Mr. Majid Khan
As the leader of the Technical Support Unit, he plays a pivotal role in ensuring its integration within the VAAGDHARA ecosystem, providing technical and managerial excellence to field-level teams. The unit focuses on maintaining the technical quality of various thematic interventions. His responsibilities extend to facilitating collaborative work with thematic experts, applying innovative, sustainable, and efficient approaches to interventions across programs undertaken by different units of Vaagdhara and its partners. With over 13 years of multifaceted experience in Social and Community Development, he contributes significantly to partnership development, program design, technical assistance, implementation, liaison, networking, and team management. In his 7-year tenure with the organization, he has been instrumental in its expansion. His educational background includes an MBA in NGO Management and a PGP in Rural Development, reflecting his commitment to a comprehensive skill set.
Mr. Prashant Thorat
Seed & Soil Swaraj Expert
Working as a Seed and Soil Swaraj Expert in the Technical Support Unit of the organization, he provides crucial technical knowledge, leadership, and guidance. His role includes capacity building for community-based organizations and the program team to ensure effective and qualitative deliverables at the ground level. He actively organizes surveys and studies related to his theme, conducts farmer-led action research, workshops, and training sessions to enhance organizational learning. His overarching goal is to play a vital role in establishing Seed & Soil Swaraj in the tribal tri-junction of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. With over 14 years of experience as a qualified social worker, he has been instrumental in providing high-quality technical support to development programs related to sustainable livelihood, food and nutrition security, emergency response, and natural resource management. His focus on holistic development targets the most marginalized tribal communities, specifically the Bhil and Sehariya, in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states. He holds a Master's degree in Social Work from DAVV, Indore.
Mr. Mangi Lal Prajapat
Education & Development Swaraj Expert
Within the Technical Support Unit of the organization, he serves as an Education and Development Swaraj expert, guiding the team on essential components of education and children's development through the lens of Swaraj. His focus is on providing technical assistance to capacitate and strengthen the team and village-level institutions for the holistic development of tribal children. With a clear vision, he aims to instill ownership within village institutions, striving to establish child-friendly villages in the Tribal-Tri Junction of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat states. Boasting over 12 years of experience, he has contributed to state government-supported organizations like Pratham Education Foundation, Foundation to Educate Girls Globally, and Sampark Foundation. His educational background includes a master's degree in social work from VMOU, Kota.
Mr. Manish Kumar Dixit
Water, Vegetation and Livestock Swaraj Expert
In the Technical Support Unit of the organization, he serves as a Water, Vegetation, and Livestock Swaraj Expert, providing crucial technical information and support to the team. He focuses on recommending water-efficient irrigation methods and promoting quality drinking water at the community level. Additionally, he acts as a technical expert for livestock management and community-based nutrition mechanisms. His overarching goal is to contribute to the establishment of Water, Vegetation, and Livestock Swaraj in the Tribal Tri-Junction of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat states. With a rich background of over 16 years in community-based organizations such as WaterAid, AKDN, CARD, and Samarthan, he has contributed to grant-supported programs by entities like the Hindustan Unilever Foundation, UNICEF, and state government initiatives. His work experience spans Community Rights, the Forest Rights Act, Water and Sanitation, Health and Nutrition, and Child Rights (POCSO Act). He holds a Master's degree in Social Work from DAVV University (M.P.).
Mr. Prabhulal Garasiya
Tribal Culture & Knowledge Swaraj Expert
Operating as a representative of the local tribal community, he fulfills the role of a Tribal Culture & Knowledge Swaraj Expert within the organization's Technical Support Unit. Demonstrating adept skills in community mobilization related to tribal culture, practices, and knowledge, he collaborates closely with community-based organizations to revitalize cultural practices and enhance tribal knowledge within the community. With an extensive 27-year background, he has actively engaged with farmer communities, children, and women through diverse programs while being an integral part of various grassroots organizations. Over the past 14 years, he has played a crucial role within the current organization. His educational background includes completing Higher Secondary education.
Mr. Chandra Kant Tiwari
Health and Nutrition Sawaraj Expert
In the Technical Support unit of the organization, he serves as a Health and Nutrition Swaraj Expert, providing crucial technical support and guidance to the team. His focus lies in ensuring a comprehensive understanding and facilitation of health and nutrition components, driven by a passion for fostering well-being and community empowerment through a Swaraj lens. With prior affiliations with Care India, Global Health Strategies, and PATH-supported programs, he brings a wealth of experience. He has successfully led multi-thematic programs at the district level, including Health, Nutrition, WASH community processes, showcasing versatility in his responsibilities. Known for embracing challenges, he encourages teammates to share his vision. Holding a Master's in Social Work, his educational background complements his commitment to community health and development.