Jaimala Iyer (Jaya ) has been exploring the warp and weft of the world of art, learning, and transformation social development and ecological integrity for over two and half decades. She uses interactive and reflective practices based on Design Principles and art processes. She was awarded UNESCO Aschberg bursary to study the Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal, WISCOMP scholar of peace fellowship. She received USAID and Show of Force - Award of recognition. She has worked with a wide range of institutions building leadership and capacity to combat issues using creative methods and dialogue. She has designed and led various public campaigns on seeds sovereignty, child rights, gender-based violence, anti-plastic, pro-active peacebuilding.
She was the CEO of Pravah a reputed NGO and led the process that set up the National Centre for Children and Youth in Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, a premier public institution in New Delhi. She is associated with a number of organisations and movements as a consultant and/or advisor.
As a theatre director, she has helped develop and stage over 20 major productions and 1000 studio, street, and community performances. Her productions have won Sahitya Kala Parishad best play of the year, been showcased in Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Urdu theatre festival, Shriram summer festival, theatre for truth festival, etc. She has travelled extensively with her performances and as a trainer across India and the world.
She is working as a Guest Faculty with Delhi University, teaching in the Bachelors of Elementary Education program. Currently, she is part of the core team conceptualising and setting up a leadership institute in Panchgani, Maharashtra.
Lokesh Jain, Co-founder of Jamghat has been involved in theatre for the last three and a half decades. He has explored the diverse forms of theatre as a solo performer , “theatre of the oppressed”, “street theatre”, “proscenium theatre”, “non verbal theatre" & "children's theatre" being some of them. During his journey, he has worked with various theatre groups and individuals like “Actone”,Famit, Team, “kanhai lal ji” , Robin Das, NK Sharma, Anamika Haksar and many others. He has trained intensively , obtaining a Diploma in theatre,(Living Theatre Academy) under a pioneer of modern Indian theatre, Shri Ebrahim Alkazi. He has also participated with the international theatre practitioner Sara Jones, Bond street theatre company and Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski's team. He has written lyrics, designed and directed several plays that have been staged in NSD’s theatre festival, Indo- Pak Wagah border, various art galleries & educational institutions all over India.
He is a visiting faculty at several colleges of Delhi University and teaches "theatre in education". He is the creative director of the group "Mandala the magic circle”. He also uses theatre as a pedagogy with youth, farmers, women’s groups, environmental groups, and various other organisations.
Aside from theatre, he is passionate about New Fine Arts and avant-garde performance mediums and has curated an exhibition for eminent Indian artist Savi sawarkar. He loves heritage research and is a prominent curator of Delhi's Architect and oral History walks.
Currently he acts, writes dialogues and is doing intensive research for an internationally acclaimed Film which got several national and international awards. He also participated in the Sundance Film festival and was nominated for Oscar awards participation Film from India under the Direction of Anamika haksar ji.
Ram Kishan works as the Deputy Regional Director- Asia with Mercy Corps. Ram has over 23 years of experience in development and humanitarian sections in India and aboard. He has worked with various national and international organisations performing different roles including heading country programmes in Nigeria, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Ram is an active member of networks such as Climate Action Network South Asia, Sphere India, CAN-I and contributes to the global and regional policy work for climate change and DRR.
Bharti Ali is a development professional and social activist working on issues concerning the rights of women and children for over 28 years. She is one of the Co-Founders and currently the Executive Director of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, a Delhi based NGO working towards the realisation of human rights for children. She is also the Trustee and President of the Child Rights and Sustainability Trust (CRST), a Bangalore based non-profit focussing on children’s ecological rights and a Member of the Governing Board of Jamghat, a Delhi based NGO working for creating an enabling environment for the growth and development of street and homeless children. While her area of expertise is research, training and advocacy on child protection and justice for children, some of her other critical research has been on involuntary displacement due to development, women’s participation in local self-governance, right to adequate housing for women and children, reproductive health, gender based violence and right to education. She has authored several publications, articles and reports, and developed training and education materials and modules for police academies, judicial academies, National and State Legal Services Authorities, the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Tezpur University, UNICEF and other civil society organisations. Bharti has engaged with both Central and State governments in the drafting of laws, policies, plans and programmes for children. She has been part of various government committees and statutory bodies such as the Supreme Court’s Gender Sensitization and Internal Complaints Committee, the Delhi State Legal Services Authority and the NHRC’s NGO Core Group on Child Rights.
