About Us

Mon Ami Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit Trust, registered in India, with a strong focus on social responsibility. We work closely with corporates, domain experts, service providers and recipient communities to ensure equal participation from all stakeholders so as to add value to both businesses and communities.

We are driven by our passion to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth amongst communities by maximizing the social impact of corporate investment. Our projects, primarily focused on sustainable livelihood & vocational skills, environmental sustainability and healthcare, are designed and delivered with utmost transparency, speed and commitment.

Focus Areas:

  • Sustainable livelihood & vocational skills
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Preventive & implant healthcare

Our Vision and Mission

Mon ami Foundation’s vision is to help companies build a socially responsible ecosystem by creating sustainable opportunities that will improve the quality of life. Our mission is to bridge the gap between donors, service providers and recipients through the design and delivery of customizable project offerings with equal partnership from all stakeholders.

Our Values

 

 

The Foundation Members

With over two decades of experience in their respective areas of expertise, the team at Mon Ami is committed to framing robust and executable corporate social responsibility strategies that will bring about ground-level changes and have a positive, measurable impact on society.

Anurag Rana

With over 20 years of experience in business skills training and product development in the rural sector and among the marginalized sections of society, Anurag firmly believes that lasting economic growth can only follow an integrated approach to product development, skills training, market access and eco-effective processes. To this end, she has been working with low income workers, imparting training and design inputs in order to help them develop products that are ready for contemporary markets. This endeavour has taken her to crafts persons in Karnataka, Himachal and Rajasthan, where she works with wool and livestock.

With hands on ground, Anurag strongly feels that the possibility of projects that will positively impact society is endless and the needs of these people are real. However the funds that these crafts persons receive are severely limited and this prompted her to establish Mon Ami Foundation. Her recent project involves training women in the rural urban pockets around Delhi – NCR region to develop vegetable dyed crochet toys for children.
Anurag is also the founder of Leela Design studio, a consortium of varied professionals, committed to the twin causes of product quality and economic growth.

At Mon Ami Foundation, Anurag will be instrumental in identifying projects focussed on sustainable livelihood & vocational skills, environmental sustainability and healthcare. Anurag holds a Masters degree in Textile Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

Amit Malhotra

 

Amit has over 21 years of experience in the I.T Industry and has held various Sales and Marketing positons over the course of his career. His primary expertise lies in the setting up of businesses/processes and execution of projects. His specialty skills are in the areas of sales, product management, channels, strategy, setting up businesses from the ground up, P&L management and business transformation.

His extensive experience in the corporate arena led Amit to a point where he felt it was time to give back to society. It became an important part of what he needed to do. Amit’s interest in the non-profit, philanthropic world came to fruition with the setting up of Mon Ami Foundation.

Amit plays a key role in the structuring, streamlining, implementation and monitoring of projects taken up by Mon Ami Foundation. He holds a B. Tech degree from Regional Engineering College (NIT), Kurukshetra along with a Management course from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) and Asian International Executive Program (AIEP) from INSEAD.

Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson – Pastoral Livelihoods

Dr. Ilse is a German born veterinarian, partly based in Rajasthan, where she works closely with the Raika camel pastoralists since the early 1990s. She set up the Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS) in 1996.  Together with fighting for the rights of the Raika community, Ilse has been working hard at creating new avenues of livelihood for them. Today the LPPS’ Camel Charisma outlets sell camel wool dhurries, paper made from camel dung and camel milk soap. In addition, there is focus on creating a steady supply of camel milk as camel milk is believed to be beneficial to diabetics, those who are lactose intolerant and also for autistic children. The LPPS works with Mon Ami Foundation, using their expertise to make the projects more marketable and commercially viable.

Rajesh Ayyappasur – Sustainable Environment

Rajesh is currently involved and invested in projects that treat wet waste to meet “present and future” energy needs besides helping to reduce waste. He is passionate about including automation and IT in environmental projects. Rajesh works closely with Mon Ami Foundation to identify projects that may qualify for CSR spending and provide the necessary expertise while pitching to donor organisations. GPS will provide Bio Urja systems for projects.

 

Sugata Datta

 

Sugata has over 30 years of experience to help solving complex social issues with the use of Technology. His passion lies with ensuring adoption of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education as an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students and provide them with an opportunity to move out of Generational poverty.

His tremendous experience and relations with the corporate helps to identify technology trends that require massive skilling for the future.

 

Shirley Bhatnagar

 

Shirley Bhatnagar an alumnus of the National Institute of Design wears many hats from that of a designer, an artist, a teacher, and a curator. Shirley’s focus has been in ceramics and craft communities working in terracotta and turned wood in India.

She is a Charles Wallace Awardee and recently showed her work at the British Ceramics Biennial. She brings more than twenty years of design and crafts expertise to the team.