The co-founding director of Our Sansar, Julia, studied Japanese at the University of Warsaw and International Relations at the Open University. Having worked within international travel, teaching and business industries, Julia decided to establish a not-for-profit organisation that would benefit lives of those who need help the most. After living and working as a multilingual consultant in Japan for 3 years and extensively travelling particularly in Asia and experiencing life in some of the developing countries, Julia decided to focus on building something special together with people who share similar values and that was the beginning of Our Sansar.
When she is not interpreting between Japanese, English and Polish, she enjoys listening to Leonard Cohen and cooking traditional home made Polish food and enjoys even more watching other people trying to eat it.×
Rajesh has worked in the public and voluntary sector for over twenty five years. He has a background in health, local government and the not-for-profit sector where he has worked as a Chief Executive of two national charities. He spent ten years working as a Senior Manager for the Audit Commission leading organisational and service reviews of health, fire and local government organisations. Most recently, Rajesh has been working as a business improvement specialist working specifically with small charities.
In his spare time, Rajesh enjoys films, travelling, and sport and in particular cricket and football, following Arsenal FC.×
After studying law at Sussex University Clint decided it was time for a change. After 3 years of living in Tokyo working as a corporate consultant he had had enough change and returned to the UK to work as a human rights lawyer. Clint also holds a Juris Doctor and combines his interest in law with working as a development officer for Our Sansar.
Whilst he is not busy setting the world to rights, he enjoys trying to improve his backhand at tennis, and gets excited about British ales, he says someone has to.×
With international work experience while studying in the USA and as a volunteer in Egypt, Monica decided to add one more experience to the list. After completing her Business Management and Marketing BA Honours she decided to move to London where she deepened her studies with an MA in International Relations and European Politics.
Always enthusiastic about charity work and excited by Our Sansar’s sensible and ambitious work in Nepal, Monica decided to take on a new challenge and joined the team as an Event Coordinator where she delivered 100% on all of the events she handled. Having shown her commitment and dedication to the team, she has now taken over responsibility as our Operations Manager overseeing the Events and Media team.
Monica likes travelling (loves collecting fridge magnets), swimming, watching documentaries… oh and yes she is also a passionate dancer in her spare time!×
Valery`s interest in development dates back to the days when his father was the country representative for former US president Jimmy Carter Centre Cameroon. During this time, Valery witnessed how development strategies can contribute to the initial reduction and eventual elimination of poverty in third world countries. This passion for development has spurred Valery to identify, design and implement appropriate interventions with a view to enhancing the situation of the poor and less privileged in society.
Valery has assisted in the development of various community projects in Cameroon. Some of the projects he has contributed his expertise include the community co-finance and co-managed primary health care system; and the successful implementation of the community based forestry development projects in Cameroon.
As an excellent communicator, fluent in both French and English, Valery graduated from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) Sociology and Third World Development and holds an MSc in International Development and N.G.O Management. His main interest is on examining the role private and third sector organisations can play in poverty reduction within the millennium development goals. In order to enhance his horizon, Valery plans to start a PhD in the nearest future.
Valery is an ardent lover of music and sports so spends his spare time practising martial arts or listening to jazz music.×
Lucy has been working as a communications professional for a number of public sector organisations since graduating university in 2006 and is currently working in government health communications. She completed a PGDip in Social Sciences in 2011 from the Open University and is always looking for an opportunity to learn.
Lucy loves traveling and took time out of her career to volunteer in an orphanage in Peru in 2012. Since then she has wanted to continue her work with charities especially those that are making a difference in the lives of children in the poorest countries. She currently oversees communications for Our Sansar and our dedicated social media team.×
Graduating with First Class Honours in Politics from the University of Leicester in 2013, Sean started his career in the Third Sector with Our Sansar. Initially starting his journey with Our Sansar as a volunteer in the communications team, Sean later became Social Enterprise Coordinator involving the start-up of our Social Enterprise enabling Our Sansar to gain its first regular revenue stream. During this time, Sean also coordinated a research project in Nepal involving the incidence of street children in the city of Birgunj where our children’s home is located. Realising his passion for research and the valuable impact that work in this area can have Sean decided to pursue his career in Monitoring and Evaluation. He currently works as Monitoring Coordinator at The Prince’s Trust in London.
Born and bred in Brighton, he admits you can be sure to find him indulging in a local coffee shop or plugged in listening to some old school Hip Hop. He also enjoys exercising where he’s currently training for Brighton’s Half Marathon to raise funds for WaterAid.
