Founder & Director, Sevai (Society for Education Village Action & Improvement)
I came in touch with Shibani Sachdeva whilst she was head of United Way Mumbai in January 2005 immediately after the Tsunami had devastated several villages in Nagapattnam district of Tamil Nadu state. From several of the NGOs we have interacted we found that Shibani was very detailed in her approach and followed a step by step manner. United Way under her leadership did a thorough check of our NGO, our activities and balance sheets etc. Only after doing the check did United Way agree to partner with SEVAI to work towards the upliftment of the affected families in Nagapattnam District.
Shibani worked diligently and patiently with us during the several phases of this fairly large project involving the construction of 300 homes in village Poombuhar, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. She was involved in detailed talks with the Panchayats right from land acquisition, method of allocation of houses, layout of the whole newly to be constructed village, construction details of the new houses, toilets, sewage and drainage lines, roads etc were all topics that we jointly discussed and worked on.
I must make a special mention that Shibani was deeply concerned about the ecological footprint of this project. That is why she spent significant amount of her time and energy in encouraging and inspiring all villagers and home owners to plant trees and their own kitchen gardens. On several of her visits she personally went inspecting their newly constrcuted homes and discussing with villagers as to how to increase the green cover of the village.
Today the village has a fair amount of green cover and includes approximately 500+ trees and that is thanks to this young lady.
I have no hesitation in recommending Shibani and she will be an asset to any organization she joins and we hope we can work with her once again to continue our service to society.