About Us – Team
Regional Project Head
Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, a master’s degree in Criminology from LNJN National Institute of Criminology & Forensic science (Ministry of Home Affairs) and concurrently completed P.G. Diploma in Guidance and Counseling from Jamia Millia Islamia. Catering to her interest in child psychology & juvenile delinquency she has worked with Manas Foundation, posted as a psychologist at a Delhi government run Children home for boys, working closely on individual cases & conducting workshops in-home/at schools on mental health & life skills with children of all ages. She has hands-on experience of working with Child Welfare Committee, assisting them in POCSO cases and in-home individual cases. During her UG and PG, she has undertaken internships in mental health set-ups, National Thermal Power Corporation, CISF, field visits at District Court (Rohini, Delhi), police stations in Delhi, Tihar Ashram, Prayas Observation home for boys and old age home. These diverse practical settings helped her gain insight in human behaviour and it’s psyche.
She is driven to counsel and raise awareness on the nuances of abuse which may come forth in deviant ways resulting into criminality.
Content Collaborator (Volunteer)
Vanshika Mirza is a psychologist, a public speaker, and a freelance writer who aims at making mental health services and concepts more accessible to the general public by means of psycho-education. Before working as a Therapist with CureFit, Vanshika was employed as a psychologist with BOSCO for UNHCR where she engaged with refugee participants of different ethnicities coming from across borders, as she practiced individual sessions, group therapy sessions, and family therapy, for adults as well as children. She was also Content Coordinator and Resource Person here at Project CACA for a year. Vanshika has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Delhi and a Master’s degree in Psycho-social Clinical Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She has previously interned with premier medical institutions like the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), and Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), as well as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), across the fields of Organizational Behaviour and Clinical Psychology which enabled her to effectively communicate with a variety of people across various age-groups and socio-economic backgrounds.
Ravi Kumar Nigam
Ravi pursued his graduation degree Bachelor of Commerce (B.COM) from the School of Open Learning, the University of Delhi with Business Law and Company Law in the Year 2008 and Law Graduation degree (LL.B) from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, the University of Delhi in the Year 2013. He started his career with practice in the courts of law and part-time work in the local NGOs in Delhi and NCR. Later he completed Masters in Law (LLM) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His focus is to work for the welfare and protection of vulnerable groups, especially children in India. Along with his Independent practice he started his career with the HAQ: Centre for Child Right as the Legal Consultant and Practiced as an Advocate in the District Courts of Delhi. Project CACA provides litigation and psycho-social support to children in the Delhi region from the EWS who have been sexually harmed so they can pursue justice that meets their needs. The support is provided with the help of various partners, supportive organisations and Pro Bono networks. The support is spearheaded by Ravi.
Neha has done her Bachelors in English Literature (honors) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University; Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Times Of India; and LLB from Campus Law Center, Delhi University. Currently practicing before honourable Supreme Court and Delhi High Court, her core areas include Constitutional Law, Women and Children Rights, Revenue Matters, Education, Consumer Rights, Civil Disputes involving Recovery, Title, Transfer of Property, Rent Control, Land Acquisition, Negotiable Instruments, and Criminal matters. With a keen interest in women and child rights issues, being a journalist with The Times of India and while contributing to law journals in the past, she has written numerous articles highlighting socio-legal issues like Women Empowerment, against honour killing, domestic violence, sexual abuse, dowry prohibition etc. She has also been active as part of NGOs and philanthropic organizations working on implementation of various governmental policies on gender justice and Right to Education.
Muhammad Ghazi Shahnawaz
Honorary Consultant (Assessment)
Professor, Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, since 2010. Major duties include teaching, conducting research and mentoring students as well as supervising the administrative work of the department. He has written over 40 papers, supervised about a dozen PhD students and has 25 years of teaching and research experience. Prof. Shahnawaz has also participated in numerous workshops and conferences across the country. He is an expert in quantitative research and adept in mass data analysis through software such as SPSS, AMOS and R.
Annie Namratha has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Osmania University, Hyderabad and a master’s degree in Social Work (specialising in Clinical & Community Practice) from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. She has interned with various organisations like Voice 4 Girls (acted as a counsellor for adolescents girls) Enable India, World Vision India, Youth for Seva, during which She have conducted many community based awareness programs like Menstruation and menstrual hygiene etc., while also conducting sessions on stigma associated topics. She has also interned with NIEPID (National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disability) etc., She is passionate about being a voice for the voiceless while also helping them to help themselves through advocacy and evidence-based approaches.
