About Sharana
Board & Team

It is the people who work in the organisation that make Sharana what it is!

Find details of our board and team members in the short descriptions below.

Board
Alo Sud
born 1972, Treasurer
at Sharana since 2015
  1. She is the treasurer of Sharana, a teacher and a current affairs enthusiast.
  2. She works closely with the donors of the organisation and also supports in the report-writing aspects of the on-going programs.
Dr Deepa Reddy
born 1972, Governing Body Member
at Sharana since 2012

She is a cultural anthropologist with the University of Houston and a member of the Governing Body, she participates in annual meetings of the board.

She also supports in several content writing tasks and in the consolidating of the annual report every year.

Dr Nalini Ranganathan
born 1967, Governing Body Member
at Sharana since 2015

Dr Nalini is a professor in the Pondicherry University, department of Social Work and head of Department of Women’s Studies- she works with the social workers, and helps them with difficult cases on the field. She also trains the social workers on acquiring various skills sets.

She is Sharana’s liaison for all research related programs with organisations and universities in India and abroad as well.

Murugan Sundarrassu
born 1968, Governing Body Member
at Sharana since 2012

He is a translator in the law department in Pondicherry Government and a member of the Governing Body. He participates in annual meetings of the board.

Rajkala Partha
born 1969, Founder/President
at Sharana since 2000

Rajkala is the founder and president of Sharana.

She has a masters degree in rural development and over 25 years of experience on the field.

She is presently in charge of all the activities and responsible for fundraising for all of Sharana’s programmes.

Sasi Somu
born 1966, Governing Body Member
at Sharana since 2012
  1. He is an Entrepreneur and member of the Governing Body.
  2. He participates in annual meetings of the board and is responsible for the orientation of foreign volunteers to the organisation.
Venkatrayan Aadhinarayanan
born 1968, Governing Body Member
at Sharana since 2012

He is an accountant employed at the Ariyur Sugar Mill and a member of the Governing Body. He participates in annual meetings of the board.

He assists Mr Murugaiyan in finalising the annual accounts of the association

Team
Anandhi Murugan
born 1981, Kitchen Evening tuition hepler
at Sharana since 2015

Anandhi makes the yummy Sharana ragi, chocolate and oatmeal cookies.

She also cooks meals at the Sharana office for volunteers and friends of the organisation upon order.

Anbazhagan Jayaraman
born 1978, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2012

Anbazhagan is a social worker with the community development programs which also include the village creche and the dispensary.

He also leads the VTC program in carpentry, the Spirulina program and all the collective sponsorship programs.

Anbu Iyyanar
born 1990, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2013

Anbu works as a social worker in the Seeds of Change program. He leads sports and games sessions to create awareness in various schools and slums, and in all the ongoing programs of the organisation.

He also supports as a social worker in the Back to School program.

Aruna Ramesh
born 1983, Spirulina Worker
at Sharana since 2010

Aruna assists with Spirulina production, tank maintenance, drying, packaging, demonstrations etc.

Bhavani Sambath
born 1993, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2013

Bhavani supports Anbu in the Seeds of Change- awareness through sports and games program.

Bhuvana Krishnamurthy
born 1971, Accounts
at Sharana since 2012

Bhuvana assists in managing the accounts of the organisation, she also helps maintain the administrative files of the staff.

Chandra Mannakatti
born 1971, Sanitary Assistant
at Sharana since 2000

Chandra has been with Sharana since its inception, as the person responsible for the cleanliness of the premises.

Ganga Mayavan
born 1991, Care taker
at Sharana since 2016

Ganga helps as a caretaker with the street and slum children, at the Gayatri House and also in the Evening homework help centre.

Gerard Susaimariyanathan
born 1974, Programme Assistant
at Sharana since 2000

With Sharana since its inception, Gerard is Sharana’s go-to person: office assistant, all-round handyman, and de facto social worker when necessary.

Govindammal Segar
born 1969, Creche Attender
at Sharana since 2002

Govindammal is working as a caretaker in the Angalakuppam creche since its inception in 2002, she also takes care of the maintenance of the premises.

Jayalakshmi Arikesan
born 1990, Creche Teacher
at Sharana since 2012

Jayalakshmi is a creche teacher at the Gayatri House Creche Program.

Jeyaperumal Padaleeswaran
born 1953, Farm Supervisor
at Sharana since 2008

Jeyaperumal is responsible for the maintenance of the land, materials, provisions for Spirulina project etc.