Indu Prakash Singh is a human rights defender, sociospiritual activist, poet, author, feminist, TEDX Speaker (IIM Ahmedabad on 10th Jan 2015) and a PRA/ PLA (Participatory Reflection & Action / Participatory Learning & Action / Participatory Rural Appraisal) practitioner / facilitator. He is currently a Consultant with a large number of development organisations. Indu, as of 30th December, 2020 (for a three year term) has been appointed by the GNCTCD (Government of the National Capital Territory) as the CHAIRPERSON of the Asha Kiran Complex, Delhi (Home for the Intellectually Challenged Persons), which houses over 1000 residents and has 568 employees. Indu has been recently made the MEMBER of State Planning Commission, Chhattisgarh and is the part of the Task Force on Social Security, Women Empowerment, Labour Welfare.
Indu started work with the homeless in Delhi from the year 1999, and from 2000 (till May 2003) as the Director of Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA), a direct initiative of ActionAid India. His role in ActionAid India - International from June 2003, as the National Campaign Coordinator: Peace and Justice (till 2005) / Theme Leader, Urban Poverty, allowed him to expand this work in Delhi to other cities. And he has continued this work till date. His work with the homeless has gone from strength to strength, over the course of many years. The journey started with the use of the word homeless, as opposed to the word houseless used by Census, to homeless persons / people, to homeless citizens to homeless residents to CityMakers.
The founding member of Jamghat, Amit Sinha hails from Bihar. He moved to Delhi Twenty Three years ago and adopted both the city and some of its street children. During his years at the Delhi University, Amit actively trained himself in theatre. As it would turn out, theatre eventually became his source of activism and livelihood. Amit directed his first street play in 2001, as a result of which his reputation as a fine theatre artist grew by leaps and bounds. Action Aid, a noted NGO, spotted Amit's talent and urged him to direct a play on street children for Prince Charles who was visiting India back in 2003. It was after this experience that Amit decided to start Jamghat, work for the cause of street children and practice theatre for life, a decision he still considers his best.
Mr. Ajaya has been an Environmentalist for over 30 years. He works at grass roots and educational institutions.
Manoj is a development professional with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has more than 10 years of experience in child rights based programming. He has also worked in area of maternal and child health, child malnutrition, education at grassroots in organisations like Naandi Foundation, Magic Bus India Foundation and CRY.
Anita has done her Masters in Sociology and has been associated with Jamghat for 10 years now. She started as coordinator cum welfare officer, Aanchal girls home of Jamghat and later moved on to be Manager- Children Programs and also is part of Jamghat Core team.
Prior to Jamghat she worked for 04 years with Nehru Learning Center for Children & Youth (NLCCY) executing learning based programmes. She is an accomplished artist who likes to paint and sketch, she is an avid traveller a keen bird watcher.
"With a Master's degree in Social Work from Central University, Himachal Pradesh, Javed works as Program Manager. He comes with 5 year experience of working with street/destitute children in Delhi for their holistic development. He started working as a computer trainer and with an 'eager to learn' approach further worked as Coordinator and later Livelihood Manager of Ekjut, a livelihood program of Jamghat supporting destitute women. Javed is UGC-NET (Social Work) qualified and aims to make children self-sustainable and promote child rights in the world."
"Durgesh is currently working as Finance/HR/Admin. Manager at Jamghat. Durgesh Kushwaha has more than 7 year experience of handling finance and accouts of non- profit organisations.
Durgesh has finshed his 1.5 year articleship from RSMA & Co. and also pursuing M.Com. from Subharti University, Uttar Pradesh."