Madhumitaa is from the city of chennai who has explored over various domains of social work. She has a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Women’s Christian College Chennai and later went on to pursue her Master’s in social work from Madras School of Social Work. While she believes in empowerment and independence for everyone, she had started working part time from the second year of her bachelor’s to support her educational needs. During her master’s program she was associated with various organisations via internships such as Project Puthri, MASARD and SIRD. Apart from these organizations, during the begining of the pandemic she was also associated with the Greater Chennai Corporation as outreach coordinator in creating awareness. She is also a streetplay, and puppet show artist and has been in the college team for various events. As her interest and inquisitiveness for human behaviour grows she is now pursuing her Masters in Applied Psychology. While she steps into the workforce she comes with a great exposure and zest to learn.
Kashish Jain has completed her graduation from Ramanujan College, University of Delhi in the field of Applied Psychology, wherein she was the college topper. She then pursued Masters in Criminology with specialization in Security Management from LNJN, National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (Ministry of Home Affairs – Govt. of India). Besides, she is pursuing Masters in Psychology from IGNOU. Being part of Delhi University’s research project, she has intense experience and knowledge about research work. Her aptitude skills include field knowledge of investigation of crime using scientific aids. Her high order thinking and deep learning make her cautious of her decisions and support the accuracy of the results. Her communication skills are strong and she is self-motivated, hardworking and displays leadership qualities. She also did internships in schools and children homes like Samarpan NGO along with it she has done internships in CISF, CBI FSL, Urivi Vikram Charitable trust, Mental Health Foundation. Besides this she has done various field visits like Central Jail Complex, Mandoli, Rohini District Court, Bureau of Public Research and Development, National Crime Records Bureau, SPYM Juvenile Deaddiction Centre, Police station, rohini. She seeks to bring change and awareness for juvenile delinquents and offenders to bring betterment in the society.
She is a graduate in Sociology from Delhi University and has also completed her Masters in Social Work from IGNOU. She is a keen learner who wants to acquire ground level exposure to build her career in the social development sector. She feels passionately about protecting child rights and mental health of children. In the past, she worked on a project with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) where the work involved rescuing children who were forced to beg on the streets of Delhi. The work at NCPCR also entailed compiling reports on violations of the Juvenile Justice Act. Some of the cases assigned to her, involved children who were isolated, needed protection, were in danger, victims of child marriage, and so on.
Apart from work, she is trained in Indian classical music and has received various felicitations for her art. She loves to read, has a special liking for dogs and is quick witted around her friends and family.
Content Coordinator – ECCE
Bharti Singh is a curriculum writer for the Foundational Level (ECCE-Early childhood care and education). She works on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN). She is a post graduate with Masters of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Certification in Nursery teachers training. She started her career as a high school teacher (2007 to 2009) for social science. While working as a Vice Principal in a K-12 CBSE School (2009), she gained exposure to the K2. She realised that a lot of innovations could be done at the ECCE Level. It was at this junction in 2010 that she got into the Nursery Teachers Training Course. From 2013 – 2019, she headed the pre-primary wing of reputed schools. Since 2019, she is into the curriculum designing work for ECCE. Her valuable inputs are reflected in the activity sheets and posters of the CACA Safety Workbooks.
She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Delhi University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from IGNOU. Reading, writing and drawing has been her hobbies since her school days. She has worked as an illustrator, story writer, content creator and editor for monthly journals, children’s storybooks and life skills school books for a publishing house for six years. She is well versed with various softwares related to publishing and printing. She is also actively involved in digital content development and its promotion. She is now a team member of Project CACA as a Content Coordinator. She firmly believes that there is nothing more vicious and outrageous than the abuse, exploitation and harm of one of the most vulnerable members of society, i.e., our children.
She has done B.A. Programme from Williams Carrey University (Meghalaya) in 2011, is an avid reader of children’s literature and has a flare for travel. Her previous experience of 8 years in administration and supervision in various schools of Delhi has groomed her into being and organised and disciplined professional. She is recognised for dynamic work ethics and team player attitude. She believes that a planned approach in things is what drives her towards success. As a mother of a kid, she is equally sensitive to the right kind of environment children require to blossom. Her optimism and dedication help her to take up the responsibilities of the workshop coordinator with utmost enthusiasm.
She earned a Business system information management (BSIM) course from GNIIT along with a graduation in B.com from Delhi University. She has over 10 years of diverse back-end experience with specialization in facilitation and coordination on matters related to research & development , assessment, customer training and capacity building.
