With 25 years of experience as an education and social activist, Farida Lambay co-founded Pratham in 1995 with Dr. Madhav Chavan. She heads the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children and is also responsible for Pratham’s direct programs in Mumbai and Gujarat. Ms. Lambay was recently appointed a member of the Maharashtra State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and currently serves on the Government of India Committee on Child Labour & Research in Education where she has initiated national level policy changes.

A former vice principal of the Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work in Mumbai, Ms. Lambay has spearheaded initiatives such as Prerana (working for the rights of sex workers in Kamatipura, Mumbai) and YUVA (working on various social issues taking strength from the youth) as well as multiple disaster relief efforts.

In 2015, she received the Indira Gandhi Memorial Award for her contributions to education and child rights.

Farida Lambay, Pratham


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