About Us

ELFA International is an independent and impartial aid and development organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside YOUTH, WOMEN, CHILDREN and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their Economic and Social DIGNITY and their fundamental rights. ELFA International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as an independent association believing in partnering with like minded people and organizations/donors that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.

Mehran Khan

Chief Executive

Mehran Khan is an international development practitioner, worked with different International organizations like HELP AGE, AGA KHAN FOUNDATION, MERCY CORPS, CHILDLINE INDIA and HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL on different roles ranging from COMPLIANCE MANAGER, PROJECT MANAGER TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR in different parts of the world and has trained teams of different organizations in India and abroad in “DO NO HARM FRAMEWORK”, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT/RESOLUTION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Mehran has implemented projects on ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, JUVENILE JUSTICE, DISABILITY RIGHTS, CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS RISK REDUCTION (CWRR) and has worked with different donors like EC, ECHO, USAID, AKDN etc.



Iftikhar is a businessman, always involved in social work and has supported poor communities in the Kashmir Valley during 2005 earthquake, 2014 floods and 2016 turmoil. Iftikhar has been voluntary State Coordinator for AWWA an NGO from Karnataka coordinating/implementing their relief/emergency projects in the state of Jammu and Kashmir



Ms. Sidiqi is a development practitioner, previously worked with different organizations on different roles, her recent work was on Risk Education pertaining to landmines, IEDs and explosive remnants of war in the remotest villages of Jammu and Kashmir under a project funded by the European commission, Shabreena is one of the first women to have worked on such issues in the most remotest villages of Jammu and Kashmir, she was featured in several local newspapers about her incredible work in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Shabreena is working on the issues of Women Empowerment, Inclusive Education, Risk Education and Rights of People with Disabilities



Uzma Khan is a young and dynamic social worker who has been recently working for the pellet victims and injured including people with disabilities in the Kashmir Valley, Uzma has a great zeal and commitment to work on inclusive education and providing livelihood opportunities to youth with focus on women including women with disabilities



Affarmand has done Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Kashmir and has several years of experience in youth development and peace programming.



Rabia has done Master’s in Peace & Conflict Studies and International Relations from the Islamic University of Science & Technology and has been associated with several Peace Education projects, also traveled outside India to attend different conferences/workshops on Peace Education



Mudasir is a business graduate with huge experience in accounting and has volunteered with several organizations in the past and is a committed social worker.

Advisory Board

Janice Yaden

Since 1999, Janice has worked for Mercy Corps overseeing and managing projects outside the USA. Her first assignment was Country Director in Turkey for 14 months

Audrey Torrecilla

Audrey Torrecilla has 6 years’ experience in project and program management, including 3 years in conflict-sensitive areas characterized by armed violence,

Prof. Indu Kilam

Indu Kilam retired as head of department in English from post graduate college Jammu. She is the Secretary General of Sabzaar (NGO) and the Vice President of Aash…..

Mohammad Amin Bhat

Born and brought up in the northern town of Baramullah Kashmir, M.Amin Bhat Started his artistic career 3 decades ago as a Founder member of Mehboob cultural

Anil Joshi

Electronics Engineer from VNIT (Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology) and have done MBA in Finance & Marketing. Post Graduation in Mass Communication.

Key Activities


There are more than 1.2 billion young people (defined by the United Nations as between 15 and 24 years of age) in the world today, the largest group in history. Young people are key agents for social change, and are providing the energy, creative ideas and determination to drive innovation and reform. Volunteerism is an important, and increasingly popular, mechanism for young people to bring about positive change in society, and it is becoming more and more relevant as a mechanism to engage young people in global peace and sustainable human development. For instance, as governments, United Nations entities and civil society organizations debate and articulate the post-2015 development agenda, there is a strong call for a bottom-up process in which young people’s voices are included and youth are actively engaged in the process, and volunteering is a viable mechanism for this. Young people increasingly feel that volunteerism complements formal education in teaching the skills that are required for the job market, such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, planning, management, creativity, communication and negotiation. This is especially important given the current global economic downturn, where competition for jobs is increasing. We at ELFA INTERNATIONAL promote volunteerism and encourage people to associate with us, in case you are interested please contact us on info@elfainternational.org

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