In 2014, a student team from IIT Mandi (Himachal Pradesh, India) conducted a survey of the women in the nearby villages. The study revealed that about 75% of them do not complete schooling (12th grade), limiting them to low-paid, unskilled jobs. However, they showed a keen interest in being trained and guided. A lack of awareness, guidance, and training has restricted the potential for growth and employment for these hardworking women. The main objective of EWOK is to help overcome these hurdles.
The establishment of IIT Mandi and the influx of so many people to the valley have created many opportunities in employment and business. EWOK’s vision is to ensure that the women of the valley also get a direct opportunity to gain from these opportunities.
To enable the women of Kamand Valley (within 10 km of Kamand) in ways to better utilize their skills for economic gains and in general to improve quality of life.
To ensure that women of Kamand valley are able to reap benefits from their rapidly changing surroundings by setting up services or small-scale industries in line with their skills, interests, and abilities.
Dr. Priscilla Gonsalves
Founder, Chief Advisor, Executive Director from 2019 till date
Dr. Tulika P Srivastava
Founding President (2019-2020), Secretary (2020-2021), Director (till date)
Dr. Suman Sigroha
President (2020- till date)
Dr. Jaspreet Randhawa
Vice President (2019- till date)
Dr. Subrata Ghosh
Treasurer (2020- 2021), Acting Secretary
Ms. Sandhya Menon
Secretary (2019-2020), Treasurer (2021 – present)
Dr. Shyam Kumar Masakapalli
Executive Director (2019- till date)
Dr. Devika Sethi
Director (2019 – till date)
Dr. Ajay Soni
Director (2020 – till date)
Ms. Sandhya Menon
Executive Director (Operations In-charge)
Ms. Bandna Kumari
Ms. Urmila Thakur