Interpersonal skills honed through various extracurricular activities and coordination with people.
Hema V. – Clinical Psychologist
She is a RCI approved Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the area of mental health for the past 2 years. She completed her B.Sc in Psychology, M.Sc in Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialization) and did her M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology. Besides, she has done a course on Education of Children with Learning Disabilities, Sign Language and Hypnosis (level 1). She has attended and presented papers in various National and International Conferences. Beside this academic endeavour she has delivered lectures on psychological awareness and disturbances and conducted mental health programs for school and college students. Her areas of interest are Clinical and Educational settings, Counseling & Guidance, Therapeutic Interventions and Research. She is also specialized in the areas of Psychological assessments, Addictions, CBT, Child and Adolescent crisis, Dealing with all psychological disorders, etc. She is trained in Clinical Psychology, De-addiction clinic, Neuropsychology, Adult and child Psychiatry and Special education. She has her own private clinic and she also works as an independent consultant for various psychiatric, De-addiction and early interventions clinics.
Resource Person and Content Development
A law graduate form LL.M. – National Law University, Jodhpur with 17+ years of experience on Child Rights, Women’s Rights, Access to Justice, Legal Aid and Legal Empowerment. He has worked with NGO’s like Global Rights, Child Rights and You (CRY) and has actively worked on various aspects of Child Protection – child sexual abuse, child trafficking, child labour and child marriage. He has worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India for implementation of a Project on “Access to Justice” for Marginalized People in eight Indian states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Since March 2017, he is associated with UNICEF as a Consultant on Child Protection. He recently facilitated Swami Vivekananda State Police Academy, Barrack pore, West Bengal, in strengthening Child Protection training of police officials. Presently, he is aiding UNICEF in Uttar Pradesh in Strengthening Child Protection Systems.
Resource Person and Content Development
Vinita Zutshi is the creator and writer of Carefree Parenting. She is a parent, writer, editor, online content creator and a storyteller. published author of children’s non-fiction, with children’s and adult fiction books. Vinita teaches Creative Writing and Structured Writing to students, teachers and executives. Vinita has even delivered a talk at a TEDx event using the TED conference format, independently organized by a local community.
Deepti is a dancer, a poet, a storyteller, an audio podcaster, a filmmaker, a lived-experience designer, and a mental health advocate. She did her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from IP College, Delhi University, and completed her masters in Film and Video Communication from the National Institute of Design. She has worked with brands like – The DanceworX, Urban Ladder, Uber, Hubhopper, NID, Quill Foundation, and the Innocence Network. Although, in all honesty, she prefers being called a Humsufferer (partner-in-misery). Her work is immersive and encourages the partakers to create healthy relationships with their emotions. All this comes under the umbrella of her emotional health initiative, SoS – Sense of Self.
He graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (1996) and has PG Diplomas in Clinical Legal Education and Advocacy Skills and Business and NGO Management. He is certified in Training, Counselling, Public Speaking and more. He has a total of over 22 years of combined experience in Training and Management Development Programmes for leading organizations viz. Pratham Education Foundation, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, Unit Trust of India, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, etc. He has also worked at the KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research Mumbai, the ITM Business School – Navi Mumbai, the SIES College of Management Studies Navi Mumbai and the Xavier Institute of Management and Research – Mumbai where he taught subjects like Marketing Management, Organizational Behavior, Training and Development and Communication and Presentation Skills for over a decade. He also heads NGO – Excel Gurukul which works for Human Values Education and has been conducting Workshops for Teachers, Students and Parents in over 100 schools in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Vasai since October 2000. He has conducted Workshops for over 50,000 Students, 10,000 Teachers and 20,000 Parents till date.
Shreya Joshi is the Head of Socio-Legal Operations at Plane Jar Welfare Foundation, Mumbai. She works for awareness, prevention, and justice for child abuse, gender based violence, and mental health through advocacy, trainings, capacity building projects, and outreach. Her approach is survivor centric, trauma- informed and sensitised. She is a One Future Fellow 2021- 22. Furthermore she has majored in Sociology and have a PGD in Therapeutic Counseling.
