Team Prerana
Prerana owes its success to the tireless efforts of its team members. Here is a brief introduction to the people that make it all happen.

Mrs. Priti Patkar – Co-Founder and Director
The Co-Founder and Director of Prerana, Mrs. Priti Patkar, fondly referred to as Priti Tai, has completely dedicated 29 years of her life to protection and rescue of children and women victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. A Gold Medalist from The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where she completed a Masters in Social Work, Priti Tai is accredited with several path breaking social interventions in the Kamathipura red light area where she first started work through Prerana in 1986. Today Prerana with over 40 full and part time staff, several visiting professionals, and innumerable volunteers, has a wide spectrum of social intervention measures to address the larger issue of CSE&T comprehensively. Priti Tai has 7 books and several research reports to her credit published/released by The National Commission for Women, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID/FHI and others sponsored by Groupe Development (France), Concern India Foundation, USAID, etc. She is currently on a Panel set up by Supreme Court of India to suggest rehabilitation measures for Prostitutes and Prevention of Human Trafficking. UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID, FHI- USA, Departments of U. S. Govt., ASSKAM - Switzerland, Groupe Development -France, Stitching Geron- The Netherlands, American Jewish World Service -New York, Global Fund for Children -Washington, Association of Education & Development USA, all proudly quote Prerana as their partner. On the domestic front Priti Tai has worked closely with Government of India, Government of Maharashtra, National Commission for Women and Maharashtra State Commission for Women. Priti Tai has received several awards for her extensive and significant efforts to restore the rights and dignity of children and women victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. To name a few – Young Achiever Award 2000 (Indo American Society), Late Kalpana Chawla Award 2003, Outstanding Woman of the Year Award 2003 (Rotary Club of Bombay), International Excellence Award 2005 (Lions Club), Stars Foundation (UK) Award for Child Protection 2009, Laxmipat Singhania Award under ‘Young Leader’ for Community Service and Social Upliftment 2009, Ahilyabai Holkar Award 2010 (Government of Maharahstra), Hirakani Puraskar 2013 (Doordarshan – Sahyadri) and an award from the Government of Maharashtra where she was felicitated by the Chief Minister – Shri Prithviraj Chawan in March 2013, Global Leader Award for work done in Human Rights from Vital Voices, USA, June 2014.

Ms. Preeti Iyer – Consultant
Brought in as a member of the second line management, Preeti started working at Prerana in April 2009 as a Project Director. She has mixed skills set of comprehensive project management and documentation. Preeti has completed a Masters in Home Science with a specialization in Extension Education from SNDT Women’s University. Starting June 2015, Preeti has been associated with Prerana as a consultant. She provides support in documentation, resource mobilization and human resource management.

Mr. Siddharth Pillai – Director, Aarambh
Siddharth joined Prerana in April 2014. For the last 8 years, Siddharth has worked with non-profits across India managing communications. Within Aarambh he takes forward the National Network and Resource Centre activities. He has worked as a Communications Manager for Video Volunteers, and on several successful online campaigns including ARTICLE 17 and the Hunger Videos, a series of videos produced in collaboration with theRed Cross. Prior to that, he worked with the Bangalore-based Centre for Information & Development Studies (CIEDS). He curated the ‘Cinema of Resistance’ package for World Social Forum 2007, Nairobi. In 2009, he was invited to cover the Berlin Film Festival as part of the Talent Press Initiative. He was the festival coordinator and curator for Voices from the Waters, one of the largest environmental film festivals in the country between 2007 and 2010. He works on film research projects in his free time. Towards the end of 2015, Siddharth was promoted to the post of Director in the Aarambh initiative against child sexual abuse.

