Before joining the GPM staff, Leya was actively involved in Jewish youth work in Mumbai for several years. She holds a Bachelor’s deree in English Literature and Communication Studies from St.Teresas College, Ernakulam and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from the Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai .
Kenneth Dsouza: Director, India
Kenneth worked as Program Development Officer and Project Director for REAP, working on Literacy, Women’s Empowerment, Training and Residential Learning, serving over 8000 beneficiaries within the city of Mumbai and the neighboring district of Thane. Kenneth has a background in business and in music, and previously ran his family’s business and worked as a musician, composer and conductor in Mumbai.Hayley Dsouza: Volunteer Coordinator and Educational Administrator
Thaiza Dias: Development Coordinator
Thaiza is a Professional in the Social Development sector with two years’ of experience as Project Officer for a London based funding agency that involved monitoring and evaluation of projects in the areas of education, health, women empowerment and infrastructure in India. Thaiza is also worked for the Mumbai based Fair Trade Organization, which works in the area of women’s empowerment through livelihood generation.
David Benjamin Ramrajkar: Volunteer Liaison and Security Officer
David, 32, is a man of many talents. David graduated the Jacob Sassoon High School close to where he lives in Byculla, Mumbai. A former sales executive at RITA manufacturing company, David has chosen to dedicate his time and effort to social justice causes. Not only does David act as Volunteer Liaison and Security Officer at Gabriel Project Mumbai, but he is also a security volunteer for the IJS group (Indian Jewish Security) whose members guard and protect synagogues and Jewish events around Mumbai. At GPM, David accompanies volunteers in the slums and throughout the city, teaches classes and handles all security matters. Not having any teaching experience before starting at GPM, he finds teaching vulnerable children, alongside the volunteers, the most rewarding part of his job. David is a fantastic sports ‘all rounder’ and enjoys, cricket, football, basketball and the Indian board game, ‘Carrom’.
Rachel Karlin: Director of Alumni Relations
Rachel Karlin has successfully balanced her professional life in the high-tech industry with her dedication and passion for advancing social justice issues. She has an MA from Wayne State University in Technical Communication and an MA from Bar Ilan University in Creative Writing. Recently she joined Gabriel Project Mumbai as Director of Alumni Relations with the vision of creating a network of past and current GPM participants who share a common passion for health, nutrition and literacy for all children.
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