HemAth Team

Ambika Raina

Born and brought up in Kashmir, I completed graduation from Govt. College for Women and pursued Post Graduation from the University of Kashmir.
Having lived outside the Valley till 1987 but never had the feeling of being at home, I always wanted to go back to Kashmir and pick up the threads from where I had left those. I grabbed the opportunity in 1987 and returned to Kashmir. Being deeply rooted with the valley I wanted to further strengthen the bond with my homeland, and dreamt of starting a school in the valley. Unfortunately, that dream could not be realised as the gloom of militancy hovered over Kashmir and we all had to flee in 1989 leaving behind everything, in order to save our lives.
To kindle the spark in me to run my own school I joined a school in Gurugram as the founder Principal and shaped it into a full fledged senior secondary school.
Having an urge to contribute to the community I always looked for an opportunity and now HEMATH has provided me a platform to work for the cause I am passionate about.

Dr. Shakun Malik has carved a niche for herself among the displaced Kashmiri migrant ladies by doing unflinching service towards making them financially independent and taking care of their mental health. It is a pleasure to be associated with an organisation under the leadership of Dr.Shakun and work for for the benefit of the community and help the needy. I may not be able to bring a big change but I can certainly bring in a hope for some.
“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love” ~ Mother Teressa


Asha Kanna

Asha Kanna born in Srinagar Kashmir. After completing her education in J&K, she started her teaching career from Woodlands House Public School Srinagar. After Exodus she started teaching in Salwan Public School New Delhi and then in Kendriya Vidyalaya. After thirty eight years of teaching experience , she worked as a councillor in Shri Ram Coaching Centre Delhi after retirement.
She is excited to join HemAth with a group of women who share her passion.
Asha believes in empowerment of women which can happen only when they are financially self sufficient and become source of inspiration for other fellow women.


Karuna Dhar Munshi


Karuna Dhar Munshi is a teacher for children, teens and adults at the ART OF LIVING foundation, India . A science graduate , she went on to obtain a B.Ed. and possesses vast teaching experience in academics. She has taught children across reputed schools in countries like India and Singapore.

She also conducts parenting workshops on a regular basis to address the problems today's parents face while bringing up children in a fast-paced modern world. She is associated with UDAAN, an NGO in Hyderabad that helps to impart education to under privileged children. Having established herself as a successful teacher since 1994, she went on to pursue an MBA in Educational administration from Symbiosis Pune .As an Art of living faculty, she also undertakes Wellness programs for adults, in addition to children's programs. She has been felicitated and awarded for her academic teaching excellence as well.


Dr. Neelma Dhar Bhan
Dr. Neelma Dhar Bhan was born in Srinagar  and spent her childhood on three different continents, India, Africa  and Canada. In spite of that, “kashmiriyat” was instilled in her as she heard the wonderful stories and experiences of our culture. This was reinforced when she returned to Srinagar to complete her MBBS and eventually got married into a Kashmiri family. She returned to Canada in 1981 where she completed her residency in psychiatry and worked as a consultant ithe Department of Psychiatry (Dalhousie University) for 30 years. 

Her expertise is specifically in mood disorders especially Bipolar Mood disorder. She found it quite rewarding and challenging. Earlier in her career she helped in starting an Eating Disorder Program for her department which is still running. She also initiated Transcultural psychiatry, working with their local immigration services and other community organizations, to help people coming into the country as refugees dealing with losses, emotional upheaval and adjustment to a new life.
Since relocating to Vancouver in 2017, she has been working part time as a consultant psychiatrist, in Fraser health.

On a personal level she has volunteered and been the secretary of  “Indian Women’s auxiliary“ of Nova Scotia where they funded many causes in India, especially, with education of children and with women empowerment programs. Women’s mental health remains a passion of hers and in retirement, she would like to devote some time to this worthy cause.


