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TRUST CHILDREN


This Trust is being run by a group of young adults who CARE.

No part of any donation received is used for administration costs. All administrative expenses are borne by committee members. Every penny that is donated reaches the children directly


Pragadeesh

Pragadeesh is the son of a fisherman.... and his dreams when he was 5 years old was to become a Doctor! He joined Gurukulam when he was 4 years old. Today - Pragadeesh is doing his 10th standard at Gurukulam. His dreams have changed over the years, but he is well on his way to becoming whatever he wants to be. And it is thanks to each and every one who supports Gurukulam, that children like Pragadeesh can dream of a future and have a chance to make it a reality. Read more about it at

Trustees:

1. Capt Nandkumar

Capt. Nandkumar is the Founder and the Managing Trustee of "Trust Children". An airline pilot by profession, Capt. currently works for "Tiger Airways" as Chief Pilot. Prior to this, he worked at Air India as Deputy General Manager.

Affectionately known by the moniker “Captain” by those around him, Capt. Nandkumar has dedicated his life to empowering economically underprivileged children. He founded the school Gurukulam with the belief that all children need an equal platform to succeed in life and that the right kind of education can break the cycle of poverty and prejudice. Through Gurukulam, he hopes to nurture ethical and compassionate human beings who can make a real difference in the world. Capt. Nandkumar practices Karate, Tai-Chi, and Raja Yoga and loves to sail in his spare time.

2.Sumathi Ramaswami

A homemaker by choice and has now dedicated her time to the cause of underprivileged children.

3.Vishal Khushalani

Based in Illinois, USA, Vishal is a global marketing and business development professional. He founded Gurukulam Inc, in the US to help promote education for underprivileged and street children in rural India. When based in Mumbai, India, Vishal taught “spoken English” to street children through the Navjot Foundation and to the blind children at the Happy Home School for the Blind. He has been associated with Trust Children during the days of Tsunami disaster, when he and his wife helped rehabilitate the Panayur village. He believes in the vision of Trust Children and supports the activities of the Gurukulam School. Vishal has an MBA from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and an engineering degree from University of Mumbai.

4.Mrs Sabita Currimbhoy

Sabita Currimbhoy has done her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the Women’s Christian College, Madras. Soon after her college she was absorbed in her father's company as Administrator and Confidential Secretary to the partners. After 6 years she decided to take a break to start a family.

During her stint as a homemaker, she worked on a voluntary basis with The School, KFI – Madras with their Urban Outreach Projects. This involved planning and arranging workshops both for Teachers and students from English medium schools in the city. These workshops encompassed a wide range of topics from sensitizing teachers in handling very young children to environmental & political issues that affect the classroom.

Feeling the pull towards education, she joined Gurukulam- A“Trust Children” School, in June 2011 as assistant English teacher. To fill an unexpected gap, she became the acting Principal from November 2011 to April 2012. She has since been handling the “Toward Better English” programme for both students and staff and fills in temporary gaps in teaching across all levels as and when required.

Sabita has been actively involved in the cultural and music scene of Madras in her early years. Being a part of the Church youth groups she has been involved in organising cultural, sports and musical events She has sung in many prominent choirs of the 1980’s including the famous Madras Philharmonic and Choral Society (MPCS) conducted by Padma Shree Handel Manuel. She has also taken part in the many musical productions put up by the MPCS.

Sabita brings to Gurukulam her organisational capacities coupled with her dedication to bringing up children who are self thinking individuals in this fast changing world.



 

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