My name is Kumar Team
Leaving India after 6 months was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I not only missed the country, scenery, smells, culture and food, most of all I missed the children. Soon I realised that India had become my second home and these children were part of my family. What do you do when you hear they have to live on the streets again, where it's dangerous, there's no food and they can't go to school? You fight like they are your own children. Forgetting these children is something I cannot do.
Renee lives in the US and travels to Europe and India regularly. Email Renee via email@example.com
Everyone knows them: moments you didn't expect that change your life forever. Spending 6 months in India was never on my roadmap, yet it happened and there was no way back. Every single child we've got to know through this project is unique and full of energy and they all deserve a positive change. Now we're aware, it's our responsibility to make sure they get this fair shot to make their life the absolute best it can be. Describing the smile on their face when going to school for the first time goes way beyond 'worth every single minute of my time'.
Tim lives the USA where he works for TripAdvisor. He travels frequently to Europe and India. Get in touch with Tim via firstname.lastname@example.org
I visited the children in India for the first time in May 2016 and had one of the best months of my life – never have I left a place being so certain that I would come back. Teaching a yoga class to a group of funny, enthusiastic kids is the best possible way to start the day!
Previously, I worked as a project manager and producer for a creative communications agency, which worked with social enterprises and charities to help them tell their story. I am also a trained yoga teacher. I am responsible for the My Name is Kumar community, whether that be the monthly newsletters, social media, website or our blog.
Alyce will be in India until October 2017, the rest of the time you can find her at her home in the UK. Reach out to Alyce via email@example.com
I cycled 1400 kilometres across Europe to raise money for My Name is Kumar before visiting the community in May 2016. It’s fair to say that a month with the kids was more exhausting than 2 weeks on a bike, but I loved the experience and now have an Indian family for life!
Having worked in fundraising for one of the UK’s biggest charities for the past 5 years, I joined My Name is Kumar to concentrate on raising more funds for the kids and community.
Henry will be in India until September 2017, the rest of the time you can find him at home in the UK. You can contact Henry on firstname.lastname@example.org
During my several personal and professional visits to India, its people and culture captivated me and I wanted to dedicate some of my spare time towards solving a local issue.
I did not hesitate long: My Name is Kumar, an initiative built from the ground up with lots of passion and solidarity from around the world was an easy pick!
I am in charge of the Impact measurement, with the main objective of evidencing the social change we create in the life of this community. It helps adapting our activities, staying focused on our mission and proving to you that every bit of your help is worth it.
Velina is based in London and you can get in touch with her via email@example.com
While looking for a graduation project for my Bachelor degree I came across My Name is Kumar. I visited India and the CARE family for several months and fell in love with the authenticity, the delicious cuisine and the children. I wrote my thesis during these months; challenging yet very satisfying knowing it is all for a good cause.
I graduated several months after I came back to the Netherlands but the children never left my mind. I am very happy to still be able to contribute towards this cause and help these children towards a brighter future.
Demi lives in Maastricht, The Netherlands and is contactable via firstname.lastname@example.org
My Name is Kumar UK
After graduating from City University with a BA in Journalism, I worked as a reporter and then assistant editor at the UK’s leading social enterprise publication, ‘Pioneers Post’. I have written extensively about the social enterprise and social investment landscape globally, and about sustainable business practice more broadly. I have also completed an MA at the University of East Anglia in Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development.
Learning about the stories of individuals in the community My Name is Kumar serves has driven my passion for the organisation. I look forward to visiting Londor as much as possible in the near future.
Ellie is based between Londor and Norwich, UK and you can reach her on email@example.com
I first got to know My Name is Kumar by donating money as I thought it was of great importance to financially support the children’s education. I committed myself to a career in Education many years ago so for me it made perfect sense to get more involved.
I have been collaborating with different NGOs in Italy and Argentina, from running fundraising campaigns to supporting the integration process of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
Now that I have been appointed as Trustee in the UK, I will proactively work to let more people know about this incredible project while building a bridge between the UK and India.
Victoria is currently based in London and you can get in contact with her via firstname.lastname@example.org
I work for a global communications agency, specialising in brand strategy, advertising and project planning. I have always had an interest in fundraising, I've slept on the streets of Sheffield to raise money for a homeless charity, and organised a series of creative events in aid of a London nonprofit which helps disadvantaged children.
After hearing first hand the work that My Name is Kumar does for communities in Southern India, I can’t wait to visit myself. I am a UK trustee, primarily responsible for ensuring our funds are spent in the places where they are most needed.
Sophie is based in London and you can get in touch with her on email@example.com
CARE FOUNDATION TEAM
Peter Dhanapal founded CARE Foundation back in 2009 after a career in business. Peter has an incredible knowledge of the Londor community and specialises in working with families from a begging background. Peter began CARE Foundation working with just a handful of children but as news of his work spread, more and more people got in touch with requests for help and the impact expanded. Peter is always fighting for ways to help even more children.
Sarala, a former student of CARE Foundation, studied Engineering to Masters level – her results placed her in the top 50 students statewide in Tamil Nadu. Sarala takes overall responsibility for managing education projects run by MNIK and CARE Foundation. To the children she's a big sister, but she's also an expert haggler and almost single-handedly responsible for cutting our grocery bills!
Leciya, a former student of CARE Foundation, finished her Masters in Social Work in 2013 and in 2017 completed her MPhil in the same discipline. After living and working for so many years with CARE Foundation she has an unbeatable knowledge of the organisation, the Londor community and the children. Leciya is responsible for all our community development programmes.