Sunanda, co-founder of Lend-A-Hand India, is bridging the gap between education imparted in secondary schools and real life skills required in rural India. By introducing trained local entrepreneurs into schools, Sunanda creates an environment where students are able to develop entrepreneurial skills. As a result of her work in over 60 Government aided schools in rural Maharashtra over the last four years, absenteeism and drop-out rates have decrease significantly. While working to develop entrepreneurial skills and qualities in the students’ Sunanda seeks to ensure that the youth remain locally connected. Towards this end she trains local micro-entrepreneurs to act as role models and become instructors in schools to train the students. Students also acquire practical business skills such as timeliness, calculating costs, marketing and selling their products locally an ascertaining profits. Ashoka has partnered with Lend-A-Hand India for developing and rolling out the Nourishing Schools toolkit.


Kabir, co-founder of Vinyas, has created a framework to creatively treat space and its built elements and make school architecture more conducive to child development. He has initiated the concept of Whole School Development Planning, which is now in the framework for implementation for Elementary Education and is expected to influence more than thirteen lakh primary and elementary schools across the country in next few years. By convincing State Governments to invest in his idea, he has created an effective delivery mechanism that brings engineers, teachers and architects together to implement and spread his idea in rural government schools. Kabir is also Advisor Infrastructure for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. He has advised Ashoka on developing the Design component of the toolkit.

JOHNNY LAU- FOUNDER - Rojak City, Singapore

Johnny Lau is a Singapore based animation artist who created the popular character Mr Kiasu. He has been involved with various collaborative efforts with the Singapore Creative Youth Exchange and the Asia-Europe Foundation in designing and producing animated art. He started his own digital animation company, Vasunas, in late 2000.

HEADLESS HIPPIES- Graphic Design & Films Pvt. Ltd.

Headless Hippies Graphic Design and Films Pvt. Ltd. is a team of creative design specialists with an aim to provide comprehensive design solutions. Headless Hippies started out around 2 years ago and includes creative professionals from various backgrounds including art direction, graphic design, user experience, illustration & animation. Headless Hippies is based out of Bangalore and specializes in end-to-end project management. It has created the brand identity for Nourishing Schools and will develop the packaging and design for the toolkit, website layout and other collaterals.


TÜV Rheinland is a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services. TÜV Rheinland was founded in 1872 and has its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The group’s guiding principle is to achieve sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between man, technology and the environment. Ashoka is partnering with TUV Rheinland India to do a Food Safety Audit and training for cooks in a decentralized kitchen where the midday meal is prepared.


The mission of the Department of Primary and Secondary Education is to equip children of the State with specified knowledge, skills and values to enable them to become good human beings and productive, socially responsible citizens and to achieve excellence in whatever they do. The Mid Day Meal Programme is Government of India’s flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) and is being implemented by the department in partnership with State Government to cover Karnataka. Nourishing Schools has partnered with the department to develop a training module and comic for mid day meal cook-cum-helpers of food safety, nutrition and hygiene as per the Central Government guidelines.


Sunetra Roday is the retired Principal of the Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (MSIHMCT), Pune. She has been teaching food science and nutrition for over 26 years. She has published books on hygiene and sanitation, cookery, and food preservation. She is actively involved in consultancy projects, curriculum development, and nutrition counselling. She is working with Lend-A-Hand India on the revision of the IBT syllabus, as required by the Maharashtra government and also helps them develop training modules for instructors. She is working with Ashoka on developing the Curriculum component of the toolkit.


The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bangalore, India. Akshaya Patra implements the mid-day meal scheme in government schools and government aided schools. Their aim is to fight not only hunger but also to bring children to school. Akshaya Patra started out in the year 2000, serving 1500 students across 5 schools. Today, in partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, they reach out to over 1.4 million children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India. Ashoka is partnering with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to create a module on food safety and hygiene for mid-day meal cooks. They are also collaborating on enhancing the nutritional value of the mid-day meal.


As part of Ashokas commitment to building infrastructure for the citizen sector, it is innovating solutions that provide opportunities for initiatives in social space to leverage data. Useful metrics will help organizations/Governments get insights and help them fund raise, implement social impact programs and measure their impact. Ashoka has envisioned LumStic, a product suite that helps organizations/Governments enable positive societal change in a methodical way through a data ecosystem. The need for such a product suite has evolved based on Ashokas deep expertise in the citizen sector. Ashoka’s LumStic Suite looks to enable organizations that use ‘Data As Infrastructure’ (DAI). Social surveys, data collection drives and demand aggregation are fundamental to operations of many organizations and Governments. Now organizations/Governments can solicit quality and variety of data through crowd sourcing, organized surveys and market research using LumStic infrastructure. Through ‘DAI’, it aims to help organizations/ Governments in strategic decision-making, and to achieve the right Insights, Interventions & Impact. It has a public-private partnership with Indias National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). Lumstic is being used by Ashoka for the Nourishing Schools baseline study.


OnionPy Intelligent Visualisation (OIV) helps its customers derive wide-ranging insights, with the help of its visual filtering enabled dashboards. Through its business intelligence and analysis tools, it allows customers to generate multi-dimensional reports, create visual dashboards and analyze big data. Their dashboards are being used to analyze data from the Nourishing Schools baseline study.

Mayflower Language Services

Mayflower Language Services is a for-profit organization based in Bangalore, India. They translate documents, localize product user interfaces, documentation, websites, e-learning courses; test applications and websites, provide voiceovers & subtitling, provide multilingual e-mail support and conduct multilingual media research. Mayflower will translate the Nourishing Schools toolkit into multiple languages.