The Team?

The Team?

Noticed the question mark? Yes, this team is hopefully the beginning of a broad network of people, who for now are being nurtured by these sevaks (stewards):

Cyril R Raphael

Leaving a career, ranging from tourism to film making in the west, he returned to India in October 1977, the land of his birth. Swami Manmathan roped him in, within a week, as the de-facto CEO of the rudimentary ashram in Anjanisain. From 1980 to 2012, he steered this fledgling group, into a regional force for social change. Many young people came in touch with him, received the inspiration and moved on into diverse fields of social development and creativity. Many looped back, reconnected after years, and fueled his dreams of making development meaningful and humane. His skills lie in policy debate, program management, M&E, Financial management- and above all- HUMAN resource development! Many brilliant program managers and young CEOs in and beyond Uttarakhand will happily vouchsafe for that. He has given birth to many organizations, HD being his latest effort, since he believes that organizations, not only play their obvious external role in society, they also provide a necessary structure and experience to shape young minds, into ever widening circle of sensitivity, sympathy and practical wisdom. At present, he is the Secratary and the Chief Functionary of  The Himalaya Trust (THT), Dehradun. ( Click to learn more about him and see a younger Cyril from Anjanisain days).


_DSC3038(aka Dr Sachin): His first serious brush with Himalayas was in 1971, when a scholarship landed him in an elite school in Nainital. He loved bunking classes and staring at the distant mountains from the “snow-view”. He also met his partner, Marian there (link). They live with their two dogs in Herbertpur, 40 kms from Dehradun. He founded the first self help association (Blogwebsite) in India for people who stammer (pws) in 2008. Having worked in hospitals as a GP, he joined SBMA in 1993 and managed the Health program in the four districts of Garhwal. He has been consulting since 1996 in the area of program management, documentation, M&E, Social research. He has extensively trekked solo in Garhwal and Zanskar (J&K).

Kusum Rawat

kusumRawatKusum is M.Sc. First class First in Zoology with specialization in Entomology from Garhwal University;  She has 28 years of diverse and rich work experience from grass roots to university teaching, corporate sector, Government and voluntary sector. At present she is working as “Gender and Institutions,  Documentation , Monitoring and evaluation Consultant” in Integrated Livelihood Support Project of Uttrakhand Govt. funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) since October 2014. She feels passionately for oppressed people and women. She has brought out quiet a few publications on gender and related issues. She is an avid trekker too.



Ramlal is a master Puppeteer, Communication Trainer, Actor, Singer, who comes from a four generation old folk tradition of Rajasthan. He has conducted workshops, trainings and shows woven around “Communication for Social Development” within India and abroad. He has served voluntary sector for many decades. His dream is to revive traditional folk media and respect for people who have nurtured this cultural heritage for centuries in Uttarakhand.

Anil Joshi

aniljoshiAnil is a native of the hills, from Bachhuwaban, Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. His biggest motivation is the development of people, their systems and environment in the Himalaya. He also has the advantage of knowing both the regional languages of Uttarakhand, viz. Garhwali and Kumaoni for effective communication at local level.

Anil is working with development issues and people, having vast experience of a decade of progressive exposure to Social Research, Community Mobilization, Business Development, Planning, Programme monitoring, Evaluation studies & Accounts Functions for program management in community based development programs across the Indian states including Himachal Pradesh,    Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.

He has worked with various community based programmes such as BRGF, MNREGA, Watershed development, Enterprise development through SHGs, Science popularization through demonstrations, RTI, and renewable energy experiments with the government, CBO/NGO and International development organizations.

Rajeev Gupta

mekhoj5Rajeev Gupta is from New Delhi. He studied computer science at IIT and worked with Adobe for few years before he fell in love with Himalayas when he spent a year in the Garhwal hills of Chamoli and Tehri. To express  his love for Uttarakhand, he made a documentary  film titled Swades Ki Khoj which was very well received in the mountain communities both in India and North America. He went to Indiana University to pursue MBA on a Fulbright Fellowship and has recently graduated with major in marketing and business analytics. He currently lives in Bangalore and works with an IT firm developing online material in various Indian Languages. Click here to know more about his views on how recent Uttarakhand Tragedy could have been dealt with differently.

Mukul Sharma

MukulMukul Kumar Sharma is a development professional working in development sector since 2006. He has worked in different development organizations like Mamta (HIMC), Action Aid India, Shri Bhuvneshwari Mahila Aashram and Raman Development Corporations. Currently he is working as United Nations Volunteer under a joint venture of UNDP, UNV and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at Nahan, Himachal Pradesh.

Mukul is particularly concerned about the fact that the development world works in uncoordinated and fragmented ways. He would like see this change. In other words, programmes should not be dictated by very short term life cycles but in fact be based on the natural human cycle of life – if a holistic approach to development is to be promoted.

Fakhruddin Sheikh

Fakhru was born in Anjanisain in 1989. He has been connected with social sector since his teenage and has even worked in different NGOs in Uttarakhand as a volunteer. He joined Mountain Children Foundation in 2002, as a Founder Member and later as a volunteer team member. Growing up in such a developmental milieu, he has cultivated a deep understanding of issues like Gender, Participation, Right to Information, Child Rights, Child protection policy etc. His skills include Program management, Communication (with children, inter alia), Financial management, Documentation, IT skills etc. He has completed MBA and continues to learn on the job with The Himalaya Trust.

Plus Many more friends who help HD quietly in different ways; you will soon read about them here…

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