Ms. Aruna Katkar – Project Manager , Support Services for Children, Falkland Road and Vashi Turbhe Stores Centre
Aruna began her journey with Prerana in 2004 as an Outreach Worker within the Night Care Centre project in Kamathipura. She later moved to the Falkland Road centre and handled the project there. She completed her Masters in Social Work in 2010 and was promoted to the position of Project Coordinator of the NCC project in Falkland Road. In June 2014, she was promoted to the post of a Project Manager. Additionally, she provides inputs to other projects in Prerana. Her strength lies in the fact that she is a doer and she silently manages people as well as projects in the most efficient manner. Aruna is the accounts wizard and is never to be found without her magic wand, the calculator.

Ms. Mugdha Dandekar - Project Manger, Support Services for Children, Kamathipura Centre
Mugdha started working with Prerana in 2001. She has been placed in several projects and at different locations. In each of her assignments she proved her value. Mugdha took two breaks each one of two years duration - the first from 2006 to 2008 to complete a Masters in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan School of Social Work and the second one from 2009 to 2011 which was a maternity break. She returned in June 2011 and was placed as a Project Manager in the Kamathipura centre. Mugdha is sharp and quick to grasp the hidden nuances within projects. She was promoted to the post of Project Manager in the year 2015. She pursues Prerana’s child tracking exercise with a fire and vigour that defies all the Olympians who compete for medals. Her joyous celebration at the successful completion of individual case reports is a sight to see. Mugdha has assessed Virar train timings to the T and actually strategizes her journeys before setting out.

Ms. Kashina Kareem – Project Manager, Anti-trafficking Centre
Kashina joined Prerana in January 2016 as a project co-ordinator. Hailing from a stock markets academic background, Kashina pursued the Gandhi Fellowship program post which she worked with Kaivalya Education Foundation as a fellowship quality manager. Kashina currently manages post-rescue operations along with resource mobilization, documentation and communication. She is often seen with umpteen supplies of green tea in the office.

Ms. Jayadarshini – Project Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation
Jaya is a Project Manager looking on the monitoring and evaluation of all services at Prerana. She is a graduate in Social Work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan and a post-graduate in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Prior to joining Prerana, Jaya worked as Research Associate at Tata Institute of Social Sciences on a Research Project – Garima, Baseline Survey of Conservancy Worker of MCGM. Jaya loves playing on Excel and SPSS. She also enjoys involving herself in research and is a confirmed computer freak.

Ms. Prachi Naik – Project Coordinator, Institutional Placement Program
Prachi started working with Prerana in 2005. She holds a Masters in Social Work from SNDT Women’s University, and was placed as a Project Coordinator within the Education Support project in Falkland Road. Prachi took a maternity break in 2010 and returned in 2011 after which she was placed in the Institutional Placement project where she continues till date. Prachi has the quality of adapting well to change and being efficient within the changed environment. She has good coordination abilities and people management skills. Prachi is the party liaison at Prerana and her characteristic giggle identifies her everywhere.

Ms. Madhuri Shinde – Superintendent – Naunihal
Madhuri joined Prerana in 2013. She holds a graduate degree in Commerce and a pos-graduate degree in Sanskrit. She is currently pursuing Masters in Social Work from Indira Gandhi National Open University. Madhuri has a varied work experience which includes a three year stint in e-Broking and teaching. As a person she describes herself as honest, loyal and caring. She values truth and is attracted towards spiritual thoughts. She believes that learning to experience empathy in a balanced way can make life more complete. She respects nature and loves animals. She strongly feels that human beings are here to protect and preserve the beauty of Earth by all means.

Ms. Pooja Pakhidde – Child Welfare Officer – Naunihal
P ooja joined Prerana’s shelter facility in 2015. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from RTM University, Nagpur. Prior to joining Prerana, Pooja completed a one month internship with Prerana where she was placed in the IPP program in 2014. Currently, she is a residential staff at Naunihal and is involved in administrative and child welfare related service provisions.

