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Cyril R Raphael

Cyril-R-RaphaelLeaving a career, ranging from tourism to film making in the west, he returned to India in October 1977, the land of his birth. Swami Manmathan (link) roped him in, within a week, as the de-facto CEO of the rudimentary ashram in Anjanisain. From 1980 to 2012, he steered this fledgling group, into a regional force for social change. Many young people came in touch with him, received the inspiration and moved on into diverse fields of social development and creativity. Many looped back, reconnected after years, and fueled his dreams of making development meaningful and humane. His skills lie in policy debate, program management, M&E, Financial management- and above all- HUMAN resource development! Many brilliant program managers and young CEOs in and beyond Uttarakhand will happily vouchsafe for that. He has given birth to many organizations, HD being his latest effort, since he believes that organizations, not only play their obvious external role in society, they also provide a necessary structure and experience to shape young minds, into ever widening circle of sensitivity, sympathy and practical wisdom. At present, he is the Secratary and the Chief Functionary of  The Himalaya Trust (THT), Dehradun. ( Click to learn more about him and see a younger Cyril from Anjanisain days; He wrote this in 1995 about development issues in Himalayas; an Interview).

Pushpa Chauhan (link) is a social activist and an enlightened pradhan of a her village- Ganeshpur. She has been an integral part of THT, as a board member and a volunteer. She was recently awarded with Tilu Rauteli award (link).

Dr Satyendra (aka sachin) Srivastava is a community health practitioner. More about him.

Sadan Mishra is a Gandhian social worker, who has been the part of the Sarvodayi movement in the mountains. He has also welcomed and participated in the “project based development” in Garud valley in Kumaon. He had had the opportunity to serve Sarla Behan at Lakshmi Ashram in Kausani (link), who in turn introduced him to Daya Behan, his future wife.

Devendra Bahuguna is a social worker since late eighties in Garhwal. He has been deeply influenced by Gandhian thought.

Fakruddin Sheikh has a MBA in Human Resource Development, Diploma in IT, Chartered Accountancy (CPT 1st level).  More about him.

Maya Negi is an eminent social worker in Kotabagh (Nainital), working on agricultural issues with a group of farmers: Kashtkar Vikas Samiti.

Avtar Negi looks after Water and sanitation program in Pithoragarh. He is a MSW graduate having more than 20 years of experience in community mobilization activities.

Ikhlak Ahmad is a MBA in Finance with one year diploma in Accountancy.

Omprakash Thapliyal is program management expert with experience in supply chain management.

Devendra Pant, Junior Engineer has around 20 years of experience working on Water and Sanitation program with Swajal, individual organizations and also as a freelance consultant.

Mahipal is an asset as a community mobiliser based in Uttarkashi.

Bineeta Bhatt provides valuable inputs as a woman service provider, based in Uttarkashi.

Durga is completing BA (Sociology) and is a service provider in Uttarkashi.

Mahadev is a volunteer in Dehradun, who is learning Tally with great enthusiasm.