Who we are
In July 2004, the Foundation began its first community program by delivering health awareness sessions in Pratiksha Nagar at Sion, Mumbai. Then it started a women’s self-help group (Prerna Bachat Ghat) with the aim to encourage them to save up for medical purposes.
A turning point occurred in 2006, when, while supporting a little girl who had been living on the pavement of CST station with her blind parents, Ra felt the urge to get engaged in providing quality education to vulnerable children from lower socio-economic backgrounds, thus developing the Happy Kids Program.
Our Guiding Philosophy
We believe that education is not just a recognized fundamental right: it is a powerful force to make a breakthrough from the cycle of poverty and to bring about change in society. However, it doesn’t simply imply being enrolled in a school guarantees one to be effective and fully functional, but requires a caring, nurturing, safe and healthy social and physical environment.
We work with a few students at a time. We cannot change the world at one go, but it is our sincere belief that if we can help a few to change their world, it would make for an inspiring beginning.
Sonali Jain - Program director
Sonali has over 18 years of work experience in social and community service and has been with Ra for 13 years. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work.
Sunita Machado - Executive Director
Sunita has volunteered in the development space for around 2 decades. She was a Regional head at India Today TV and CNBC TV18 and has over a media career span of 13 years. She has an MBA degree from NMIMS
Vaishali Dhruva - Program Coordinator
Vaishali has over 17 years of experience working in the educational sector especially in fields like counseling, monitoring & evaluation of projects. She has an M.HSc in Education Extension and Comm. in Education and has been a part of RA for 12 yrs.
Rakesh Doshi - Program Coordinator
Rakesh has worked largely with slum pockets & tribal areas of Maharashtra, Gujarat & Andhra Pradesh. A Mental Health Worker, he has vast experience in counseling the youth and families of lower economic backgrounds. He has done BSc in Statistics.
Renuka Salve - FR & Comms
Renuka is Ra's first alumnus and looks after Fundraising and Communications. She holds a P.G Diploma in Psychological Counseling and has worked in the social sector for a brief period.
Sunil Ghone - Program Coordinator
Sunil has vast experience in the social sector, especially with children from underprivileged backgrounds. He holds a BEMS degree and has been with RA for the past 2 years.
Trustees & Advisors
has a BTech from IIT Bombay and a MBA from IIM Bangalore. He is partner at Ernst & Young, a Big 4 Global professional services firm.
is an International Business Leader and is based in Mumbai. He started Ra Foundation in 2004, after years of volunteering with various non-profit organizations.
is the publishing director of the Indian editions of Vogue, GQ, Conde Nast Traveller and Architectural Digest. He has a MBA from the University of Michigan and a M.Com from Sydenham.