Foundation for Development Action is a budding non-governmental organization registered under Societies Registration Act of 1955. The organization started functioning in 2008 at select districts of Kerala namely; Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram. The organization is run by an army of young, energetic and talented professionals representing various disciplines namely; Social Work, Health, Law, Counseling and Environmental Science. Our focus area includes; Disaster Risk Reduction, Child Protection, Secure Livelihoods and Training & Capacity Building.


Foundation For Development envisions safer societies, empowered communities and resilient nation through active engagement of children, youth and communities at large.


Our mission is “to partner with vulnerable communities in shaping disaster-resilient society; ensure every child enjoy childhood to live a life with dignity and engage youth to achieve exceptional performance in their business enterprises”.


Our approach to development is deeply rooted and inspired by the gist of collaboration and networking with agencies and organizations who shares common interest. We fully acknowledge that working in isolation will hardly bring any outcome and hence we promote and practice collaboration, networking and sharing of information with stakeholders.


We act with highest integrity, provide quality service, being reliable and responsible and uphold positive work culture.

We provide support to each other, work cooperatively and respect one another’s views and opinion and make working environment a joyous one.

We keep ourselves open to learn from “Best Practices” and want to learn something new from every person and every community for whom we work.

We always believe doing things in a different manner. For this we will have community consultation and listen to our stakeholders. While doing this we will keep it in our closest concern not to compromise on human ethics and damage environment.

We commit ourselves to maintain high level transparency and accountability in our actions and in our dealings with project beneficiaries, donor agencies, government, partner agencies, public and our own staff members. We will make all effort to inform general public about the work we undertake with resource support from donor agencies.

Where we work

Foundation for Development Action by legislation is entitled to work in the entire fourteen districts of Kerala, India. However the organisation is currently working in select districts namely; Pathanamthitta; Kollam; Alapuzha and Thiruvananthapuram.


Anish Kumar completed his Masters in Social Work with specialization in Community Development from Rajagiri College of Social Science, Cochin, Kerala. His intellectual reflections and critical thinking helped to shape the destiny of the organisation. Anish has been one of the driving forces in the Director Board since its inception.

Anish Kumar, President

Ramesh Krishnan is the Founder Director of Foundation for Development Action (FDA) and is trained in Social Work with specialization in Community Development from Rajagiri College of Social Science, Cochin, Kerala. He started his professional career by working in Gram Vikas – a reputed Non-Governmental Organisation based at Berhampur, Orissa and has 16 years of experience in developmental sectors. Ramesh had worked in projects supported by World Bank. International Labour Organisation, American India Foundation, Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and United Nations Development Programme. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Water Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Alternative Livelihoods and Documentation are his key area of interest and expertise.

Ramesh Krishnan, Executive Director

Sibi.A did her Masters in Social Work with specialization in Family and Child Welfare from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit Kalady, Kerala. She also has Diploma in Counseling from The University of Kerala. Sibi’s primary area of practice includes; Adolescent Services, Counseling, Community Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, HIV/AIDS and STI’D’s Prevention.

Sibi A, Vice President

Sr.Jessy Mole Sebastian, widely known as ‘Sr. Jessina’ did her Masters in Social Work with specialization in Community Development from LISSAH Collage, Calicut, Kerala and Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore University. She also did Diploma in Development Leadership from International Institute of COADY, Canada. Adolescent Services, Community Development- Rural, Health Counseling, Health Education, Palliative Care, Women Development, Capacity enhancement and coordination of NGO are her area of practice.

Sr Jessy Mol Sebastian, Treasurer

Sandhya S.S completed LLB and B.Ed from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala and had extensive experience in Insurance sector. Since inception she had contributed towards the development of the organisation by supporting in administrative affairs of the organisation.

Sandhya SS, Member

Deepak George did his Masters in Social Work with specialization in Community Development from Rajagiri College of Social Science, Cochin, Kerala. He has vast experience of teaching Social Work in school and is an active contributor by sharing new ideas and innovative thoughts for the development of organization.

Deepak George, Member

Sindhu S.S is trained in B.Sc Nursing and has vast experience of working in health care programmes of reputed institutes. Sindhu is currently pursuing her studies in development sector.

Sindhu SS, Member

Christin M Joseph, widely known as ‘Christy’ completed Social Work from CMS College of Science and Commerce, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Christy is having extensive experience of working in community development settings. He had worked in UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Programme of the Government of Kerala. Currently he is with World Bank WASH project at Idukki, Kerala.

Christin M Joseph, Member