Registered under the Mumbai Public Trust Act, 1950, Sujaya Foundation has been bridging the linguistic and digital divide in India, since 2002. The aim of the Foundation is to provide education and employability skills to the under privileged by leveraging technology and incorporating the best pedagogical practices at an elementary, as well as at an advanced Level. Our Trustees and Our Adviser come from diverse backgrounds and have decades of experience ranging from teaching, corporate sustainability, to strategy and business development.
Mr. Jaithirth Rao
Jerry Rao is the founder and former CEO of the software company MphasiS. He held several positions in Citibank prior to founding MphasiS in 1998. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Value and Budget Housing Corporation (VBHC), which he founded in 2010. He is also the Founder and Director, Homefirst Finance Corporation. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at India Foundation for the Arts and a Trustee at NASSCOM Foundation, Sri Balaji HRD Trust Mathematical sciences Foundation and University of Chicago India Trust.
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Most of India’s under privileged children and youth do not get an opportunity to pick up basic digital and linguistic skills required to succeed in today's world. And we are trying to change that. If you feel you would like to be a part of this change and work towards reducing this disparity, do come and work with us.SEAL Program Empower Youth
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We do not actively seek financial support, but if you like any of our programs and would like to be a partner and not just a donor, then do reach out to us. We would be delighted to hear from you
The LTI (Larsen and Toubro Infotech) - Sujaya Foundation partnership begins in 2013. At the time the partnership involves employee volunteers coming to teach and mentor students at the Sujaya Foundation Centres.
In 2015-2016, the partnership extends to CSR funding of the 'I learn I earn' project in Vashi:
- Training differently-abled youth in Digital Literacy
- Paid internship in real-time projects
- Placement of beneficiaries in corporate organisations.
LTI is a very supporting partner. Apart from funding, their employees have also partnered with us to take skill-building to the next level. The LTI-CSR division executives are involved from planning, budgeting right through to execution.
Thank you LTI for endorsing our work and extending support - financial and otherwise, every year, thereby helping us reach more and more beneficiaries.
Sujaya ShettyProgram Director, Empower Youth
Sujaya Foundation and the Global Fund for Children share common values when it comes to strengthening India’s social sector and empowering children to be active, educated and informed citizens of the world. The Global Fund for Children finds and supports small, locally led organizations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, and Sujaya Foundation has been an invaluable grassroots partner for us since 2008. Sujaya Foundation’s approach to social change – bridging the digital and linguistic divide through education and employment for children and youth – creates lasting impact by cultivating a new generation of leaders from socio-economically disadvantaged communities. We are proud to partner with Sujaya Foundation in its vital mission.
Kulsoom KhanGlobal Fund for Children
Sujaya Foundation has been an esteemed NGO partner of Deutsche Bank for more than a decade. Volunteers from Deutsche Bank regularly tutor their children and youth beneficiaries. We also support the Sujaya Experiential Learning Program by outsourcing some operations. The team has displayed passion, professionalism and transparency in each of the events/projects that we have been a part of.
Sanika ShidhayeAVP, Deutsche Bank
Our Success Stories
Yuvraj Narsappa Pujari, a differently abled youth (deaf and mute), comes from a family of 8.Know more
Lack of conversational English skills is a major hurdle to being accepted in mainstream societyKnow more
Shridhar Dhurat, of grade 8 joined the SEAL program at Level 1 and finished the year at Level 7.Know more
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Awards and Recognition
Sports day for specially-abled youth
Sujaya Foundation organized a Sports day for specially-abled youth on November 17, 2019 at St. Mary’s School, Mazgaon. More than 100 specially-abled youth participated in the event from different centres of Sujaya Foundation. It began with Fr. Jude, the Principal of St. Mary’s, speaking a few words of appreciation and lighting the torch. The event involved various sports like relay race, tug of war, cricket, sack race, running, etc followed by the prize distribution. The students were thrilled and in high spirits. They thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Sujaya Foundation hosted ‘Quizabled’ – a special quiz competition exclusively for children with disabilities on Saturday, 7th December, 2019 at St. Andrews, Bandra West. This was the first ever quiz conducted in Mumbai for children with disabilities making it one of a kind. The event was implemented by Seva in Action (SiA), a Bangalore based organisation and was powered by LTI (Larsen and Toubro Infotech). Ms. Varsha Bhagat Director, NMMC's etc was the Chief Guest of the event. Various important delegates like Mr. Manjit Bali Head-Global Corporate Services and Shipra Sharma Head- Corporate Social Responsibility from LTI, Jheel Mehta, TV actress, Ruma Banerjee, Chairperson, Seva In Action and Ms. Neelambari Rao, founder, Sujaya Foundation attended the event.
The quizzing was done for four categories of disabilities: Intellectually Challenged/MR, Autism/CP, Hearing Impaired and Visually impaired. 148 specially abled children from 49 schools (special and regular) and 11 NGOs participated in the event. A footfall of about 142 people, including the participants, teachers and parents, about 48 volunteers from LTI, 34 volunteers and 15 staff from Sujaya Foundation and 31 other invitees attended the event. A total of 418 people participated in the event and made the quiz competition, ‘QUIZABLED 2019ʼ a grand
success in Mumbai.
The winners from each category were given a cash prize of Rs. 8,000/- and runners received Rs. 5,000/-
Regional Winner in Disability Sector - Spirit of Humanity Award
Sujaya Foundation had applied for the Spirit of Humanity Award hosted by Americares Foundation (India). The process had started in July. After shortlisting 300+ NGOs, Sujaya Foundation made it to the top 24 Finalists. We are the Regional Winner in the Disability Sector. The award ceremony was held on 26th Sept, 2019 at J.W. Marriot, Juhu.
Collaboration with Oberoi International School
Our Mumbai SEAL teachers, as a part of their professional development visited Oberoi International School to observe classes of the teachers there. The teachers at OIS kindly agreed to share their expertise with us.