in overseeing the implementation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, during the course of working she realized that her passion lies in gender and girl child development. This prompted her to come back to work with VOICE 4 Girls as Assistant Manager.

Mallika Parasa

Project Manager, Boys 4 Change
 

Mallika Parasa

Position: Project Manager, Boys 4 Change

Mallika started her journey with VOICE in 2015 as an intern while pursuing her Bachelors from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She went on to do her Master’s in Rural Development and Governance from TISS. In the years of her studies, she realised that she wanted to work at the grassroots level. After working for a short period at Centre for Development and Research with tribals, she joined VOICE as a full-time employee in 2018, as she wanted to work for a cause that does not only tackle social issues but also helps in creating future leaders.

Bhagyasree Thumkunta

Project Officer
 

Bhagyasree Thumkunta

Position: Project Officer

Bhagyasree joined VOICE as an intern in 2015 while pursuing her undergraduate degree and went on to pursue her master’s while working with a corporate. Leaving the corporate world behind, she decided to join VOICE as a Project Officer in May 2019, having been motivated by the change in the campers whom she met in VOICE camps. She believes that a girl can achieve anything she puts her mind to.

Srusti Rao Kallempudi

Project Officer
 

Srusti Rao Kallempudi

Position: Project Officer

Srusti RaoKallempudi interned with VOICE 4 Girls in 2017. She has a Master’s degree from Jindal School for Public Policy and currently works with VOICE full-time as a Project Officer. Wanting to reach out to the underprivileged and work at the grassroots level for maximum impact, Srusti joined VOICE as the organisational values align with her own. In her free time, she likes to write and engage in art journaling.

Abishek Mahendra Kumar

Project Officer
 

Abishek Mahendra Kumar

Position: Project Officer

While pursuing his MSc Management in France, Abishek studied the relationship between the financial performance of a company and its level of CSR activities for his thesis. He believes that companies can play an integral role in creating shared value among customers, society, and shareholders. After one year as an equity research analyst, he quit his job during the pandemic to try and make a difference in the world. He joined VOICE 4 Girls in September as he feels that education is the most powerful tool that can be used to fight the problems of capitalism and patriarchy.

Christu Raj

Project Associate
 

Christu Raj

Position: Project Associate

During his Bachelor’s in Commerce, Christu wanted to pursue an internship and came across VOICE 4 Girls. He felt that working with co-counsellors and teaching the campers was one of the best experiences he ever had and realized the scope for personal growth as well. This made him come back to VOICE, working with the organization as a means towards his vision of contributing for a better tomorrow.

Nanditha Ravindar

Content and Communications Officer
 

Nanditha Ravindar

Position: Content and Communications Officer

Nanditha is a communications specialist and a development sector enthusiast with a soft spot for everything pertaining to the education space. A student at heart, she has an MPhil to her name and feels strongly about the ways in which classrooms and those who inhabit them have the power to change lives. A voracious reader, the breadth of her bookshelf influences her writing greatly.

Santosh Kumar Swain

Admin Officer
 

Santosh Kumar Swain

Position: Admin Officer

Santosh joined VOICE when it was a very small team working towards a goal. He has grown with the organisation and believes that the team has seen the best and worst in each other. He strongly believes that VOICE not only aims at bringing change in the lives of the adolescents but also helps in developing and creating a better future for the team members.

Satya Veni Meda

Data Entry Officer
 

Satya Veni Meda

Position: Data Entry Officer

Satya joined VOICE 4 Girls in 2014. Having faced discrimination from her childhood, she never received good opportunities. VOICE, she believes, has given her respect, motivation, and support. She has seen a personal growth in VOICE which has helped her in achieving things which she never thought would be possible.

 

 

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