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SANDHYA PANASKAR

103 Jai Ambe CHS, Chembur Naka, R.C. Marg, Chember (E), Mumbai 400071 Email: sandhyaworks12@gmail.com ; Mobile: 09869500949 / 09867353555

CAREER SUMMARY A total of over 09 years of work experience in the social sector with a firm understanding on issues relating to, women, children & youth. I have a wide spectrum of experience covering different aspects of activities of a NGO from programme development /implementation to administration.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Counsellor & Programme Officer SNEHA Organization May 2012 to September 2012 This organisation work in partnership with communities and health systems building effective and replicable solutions, empowering women and their families in urban slums to improve their health. Being a counsellor and programme officer on the project of Prevention of violence against women and children my responsibilities were provide services through crisis intervention and counselling to women and children facing violence in their immediate environment. Also dealt with those who face problem due to their sexual orientation, their disability and their occupation. Was involved in legal interventions. Encouraged networking and partnerships with communities. Programme Head Palash Foundation - July 2011 to March 2012 This organisation looks into addressing social rehabilitation and livelihoods for people with disfigurement. I was instrumental in the inception stage of the organisation establishing networks with different stakeholders like the government, NGO partners and beneficiaries. My key responsibilities were to develop partnerships with likeminded organisations and develop need based interventions for the beneficiaries. Cousellor & Case Worker Saathi June 2007 to June 2011 This organisation primarily looks into addressing issues of children and youth living on street. My key responsibilities as a counsellor and case worker were to manage approximately 40 youths on a monthly basis and addressing their rehabilitation through counselling, follow ups, family tracing, and interfacing with the government for youth rights or any intervention required for their rehabilitation or reintegration into the society.

Programme Manager Aparna Tamhankar and Associates 2006 2007 This consultant agency undertook research projects for NGOs. As programme manager I was in charge for overall management of the consultancy from programme to administration. I led teams and also participated in evaluations and as an investigator in research projects in Kasara and Shahapur Taluka.
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Project Coordinator Prerana(www.prerana.org) 2003 2006 This organisation works with rehabilitation of children of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. In charge of the Vashi centre which consisted of a Day Care Centre and Night Shelter for children in red light area. My main responsibilities were running (Programme and administration) of the shelter and its various activities along with a team of six staff members. Was involved in legal interventions and managing donor relationships. Encouraged networking and partnerships with communities. Was instrumental in starting the first self-help group in the particular area of women of the red light area.

Nature interpreter Maharashtra Nature Park Society, Mumbai 2002 -2004 This is a small humanmade nature park made on a garbage dumping ground for educational purposes and to preserve the ecology in that area. My role as a nature interpreter was to explain and facilitate visiting groups on the various environmental activities and educational programmes of the nature park.

STRENGTHS Excellent Leadership & communication skills. Strong knowledge in the work process of the government and NGO systems. Keen interest in working with beneficiaries and addressing need based interventions. Good understanding of social issues pertaining to women, children and youth and marginalized communities. Ability to adapt and mould as per organization needs.

EDUCATIONAL DETAILS Masters in Social Work from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapith, Pune, Mumbai 2011 Bachelors in Arts(Sociology)- University of Mumbai 2003

PERSONAL PARTICULARS Date of Birth: Gender: Marital Status: Languages Known: December 6, 1982 Female Married Marathi, Hindi & English

Note: References can be provided on request.