Our team

Meet the Loud and proud team of Grassroot!

Mayfereen Ryntathiang


Mayfereen is one of the of the founding members of the Grassroot. She has completed the Human Rights and Leadership study from Colombia University. She has received scholarships from Million Kisses Foundation, USA and FAO, Italy for documentation of the Khasi folklore and Herbal medicine practices respectively.

She is passionate about the work that she does and is especially passionate towards working on Indigenous issues with Indigenous people.

Arzenia Ryntathiang


Kong Arzenia, our Administrator has been working with us since 2017.

Her journey towards the social sector started with the aim to achieve emotional human connection rather than financial status.

Even though she works full time with us, she believes that motherhood is and always be her first job!

Memorial Khongkai

Team Lead

Memorial (AKA Memo) joined Grassroot in 2018 because she founded that her objectives of working is Community Intervention aligned with that of the organisation.

She got her calling into the social space when project area and was introduced to the harsh reality that street children face everyday 

Lyntiborn Marngar

Team Lead

Prior to Grassroot, Lynti worked as an Associate Programme Manager for Center for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML), a TATA trust initiatve, focused on Skills and Enterprise promotion.

She is currently under the fellowship program in Grassroot and is passionate about working in and empowering the rural sector. 

Mebarisuk Jana


Meba is our youngest employee!

Working in an NGO was one of the things in her bucket list. She loves going to the filed and interacting with new people.

P.S. She has an infectious laugh!

Chenmiki Laloo

Team Lead

Our Programme Officer, Bah Chen completed his MSW with Community Development as his specialization from Assam Don Bosco University. One of his biggest achievements is being awarded a project titled Inclusive Football for Gender and Peace by Katradi and U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata.

He is very passionate towards working with the youth and indigenous communities in rural areas.

Abhishek Pde

Communications Officer

Abhishek completed his Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from Jain University, Bangalore with a specialization in Social Media & Digital Marketing.

He is relatively new to the social sector and want to use his skills for the benefit of those in need.

Manly B Rani

Programme Associate

manly describes himself as a friendly person who can easily blend-in with anyone.

He completed his BA from Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore and is currently pursuing his Msc in Electronic Media from Pondicherry University

Nafisaka Lyngdoh

Programme Associate

Nafisaka Lyngdoh (Naff) joined Grassroot as a field Associate in 2021. She completed her MSW from St. Aloysuis College, Mangalore with a specialization in Community Development.

She has also represented the youth from India in the South Asian Conference on Climate change in 2019

Wungreithan Awungshi

Fellowship Awardee

Wungreithan (aka Jim), was born in Manipur but raised in Shillong which he considers his second home.

Jim has a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and has completed his M.Phil in Inclusive Development & Social Justice from Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS). He is also a PhD candidate at TISS Mumbai. 

Luke Lyngdoh

Web designer

I am passionate about my work. Because I love what I do, I have steady source of motivation that drives me to do my best.

We are a passionate team of young and vibrant minds who explores potentiality and ideas to cater to the welfare and rights of the indigenous people of the state. We believe in accessibility, responsibility, and equal opportunities for everyone. Our mission is to sustain and tap the community’s resources and to empower them individually and socially.