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ALFA Team

Name: Lokesh Kalal

Position: Founder

Lokesh started the work of Alfa in 2005 with lifelong friend Jahid Makrani. In 2006 he worked actively with his village and decided to undergo the registration process to make ALFA Educational Society official. There were many struggles starting a local NGO. Few people appreciated the work he was trying to accomplish in his hometown. Lokesh previously worked with Seva Mandir where he gained most of his knowledge on the operations of a successful and sustainable NGO. Lokesh is also involved in his community Panchayat and has implemented many successful activities in the name of Alfa in the Karawara community.

Name: Manisha Kalal

Position: President

Manisha is Lokesh's wife. She is taking care of Village Spirit Academy, the school incorporated by ALFA. She is the Principal as well as teacher of the school. She is making sure that the education given to children is just and equal for all. Along with her daughter she manages the management and other works of school.

Name: Rahul Dubey

Position: Vice-President

Rahul is currently working as a Vice-President of ALFA and is favourite to everyone. A very young dynamic, passionate, motivated and dedicated leader who has came to ALFA in 2012 to do the volunteering work with us for three weeks and hasn’t left since then. He had worked on various issues with the organization at all levels. He has a great sense of humour and one should definitely meet him if you are in and around Udaipur. He did his under-graduation in Mathematics from University of Delhi and a post graduation in Social Work. He loves travelling in and around the world, singing, interacting with people and understanding the cultural differences and perspectives.

Name: Naresh Bodat

Position: Program & Field Coordinator

Naresh joined ALFA in 2012 and is the senior most and experienced member in the organization. He has been associated with different NGOs in the past and had gained a tremendous experience working with young people. He is currently working in ALFA as a Program and Field Coordinator where he is responsible for looking after the program on Youth development and related activities. He is the one of the best community field worker ALFA has ever seen and everyone in the organization loves to interact with him to gain and learn about the village culture, problems and challenges. Naresh loves listening to the music and likes to spend his free time talking to the community members and getting to know more about them.

Name: Mohan Ahari

Position: Youth Facilitator

Mohan comes from the neighbouring village where ALFA is based and is very dedicated towards encouraging and ensuring the participation of tribal youth in the local governance, working on tribal rights and runs a youth centre in his community. He believes that education can really change the world and has motivated many young people in his village to continue their education and go for the higher studies. He is a role model for young people of his and other connected villages. He had worked for around three years now in the social sector and has a passion of working for young people. He is always willing to learn from other people and is really focused on issues and challenges related to tribal society. He loves reading newspaper and interacting with people coming from different cultures.

Name: Aishwarya Gautam

Position: Project Coordinator

Aishwarya’s tryst with ALFA began in 2016 as an intern in the organization and later becoming the part of ALFA family as a full time team member. She belongs from Jaipur and has done BA (H) in Economics from International College for Girls, Jaipur. She is passionate to learn and explore different cultures. She has keen interest in working for marginalized communities and desires to see peaceful societies free from communal conflicts. Mesmerized by the beauty of nature, she is drawn towards igniting the zeal for life and understanding the issues pertaining to gender inequality.

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