It is the ambition of the PoojaKajal Foundation to provide safety and opportunities for underprivileged children in Dehradun, India. The foundation is in the Netherlands and collaborates with the Rural Development Institute (RDI) of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT). We are aware of the cultural realities in India and prepared to learn from experience, after listening to and documenting the wants of the children. We work in close collaboration with our local supporters: in mutual respect, trust and accountability. We communicate openly, honestly and in a clear and transparent way, foremost to ensure the children of the PoojaKajal Foundation are able to create their own opportunities in life.

Project Implementation and Financial Support

The three board members will focus on project implementation and financial support and will do what is needed to provide the children involved with basic healthy nutrition, health and general education and integration within the HIHT community. We offer care for the children whose parents work regular or irregular schedules and need safe and trusted care for their children. It is our goal and mission to facilitate this.


Our objectives are transparency and accountability so that interested supporters and donors will know how their money is or will be invested. We guarantee the existence of the organization by permanent fundraising activities, personal involvement (visits) and proactive problem-solving.

PoojaKajal is always looking for supporters and life changers to contribute. The overall goal is, to get as much support as needed and indicated by the PoojaKajal Foundation to create opportunities in the life of underprivileged children. We have no political and religious affiliations, we look beyond this. This guarantees our independence and ensures our foundation values.

Meet Our Team

Ashna Indira Sookha

Coach and Trainer in Child - Family Services

My name is Ashna Indira Sookha.

I am often asked why our Foundation is called The Pooja Kajal Foundation. Though it sounds random, I can assure you it's not. I have a background as a professional coach and trainer in the Child Care section. So, when I was receiving treatment - at the Aryuvedic Center at the HIHT, I noticed two girls following me on my afternoon walk. So I followed them at dawn. They were walking aimlessly. I thought about my life and drifted away to their life and future. What is it going to be for them, if they are not in school but hanging and begging around. I decided to make a difference there and then. Not only for them but also for the other unserved and underprivileged children. It was a profound and pivotel moment in my life and I hope in theirs as well.

Their needs surfaced as eye catchers in the very setting. My awareness grew and as a mother and professional coach and trainer in the Child Care Section, I knew I could make a difference. Pooja and Kajal......nothing random about it.

Rob Buijs

Manager Belastingdienst, Changemanagement

The main reason why I have joined the board of this small scale PoojaKajal Foundation, is that I believe that all children should have the right to feel safe, the right to education and nutrition. As a member I support and belief in the PoojaKajal Foundation. I also support the swift and adequate action and determination in supporting the children. Don’t we all want this? To see happy faces?

Gerard Zwerver

International co-developer and co-operator

As a Nurse, Community Health Officer and International Co-developer and Co-operator I help people, communities to grow their safety zones. It creates empowerment, active engagement and meaningful participation of community members. I believe that collective action on social issues, reconnects people when interventions are based on the demands and wants of the community.