Mrs Sweta Rawat's family along with Manoj Bhargava, founded The Hans Foundation in 2009. She has played a key role in defining the goals and direction of the organization. Since its inception, The Hans Foundation, has funded social initiatives and projects in areas of healthcare, women empowerment, livelihood, disability, and education across India.
Describing ‘The Hans Foundation's’ vision, Ms. Rawat explains, "The foundation's aim is to provide equal access to quality facilities for healthcare and education, and to provide a dignified livelihood to all people, regardless of age, gender, caste, and religion. From mobile health clinics and hospitals, to drinking water purification at a village level, the foundation has taken a comprehensive approach to healthcare."
Sweta Rawat has a B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington DC and In addition, Ms. Rawat has emphasized the importance of enhancing agriculture in impoverished communities, as it is a key element in both health as well as income generation. The foundation has also supported numerous large projects for education, from mid-day meals to computer training courses to full adoption of schools. Ms. Rawat stresses disability projects as a key part of The Hans Foundation's efforts. Having taken on a highly-diversified portfolio of projects, Ms. Rawat has ensured that The Hans Foundation reaches out to all marginalized communities in need of support. Mrsa M.A. in Human Rights and Politics from City University, UK.
Principal Donor, Co-founder
Manoj Bhargava is a philanthropist and entrepreneur, better known as the founder and CEO of 5-hour Energy, a 2-ounce energy shot. He signed the “Giving Pledge” in 2012, and has committed over 90% of his wealth to charitable causes. He frequently visits India to provide his input to building The Hans Foundation's activities.
Apart from his charity work, he has set aside funds to address the world's most pressing issues. His projects include highly efficient water desalination and several health products to revolutionize healthcare worldwide.
Early in his life, Bhargava worked at a variety of jobs including construction, cleaning contractor, accounting clerk, taxi driver, printing press operator and business manager. He started a plastics raw material company in 1990, Prime PVC Inc., which he grew to $20 million in sales and then sold to a private equity firm. After that, he started a consumer products company, Living Essentials. In 2004, the company developed the product "5-Hour Energy", which has become a well-known brand in the United States of America. Mr. Bhargava being a member of ‘The Giving Pledge’, Bhargava intends to donate 90% of his wealth to charity.labourer
He attended high school at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, graduating in 1972 before attending Princeton University and then dropped out after completing one year. Post that he dedicated many years of his life to spiritual education in India and the United States.
Mr. Manish Pathak sets the organization's values and overall direction. He approves strategies, implements financial control and reviews organizational results. As per him, if one has everything in life that one could possibly need then having more will not bring happiness. “The only way to become happier is to serve the multitudes of underprivileged who were not as lucky as you.”
Mr. Pathak earned a Bachelors in English from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Illinois-Chicago, USA, and is an active Certified Public Accounting license holder. His experience in public accounting and internal auditing of for-profit and not-for-profit corporations brings to the organization over a decade of practical business knowledge in this arena. His experience also includes financial planning & analysis, multi-national retail inventory management, as well as banking and financial management.