SoCh for Social Change is a social enterprise that aims to tap into the potential and passion of young individuals for social action. SoCh believes that it is imperative for communities and countries to engage and empower young individuals to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030). It is with this mission that SoCh works with young individuals interested in the social and development sector.
The Team Behind
Anusha is passionate about enabling and empowering the next generation of social impact leaders to find their cause and chart their path. She holds an MBA in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and an MA in Sociology from Annamalai University. Anusha believes that she is a catalyst of change, which brought her into the development sector in 2002. She believes that just one glimmer of hope is all that girls & women need to push open doors of opportunities. SoCh began against the crucible of work she does leading VOICE 4 Girls where their work with close to 65,000 adolescent girls has led to the girls transforming their lives and that of their communities. But VOICE was able to realise our dream of reaching out to adolescent girls because of the incredible passion and commitment of thousands of young women who have interned with us. This was the genesis of SoCh for Social Change where Anusha wants to work with young women, demystify the social sector space and help them be social leaders. Apart from leading two organisations, Anusha occasionally like to take a break by travelling or indulging in visual storytelling!
Rohit is our in-house quantum science geek! He holds around 9 patents, and has led projects with leading companies in the automotive and mobile domain. He was a delegate at CSC World Leaders summit at London/Glasgow, and continues to work with a group of seven CSC Leaders from seven countries on a Public-Private-Partnership Model on creating a set of indices to rate energy inequity. He is also a member of the Skoll Leaders Regional Initiatives where he worked with four Skoll Leaders to create a multi-country Impact Program that embraced girl education, renewable energy, water sanitation and rural development. Rohit believes that young women can unleash their true potential with the right information and experiences, and wants to create a space and peer-group for such effective conversation.
Rohit has a fascination for motorbikes, and in his free time likes to listen to classic rock!
Vanitha holds a Masters in Public Policy with a career spanning over 11 years in various social sectors! Vanitha is passionate and dedicated to empowering women and adolescent girls programming because she believes that educating them guides them to question stereotypes, and help them to become leaders in their communities – driven with responsibility. Vanitha’s core expertise lies in girl child programming, public health, research, and monitoring. She has presented research papers in national and international forums and has set up new processes and systems at place for smoother implementation of the projects. Vanitha has a great sense of humour and passionately enjoys eating and talking about food!
Satvika Jandhyala is an alumnus of the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam in The Netherlands where she pursued her Master’s in Development Studies and specialized in Children and Youth Studies. She is passionate about education, skilling and the over-all development of young people. Satvika is well-rooted with ground-realities and has worked with marginalized rural and urban communities. She strives to fulfil her ambition to strategize and implement context-specific interventions to equitably build young peoples’ skills so they can realise the potential of their future opportunities. Satvika is a trained Carnatic vocalist and in her free time, she loves to transcend to a world of music!
Nayonika is an outspoken young woman currently working for the social enterprise SoCh for Social Change. With a passion for social justice, gender equality and empowering the girl child, Nayonika has obtained a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She has also worked extensively for women’s rights and safety under the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Delhi and MV Foundation, Hyderabad. Nayonika is an avid reader, a connoisseur of art and accomplished classical dancer. A feminist researcher at heart, she has made it her life’s mission to uncover stories of the marginalised at the grassroots level and create a better world for women.
Visakha Dutta holds a B.A in Sociology from St Xavier’s College and an M.A in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences – where she was also a part of the Internal Complaint Committee. She has previously worked with various other organisations like TERI, Netscribes, F.A.C.E.S, Apne Aap Women Worldwide, and IPAC. She was also a part of Stanford University’s East India research team for ‘Assessing and Improving Engineering Education Programme’. Visakha is quite passionate about women empowerment and wants to help create a gender-equal world. In her free time, Visakha likes to bake and cook for loved ones.
Evlyn Samuel holds a B.A in Sociology from Stella Maris College, Chennai and an M.A in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her key areas of interest are Gender, Education, Health, and Migration. She has previously interned with Schizophrenia Research Foundation, International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care, Mithra Rehabilitation Centre. Evlyn is a trained violinist and enjoys humming to tunes. When she’s not doing either, you will find her browsing through cat videos on Instagram.
Laasya Reddy is the Communications Officer for VOICE 4 Girls and offers Communication Support to Soch for Social Change. With an MBA in Marketing and a background in finance, Laasya takes a keen interest in designing campaigns, planning communication strategies, and creating a wave of change online. She is a firm believer in sustainability and advocates for an eco-friendly future. Her work at VOICE has unlocked her passion for girl child education and gender equality where she now spends her time documenting the transformation that young adolescent girls and boys undergo at the VOICE camps.
When a girl finds her voice, the world around her begins to change. Adolescent girls have the ability to break harmful cycles of poverty and social inequality. VOICE 4 Girls conducts activity-based camps in government and low-cost private schools where girls acquire critical knowledge, spoken English and life skills. VOICE Camps are conducted by motivated college students who are hired and trained intensively to impart our curriculum.
SoCh is lucky to be housed within the VOICE 4 Girls head office. The VOICE 4 Girls staff is an incredible sounding board for SoCh and constant source of renewed energy and inspiration.