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ABOUT US

PRASAD Australia is a licensee of the PRASAD Project, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

PRASAD is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of economically disadvantaged people around the world. PRASAD (Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service And Development) is a philanthropic expression of the SYDA Foundation – the organization that protects, preserves and disseminates the Siddha Yoga teachings.

PRASAD Australia formally began its work in Australia in 2002. Prior to that time, many Australians supported PRASAD Chikitsa through donations and volunteering. In 2002 PRASAD Australia became a partner of PRASAD Chikitsa by raising funds for its programs, including Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) and HIV/AIDS. PRASAD Chikitsa operates health, education, disaster relief and sustainable community development programs in India.

PRASAD bases its humanitarian work on essential aspects of the Siddha Yoga philosophy and culture-selfless service, enduring commitment, and respect for all people, regardless of their race or belief.

Our mission: PRASAD Australia works in partnership with PRASAD Chikitsa to build a sustainable future for children, families and communities living in poverty.

Our values: PRASAD Australia’s values manifest Siddha Yoga philosophy and culture in the arena of philanthropic work.

• We recognise the inherent dignity and worth of each person

• We strive to always treat fellow human beings with love and respect

• We affirm the spirit of generosity that creates abundance

Who Supports Us

PRASAD Australia receives financial support from a range of private, corporate and non-profit sources. We are grateful for your support and are honoured to put it into service helping the people who need it the most.

General information

PRASAD Australia is an Australian government-approved overseas aid organisation and donations greater than $2 are tax deductible. PRASAD Australia is run solely by volunteers, so its overheads are significantly less than those of many large charities, and more of the donated funds get directly to the people who are in need.

Click here to download the 2015 Prasad Australia AGM Minutes

Click here to download the 2017 Prasad Australia Financial Reports

Click here to download the Prasad Australia Constitution

PRASAD Australia Board of Directors

Susanna Mason
Susanna MasonChairperson of the Board
Susanna joined the Board in 2016, bringing considerable experience having acted as a director of several companies over the past twenty years. She is also a Board member of another not-for profit organisation, which is involved in medical research and education.
Susanna has a nursing background in paediatrics.
Susanna had already been a strong financial supporter, when she volunteered to attend the PRASAD Chikitsa Eye Camp in 1999.The profound experience of seeing the vision of so many people of the Tansa Valley restored during that time has left her feeling encouraged to see the work of PRASAD Chikitsa expanded with the ongoing assistance of PRASAD Australia.
Susanna brings a deep commitment to the work of PRASAD.
Peter Speakman
Peter SpeakmanCompany Secretary
Peter is the Principal of Peter Speakman & Co Solictors, in Victoria.
Peter has served on the Board and provided legal advice to PRASAD Australia for many years. He helped to secure our rare and vital Deductible Gift Recipient and Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme status, which enables donations over $2 to be tax deductible in Australia, and for funds raised to be sent overseas to PRASAD Chikitsa.
Peter has many years experience as a lawyer, including in the area of intellectual property. He is certified by the Law Institute of Victoria as an Accredited Business Law Specialist.
Peter brings a deep commitment to the work of PRASAD and bettering the lives of people in the Tansa Valley.
Peter Raines
Peter RainesTreasurer & Fundraising Support
Peter was the first Chair of PRASAD Australia in 2002, and a member of the board for twelve years to 2014. He rejoined the Board in March 2015.

Peter is a former director of Mobil Oil Australia and a business consultant. He now lives on a farm in Torquay and works part time, alternating between driving a tractor and providing advice to small businesses.

“ Prasad’s mission resonates with me and its values align with mine – this makes service to this organization a joyful experience.”

Maureen Brown
Maureen BrownCommunications
Maureen joined the Board in 2016, having had extensive experience in education, at both the school and tertiary level, as a teacher, co-ordinator and consultant. Her commitment to cross-cultural understanding and diversity have been reflected in her work over many years in the classroom as well as working with both children and adults as an English as a Second Language teacher. Her time in tertiary Institutes and AMES, as a trainer and consultant, involved covering a wide variety of topics in many sectors across both Industry and Local Councils. Since leaving education, her passion for teaching writing skills has broadened to proof reading and editing others’ work as well as developing her own writing projects.
Maureen has long admired the work of PRASAD and is delighted to support the on-going commitment to the people of the Tansa Valley.
Sonia Kaushik
Sonia KaushikFundraising & Donor Support
Sonia Kaushik joined the board in 2017 and has been a long-term donor, fundraiser and volunteer for PRASAD Australia. She is committed to improving the living conditions, social and emotional wellbeing for economically and socially disadvantaged people through PRASAD.
As an undergraduate student she taught in adult literacy programs, made audio recordings for blind students and raised funds for the victims of natural disasters. In addition to this commitment to help, she has several years of experience in writing grants, managing projects and liaising with hospitals, universities and various funding agencies.
Originally trained as a research scientist at IISc. Bangalore, she is currently teaching science at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
Karen Workman
Karen WorkmanBoard Member
Karen Workman is a psychologist in private practice and Traditional Japanese Reiki master living in Melbourne.

She is a long time dedicated supporter of the work of PRASAD International and PRASAD Australia.

Chloe Dervin
Chloe DervinBoard Member
Chloe Dervin is a Chartered Accountant and co-founder of a technology consultancy based in Sydney. Chloe has been a longtime enthusiast of the work of PRASAD and has seen first-hand, the impact PRASADS programs have had to improve the lives of the people in the Tansa Valley in India.
Having worked in Banking and Finance in Australia for over 20 years, Chloe also lived in New York where she volunteered full time for a Global Non-Profit Organisation. On returning to Australia, Chloe co-founded a technology consultancy. Chloe also serves as a member of a Pricing Committee for a Global Non-Profit.