Meet the Core Team

NIVEDITA TIWARI

A disability professional with over five years of work experience in disability rehabilitation and inclusive education. After completing her M.A. in ‘Disability Studies and Action’ from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in 2012, she went on to work with grassroots and international organizations working for the cause of disability, in India and Nepal. An additional certificate course in ‘Arts-based Therapy’ from the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation (WCCLF), Pune in 2013, enabled her to use a range of creative and performance arts for better support and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. In her last full-time job with ‘Save the Children’, she led a creative arts-based therapy project implemented in two child-care institutions in Delhi. Following, she worked briefly as a consultant with the inclusive education department of ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)’, based out of Delhi.

Email: Nivedita.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

ASHOK SHAH

A communication professional with over eight years of experience in print/online media and development communication. A Nepalese national, he first travelled to India in 2001, to pursue higher secondary education. Following, he did his B.A. in Journalism from Bangalore University (2005-08). It was during these years that he founded ‘Mission5’ – a students’ collective that raised 5 Rupees from college students, and supported orphanages, old-age homes, school for children with special needs, and education of underprivileged children. Mission5 was chosen one of the six best ‘Citizen Hero Initiatives’ from across India, by CNN-IBN (now News18) in 2008. In his first job, Ashok worked as a copyeditor with Sakaal Times, a daily published from Pune. Then, after completing MSW from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in 2012, he worked as Field Communications Officer with CBM, an international charity headquartered in Germany. Later, he shifted base to New Delhi and continued working with CBM till August 2018.

Email: Ashok.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

PRATIKSHA M KAMBLE

Pratiksha is a special educator who leads our inclusive kindergarten programme. She has a B. Ed in Hearing Impairment, from 'Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities', Mumbai.

SHITAL S PHALE

Shital is an assistant teacher tasked with providing individual support to children with special needs in the classroom. Earlier, she worked as a nurse at the Rural Hospital in Kashele and is passionate to work with children.