Gitanjali graduated with Journalism (Hons) from Maharaja Agrasen College, Delhi University with a degree in journalism and has a post-graduation in development communications from Jamia Milia Islamia University. She received a Gandhi Fellowship in 2010, a two-year leadership program and 2013 Laureate Global Fellowship.
While studying, she was involved with National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) where she got a chance to closely work with eunuchs.
Six years ago, she founded Kat-Katha, a nonprofit that’s quietly been transforming G.B. Road brothels into classrooms, community centers, and safe spaces for trafficked women and their children to learn, explore creative arts, and come alive with a sense of connection, expression, and possibility.
Gitanjali spoke at TEDx platforms and was the on-air contest winner (Theme-Delhi ke Heroes) at Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM’s ‘FLAT 983’ and accomplished several prestigious awards including L’oreal Paris Femina Women Award, Times Now Amazing Indian Award, Zee TV Fempowerment, Mahindra Rise Award, and so on. She is on a mission to make GB Road a street of love!
Sunidhi met the Kat-Family in the summer of 2017. Since then, Kat has become a second home to her. At the time of joining, she was eager to learn, explore and push her boundaries. As times have passed, she has taken up responsible roles in Kat. As a core team member, Sunidhi at the moment leads the Maitri Meal project.
One of the senior members of the organization, Anita brings with her alot of work experience. She’s previously worked as an educator for young kids, has helped in projects running for women’s development and self help groups. Before joining Kat, she was part of a non-profit creating HIV Aids awareness. Due to her knack for picking up conversations, she becomes perfect for the field team.
Kapil got acquainted with the Kat family on their annual festival, Kat-Kalrav about 4 years ago. Due to the vibe Kalrav had, Kapil joined them as a full time dance teacher. Through dancing he explored his own potential, the potential of the children at Kat and helped them in making Kat’s own dance team! Not only does he teach them dance, he inculcates in the students passion, hardworking spirit and humility. He’s well known in Kat-circles for his graceful movements, and runs his own Youtube channel where he does professional dance videos.
Aseem, a graduate in Physics Hons joined Kat-Katha last year in November. An educator by profession, Aseem has played crucial roles in Kat-projects. Aseem has at a micro-level looked after older students academic progress, execution of Kat’s events and has provided support in testing areas.
As Kat-Katha has evolved, so has Aseem’s understanding of himself and his role in Kat’s journey. The road seems to have made a strong connection inside Aseem and he enjoys how he is able to bring new things to the table.
Asmita joined Kat in the winter of 2017. Originally from Karnataka, this was the first time Asmita had started working in the North. Having worked with NGOs in Bombay earlier, it took her no time to settle into Kat’s family. Due to her boldness and exploratory nature, she was perfect for leading the Field Team. Currently, she guides volunteers in making Rishton ka Safarnama a success. Asmita is known for her sweetness!
Vanita joined the Kat family in September of 2018. She has taken up the role of the Head Chef and preparation expert, for the maitri meals project. It is her flavours that people taste in the food Maitri Meals prepares. Surpassing challenges due to age, she provides that drive the project requires to maintain a regular flow.
Sangeeta joined Kat about 3 years ago. Initially she was part of the creativity team, making books, rakhis and dias. She was also part of the pilot Maitri Meals project. Her son studies at the bridge school and is a personal favorite of the Kat-Family. She feels Kat brings her that happiness which she was trying to look for. In the Kat circles, Sangeeta is known for her mouth watering food!
Neetu joined Kat-Katha around 3 years ago. She belongs to those tribes where dancing is a family profession. In the beginning, she was reluctant to leave her comfort zone, but soon enough Kat had pulled her into its family. At the moment, Neetu takes up orders for Maitri Meals. Since she has joined the project, she’s realised her strengths: time management, efficiency. In the Kat family, she’s known to be a team player, taking up responsibilities when others are unavailable.