Director & Chief Functionary

Merlyn Martis

Executive Committe Members

Vani Periodi

A consultant, trainer and an activists for women’s rights and gender, Has worked as a district program coordinator in Mysore with Mahila Samakhya, a national program on women’s empowerment. Has worked with Breakthrough an international organization working against gender based violence as southern regional coordinator.
She has done her Masters in Social work.

Renni Dsouza

Vice President
Director , Padi NGO specialized in the field of Child rights and Child centered education. Chairperson of Dakshina Kannada District Child Welfare Committee from and Director of Mangaluru Childline called COLLAB. Was a state convener of CACL Karnataka. A Post Graduate in social work & MPhil in Sociology. He is also Director of Mangaluru Childline – COLLAB.


Social worker and involved in mobilization of women’s groups. Established Mahila Mandals , was also a corporater at the local municipality.

Lydia Lobo

Administrator, Link Integrated Rehabilitation center, Mangalore. Responsible for rehabilitation of chemically dependents from 2010. Experienced at implementation of empowerment projects for women and children . Worked as a Chief functionary for SANCHI Trust Mangalore for entrepreneurship development among women . Worked as a Programme Officer at Maithri Trust for grassroots programmes.

Frances Colaco

Retired English Lecturer ,an Educational expert worked with Koraga commununity for many years. Was founder trustee of FAEE (Foundation for Excellency in Education).

Mr. Emmaneual Monis

Executive Member

Vamana Nandhavar

Retired Professor , Researcher ,Writer ,Folklore Expert, and works tiredlessly towards developing and preserving local culture. Served as president of Tulu Academy, authored and published many books.