About Us

AAMBRA Foundation is a Government of India registered Non Profit Organization, approved under section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961. AAMBRA came into formal inception in the year 2012 although it had been actively engaged in championing women’s causes for quite some time. The Foundation has conducted several national level seminars; and consumer awareness and skill development workshops in New Delhi, free of cost, towards the wider objective of women empowerment through information dissemination and skill development. The foundation has been proactive in highlighting issues of contemporary relevance for the common Indian and also the, Government, bureaucracy, media and civil society.

 

Inception

The journey of Aambra Foundation has its roots in the dynamics of India’s development. Notwithstanding our status as the world’s largest democracy and focus of governmental actions on development of disempowered population, vulnerability of weaker sections of the society, like women and children, to abuse, neglect, discrimination and exploitation remains a gigantic developmental challenge for the country. India occupied 108th position in a list of 144 countries which were covered under the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Index 2017. The country’s female labour force participation (FLFP) rate at 31.1% in 2015-16 (ILO data) is abysmally low in comparison to males (75.7%). Children under the age of 18 years, who constitute 39% of total population (2011 census), continue to suffer due to abuse, malnutrition, inadequate access to quality education and other challenges. There are multiple other forms of deprivation that people at the bottom of society continue to face due to lack of access to development opportunities like skill training, prevalence of obscurantist social practices like patriarchy, and inadequate awareness of rights and entitlements as guaranteed under the Constitution of India and system of governance.

Aambra Foundation is an attempt to counter people’s vulnerabilities, especially with focus on women and children, by bridging developmental gaps that are manifested at the level of knowledge and access to opportunities. Although the Trustees were actively advocating gender equality and social justice since past many years, the Foundation saw the light of the day in 2012 as a collective expression of their desire to contribute to the cause of social development. It was registered in Delhi in the same year as a non-profit charitable Trust under the Indian Trust Act, 1882. This marked the beginning of a journey that continues to gain momentum with every passing year.

 

Vision and Mission

Vision:
A society that promotes and protects the rights of women, children and the disempowered people, that accords primacy to the principles of equality and dignity, and wherein obscurantist principles and practices are discarded

Mission:

  • Promote gender equality by bridging gender gap and empowering women in need of protection
  • Practice socially inclusive and holistic development
  • Strengthen enabling environment for development of dispossessed and disempowered people
  • Build synergy among individuals,institutions and commonersthrough debates, dialogues and congregations

 

Legal Profile

Aambra Foundation is registered under the following:

  • Indian Trust Act, 1882
  • Section 12 A read with 12AA(1)(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • Section 80G (5)(VI) of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • The Income Tax Act, 1961 for Permanent Account Number (PAN)
  • NGO Darpan (NITI Ayog)

 

Governance

Aambra Foundation practices transparency and conforms to the requirements of law and governance.

  • Trustees meet at regular intervals to discuss and decide organizational matters.
  • Views of Advisors and members of Core Council are obtained periodically according to needs.
  • Annual accounts of the Trust are audited by a Chartered Accountant.
  • Annual return of income is filed according to law.
  • The Trust respects meritocracy.
  • Trustees work voluntarily with selfless dedication, and do not receive any money for their services.

 

Founder

Vinita Bakshi
An alumnus of Delhi School of Economics, an author, a social entrepreneur and a connoisseur of culture

Mrs.Bakshi has a passion for literature and culture, and writes fiction and non-fiction bilingually in Hindi and English. Her debut work of fiction31 Miles: Can We Ever Win Against Ourselves? with Rupa Publications India was released by Nandana Sen in Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. The book has been widely reviewed by national and international media, senior journalists, and cinema personalities such as writer director Imtiaz Ali, ITV New York, Huffington Post, DD National, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Pioneer, The Statesman, The Tribune, The Asian Age, The Millennium Post, The News Now, The Different Truths, Savvy, Urban Asian and many other big and small newspapers and magazines. She has been a panelist at Jaipur Literature Festival, World Book Fair, London Stardust Show and Delhi Literature Festival, besides other prestigious forums. She is currently working on a sequel of 31 Miles and will soon be publishing her debut Hindi novel Bindu ka Dayra on a women centric theme. She also regularly contributes to Evesly- a women’s portal of Indian Express.

Her passion for culture is manifested in Aambrotsave- the Aambra Foundation’s annual festival of Indian culture which she choreographs. She is currently the Director of National Institute of Jewellery, a Government of NCT of Delhi undertaking.

Visit Vinita Bakshi's Website

 

Management

 

Team

Project Aarohan

Jewellery Trainers & Designers

Sweta Ranka – Educator & Jewellery designer regularly volunteers in urban slums
Srishti Sood – Jewellery designer regularly volunteers in urban slums
Vinita Bakshi- Volunteer

Sangeeta Sharma – Teacher, Non-formal education
Parantap Bakshi- Volunteer Teacher, Non-formal education

She Speaks

Convener

Rakhee Bakshee, Senior Media Person

Core Council

Mrs. Rashmi Singh, IAS
Amb Manju Seth
Sameera Moledina, London based Journalist
Sujoy Joshi Founder, ORF Founder
Amb Ashok Sajjanhar
Ms Deep Shikha Sharma, IRS
Ms Ira Singhal, IAS

Media Consultant
Purnima Sharma, Journalist & Media Person

Cultural Consultant
Ms. Atika Gupta, PR and Communications Strategist

IT, Accounts, Coordination
Parantap Bakshi

Volunteers
M G Gopalan
Anshika Kumar
Vatsal Sharma
Animesh Shrivastav
Banpreet kaur
Jhoomer
Jyothi Menon
Sanjana Lal
Shriya Bhowmick
Shivakshi Joshi
Jeet
Devaank Singh
Ruchika Rastogi
Shubham

Aambrotsave

Concept & Founder
Vinita Bakshi

Co-Founders
Jugnu Bakshi
Parantap Bakshi

Core Council
Amb. Amarendra Khatua, Former DG ICCR
Mrs. Deepshikha Sharma IRS

Executive Directors
Ms. Jugnu Bakshi
Ms. Ambika Goel
Ms. Neeta Aneja
Mr. Parantap Bakshi

Volunteers
Rain Bakshi
Samar Bakshi
Harsh Chaturvedi
Vivek Singh

 

Annual Reports