Why are you interested in the Gandhi-King Community?
Over the last 12 years, I have been intensively involved in building and nurturing a dynamic community of children and youth from low income backgrounds, that strives to help them discover their potential for self and for society. My buddies come from the lower middle class - children of uneducated housemaids, cooks, electricians, barbers, drivers, and so on - from large families staying in tiny servant quarters of the affluent homes surrounding the up-market Khan Market in New Delhi. Bubbling with energy and enthusiasm, seeking direction that their parents can’t provide, the children and youth look upon me as an elder brother and a mentor who they can turn to without hesitation at any time and for anything.
After completing an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1991, I worked in the corporate sector for about a year in Canada. I returned to pursue a hands-on course on Environment Education from Center for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, and then was involved with Trees for Life (later HIMCON), an NGO working with rural Himalayan communities. I am also a board member of Jansamarth, an NGO working in remote Himalayan villages, bringing electricity using micro-hydro power plants, for lighting and livelihoods, and Commutiny - The Youth Collective, an India-wide group focused on youth development & active citizenship & participation in civic affairs.