Ms. Chaya Jagtap – Assistant Project Co-ordinator, Night Care Centre, Kamathipura
Chaya has been associated with Prerana since 2000. She has been placed in several projects at Prerana and in several locations. Chaya is a warrior and is afraid of nothing and no one. She can handle rough weather and rough people alike. She is result oriented and dependable. Currently Chaya works as an Assistant Project Co-ordinator within the Night Care Centre in Kamathipura. She has completed a Para Professional Course and is a graduate in Sociology from the SNDT Women’s University. She is a serious individual who at times gives in to loud laughter that is quite infectious. In 2015, Chaya was promoted to the post of Assistant Project Co-ordinator. She has completed her Masters in Social Work from Tilak Maharashra Vidyapeeth. Chaya claims to have done all her Diwali shopping in the Virar local trains.

Ms. Vaishali Karande – Outreach Coordinator, Education Support Program, Falkland Road
Vaishali can only be described as mini dynamite. She started working with Prerana in 2001. She took a 4-year break during her tenure and returned full throttle. Vaishali is an Outreach Co-ordinator within the Education Support project at Falkland Road. She began her journey with Prerana as a part time teacher. Vaishali knows the in and outs of the Falkland Road red light area as well as each and every woman and child living there. She is famous for her booming voice that reverberates through the brothels in Falkland Road and through the corridors of the night care centre. She claims to be soft but her voice betrays her every single time. Children alternatively adore and fear her. Vaishali is all for the kids and gives her 100% to the organization the second she steps in to work every single day. She has completed a Para Professional Course and is simultaneously pursuing a graduation course in Sociology from Yashwantrao Chawan Mukta Vidyapeeth where she has completed the second year. Vaishali was promoted to the post of Outreach Co-ordinator in 2015.

Ms. Neelima Wakchuare - Outreach Co-ordinator, Night Care Centre, Falkland Road
Neelima has been associated with Prerana since 2003. She is currently placed as an Outreach Co-ordinator within the Night Care Centre project in Falkland Road. Neelima handles the nutrition component, outreach and medical follow-ups within the project and she enjoys the responsibility. She can be seen trying out English with the other team members and is able to maintain a good conversation. Neelima has completed her graduation from Yashwantrao Chawan Mukta Vidyapeeth and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.

Ms. Sheetal Jadhav - Outreach Co-ordinator, Education Support Program, Kamathipura
Sheetal has been associated with Prerana since 2003. She started as a teacher within the Education Support project at Kamathipura and was eventually promoted her to the position of Outreach Co-ordinator in 2015. Sheetal has completed a Para Professional Course and is simultaneously pursuing a graduation course in Sociology from Yashwantrao Chawan Mukta Vidyapeeth. She cannot get over the fact that despite living in Kamathipura she was not aware about the pain and suffering that prostituted women and their children were going through. She always maintains that Prerana opened her eyes to reality.

Mr. Reehan Mirza - Outreach Worker, Education Support Program, Falkland Road
Reehan has been associated with Prerana since 2005. Reehan is currently an Outreach Worker within the Education Support project in Falkland Road. He has completed a Para Professional Course. Reehan is a very creative individual and tends to bring this quality within the existing activities of the organization. Reehan claims that dance is his passion and he eventually wants to be a choreographer and set up his own Dance School.

Ms. Harshada Lingam – Outreach Worker, Institutional Placement Program
Harshada was placed at Prerana in January 2012 as an intern and in a few days time she decided that she will join Prerana. Harshada holds a Diploma in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan School of Social Work. From April 2012 onwards she started working as a full time Outreach Worker within the Institutional Placement Program. Harshada is a cheerful and lively girl and has always shown keen enthusiasm in managing events at Prerana.

Ms. Chaitali Ipar - Counsellor
Chaitali has been associated with Prerana as a Counsellor for the Institutional Placement Project since 2015. She holds a graduate degree in Sociology from Fergusson College, Pune along with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Chaitali visits all Prerana centers and holds sessions with children and if need be with staff too. She has also insisted that there be a case management meeting every month so as to understand the needs of individual cases and manage them efficiently. Chaitali is a very patient human being and also very soft-spoken.

