about us

BEF is founded by two Young India Fellows who trust in the potential of people. At BEF, we are committed to empowering society by nurturing child development through capacity building, improving educational systems, and creating stimulating infrastructure.

Our Vision

Every child has the Foundation to Think, Feel and Dream

Our Mission

To improve the focus on and quality of early childhood education in preschools

Our Philosophy

‘Barefoot’ also invokes a certain kind of empathy which makes one more sensitive to the ground that we trample on

Our Team

Jonathan Mendonca

Cofounder & Director Strategy, Fundraising & Research

Saumya Aggarwal

Cofounder & Director Program Design & Execution

Aditi Bhargava

Program Manager Nandghar, Jaipur

Sangita Bissa

Manager Training & Design

Sana Shaik

Program Officer, Mumbai

Poonam Sharma

Program Officer, Karnal

Vikash Sharma

Program Officer, Karnal