Rise and Thrive: Empowering Women through Skill Development
Current Projects for: Skill Development and Wellness for Women Entrepreneurs
1. Mask Project
HemAth's first project "Mask Project" started in October 2021 and was completed in December 2021. Our 12 ladies from Jagti Camp in Jammu made over 1000 Masks in just two (2) months.
HemAth provided the materials. The ladies were given online Zoom lessons and a learning video complied by Bela Kaul from Boston. Quality control by Ishu Dhar from Jammu. Masks not at par were rejected and women were encouraged to learn from other sisters to create a team working environment. The ladies in the project were paid based on their work production. The flexibility that this project could be done at their homes for the hours that were available to them after taking care of their household responsibilities was appreciated.
2. HemAth COVID Warriors
The time, we were trying to put together HemAth projects and teams together, COVID-19 pandemic hit India and situation became especially very critical for our community in refugee camps. HemAth and its volunteers actively did whatever the could to help.
HemAth purchased oximeters, PPI's oxygen and food items to help the community. The team members went door to door gauging the need, communicating with us, and helping in whatever way as needed.
Our Board Members
Shakun Malik President, Founder & CEO
Dr. Shakun Malik was born in Srinagar Kashmir. She has been two term Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA) president (2017-2021), Zone 4 KOA Director and Zone 4 President prior.
Rajesh Mattoo Vice President & Treasurer
Her service to not-for-profit organizations includes Vice President on the Executive Board of Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA) and Co-Chair for Education Committee for the Academic Programs at Bharatiya Temple of Troy, Michigan.
Reena Moza Director
She has been involved in Volunteering few nonprofit organizations, like, KOA, Sai Parivaar & March of Dimes, etc.
Renu Tickoo Wokhlu Director
She is serving on KOA Board as Zone 5 Director. During recent Covid-19 surge in India, Renu was actively coordinating with on-the ground volunteers of the Covid response team.
Surabhi Bhan Kotru Director
She is passionate about preserving Kashmiri Pandit heritage and has been actively driving many initiatives geared towards KP kids. She conceptualized and led KOA kids camp in 2020 along with a team of volunteers to conduct 50+ sessions covering culture, language, music, art, cooking, etc.
Renu Hakim Secretary
She has been at the forefront of the rights of children and has been advocating for better inclusive education for young children. She has published on inclusive education in Hong Kong in the prestigious Early Childhood Journal.