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Based out of the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Manav Sadhna
carries Gandhi's work to the present. The ashram was surrounded by
children who spent their days out of school, sorting through trash in order
to survive. Manav Sadhna took direct action, providing the children
with creative ways to learn and thrive while still earning the same
amount of money. Find out how they are doing it!
The person who founded and funded this effort. He's the founder of Sony TV and a dedicated humanitarian. From helping develop ProPoor's vision to heading ProPoor's outreach efforts, Jayesh serves as an inspiration for all ProPoor volunteers.
He was the watchful guard who oversaw the implementation of ProPoor from day one. Currently he is helping CharityFocus volunteers with the migration of technology, from the previous governing group to CharityFocus.
His exemplary legal career only begins to describe his genius. After a five month trip to India, Mark has resumed his work and his passion for social action. He has played a crucial role in helping CharityFocus absorb ProPoor.
A talented & inspiring graphic designer, Jean loves helping
people and is an ardent admirer of the Dalai Lama and Mahatma
Gandhi. Check out some of her ecards
to see flashes of inspiration everywhere. Jean will be involved in
turning ideas into art.
The lyrical maestro, she can whip around any profound idea
in one sentence and make you think for a while. Her latest
children's book was finished last December. Some inspiring essays and poems. Pavi will be the ProPoor
Under his leadership, ProPoor transformed from an idea to a portal
containing information about 13,000 NGOs. Gifted with a magical
voice and encyclopedic knowledge of old Hindi film songs, Vishal
was a guiding force during the Migration and is an ever-enthusiastic
The International development specialist, she has been to over 50 different countries. Despite her achievements,
loves to help others and is an integral part of CharityFocus team.
- Hemlata: This hard-core, committed technologist from the
Silicon Valley is a miracle worker. What she takes up, she manages
to do in record time and with a great eye for precision. Hemlata
led the technology migration efforts of ProPoor.
The ex-VP of Gateway Computers decided one fine day to quit
his job. Soon he found his call in being the voice for HIV/AIDS
afflicted people in Asia & Africa and then came the
Power of Love
Foundation. Suresh will help evaluate and pilot the theme-based
channels on ProPoor.
Young revolutionary, peace activist in Los Angeles, passionate
writer & editor, founder of various peace & humanitarian efforts
(Among them, Be
The Cause); Sukh has many credentials to his name. He will be
the role of editor of progressive worldwide content relating to
- Bhupen Mehta:
He is a seasoned veteran in amassing US based philanthropy efforts
for Asia. An amazing individual, Bhupen is dedicated to serving
India. He will help connect and network with various organizations
in the West to help provide service and aid to India.
The CharityFocus India coordinator, Vandana runs a business in Pune and is the proud mother of two children, Keya (who had an IQ of 170 at 6) and Ihit (scholar/athlete and all-knowing cricket fan). With her incessant, boundless energy, she will integrate the India chapters' concepts into the portal and oversee the volunteer operation in India.
- Anita: Journalist and humanitarian; pen of steel and heart of gold. Anita will be keeping the news from the trenches of nonprofit activity that we report fresh and vital.
This creative genius's sole purpose in life is to bring love on
earth. John will not hesitate dying trying to do that. There
aren't many Johns in this world. Currently this wordsmith is
considering giving many months of his life to ProPoor in India.
- Anand: The founder of Indicorps & a Caltech/Harvard grad, Anand
left the lure of the comfort in the US to live a simple life in
India. Now he's conversing with people like the President of India
about service! Anand's working on building an all-inclusive vision
of this portal and incorporating Indicorps fellows as possible
nodes for this "napster of service".
- Jai: Gifted with an inquisitive mind, Jai laps up interesting information and plays with computer languages with great ease. Committed to meet deadlines, Jai enjoys spending his time dashing away HTML codes to create web pages. He has been an integral part of the CharityFocus team in creating the ProPoor website.
- Sujatha: Technical wizardry (witchcraft?) and managerial brilliance, Sujatha's combination of gifts will keep the ProPoor site on the cutting edge of interactive nonprofit activity.
- Viral: He has wisdom. That's enough said. Viral will ensure that CharityFocus retains its vision and stays on the "right" journey.