Our Trustees

Founder HBT - Dharitri Patnaik

Dharitri Patnaik

Ms Dharitri Patnaik is the Founder cum Executive Chairman of Humara Bachpan. Dharitri has been associated with international development and the non-profit sector for more than 22 years. Her areas of expertise are human rights, governance and non-profit management. She has worked extensively on tribal issues in Odisha, urban development and internationally on poverty eradication, knowledge management and public policy. She has worked with UNICEF, the Government of Odisha’s urban development department, UNIFEM, Action Aid International and Care USA. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, USA, and a master’s degree in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Dharitri Patnaik

Mr. Umi Daniel

Umi Daniel, is the Regional Head-Migration Thematic Unit, South Asia at Aid et Action. He has been extensively associated with taking on responsibility of rights of migrant children, mapping children at worksites, worksite E.C.C.E. and crèches, creating access and inclusion for migrant children, government-business collaboration and replication and policy influencing. He is also involved in providing technical, managerial, capacity building, research support to groups/NGOS working in South Asia on the rights and entitlements of unorganized migrant labour in particular and specific to education, nutrition and protection of migrant children.

Ms. Dipanjali Swain

Our trustee Dipanjali Swain is a 20 years old talented and bright girl who hails from Jagannathan Community, Bhubaneswar. As an active child leader of Humara Bachpan she took lead in children led planning process in her neighborhood. She has a family of eight which includes her parents and five siblings. Her father is the only earning member of their family a petty daily wage worker. Dipanjali’s parents always encourage her to study and participate in other co-curricular activities. She has a good academic record scoring 78% in her matriculation. She is a confident girl, a good orator, presenter and an achiever. Dipanjali has represented India at the International Conference on Population and Development, at Nirobi. She loves to participate in debate, essay writing and drawing competitions conducted at her college. She aspires to be a top performer in whatever she does and would want to take up a career in Paramedics.

Ms Usharani Patra

Usharani Patra, an active and articulate child leader of HumaraBachpan wants to become a journalist in future. She is competitive and extremely proactive when it comes to group activities. Usha is good in studies and equally good in extra-curricular activities. Three years ago her elder brother died in a road accident. This was the biggest setback for the family but they understood her and gave emphasis to Usha’s education. As a part of the child club she inspires a lot of other young member with the same dedication and zeal the way she was inspired by other child leaders. She has taken admission at Centurion University of Technology and Management, Jatni to pursue her Media Studies which is her dream. She participated in Urban Thinker Campus at Delhi as a speaker in 2016 organized by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) where she spoke on “Prosperous Communities: Children and Youth”.

Ms. Shradhanjali Panda

Shradhanjali Panda, a 16 years old talented and bright girl who hails from OUAT Farm Gate community, Bhubaneswar. As an active child leader of HumaraBachpan she took lead in children led planning process in her neighborhood. She has a family of six which includes her parents and three siblings. Her father being petty businessman always encourages her to study and for other co-curricular activities. She has a good academic record scoring 72% in her matriculation. She is a good orator and writer as well. She won medals in her college in debate and essay writing competition. She aspires to become an IAS officer in future.