Our Vision: A world where underprivileged communities have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Our Mission: To provide young people from underprivileged communities in India with high quality education and experiences to help them maximize their potential.

Our History

Reality Gives is the sister organisation of ethically run tour company, Reality Tours & Travel. Reality Tours was created in 2005 by Krishna Pujari and Chris Way, with the main objective to show the positive side of slums and to break down negative stereotypes about its residents, and Dharavi in particular.

After discussing the community's needs with its residents, in 2007 Reality Tours set up a Community Centre in Dharavi to provide English and computer classes, using tour revenues and as Reality Tours grew, the founders decided to expand on their social work. In August 2009, the NGO Reality Gives was born.

Reality Gives was formed with the view of getting involved in education, a focus driven through consultation with residents of Dharavi, who felt this was the area where they most needed help. The vision and mission statement hence evolved from that as well as from our experiences meeting people and organisations in the education sector.

Since it's inception Reality has worked close with established and esteemed organisations to ensure the opportunities it provides are of the highest standard, which has seen educational non-profit Muktangan and organisational development consultant ATMA providing vital support.

To mark ten years of Reality Groups involvement in Dharavi we created a video which succinctly captures our story through the lives of the different stakeholders which have driven the success of both Reality Gives and Reality Tours & Travel, and, we believe, continue to do so.

Our Team:

Krishna Pujari
KRISHNA PUJARI
Founder & Executive Director


As our Co-Founder and Executive Director Krishna is the glue between Reality Gives and our communities. Whenever we need to engage with the people in Dharavi, Krishna is inevitably there 'making friendships' and explaining what we do.

Krishna is from a village in Karnataka called Heranjalu. When he was 13, he came to Mumbai to work in various restaurants and cafeterias. During these years, Krishna also attended night school until he passed his final school exams.

A great 'people person', Krishna is never happier than when rolling up his sleeves and working alongside people in the community to affect positive change.

Adina Goerke
JONNY CLARKE
Education & Curriculum Development Director (Volunteer)


Jonny's from the UK. He's got a degree in business and is currently studying a diploma in English language training.

Having been involved with Reality Gives since 2010, Jonny's helped with the development of the organisation, the creation of the education programs and the staff training. Now his main role is the further development of the curricula for the English, soft skills and computers, which together form the Youth Empowerment Program.

An avid follower of Tottenham Hotspur, Jonny also enjoys swimming, reading and exploring.

Andrew Derlien
ANDREW DERLIEN
Marketing & Fundraising Director (Volunteer)


Andy’s originally from the UK, and joined us in 2016 as Marketing & Fundraising Director.

Having graduated from the University of York and spent several years working for a major charity in London, Andy decided it was time to do something adventurous and follow his global mindset. Fond memories of a university summer working in India and a desire to be part of a team immersed in the real life, tangible results of its work made it an easy decision to leap to Dharavi.

A huge music geek, forming a new band is high up on Andy's Mumbai bucket list! He also loves exploring, running and the occasional frame of snooker.

Suman Barua
SUMAN BARUA
Education & Programs Director


Suman has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University(U.S.)and is responsible for running our education programs.

He received his engineering and worked as a Software Engineer, before realizing his calling to be in Education. As a Teach for India fellow, Suman taught for 2 years in a low-income school in Mumbai. He has worked as a teacher-trainer, done projects with UNICEF India and the Swedish government. After getting his Master’s degree, Suman returned to India to join us. He hopes to do whatever he can to achieve education equity for all children.

A nerdfighter and potterhead, Suman loves to spend time with family & friends, read fiction, swim, experience music and travel.

Our Team: Mumbai

Lakshmi Vishwanathan
LAKSHMI VISHWANATHAN
Primary School Support Program Director


Lakshmi joined us in 2010 having previously worked in various guises in the field of education with Godridge School, the Agha Khan Foundation an, most recently, Muktangan.

As our Director of Educational Programs Lakshmi sees her role as very much a facilitator. Through her mentorship, counselling and leadership the teachers at the school are empowered to deliver a holistic, progressive program of education.

Ravi Shahu
JYOTI KAMBLE
Commumity Centre & Programs Manager


Jyoti has a masters in Social Work and has wide experience in NGO work. Now she is enjoying the opportunity to teach soft skills to Youth Empowerment Program students, helping to raise their confidence and achieve their goals through a program of personal development.

Jyoti loves being part of Reality Gives because it provides an opportunity to create change within the community. She lives in the very north of Mumbai and has a long journey to work, but she believes the long commute is worth it.

Jyoti Kamble
RAVI SHAHU
Community Centre Assistant Manager & IT Teacher


Ravi is another former YEP student who has grown and developed into an integral part of our team.

Ravi's dream was to be a teacher. Having now achieved this ambition he wants to continue to learn and improve so that he can teach more complex subjects and benefit more students. As a resident of Dharavi and is proud to be making a positive change in the area.

Ravi Shahu
KARTHIKA NADAR
Community Centre Caretaker


Karthika graduated from our Youth Empowerment Programme in 2015, and fulfilled a long-held ambition by staying with Reality as an IT teacher and Community Centre Supervisor.

As a Dharavi local, Karthika has a strong passion to help provide education to the local community through Reality’s programmes. She loves seeing beneficiaries enjoy extra-curricular activities too, and is particularly keen on football having been a popular player and leader on the team during her time as a student.

Banu Shaikh
BANU SHAIKH
Community Centre Caretaker


Another graduate of our Youth Empowerment Programme, Banu now works as our Community Centre Supervisor.

Banu has lived in Dharavi all her life and has she has seen many changes over the years. She hopes that she will continue to learn and improve her English through her role as Supervisor and loves working with an organisation which is serving the community where she has grown up.

Kartika
SHAMSHAD SHAIKH
Community Centre Caretaker


Shamshad is another graduate of our Youth Empowerment Programme, having completed the course in 2013.

She combines her caretaker role with teaching and is an all-rounder, delivering classes in life skills, English and IT. Shamshad lives in Dharavi and is particularly interested in the subtleties of teaching communication such as body language.

Our Team: Delhi

Sara Boccaci
SARA BOCCACI
Community Centre & Programs Manager


Originally from Italy, Sara has graduated in Hindi and Social Anthropology in the UK, and she's now pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Human Rights Law in Delhi.

Before joining Reality, Sara has worked and volunteered in several NGOs in India and abroad. With Reality Gives she is responsible for setting up the community centre in Sanjay Colony, creating a team of teachers and kicking off the programs. She enjoys working with people and finds the challenges of the social sector stimulating and rewarding.

In her free time she is busy learning new languages and cooking Italian food.

Press and Media Coverage:

Bombay Underground Kids Photography Exhibition in April 2012.

Mumbai Mirror - 22 April 2012

A Dharavi Art Room Exhibition and the Dharavi Art Room in April and May 2013.

Mumbai Boss - 29 April 2013
Mumbai Mirror - 29 April 2013
Mid Day - 6 May 2013
Mumbai Mag - May 2013
Afternoon - 10 May 2013

Girls Football Program

Goal Click | India - 27 January 2015


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Legal:

Reality Cares is registered as a Society in India. (Registration Number 1704, under the Mumbai Societies Registration Act, 1860)

Reality Gives is a project under Reality Cares

Reality Cares is registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860), no. 1704/2000/G.B.B.S.D

Reality Cares is registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act (1950), no. F-39966

Reality Cares is registered under section 80G of the Income Tax Act (1961)

Reality Cares is a registered entity under Section 11 (1) of the FCRA Act (Certificate number 083781548). For details of quarterly receipt of foreign contributions, please refer to the following statements:

FY 2017-18 Quarter 2