Rewa Cherwoo Kaul

Namaskar, my name is Rewa Cherwoo Kaul. I grew up in Srinagar, Kashmir. Our family is from Anantnag, Kashmir. I got Masters degree in Botany from Kashmir university. After I got married in 1988, came to US right after. Besides wearing a cap of a daughter, wife, mother etc, I have been wearing a cap of a yoga teacher for close to 10 years now. I have been practicing yoga for 13 years. I have trained in Bikram Yoga style of yoga. Regardless whatever style you train in, it all comes from Patanjali Maharaj Yoga Sutras, which is the ocean of Yoga Shastra.


Ishu Dhar Kaul.

Ishu Dhar Kaul was born in Srinagar and was fortunate to spend seven golden years of childhood in Kashmir. Did schooling from Caset School Karan Nagar and post Exodus completed schooling from Jammu then did engineering and MBA. She worked in corporate at Delhi, Pune , Shimla and finally got settled in Jammu after marriage and right now she is working as Corporate Services Manager in Telecom company. Her Aunt Raj introduced her to HemAth and she is really grateful to be part of this progressive organization. For her Women empowerment is utmost requirement in today's time when women is still getting suppressed whether educated or uneducated. Every women has full right to lead a life with dignity and self-respect. She looks forward to contribute her part to HemAth.


  Priya Bhat

Hailing from Jammu, I earned my MBA in HR and IT from Model Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET). With experience in Talent Acquisition and HR administration, my passion lies in contributing to the betterment of society, especially in advancing women's empowerment. I am also offering tuition to students because I believe that utilizing my knowledge to assist them in learning and succeeding is a significant way to contribute. *As Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."*

Joining HemAth presents an exciting opportunity for me to play an active role in community development and support its upliftment. I am eager to become a valuable member of this organization committed to making a positive social impact. As Helen Keller once said, 'Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.'


HemAth Team Leaders from Jammu


Rainoo Raina


Rainoo  Raina  was born in Kathsu (Pahalgam) Kashmir. She is residing in Jammu since exodus in 1990.  She has done Post Graduation from Jammu University. Rainoo has always dream of building  a society where everyone has equal rights,  so she started her carrier as a teacher in many slum schools for uplifting  the needy. She is also an active  volunteer of YAIKS (Youth  All India Kashmiri Samaj) from 2015.  She got married  to Mr.  Rakesh  Raina in 2006 who is currently  working  as Government  employ presently working in Crime Headquarters  J&K.  She has blessed with two children's  namely Bhumika  Raina  and Master Shivas Raina studying  in class 8th and 3rd.  Bhumika  is also a young YAIKS volunteer. She is also a profession of music and dance. She became  a part of HemAth in 2021 in order to empower  the KP women. She will always  try to serve the community

Shakuntala Bhat


Shakuntala Koul Bhat was born in Ramnagri (Shopian) , Kashmir. She is residing in Jammu since exodus in 1990. She has done B.com from Kashmir University. She got married in 2004 with Sh. Ram Krishen Bhat who is currently working as a government teacher in Kashmir. She has been blessed with one daughter namely Ragni Bhat who passed  class 12th in the year 2022. Shakuntala is working in a reputed goods transport company (NITCO)  in accounts since 2008. She became part of HemAth in 2021 with a hope to empower women which will definitely help in upliftment of women from our community.

Sonu Bhat


Sonu Bhatt was born in Bomai, Sopore, Kashmir, J&K and grew up in Jammu after the forced Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. She has done Post Graduation from Kashmir University. From her childhood, she wanted to serve needy people, As a result she worked as a school teacher in many schools in order to educate poor kids. Presently she is working in social welfare department, along side she has been an active volunteer of Yaiks and HemAth organizations. She wants to empower Kashmiri Pandit women under the guidance of HemAth organization. 


Shagun (Meenu) Bhat
Shagun Bhat (Meenu) was born in Baramulla Kashmir. In 1989 during migration her family was forced to leave their home. At age 7, she along with her family starting living in a tent in Purkhoo camp Jammu. Despite losing her father at age 12, she completed her diploma in Architecture in 2005.
After a brief marriage in 2006, she worked in Delhi until 2012 as a single mother. She returned back to Jammu and while living with her mother and daughter in Jagati Township, started a security surveillance business of her own.
She has remained an active community volunteer all throughout and has led a group of volunteers known as HemAth angels during the recent Covid 19 pandemic.