About Sakya Foundation
A World where Individuals with Disabilities and Neurodiverse traits thrive within their communities.
Empower Individuals with Disabilities and Neurodiverse traits by ensuring equitable access to comprehensive health support, quality education, and sustainable livelihood opportunities.
Our Approach - Inclusivity in Action
To realize this Mission, we collaborate with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including Government bodies, Policy makers, Disability Rights Activists, NGOs, Corporates, and the broader community. Through these partnerships, we strive to drive systemic change and create an environment where inclusivity is not just a concept but a lived reality.
At Sakya Foundation, our journey is guided by the belief that true progress and human flourishing can only be achieved when every individual, regardless of their abilities or neurodivergent traits, is given the opportunity to shine and contribute to the rich tapestry of our global community
Join Us, Be the Change
The journey toward this brighter, more inclusive future is one we cannot make alone. We invite you to join us, to be part of the solution. Together, we can turn this vision into reality. Whether you're a policy maker, an advocate, a corporate partner, or someone who simply believes in the power of change, your contribution matters.
Your Role in the Movement
We invite you to be a part of this powerful movement. Your involvement, your passion, your support — they are the driving forces behind our mission. Whether you're a dedicated volunteer, a generous donor, an advocate for change, or a champion of inclusivity, your role is pivotal.
Meet the Team
At Sakya Foundation, our team is the driving force behind our mission to create a more inclusive and equitable world. Comprising dedicated experts from diverse fields, we unite under a common goal: to and healthcare education, champion equality, accessibility, for all.
By getting to know our team, you'll see the faces and stories behind our mission. Together, we can create lasting impact, and your support plays a crucial role in driving change and building a more inclusive society.
Divya S Karthik
Divya, a co-founder of Sakya Foundation, is a seasoned healthcare professional with over 15 years of experience as a physiotherapist. About 8 years ago, she transitioned to the NGO sector, focusing on disabilities and working in rural, tribal, and underserved communities in India.
Through her hands-on work, Divya identified the need for healthcare professionals in rural and urban slum areas. She also recognized broader societal challenges, including limited access to education, livelihood opportunities, and a lack of awareness in communities. Despite existing government programs, Divya saw gaps in execution at the grassroots level. She combine her practical experience and academic background to co-found Sakya Foundation.
Nirakar, a co-founder of Sakya Foundation, is an accomplished occupational therapist with over 12 years of experience in the disability sector. His journey began with an international NGO, focusing on transforming lives in rural and tribal areas of India. It was during this work that he met Divya, and they both shared a passion for societal betterment.
Together, they envisioned a more equitable India, where accessibility, education, healthcare, acceptance, and equal opportunities would prevail. With a master's degree in Public Health and CSR, Nirakar has a deep understanding of how these elements intersect to drive change.
They united in their quest for a world where gender and conditions don't limit opportunities which lead to formation of Sakya Foundation
Hussain, a dedicated trustee of Sakya Foundation, is an inspiring Person with a Disability. He hails from a rural village in Karnataka and embodies resilience and determination. Despite facing numerous obstacles, he persevered in his education, even completing his 12th grade. The Association of People with Disability recognized his potential and provided crucial support. His journey led him to the world of rehabilitation therapy, opening doors beyond his village.
Grateful to his alma mater, Hussain's path took him across India, earning a degree and pursuing a master's in social work. Khaja Hussain, a living testament to the power of opportunity for individuals with disabilities, envisions a nation where everyone, like himself, has access and the freedom to dream big.
Sushree, a seasoned Speech Language Pathologist with over 8 years of experience, is a dedicated trustee of the Sakya Foundation. Her journey began in a rural district of Uttar Pradesh, where she witnessed the challenges faced by the community in terms of healthcare, awareness, and education for children with disabilities. Transitioning to urban areas, she found that even educated parents lacked awareness about conditions like autism and cerebral palsy. Her commitment to promoting awareness about disabilities and neurodiversity fuels Sakya Foundation's mission to foster acceptance, understanding, and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.