"Seema is a Program Manager at Jamghat. She has 05 year experience of working with issues related homeless children and children in need of care & protection. Seema has done post graduation in Social Work and aims to work with group of children and women to provide them better education dignified life."
Anita works as house mother in Aanchal home. She has been deligently associated with Jamghat's children for more than 05 years. Her aim is to provide children a homely environment with all love and care.
Cordinator- Aangan Day Care
Irfan is currently working as an Outreach Coordinator in Jamghat and is one of the first child with whom Jamghat started its intervention. He is now a seasoned theatre artist who loves stage. He has more than 15 years of experience working with different communities, especially with children living on street. He has participated in various theatre workshops and also trained and sensitised children and staffs of various schools and organizations on issues related to homelessness. Irfan wishes to make the life of street children beautiful with his bit.
"I am a Care Staff at Aangan Day Care center of Jamghat. I loves to engage with children and wish to put a smile on every child’s face with my efforts. I have interest in theater and have performed in streetplays for Jamghat."
I am working as Educator in Jamghat's Sadak project since last 1 year. I have 22 years experience of working with children, youth, slum communities and FSWs.
"Shailender is educator in Sadak project of Jamghat. He comes with one year experience of working with children and youth from the urban slums of Delhi. Earlier, he has worked with youths assisting them with vocational training. He is a graduate from Zakir Hussain Delhi College. Shailendra desire to see a world where everyone is treated equally and is provided with opportunities to transform their life with better opportunities."
"Digamber has been working with Jamghat since a year as Educator and come with 5 years of experience in area of education. He has earlier worked with Chirag Foundation and Hans Foundation. Digamber is a trained mountaineeer from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering."
I am an Educator in Sadak project of Jamghat and have completed MA in History along with B.Ed. I have worked previously with Navodaya Vidyalaya and Baal Sahayog as teacher. I have keen interest in cricket, volleyball, theatre, and singing.
Coordinator - Sadak
"I am working as an Outreach Coordinator at Jamghat. I have a versatile 10 year experience of working with various development organizations engaged in providing professional services in the areas of women empowerment, research & counseling, health, education & community development.
I am a Post Graduate in Social work and passionate about social work & helping people."
I am working as an Assistant Accountant at Jamghat. I have more than 1.5 years experience of coordinating accounts and finance of Non-Profit Organisation and 3 year experience of working with children in the field of education. I have done B.Com(Hons.) from Zakir Husain Delhi College( University of Delhi) and pursuing PG Diploma in Rular Development from IGNOU.
"Priyanka is an Educator at Aman home of Jamghat. She comes with more than 2 years experience of teaching in school and has been with Jamghat since a year. Priyanka help the kids to develop interest in education so that they can make the best of their future. After all, knowledge is the biggest key to success and that's her motto.
Priyanka has done her Masters in Women and Gender studies, Masters in Political Science and B.Ed. Priyanka's aim is to educate the kids elementary level subjects so as to make them socially and intellectually aware and advanced."
"Divya is an Educator in Aanchal home for girls of Jamghat. She has more than 02 year experience of school teaching.
Divya is a graduate in Geography and later did her post graduation and graduation in Education to pursue her career in field of Education.She loves to share her knowledge with children and believes in leaning new things."
"Iam a practicing counsellor and did my major education for Delhi.I have done B.EL. Ed. post that, there was a desire to understand society through Psychology and hence did MA Psychology. Further, I did M.Phil. in Psychology to understand psychology and society more. Along with my studies, I also gained experience with various NGOs in different states of India to understand the different problems of different sections of society.
I have experience of working in the field of mental health, development, education, and community for over 10 years. My work has been in the broad area of research and facilitating individual and collective action through mental health, art, social action, theater, travel, and heritage toward peace, justice, and equality."
Gudiya is office help in Ekjut- women's livelihood project of Jamghat.
I am Mona and have been associated with Jamghat as Art and Craft teacher since last 5 years. Earleir, I worked with St. Ramjas Convent School for 03 years. I completed My graduation from University of Delhi and currently pursing MA from IGNOU. I am passionate for art, craft, dance and games.