Meet The Team
Liza founded CSA in 2006, while working with three street children who made a living by begging. She is CSA’s guiding force and her sensibilities of working with the community as opposed to working for it, have been instrumental in establishing love and acceptance as the cornerstone of the organization’s work.
Liza wears various hats as part of her work with the community and over the years, has brought meditation, street-theatre and co-operative playing workshops to CSA. As “didi” to all around, she mentors the community on all their issues. Before moving to India in 2005, Liza was with Johnson & Johnsonand Siebel Systems in California, where she was her CRM group’s favorite software troubleshooter. She counts cooking inventively, fitness training and travel-to-explore among her interests and Manav Sadhna, Charity Focus and her family as her deep inspirations.
His day starts at 5:30 in the morning, with his bicycle and a backpack. The first one to enter the premises of Chhoti si Asha, his work begins the moment he steps inside and goes on. Single handedly, he essays every role fluidly, be it the store manager, the marketer, the delivery in-charge, the orders manager or the one responsible for finances. Liza fondly calls him her right hand, as he swiftly handles everything that needs to be taken care of.
Jatinder Maan, juggles his CSA work with studies as he is pursuing PhD in Law from Punjab University. He is one the pillars of the organization. He invests most of his time, energy and efforts at the workshop, as he is closely connected with the CSA family, which he calls its own.
Gurjinder Singh, who is fondly called ‘Mogi’, named after his town Moga, is the backbone of Badlaav.
He doesn’t believe in mainstream education or the idea of indoctrinating the values with conventional pedagogy. Mogi says that he works as a mere facilitator for the kids in helping them learn from each other and the activities he sets up. The library is a curated space for the kids to come, play with each other, read, work on their academics, participate in the sessions conducted by Mogi and organically develop life skills.
Mogi is an extremely light hearted person full of stories to tell, embodying the true huge hearted Punjabi spirit. You cannot take a 5-minute walk with him without stopping 15 times in between for he is a people’s person. He is also concurrently pursuing his PhD in Law from Punjab University