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OUR LEADERS

Committed to the Cause

The DIKSHA Team is a unique blend of experienced and young professionals on the one hand, and members from grassroots communities on the other.  This combination gives us an incredible edge in mixing professionalism with insights gained from lived-in realities.

Team: Meet the Team
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Paramita is committed to pushing boundaries for a gender-just world where every young voice counts. She works to change the ecosystem that denies agency to young people. Her passion for involving boys and men in gender-justice work led her to start an experiment, which culminated in the birth of DIKSHA.

Contact Email: paramita.banerjee@dikshaworld.org

LOPAMUDRA PAL

Chief Operating Officer

With DIKSHA since 2005, Lopamudra is inspired by the process used to empower young people from the fringes. She, too, dreams of a world where young voices are listened to, and taken seriously - because, she feels enriched to learn from the young.

Contact Email: lopamudra.pal@dikshaworld.org

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SUDIPA SINGHA

In-charge, Making Red-Light Areas Child-Safe, Munsiganj & Adjacent Slums, Wards 75 & 76, Kolkata Municipal Corporation

Sudipa recently joined DIKSHA, bringing with her 3.5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She enjoys the red-light area exposure, which is new to her. The DIKSHA approach of empowering youth leaders from the community inspires here.

MEGHNA KUNDU

In-charge, Making Red-Light Areas Child-Safe, Lakar Math
Ward 84, Kolkata Municipal Corporation

Meghna recently joined the DIKSHA team with 2 years of prior experience. She finds DIKSHA to be an organisation that works beyond binaries, and tries to create that space for others. She finds working for DIKSHA an enriching and learning experience as the approach is totally new to her.

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RIA MONDAL

In-charge, Making Red Light Areas Child-Safe:
Sonagachhi and Tollygunge
Wards 18 & 81, Kolkata Municipal Corporation

With DIKSHA for 1.5 years, Ria had worked for 2.5 years in the nonprofit sector before that. She enjoys engaging with young people and women from red-light areas, which is a new field of work for her.

SAPTAMI PAUL

Field Coordinator, Munsiganj & Adjacent Slums

Saptami was a10 years old when Paramita started her experiment in Kalighat. Today, she is a team member leading field activities from the front at Munsiganj and adjacent slums. DIKSHA has the maximum number of children enrolled there as no other organisation is active there.

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RUSHA

Psychosocial Counsellor,
Making Red-Light Areas Child-Safe: Lakar Math, Ward 84, Kolkata Municipal Corporation

A psychology graduate with a professional diploma in counselling, Rusha has been with DIKSHA since December 2020. After a short gap due to health reasons, she is back with DIKSHA since October 2023. Her engagement with DIKSHA provides her with innovative ways of providing psychosocial support to red-light area children.

UMMA AFROZA

Psychosocial Counsellor,
Making Red-Light Areas Child-Safe:
Kalighat, Munsiganj, Sonagachhi & Tollygunge

With a professional diploma in counselling, Afroza joined DIKSHA in May 2022. Working with red-light area children is a new experience for her, which is both a challenging and an enriching journey for her.

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SANCHARI BANERJEE

In-Charge, Education, Making Red-Light Areas Child-Safe: Lakar Math, Sonagchhi, Tollygunge

Connected with Paramita since her high school days through her interest in preventing sexual abuse of children, Sanchari considers her role to be encouraging young brains to learn new things. She is happy to be with DIKSHA as that allows her to do what she chooses to do.

SAGNIK MUKHERJEE

Theatre Trainer

An actor by profession and a theatre person by interest, Sagnik joined the DIKSHA team in April 2022. Though his shooting schedules sometimes play havoc with his engagement with us, the children love working with him.

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MOME BHATTACHARYA

Theatre Trainer

Mome is the regular threatre trainer for our children in red-light and quasi-read-light areas. A theatre person by training and passion, Mome brings the regularity that Sagnik cannot.

SOBHAN MUKHERJEE

Soft Skills Trainer, Red-Light Area Programmes

Known as the Padman of Kolkata, this young man is dedicated to improving the menstrual hygiene scenario in Bengal. And to create income-earning opportunities through that. At DIKSHA, though, he works beyond that as a soft skills for the children, and finds that to be a learning experience.

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SK JAMALUDDIN AKA TANVEER

Community Mobiliser
Red-Light Area Programmes: Munsiganj

With DIKSHA as a participant first, Tanveer has been working as a team member after he crossed 18. His responsibility is to open the Drop-in-Centre and mind the children while the other community workers collect the other children.

HAMIDA BEGUM

Community Mobiliser
Red-Light Area Programmes: Munsiganj

A leader of the Women's Group in Munsiganj, Hamida has been a team member since April 2019. Her responsibilities include collecting children from their homes, bringing them to the Dro-in-Centre, and dropping them back post the activity hours.

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TANAJ BEGUM

Community Mobiliser
Red-Light Area Programmes: Munsiganj

Tanaj also joined the DIKSHA team in 2019. She shares responsibilities with Hamida in collecting, bringing, and dropping off the children. The scattered landscape and the number of children need such sharing of responsibilities.

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