Principal Investigator (Assessment) – Volunteer
She has a master’s degree in Applied psychology (specialization Clinical Psychology) from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Both at UG and PG level, she undertook various internships in the fields of counselling, clinical psychology as well as psychiatry. She has interned at hospitals like Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, VIMHANS and Fortis Escorts Hospital and NGOs Udayan care. She has been exercising her research, analytical and critical thinking skills by writing research papers and delivering presentations at various conferences. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant at IIT Hyderabad and currently working as a Junior Project Fellow at NCERT, Delhi. She is also working on refining her research papers: ‘Machiavellianism and well-being: Exploring some mediators’ and ‘Resilience and mental health among those who have undergone childhood trauma’, for publication. She has a thorough knowledge of statistics, SPSS and is familiar with the ABCs of research. Apart from academics, she actively participate in various extra-curricular activities, art being the predominant one. When I not working or sketching, one can find her writing blog articles, poems or playing music on her ukelele. She has volunteered for project CACA as a Principal Investigator for the assessment of CACA Safety workbooks.
Qualitative Researcher (Assessment) – Volunteer
Closely associated with the Himalayas, his artistic and musical sensibilities have translated in every sphere of his life. It’s been 8 years since Vineet Gairola was acquainted with the field of Psychology. With UGC NET-JRF qualification in psychology (99.78 percentile), he is a Junior Project Fellow at the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of Education, NCERT, New Delhi. He has done master’s in Psychosocial Clinical Studies (A grade) and bachelor’s in Psychology (A minus) from Ambedkar University, Delhi where he received academic merit scholarship all through his graduation and post-graduation. With his interest in teaching and exploring contemporary trends in psychology, his research interests focus on cultural psychology, music psychology, correspondence between spirituality and psychopathology, psychotherapy, and analytical psychology. An extensive internship at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi taught him clinical thinking and being. His work in the field of psychology has appeared on The Hindu Edge, BrainFeed Higher Education Plus, and Internshala Blog. He has volunteered for Project CACA as a qualitative researcher for the assessment of CACA safety workbooks. Apart from academics, he has represented himself in various underground hip-hop dance events. He plays guitar, flute, keyboard and has worked as a freelance music producer. He is determined to chase the dreams rather than dreaming the chase.
Expert Resource Person (Assessment) – Volunteer
An academician by profession, Richa has done her graduation in Zoology from Miranda House, Delhi University and post-graduation later. She then went to pursue B.Ed from University of Delhi. Being a Biology teacher herself (TGT Science) she has the experience of dealing and teaching the IX-X graders. Apart from this she has been a part of various workshops concerning students and their behaviours. She also has the experience of teaching in government school during her teaching practice days. Also, she has observed classroom dynamics in different private schools, as a part of her education degree. She has been meticulous in presenting a paper- “Analysing school dynamics: A pre-service teacher’s perspective.” As part of the assessment team in Project CACA, Richa uses her expertise to assess and analyse various challenges faced by teachers while interacting with the children in classroom on the aspects of child abuse prevention, gender equality and child rights.
Content Coordination – Volunteer
Anshu is pursuing her LLB at IFIM Law School, Bangalore. She is a Political Science (Hons) graduate from Loreto College, Kolkata, Since her school days, she has been a part of organizations working towards social good. Her participation in social service activities has made her sensitive towards the imperative issues that need immediate attention. Presently, she is a member of Legal Aid Cell and Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security and Law at IFIM Law School, Bangalore She is currently balancing her studies, the duties outside college and her contribution towards Project CACA. She believes in the axiom Project CACA is built on “Prevention is better than cure.”
Content Coordinator (Volunteer)
Manleen Bawa is a human service professional with a Masters in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi and a Bachelors in English (H) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She has undertaken several research projects as the Research and Content Head at Baala, a youth-led, impact-oriented Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) organisation working to make sustainable menstruation a reality. During her association with Baala, she also conducted 30+ workshops on MHM awareness and trained over 20 young women to become community change-makers. As a student of Social Work, she has interned at Safdarjung Hospital, National Association for the Blind, Delhi and ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy). She has worked with human rights and justice concerns through her Master’s dissertation titled “Delhi 1984: Identity, Conflict and Violence.” She is extremely passionate about employing a rights-based approach in all her work. She is also a trained contemporary dancer and an avid reader.
Admin Assistant – Intern
Chanchal has completed her 12th in Arts Field and is currently pursuing her graduation in B.A. from Delhi University. Apart from her studies, she has a field work experience with Delhi traffic police (Punjabi Bagh Training Center) later, she did a personality development and life skills course from NGO – Magic Bus India Foundation. The NGO provided her with a temporary job in BATA as a sales person. She also has an experience of working on architecture designing software as an intern with GIS Lidaar Software. At present she has been placed by the NGO, Magic Bus Foundation as an intern with Project CACA to assist in administrative work.