Shannon Dona Massar

Shannon Massar

Shannon Dona Massar

Co-founder and Director

Despite belonging to the Khasi tribe, Shannon Dona Massar considers herself a Monpa and an Adi because she believes it is her right to remain connected to her other roots. Shannon Dona Massar holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from SNDT women’s university, Mumbai. Her expertise lies in the development, rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration of trafficked children and she has worked with reputed organizations in Mumbai, India, such as Justice and Care, Save the Children India, and FHI/SOSVA. In Shillong, she taught at the Department of Social Work of Meghalaya Liberal Arts University and also served as Director of the State Child Protection Society, Meghalaya as part of the Integrated Child Development Scheme. Due to her experiences and local knowledge of the vulnerable situation of girls and young women in her communities, she established the Faith Foundation, an organization with a vision of a “Society that respects and promotes the rights of children, young girls, and women”.

In 2015, she attended the Global Leadership School of Indigenous Women, a Human Rights and International Advocacy Skills program offered by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (IIWF/FIMI) at Columbia University, New York. Additionally, she attended the 2015 and 2018 United Nations Permanent Forums. She has developed her experience and knowledge of Indigenous issues worldwide through her ties with the International Indigenous Women’s Forum as well as the Seventh Generation Fund.