Dr. Urshila Chanana, Trustee of CWF, is a retired Associate Professor of the Department of English, Indraprastha College, University of Delhi. Dr. Chanana’s passionate engagement with literature is representative of many contemporary social issues that beset the Indian milieu today. She has been deeply involved with the well-being of students from underprivileged sections of society.
Dr. Urshila Chanana is a firm believer in women's empowerment and emancipation through economic independence. To further this cause, she has always advocated a career/vocation-oriented dimension to educational practices. She believes that it is not just educational degrees but possession of marketable vocational skills that can make women truly independent. Dr Chanana has actively disseminated these ideas among young women to raise consciousness. She believes in living with a sense of social responsibility and service. And the first and last step in this direction is to bring about a much needed change in the mindsets and priorities of people.
Radhika Chanana is a mother first and then, a jewellery designer and an avid art collector. She is an Honorary Trustee at Chanana Welfare Foundation. Social work has always been an embodiment of her character. While she was still at school, Radhika read to the blind, shared with the underprivileged and grew up with a sense of giving. She was naturally inclined towards philanthropy as a way of life. Radhika is a graduate in Economic (Hons) from SRCC and holds an MBA degree. She believes that complete education is of paramount importance for an individual, especially women, to be independent. When Radhika launched her own accessories brand ICE accessories, she chose to work only with women, thus consciously providing them an opportunity to work.
Radhika taught at Deepalaya, a school for slum children; and the time she spent there made her resolve to work with the financial needy. Thus, from the onset she has inculcated in her children a habit to share with the needy, on festivals, special occasions and otherwise. As a collective effort the Chanana family donates play swing sets, media sets, toys, food and books to orphanages. Radhika has worked with many NGO's providing support in varied projects. She regularly contributes to Jamghat, a shelter for run away children in Lado Sarai by providing rations and lodging needs. It has been Radhika Chanana’s dream to start her family foundation, with her children, being an important and integral part of it.
Amira grew up in New Delhi, India and attended Modern School before heading off to a boarding school in London. She holds the position of a Mentor at Chanana Welfare Foundation. She has been volunteering and working with underprivileged children, especially girls since the past few summers. In the summer of 2012, she worked with an underprivileged school in Gurgaon, where she helped the students in the art department prepare for their annual function. She taught them to draw and paint on large chart papers and present their paintings for the function. In the summer of 2013, Amira worked with Chaman, a school for underprivileged children in New Delhi. She worked with young boys and girls and taught them art and craft. In the summer of 2014, she volunteered for an all girls run away shelter called Aarushi in Gurgaon. She acted as a guide/friend to those girls, helped them with their English/Math lessons, choreographed dances with them and also taught them arts and crafts.
Her involvement allowed them to explore and express their creativity and go beyond the limitations and boundaries of a textbook. Seeing these children smile and draw their favorite animals, cartoon characters and places is what makes this immensely fruitful for her.
Amira is also passionate about black and white photography. She used her photographic skills to raise money for the underprivileged via an exhibition: Travelogue. She exhibited her travel photos and donated all the proceeds to charity.