At Sujaya Foundation, we believe that every child deserves an excellent education and training in order to have a bright future

Studies on the employability gap in India, list English and Computer as the two top skills required for an entry level job

We work with underprivileged school children and the differently abled youth, in order to bridge this gap


About Us

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.

Computer Program

Focused on teaching and enhancing the computer skills of school and college going youth, this is a four-month program that is run through the year.


English Immersion Program

Designed to “immerse” the beneficiary in an English speaking atmosphere, this one-month intensive program helps build conversational English skills and therefore confidence in college students and employable youth.


Experiential Learning Program (ELP)

Aimed at making differently abled youth employable, this program provides basic computer and data entry skills through a three-month training and a six month internship opportunity. On completion of the internship, job placement assistance is provided.


Sujaya English Active Learning Program (SEAL)

Focused on empowering under privileged school children - digitally and linguistically, SEAL is a digital learning platform for English. The curriculum based content is delivered by trained teachers in under resourced schools.


Health Program

Designed in collaboration with Dr. Zarir Udwadia, this program provides free medication and counseling to MDR-TB patients. Multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB that does not respond to two of the most powerful anti-TB drugs. More than half of the patients enrolled under this program have been fully cured of the disease.

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Our Trustees

Neelambari Rao

A teacher and trainer for the past 25 years, Neelambari has a Masters degree in French and English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, a Masters in Education from the University of Sorbonne, Paris, a Masters in French Literature from the University of London, and a diploma holder in business administration from University of California UCLA. After being a teacher of French and Language Teacher Trainer for many years in India, France and the US, she founded Sujaya Foundation along with her husband Mr Jaithirth Rao.

She is also interested in promoting enterprises focused on training and women’s empowerment and is on the boards of Laqsh and Forshe. She has worked with the Ministry of HRD and has helped promote the Graduate ++ program which provides enrichment courses for young graduates. She continues to conduct language and communication workshops for schools and corporates as well as other NGOs operating in the education space.

Huzan Mistry

Huzan Mistry is a Chartered Accountant and has worked with JPMorgan Chase as an Executive Director, heading the Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Trading. She currently works as a Consultant with the National Stock Exchange leading the Currency and Debt, Business Development team. At Sujaya Foundation she is in charge of Finance & Strategy decisions.

Mr. Rajesh Pant

He was Head of Media Operations at Lintas, Marketing Director at Citibank NRIB and COO of Sony Entertainment before founding Kandor Solutions. He is a visiting Faculty at Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communications, Pune and on the Advisory Council of ISB&M, Pune.

Our Adviser

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.

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.

Ms. Madhavi Soman

Madhavi has over 20 years of experience in the banking and technology sectors. She has held leadership positions in some of India’s leading financial sector and technology companies. She has been responsible for key strategic initiatives and building high growth new businesses. Her forte is conceptualization of these initiatives/businesses and implementing them in record times.

· Senior General Manager at ICICI Bank
· Global Head - Business Analysis Practice at MphasiS BFL Ltd
· Chief Strategic Initiatives, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
· Credit Card Head at ICICI Ltd

In parallel, Madhavi has also worked with organizations with social goals. These include the Social Change practice at Monitor Consulting, Ujjivan in the microfinance field and Women Weave in the area of textile revival.

Mr. Pankaj Baliga

He has been with the Tata Group for over 30 years, with the last 14 at TCS where he was the Global Head of Corporate Sustainability, and prior to that was the Global Head Sales and Marketing Taj Hotels, Resorts, and Palaces. Pankaj is a SPURS Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology- USA. MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and B.E.,National Institute of Technology, Durgapur. At Sujaya Foundation, he is the Senior Adviser for the Empower Youth program.

Work With Us

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.

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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

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Experiential Learning Program

Yuvraj Narsappa Pujari, a differently abled youth (deaf and mute), comes from a family of 8. His father is a cab driver and his mother is a sweeper in a differently abled school. 4 of his siblings are also differently abled. However, this did not deter Yuvraj’s father from wanting his kids to be educated and independent.

After completing his basic education, Yuvraj underwent training in catering and got a job thereafter at a leading hotel with a starting salary of INR 3500 per month.

In order to improve his work profile and standard of living, he started exploring other options. This led him to join our Experiential Learning Program. After 6 months of training and internship, he was placed in the National Stock Exchange (vendor side) at a salary of INR 10,000 per month. It has been more than a year now and his managers at NSE are happy with the hard work and zeal that Yuvraj works with. Equipped with a good grasping power, he is considered a committed, punctual and reliable employee and an asset to the company.

English Immersion

Lack of conversational English skills is a major hurdle to being accepted in mainstream society and being employable in a corporate environment. Heera Rathod’s story is one of overcoming such hurdles. He moved to Mumbai from a village as a child and grew up with the desire to break out of the shackles of unequal opportunities.

Through the English Immersion Program and regular interaction with the Foundation he picked up basic communication, presentation and computer skills which gave him the confidence to apply for jobs and internships in corporate organizations after college. Today he works for a major IT services company as a Senior Systems Engineer along with pursuing a degree in Law.

Sujaya English Active Learning

Shridhar Dhurat, of grade 8 joined the SEAL program at Level 1 and finished the year at Level 7. A growth of 6 levels in a year was possible due to his hard work, willingness to learn and the SEAL program's 1: 1 learning model. The holistic learning model of the SEAL program led to his overall development. He became more confident and his ability to talk in English improved. Passionate about cricket, he wishes to pursue the Science stream.

In his own words
“I looked forward to attending the SEAL program as it gave me an opportunity to use computers and learn English at the same time. I also liked the program because the method of learning English was very different, especially the Structured Exercises for speaking and listening “

Health Program

When Saba Khan came to us in 2012, she had been suffering from MDR-Tuberculosis for 4 years.

She tried to seek help from various medical outlets; from government hospitals, private ones to other free treatment facilities, but either the medicines did not work for her, or they were too costly. She finally went to Hinduja Hospital’s free OPD where Dr. Udwadia told her about our Health Program.

In her own words
“There is a common saying that "Health is Wealth". So whatever the wealth today I have gained is only because of Sujaya Foundation. The Foundation not only gave me free medical help, but also invaluable health related advice. Today I am completely cured of the disease and fit and working as Assistant Professor in a junior college and plan to pursue M.A in Economics“

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Awards and Recognition

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    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.

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    Quizabled 2019

    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/-

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    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.

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    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.

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