Ms. SS - Night Care Centre Supervisor
Ms. SS has been working with Prerana as the Night Care Centre Supervisor for almost 16 years now. She lived in the red light area and worked as a domestic help in a brothel. Her daughters were enrolled within Prerana’s services. Ms. SS took a conscious decision of moving out of the dangerous brothel environment and started working with Prerana as a caretaker. She was soon promoted to the position of Supervisor which she holds till date.

Ms. NA- Night Care Centre Supervisor
Ms. NA is the Night Care Centre Supervisor of Prerana’s Falkland Road center. She has been working with Prerana for more than 20 years. She was a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking and her daughter was enrolled within Prerana’s services. Ms. NA took a conscious decision of freeing herself and started working with Prerana as a caretaker. She was soon promoted to the position of Supervisor which she holds till date. Ms. NA is a superwoman and has the capacity of silencing children when she makes an appearance. She prides herself on her chicken biryani recipe.

Ms. KM – Supervisor and Cook
Ms. KM is placed in Prerana’s Naunihal Children’s Home. She is the Supervisor and cook there. MS. KM has been working with Prerana for more than 20 years. She is a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking and had enrolled her child in Prerana’s center. She decided to leave the sex trade and immediately accepted Prerana’s offer to work as a caretaker. She eventually became a Supervisor. Ms. KM has taken on the mission of feeding everyone because she feels that all employees and children at Prerana are underweight.

Ms. DK - Night Care Centre Supervisor
Ms. DK has been working with Prerana as a Supervisor for more than 15 years. She has been placed in Prerana’s Vashi-Turbhe center. Being a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, she had sought support from Prerana for care and protection of her daughter. Soon she left the sex trade and started working with Prerana as a caretaker. She was eventually promoted to the position of Supervisor which she holds till date. Ms. DK never tires of recounting her experience at a staff picnic in Goa where she spent all her time at the beach and in eating good food.

Ms. Balmani Bilawar – Teacher, Education Support Program, Kamathipura
Ms. Bilawar has been associated with Prerana as a part time teacher within the Education Support Program at Kamathipura for over 10 years now. In 2011 Ms. Bilawar was shifted to the Falkland Road center where she continues to work as a teacher till date. She is a soft spoken teacher who has the capacity of controlling the most uncontrollable of children.

Ms. Trupti Patankar - Teacher, Education Support Program, Kamathipura
Ms. Patankar has been associated with Prerana as a part time teacher within the Education Support Program at Kamathipura for over 10 years now. She also looks after the Balwadi sessions. Ms. Patankar is a cheerful lady and many ex-students of Prerana remember her fondly.

Ms. Archana Shinde - Accountant
Archana joined Prerana in 2012 as an Accountant. She has completed Master’s in Commerce from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. Archana is a soft-spoken and meticulous worker. She keeps all of us on our toes when getting our accounts approved.

We have other part time staff that provides support to us on a daily basis and we would like to acknowledge them by naming them here:

  1. Ms. Bansi Lama
  2. Ms. Laxmi Murale
  3. Ms. Bharati Balleri
  4. Ms. Shanta Shevre
  5. Ms. RenukaSawant
  6. Ms. Sunita Singh
  7. Ms. Julekha Shaikh
  8. Ms. Baby Khan
  9. Ms. Sairabanu Ansari
  10. Ms. Priyanka Bamaniya
  11. Ms. Kanchan Dhanurkar
  12. Ms. Mehboobi Shaikh
  13. Ms. Jamila Shaikh
  14. Ms. Aasha Roy
  15. Ms. Lata Kolge
  16. Mr. Mahesh Billu
  17. Mr. Hiren Patil
  18. Ms. Rakhi Sakpal
  19. Mr. Ankush Shindle
  20. Ms. Mansi Kadam

Information updated on January 28, 2017.