Who We Are
SUKRUPA is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization that addresses the socio-economic development of the disadvantaged in urban and rural Bangalore, India.
SUKRUPA means “Good Grace” in Sanskrit. Sukrupa defines our actions, and is the basis for our mission: to create a pathway to a dignified life for marginalized Indians who are below the poverty line.
Sukrupa is a 9 year old, registered non-profit charitable organization that addresses the socio-economic development of the disadvantaged in urban and rural Bangalore, India. The programs offered currently through Sukrupa include:
- • Free Schooling, from Pre-school through Class 10
- • Youth Training in life skills, distant learning and college education
- • Community and Rural Economic Development benefiting adults and families
These programs work together to provide all of Sukrupa’s participants with the knowledge and skills required for a dignified and sustainable life as the precursor to the elimination of urban slums and rural poverty in India.
SUKRUPA is registered under Section 80(G) and all donations are tax deductible under the rules of the Income Tax Department of India. We are also registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and are eligible to receive donations in foreign currency.
The story of SUKRUPA starts with Suguna, in a small scale industrial neighborhood in Bangalore in 1971 when she invited neighborhood children into her home to teach them when their parents were working. First with eight kids, she taught all subjects as an after school program. By 1981, she was teaching 150 children, as they spilled out into the yard. Her daughter Krupa and son Sathya grew up in this environment, and they would teach students in the grade below them. Sathya went on to become a software professional, and Krupa became a successful entrepreneur. By 2001, her pursuits led her through India, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Srilanka, and Indonesia into the granite industry in the United States. This history combined a fundamental belief in the importance of education and a global perspective on the social problems of India.
Out of a passion to create opportunities for deprived children, Krupa ended her lucrative career in the United States after a four-week vacation to India during summer of 2002. She setup SUKRUPA and then in 2008, created the social enterprise SUKRUPA Creations, which trains and provides dignified employment to the children’s parents.
The Board consists of highly successful professionals, with a vision and passion to work with underprivileged children. The Board is involved in planning and developing the many programs here at SUKRUPA.
Ms. Krupalatha Martin Dass, Founder/Executive Director — Krupa is an entrepreneur and has been a consultant in the international market for over a decade in the granite industry. Her compassion for underprivileged and deprived children made her leave a comfortable life in the US and return to her home city Bangalore to create opportunities for such children.
S. Jayaraman, Trustee — Mr. S. Jayaraman, is a vibrant personality who is on the corporate ladder in the IT industry and is also a humanitarian involved in various social activities on a personal level and a dedicated Rotarian. His skills range from marketing consultant to facilitator to fundraiser. Jayaraman has been a consultant to the Azim Premji Foundation and fundraiser for Akshayapatra-meals scheme.
Manu Konchady, Trustee — Mr. Manu has over 15 years experience in IT industry. Manu has volunteered in catholic charities and several other NGO’s in the USA and India. Currently he is actively involved with the Child Education and Welfare Association. His interests are K-12 Education and Open Software for Education.
—Mr. K. Vishwanath Sivaram, Barclays & B. S. Lakshmi, Infosys