Whilst studying Graphic Arts at university, Jenny developed an interest in using her design skills to raise awareness of important issues facing the world. This has developed into pursuing a career in the charity sector, kick-started by an internship at Cancer Research UK. Since then she has worked to build up a broad portfolio of work, helping various organisations to make difference.
Jenny sees design as a hobby aswell as a job and you’ll mostly find her working away or at an exhibition in London. But in her time off she heads back to her home in Devon to enjoy the sunny beaches.×
Kal Sabir is a freelance web developer, with a passion for creating clean and accessible websites. He has worked for a diverse range of clients in the creative industries, including recording studios, photographers and film-makers.
In 2014, after taking a break for a year to up-skill, he re-branded his web business to Rock-Solid Coding and focused on offering web design services to businesses, social enterprises and organisations that are working to make a positive change in the world.
In August 2014, Kal decided to meld his passion for world peace with his web design and performance skills. The result is Peace Genesis, a social venture aiming to unite peace-seekers with peacemakers to build harmony through creative collaboration.
When not working on creative projects, Kal likes to read, write, learn new skills (e.g. languages), socialise (especially dancing) and keep fit through boxing, running and bodyweight training.×
Lucy graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2010 and worked for a year to fund a two month trip to South America.
After a brief stint working in film and TV post production, Lucy decided her heart lay in the charity sector and took an internship at a national animal charity where she is now their Communications and Fundraising Officer. She hopes to one day work for a Human Rights or International Development charity and is very interested in girls’ and women’s rights.
In her spare time, Lucy enjoys drawing, travelling (as much as possible!) and eating.×
Mandeep graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014. After travelling through Eastern Europe for the summer, he decided his passion and skills lied in communications.
Mandeep’s interest lie in many different causes including; health, education and animal welfare. He currently works as a Planner within the animal health industry. He hopes to one day work in medical communications and is passionate about writing.
Outside of work, Mandeep is big on health and fitness, travelling and cooking!×
Katie first got acquainted with Our Sansar while studying for her Masters degree at Queen Mary, University of London. She volunteered in different areas of the organisation but, with her passion for education development and working with children, she focused on the Education Programme. Since graduating in MA Global and Comparative Politics, Katie has been travelling and working for schools and organisations across the world, from Europe to Palestine and China. After the 2015 earthquakes struck Nepal, Katie spend the summer volunteering in Our Sansar’s emergency shelter and children’s home. Online, she maintains Our Sansar’s social media and helps with campaign design and organisation.×
Andy first became involved with Our Sansar shortly after the earthquakes in 2015 and traveled to Nepal to create media content including an extensive range of photographs and news articles. Since returning to his regular job as an English teacher in China he has continued to help out, producing press releases and most recently a video for the one year anniversary of the earthquakes campaign.×
Min kumari has previously worked as a teacher and a dance teacher in a private Boarding school, also working as an assistant nurse for a nursing home in her spare time.
Min has 18 months of training as a nurse and is also a member of the Women Human Rights Network in Nepal. Min is putting her experience to good use helping street children, she also has a desire to help women and their children who are at risk and vulnerable in the local community.
In her spare time Min loves dancing, playing games and story telling to the local street children.×
Mukesh Sah, Project Coordinator for the educational projects of Our Sansar in Nepal, is doing his online ACCA studies with Oxford Brooke University, UK.
Mukesh has been with us since the beginning of our work in Nepal and we can always rely on him to be constantly happy and motivated to help others. With his dedication and hard work, we have been able to achieve a huge amount, training local teachers and progressing our school link programmes.
Ayush completed his Bachelor’s degree in Social work from a local Nepalese University and is now looking to undertake a masters degree in the same field. He works with Our Sansar as Project Manager for the children’s home. With his 4 years of experience working with children he has enhanced his knowledge and skills in the development sector and he now brings his expertise to Our Sansar.
Ayush is a man with a big vision and has taken the home’s efficiency to a whole new level.×
Deepak is diligent and always ready to lend a hand to anyone whenever there is a need. Deepak takes care of our buffaloes, Motu and Chotu, and also works in our vegetable garden. He grows seasonal vegetables which are used in every meal that is why our kids are healthy and happy!
Deepak was born and brought up in Parwanipur where our children’s home is located. Therefore, he has profound attachment with the community, the children’s home and our children.
Dharmeshwar’s ambition is to accept every challenge with zeal and to develop his knowledge and experience at the same time as providing maximum support to Our Sansar’s goals. He has joined us to teach the boys in our Children’s Home the computer skills that will add to their skills for their future.×