“Diversity is an important element of life around us, which more often than not gets lost in trying to conform to societal mores. Diverse thinking is very important to organisations and society at large. Creating an inclusive society is important to foster diversity.” says Rajeev.

“I was introduced to SF through Gitu who is a dear friend. Having a close family member on the spectrum was when I really understood what the disability space entails. I had a few conversations with Gitanjali and understood the vision of Snehadhara and was awed by it, yet there is a lot of help that the organisation can get from the outside, from the corporate world. So when I got involved, I wanted to make this Snehadhara model sustainable. I started on the advisory board. We had many discussions to understand where the funding is coming from, how it is being used and key areas that need help; with time, I got involved in various elements within the organisation. At a personal level, SF and its activities have helped me look at everything around me – life and work – in an equanimous way.”

“I see the enormous potential of taking this SF model to a larger audience. It has always been my wish; to significantly increase the number of people who can be helped and added to the SF family; especially in tier 2 and 3 cities. In 2018, I made a small contribution to the thoughts around the beginnings of the flagship API course. We figured out that we could potentially launch our own certification programs and the groundwork began. During the pandemic, I eagerly supported the opportunity for the online model to reach remote places. This is what fascinates me. I’m interested in building a structure around this movement to make it self-propagating. SF has the opportunity and indeed an obligation to lead from the front within the disability and inclusion space. The growth towards this has been accelerating in recent years. I’m always eager to contribute and give my thoughts.”

What is Humans of SF? 

This is a series on the humans of SF; an attempt to celebrate each of the people who make Snehadhara whole. Novelist Anne Sewell said “It is good people who make good places.” And amongst the many good people in this world, there are some here at Snehadhara who make up this good place. We are ecstatic to bring to you glimpses of the Snehadhara team. Join us as we delve into the stories of people who stand for SF.