Kaladevi Moorthee
born 1977, Cashier/ Account assistant
at Sharana since 2002

Kaladevi assists in managing the accounts of the organisation, she also helps maintain the administrative files of the staff.

Kavitha Velan
born 1980, Cook
at Sharana since 2014

Kavitha cooks nutritionally balanced meals for the children of the street and slum program at the Gayatri House.

Kumar Pakkiri
born 1962, Farm worker
at Sharana since 2006

Kumar assists the Farm Supervisor as needed and acts as a daytime security for the property.

Lakshmi Gnanapragasam
born 1982, Health worker
at Sharana since 2002

Lakshmi is the official health worker of the organisation.

She runs the dispensary at Angalakuppam, assists in coordinating medical and eye camps held at the village, and provides referral services so that villagers in need of care can obtain treatment at local hospitals.

She also does regular check ups of the children in the street and slum children centre.

Lourdumari Chithramoorthy
born 1981, Cook
at Sharana since 2012

Lourdumari cooks nutrionally balanced meals for the VTC students.

Malathi Rajendran
born 1971, Spirulina Worker
at Sharana since 2008

Malathi assists with Spirulina production, tank maintenance, drying, packaging, demonstrations etc.

Mani Panchatcharam
born 1975, Carpentry Instructor
at Sharana since 2012

Mani is the master carpenter and trainer at the VTC program in Carpentry in Sharana, at Aranganur.

Manuel Theremand
born 1980, Social worker
at Sharana since 2012

Manuel is a social worker in the street and slum children program, and in charge of the Mission Bambini sponsorship program.

He is also the Artist and Art activity in charge and the Child Protection Office of the organisation.

Murugaiyan Masilamani
born 1966, Chief Finance Officer
at Sharana since 2000

Mr Murugaiyan is the CFO of the organisation. With a B.Sc. from Madras University, a B.Ed. from Annamalai University and 25 years of experience working with social organizations, Murugaiyan manages the finances of the organisation.

 

Pandiyan Arumugam
born 1980, Driver
at Sharana since 2015

Pandiyan drives the bus in the street and slum children programs, at the Gayatri House.

Ponni Gunasekar
born 1975, Creche Cook
at Sharana since 2002

Ponni has been responsible for the Angalakuppam kitchen since the building was established in 2002. She makes the daily lunches and snacks for the creche children.

Prakash Arumugam
born 1983, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2013

Prakash is a Social worker with the street and slum programs. He is responsible for overseeing all the Gayatri House programs.

He is also the social worker in charge of Goverment Departments and Media Liaison work.

Radha Nagappan
born 1972, Farm Worker
at Sharana since 2009

Radha assists with the agricultural work  in Aranganur.

Rany Dominic
born 1968, Preschool Teacher
at Sharana since 2012

Rany is a preschool teacher with the Gayatri House Preschool program.

Ravi Anand Subramaniam
born 1968, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2012

Ravi Anand is a social worker in the Back to School program. He is also the social worker in charge of the Evening Homework help Centre.

Ravichandran Kathavarayan
born 1971, Driver
at Sharana since 2011

Ravi drives Sharana’s vehicles.

Sarasa Bagawan
born 1986, Caretaker
at Sharana since 2012

Sarasa works as a caretaker with the Gayatri House programs.

Tamil Selvi Muthuvel
born 1982, Creche Teacher
at Sharana since 2002

Tamil Selvi has been the Angalakuppam creche teacher since 2002.

Vadivu Rajendiran
born 1979, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2013

Vadivu is a Social worker with the street and slum programs.

Her strength lies in outreach work with the families and especially the women in the communities.

Vandana Shah
born 1985, Chief Coordinator
at Sharana since 2013

Vandana manages and oversees the activities and programs of Sharana. Regularly visits and streamlines the work with the social workers in the field. She has done her Masters in Sociology from the Pondicherry University.

Vijayalakshmi Sarathkumar
born 1992, Social Worker
at Sharana since 2013

Vijayalakshmi works as a social worker in the street and slum children program. She also works as an ad-hoc receptionist when required.

You can contribute!
Volunteer

Sharana receives several volunteers every year, particularly from Europe and the United States. Volunteers bring new energy and skill-sets to the organization, along with stories and experiences from other parts of the world.

 
Learn more about Sharana:
History
Board & Team
Mission & Vision
Learn more about our programs:
Back to school
Spirulina Nutritive Programme
Village Crèche