About Grassroots India
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a Brief Overview of the Organization

Company Mission

Grassroots India, a Section 8 not-for-profit Company, has the following primary objectives as outlined in its Memorandum of Association:

  • To undertake charitable activities for the development of the vulnerable by providing services for emergency relief, basic care, and education
  • Promote commerce, arts, science, education, religion, public health, and charity
  • Promote mutual respect through the cooperation of men & women desiring to achieve peace, harmony, and brotherhood
  • To support pilgrimages to the holy places and to support research into and understanding of religious texts, practices, and symbols
  • To cooperate with other companies, associations, trusts, and societies having similar aims and objectives
  • To promote education at all levels and in all streams

our priorities in odisha

  • Promote gender equality and the healthy development of women's role in society
  • Promote universal love and tolerance of differences in religion and caste in an effort to build community peace
  • Uplift young women who have been marginalized and/or abused
  • Enhance child welfare and protection, including progressive elimination of child trafficking, sexual abuse, and child labour
  • Offer under-privileged women and children access to basic care and education
  • Empower youth to express themselves and be involved
  • Promote individual creativity, self-governance, and self-sufficiency
  • Create access to family planning, health, nutrition, safe water, and sanitation
  • Link rural needs with urban resources

Executive Committee

Grassroots India was incorporated as a non-profit Section 8 Company in 2008. Debra Pennington and Dr. Nivedita Das, Ph.D., have served on the executive committee since the company's inception and receive no compensation for their service.

Debbie Pennington

Debra A. Pennington

Executive Committee
Debbie Pennington is the founder of Grassroots Giving, Grassroots Asia, and Grassroots India, charitable organizations that encourage human development and provide aid to the underprivileged and marginalized. She has served on the Executive Committee of Grassroots India since its inception and offers her voluntary services to the company in development, administration, and emergency medicine. She has been the visionary and developer of several successful businesses in tourism, IT, marketing, sales, real estate and public relations over the past 45 years. Her global travels have taken her to many sacred pilgrimage sites around the world. Her photos from remote regions of Asia and Africa have been featured in the New York Times, ECPAT's Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN World Food Program, and the Brookings Institute. She has been a practitioner of Kriya Yoga since 1988 and is now dedicated to her life of yoga and service. She resides in India 6-7 months of the year for the development of Grassroots India.
Dr. Nivedita Das

Dr. Nivedita Das

Executive Committee
Dr. Nivedita Das, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, professional life skills trainer, corporate trainer, and faculty in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour. She specializes in communication skills, psychometric tests, stress management and soft skills. Nivedita received her post-graduate in clinical psychology from the University of Delhi and Ph.D. From Utkal University, Odisha. She is also a law graduate from Utkal University and a Gold Medallist in psychology at Berhampur University. Nivedita is the recipient of the National and All India Post Graduate Scholarship and has done an Advanced Technology Management Course from NIIT and is a visiting faculty to various Management Institutes teaching MBA, BBA & PMIR students. She served on the Orissa State Social Welfare Board from 2006 – 2009 and on the Grassroots India Executive Committee since 2008. Nivedita is an avid reader with interest in many topics, including spiritualism and parapsychology. She presents research papers in International and National Seminars and has produced several publications, including Empowering Destitute Women, a book inspired by her work with Grassroots India.