The Blossom Team
Arun and Daya, Founders of Blossom Projects, have been collaborating on youth projects in India since 2007, when they met on a youth retreat in Nagpur, central India. In 2009 they formed a Kerala-based team to lead Communicative English projects for youth in Kerala, and in 2014, they launched an alternative learning community, Lokuttara Leadership Academy. In 2015, Lokuttara added an educational residence for boys, and in 2017 an educational residence for girls’, Blossom Projects, opened. Blossom cultivates confidence, creativity and compassion, training young women as social entrepreneurs to create solutions in their own communities.
Arun Boudh, Co-Founder and Director
Arun is Co-Founder and Director and of Lokuttara Leadership Academy. He is from Kerala, a graduate in BA Malayalam literature from BM College in Mavelikara, and completed his diploma in Buddhism and Social work course at Nagarjuna Training Institute in Nagaloka in Nagpur. He is a Buddhist practitioner practicing in Triratna Bouddha Maghasangh as a Dhammamitra. Since 2009 he has been closely working with JBI. He leads several social work training, educational workshops, and Ambedkerite Buddhist teachings in Kerala.
Dayamudra Ann Dennehy, Co-Founder and Mentor
Daya founded Jai Bhim International in 2008 to support the creation of youth projects in India. She has been teaching English as a Second Language for more than 25 years, and has led Communicative English projects across India, as well as in a Gypsy village in Hungary and a Mayan mountain town in Guatemala. Daya is trained as a Yoga Teacher through Integral Yoga Institute and ordained as a Buddhist Dharmacharini in the Triratna Buddhist Order. She splits her time between India and The U.S., where she teaches at City College of San Francisco.
Anju Gopinath, Office Manager
Anju has been Lokuttara Leadership Academy's Office Manager since March 2015. Anju is a MECS B-Com graduate from Kerala University, Mavelikara, and she completed a Computer Accounting Diploma in Indian and Foreign Accounting (DIFA) course at G-Tec Mavelikara. She leads Lokuttara’s bookkeeping, office management, and community outreach. Anju’s passion is teaching and she has operated her own private tutoring services since 2009. She co-teaches and translates at Lokuttara’s workshops and public programs.
Mrs. Archana Jomon, English Teacher
Archana has been working as Lokuttara Leadership Academy’s English Teacher since 2015. She is a trained BSc nurse, a graduate of St. Gregarious College of Nursing, Parumala under M. G University, with two-and-a-half years of experience in the nursing field both inside and outside Kerala, including one year in Mumbai, at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College. Archana also did a one-year Computer Teacher Training, as well as a 6-month IELTS course. In addition to leading our English program and developing student-centered learning materials, Archana co-teaches and translates at Lokuttara’s workshops and public programs.
Anju Usha, Computer Teacher
Anju is Lokuttara Leadership Academy’s new Computer Teacher. She is a B-Com Taxation graduate from MSM College Kayamkulam, and completed a one-year junior diploma course in Co-operation and a one year Computer Teacher Training. Before joining Lokuttara Leadership Academy, Anju led computer classes for six months at a local school.