Benjamin is an entrepreneur. After founding OpinionWay in 2000 and developping its CSR policy and link with the social economy, he ventured a new company in 2010 : BeBetter&Co, a consultancy firm on economic and social performance. He’s also associated to a music label and publisher of a culinary magazine. He follows Rain Drop since its inception and wishes to involve more in the NGO’s life by taking the role of president.
Developing early on an interest for interculturality and international solidarity, Cyrielle DIAZ has spent time in developing countries such as Benin and Columbia. These life experiences and her professional path increased her passion for social work. This naturally led her to get involved with Rain Drop. In 2014, she becomes the NGO’s secretary.
After studies in engineering, specialised in environmental and water management, Malek travels in India to meet NGOs working in this domain. This is how he got acquainted with Rain Drop and got to see their ground work. Sharing an interest for international solidarity and sustainable water management, he joins Rain Drop as treasurer.
Since a young age, Alexis has a desire to help those most in need. After several experiences in developing countries, he specialised in environmental management and tribal and rural community mobilisation. His discovery of India and the strong bonds he created with the villagers of Bargarh encouraged him to create Rain Drop.
Concerned from a young age by development, humanitarian and environmental protection issues, Emeline got involved in international climate change négociations in 2008. She assisted africain countries determine their climate adaptation strategies. Her involvement in those high level negotiations led her to realise the importance of combining them with ground work. She joined Rain Drop to put in practice her ideas.
Cédric Michel feels since an early age the want to help others. His desir materialised through his encounter with Rain Drop. He went to Bargarh for several weeks where he got acquainted with the local population. This first trip made him realize the importance to develop solidarity and to push forward for a sustainable development. Since then, Cedric brings his support to the NGO, especially through the awareness campaigns in France.
Close to nature, Anne always felt concerned by environmental issues. Professionaly, she carred for public relations and human resource management. During her trips, she got the opportunity to discover other cultures and lifestyles, and met poor populations. She immediatly got involved with the Rain Drop project, for its dynamism. She plays an active role in the implementation of the awareness campaigns in France, especially with children.
Ashok Sarwade comes from the stat of Maharastra, in South India. Born on a farm, he developed an interst for the well being and the right of rural populations, especially tribal groups and lower castes. After his studies, he wanted to put into practice his skills in the poorest states of India. In 2009, he arrives in Uttar Pradesh and joined the NGO Sarvodaya Sewa Ashram. In 2010, he meets Rain Drop and has been working with the NGO since.
Bablu Prasad is born in Ajadpurva, one of the villages surrounding Bargarh, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He is part of the Kol tribal group the NGO Sarvodaya Sewa Ashram (SSA) works with. In 2007, he involves in the Youth Groups of the NGO. His motivation and communication skills, rapidly promotes him to coordinator. He is then employed by SSA to facilitate the training of youth on good hygiene practices, for the education of young girls and to manage self help groups. In 2011, he joins Rain Drop.
Komal Pradesh joined our team in February 2016. She has a master’s degree in social work. She focuses on women rights and on the implementation of women related activities.
Born in a farmer family in Bargarh, he has extensive knowledge of the geophysical and climatic specificities of the region. A natural entrepreneur, he and his family were one of the first to grow a fruit tree orchard and diversify their vegetable crops. He works with Rain Drop since 2011.
And of course, all the short term volunteers who contribute to this great adventure !
A simple life, without stress, following the rhythm of tasty vegetarian meals, my interventions in schools, fields visits to meet farmers and occasionally help the Rain Drop with administrative work.
To contribute to Rain Drop’s action by delving in a world so different than ours has been one of my most intense experience. Full of strong and sometimes contradictory feelings, faced with poverty and yet so much joy and hospitality. I strongly recommend those interested to take part in Rain Drop’s work, in whichever way they can !
This trip, all too short, allowed me to discover the realities of rural India. I had little knowledge about people there and their culture. I would like to go back for a longer time, to make documentaries on the social and environmental issues there.
I had the opportunity to organise one day of training to teach village women make jam. Though the communication was difficult at first, it’s finally between indian and french songs that we managed to prepare 10 kg of guava and amla jam.
I’ve been following and helping in Rain Drop’s adventure for a couple years now. It’s with enthusiasm that I see it brings support to the villagers they work with. One step at a time, Rain Drop makes things change !