PCVC Central Team

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Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative has been working since 1994 with the mission of “Every Child in School and Learning well” focusing on making quality education accessible to all children.

Farida Lambay

Farida Lambay

Founder trustee & Executive Secretary, Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative

Farida has 25 years of experience as an educationalist and social activist. She co-founded Pratham in 1994 and is responsible for the direct programs in Mumbai and Gujarat, as well as the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children across India. In addition to her work at Pratham, she is a former Vice Principal, Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai.

She has been responsible for many progressive National Policy changes in education and child labour. She currently serves on the Government of India Committee on Child Labour & on Research in Education and was recently nominated as a member of the National Advisory Committee, under the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986. She was also recently appointed as a member of the Maharashtra State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights.

In addition, Farida has initiated other projects such as Prerana (an organization working to protect children & women in the red light areas of Mumbai, YUVA (an organization working on various social issues taking strength from the youth) and others. She has spearheaded Disaster Relief efforts during the 1992 Bombay Riots, the Latur earthquake, Orissa cyclone, 26/11 Mumbai floods, Bihar floods, Mumbai terror attacks to name a few. She has been a part of several State and National Committees including the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan), Sachar Committee, the Maharashtra State Security Council and others. She has attended and participated in several National and International Conferences and has many publications to her credit.

Kishor Bhamre

Kishor Bhamre

Director, Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children

Kishor has been a part of Pratham for the last 14 years. He joined the organization in 2001 and went on to complete his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai. He joined back in 2003 and has been associated with the organization since then. He is one of the key persons for setting up of Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) and its expansion into other states.

He is responsible for strategy planning and overall execution of Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) programs across 8 states in India. In addition, he is involved in advocacy initiatives and works closely with the State and Central Governments on key issues pertaining to child labour and child rights in India. He currently serves on various State and National Government committees on child labour and child protection. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Resource Mobilization and Management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai.

Chandrashekhar Deshmukh

Chandrashekhar Deshmukh

Member, National Team

Mentor, Gujarat Program

Chandrashekhar Deshmukh joined Pratham in 1997, after completing his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai. Initially, Shekhar was involved in PCVC’s rural programs in Maharashtra. In 2001, he was an integral part of Pratham’s team dealing with the educational rehabilitation of children affected by the earthquake in the Kutch region and, since then he has been leading our interventions and advocacy activities in the State of Gujarat.

Sneha Shirgaonkar

Sneha Shirgaonkar

Assistant Director

Sneha joined Pratham in 2010 after completing her Master’s degree in Social Work from the Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai. She currently holds the position of Assistant Director at PCVC and additionally mentors the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with specialization in Political Science from South Indian Education Society (SIES), Mumbai University.

Mahika Kaur

Mahika Kaur Jaswal

Program Associate

Mahika joined PCVC in 2018 as a Program Associate. She is passionate about children’s rights She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She then went on to pursue her Masters’ degree in Development Studies where she majored in Social Policy for Development and specialized in Children and Youth Studies from International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.