Our Vision: A world where underprivileged communities have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Our Mission: To provide young people from underprivileged communities in India with high quality education and experiences to help them maximize their potential.

Our History

Reality Gives is the sister organisation of ethically run tour company, Reality Tours & Travel. Reality Tours was created in 2005, with the main objective to show the positive side of slums and to break down negative stereotypes about its residents, and Dharavi in particular.

After discussing the community's needs with its residents, in 2007 Reality Tours set up a Community Centre in Dharavi to provide English and computer classes, using tour revenues and as Reality Tours grew, the founders decided to expand on their social work. In August 2009, the NGO Reality Gives was born.

Reality Gives was formed with the view of getting involved in education, a focus driven through consultation with residents of Dharavi, who felt this was the area where they most needed help. The vision and mission statement hence evolved from that as well as from our experiences meeting people and organisations in the education sector.

Since it's inception Reality has worked close with established and esteemed organisations to ensure the opportunities it provides are of the highest standard, which has seen educational non-profit Muktangan and organisational development consultant ATMA providing vital support.

To mark ten years of Reality Groups involvement in Dharavi we created a video which succinctly captures our story through the lives of the different stakeholders which have driven the success of both Reality Gives and Reality Tours & Travel, and, we believe, continue to do so.

Our Team:

Krishna Pujari
Founder & Executive Director

As our Co-Founder and Executive Director Krishna is the glue between Reality Gives and our communities. Whenever we need to engage with the people in Dharavi, Krishna is inevitably there 'making friendships' and explaining what we do.

Krishna is from a village in Karnataka called Heranjalu. When he was 13, he came to Mumbai to work in various restaurants and cafeterias. During these years, Krishna also attended night school until he passed his final school exams.

A great 'people person', Krishna is never happier than when rolling up his sleeves and working alongside people in the community to affect positive change.

Adina Goerke
Education & Programs Director

Suman has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University(U.S.) and is responsible for running our education programs.

He received his engineering and worked as a Software Engineer, before realizing his calling to be in Education. As a Teach for India fellow, Suman taught for 2 years in a low-income school in Mumbai. He has worked as a teacher-trainer, done projects with UNICEF India and the Swedish government. After getting his Master’s degree, Suman returned to India to join us. He hopes to do whatever he can to achieve education equity for all children.

A nerdfighter and potterhead, Suman loves to spend time with family & friends, read fiction, swim, experience music and travel.

Our Team: Mumbai

Lakshmi Vishwanathan
Primary School Support Program Director

Lakshmi joined us in 2010 having previously worked in various guises in the field of education with Godridge School, the Agha Khan Foundation an, most recently, Muktangan.

As our Director of Educational Programs Lakshmi sees her role as very much a facilitator. Through her mentorship, counselling and leadership the teachers at the school are empowered to deliver a holistic, progressive program of education.

Jyoti Kamble
Community Centre Assistant Manager & IT Teacher

Ravi is another former YEP student who has grown and developed into an integral part of our team.

Ravi's dream was to be a teacher. Having now achieved this ambition he wants to continue to learn and improve so that he can teach more complex subjects and benefit more students. As a resident of Dharavi and is proud to be making a positive change in the area.

Ravi Shahu
Executive Assistant to Directors

Karthika graduated from our YEP in 2015, and fulfilled a long-held ambition by staying with Reality as an IT teacher and Caretaker. Since then she has continued to fly up the ladder and is now an Executive Assistant to our leadership team.

As a Dharavi local, Karthika has a strong passion to help provide education to the local community. She is particularly keen on football, having been a popular player and leader on the team during her time as a student.

Banu Shaikh
Community Centre Executive

Another graduate of our Youth Empowerment Programme, Banu now works as our Community Centre Executive.

Banu has lived in Dharavi all her life and has she has seen many changes over the years. She hopes that she will continue to learn and improve her English through her role as Supervisor and loves working with an organisation which is serving the community where she has grown up.

IT Teacher

Shamshad is another graduate of our Youth Empowerment Programme, having completed the course in 2013.

A born all-rounder, Shamshad delivers classes in life skills, English and IT. She lives in Dharavi and is particularly interested in the subtleties of teaching communication such as body language.

Our Team: Delhi

Ranshingla Marchang
Community Centre & Programs Manager

Ranshingla, better known to us as Tunao, leads Reality Gives activity in Delhi at our Sanjay Colony Community Centre.

Tunao originally joined Reality Gives as a teacher and has demonstrated determination and passion for bringing positive change to the Sanjay Colony Community. She holds a bachelor's degree in art as well as a master's degree in psychology from Panjab University, and has also had an impressive career with Medicines Sans Frontiers and Delhi Network for Positive People.

Press and Media Coverage:

Bombay Underground Kids Photography Exhibition in April 2012.

Mumbai Mirror - 22 April 2012

A Dharavi Art Room Exhibition and the Dharavi Art Room in April and May 2013.

Mumbai Boss - 29 April 2013
Mumbai Mirror - 29 April 2013
Mid Day - 6 May 2013
Mumbai Mag - May 2013
Afternoon - 10 May 2013

Girls Football Program

Goal Click | India - 27 January 2015

For any press related enquiries, please contact us.


Reality Cares is registered as a Society in India. (Registration Number 1704, under the Mumbai Societies Registration Act, 1860)

Reality Gives is a project under Reality Cares

Reality Cares is registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860), no. 1704/2000/G.B.B.S.D

Reality Cares is registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act (1950), no. F-39966

Reality Cares is registered under section 80G of the Income Tax Act (1961)

Reality Cares is a registered entity under Section 11 (1) of the FCRA Act (Certificate number 083781548). For details of quarterly receipt of foreign contributions, please refer to the following statements:

FY 2017-18 Quarter 2

FY 2017-18 Quarter 3

FY 2017-18 Quarter 4

FY 2018-19 Quarter 1

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FY 2018-19 Quarter 4

FY 2019-20 Quarter 1

FY 2019-20 Quarter 2

FY 2019-20 Quarter 3

For more information about our activities, beneficiaries and accounting figures, please refer to our Annual Report archive:

2014-15 Annual Report

2015-16 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report