Leya truly lives up to her name, which means a lioness. Qualities such as leadership and independence come naturally to her. Born and raised in Kerala, India, Leya pursued a PG Diploma in public relations from Mumbai and then worked at a PR for over a year. At present, she successfully runs the Mumbai arm of Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) and is the highest point of contact for the program in India, going above and beyond in her role as program coordinator. GPM brings together volunteers and local Indian Jews to combat poverty and promote literacy among the children of Mumbai slums. This forges a powerful model of connecting communities based on the most basic tents of Judaism. GPM is built on a vision of changing the lives of children through literacy, hunger relief, hygiene and medical care, while educating young Jewish adults about the ethos of care, global responsibility and tikkun olam. GPM enables malnourished and hungry children to stay in school by providing hot meals. Young Jewish adults from around the world come to India for eight week programs to offer informal classes in varied subjects in an effort to help these children to dream big. Leya believes that her work impacts not just the children but also the society they live in. As part of her role, Leya also manages a number of volunteers from around the world and shows them the true essence of India. She feels strongly about her community and actively volunteers for Jewish activities.