The student organization comprises a senior board of high schoolers across Fairfax County, and it’s just recruited a new junior board of middle and high school students who have now joined the movement.
The student-run organization and board, as well as more than 500 volunteers across the U.S., have been working for the last decade to help arm survivors of child trafficking in India with resources and tools to forge ahead with new education, career paths and lives.
Student Board of Directors
President and Co-Founder
Medhnaa Saran is the co-founder and president of the Touch of Life Foundation. She began her journey ten years ago at Kailash Satyarthi's orphanages and since then has wanted to make a difference to help children who have been victims of child labor and human trafficking. She has hosted many bake sales, events, and clothing drives to raise funds and clothes for rescued children. Additionally, she has spoken to congressmen and representatives to amend laws and spread awareness about this cause. She is currently working on the “Not My Child” campaign for schools to have mandatory annual assemblies for students to notice the signs and inform them about child trafficking and labor. Medhnaa is a senior at Pinnacle Academy in Northern Virginia. In Medhnaa’s free time, she enjoys playing competitive golf, robotics, and mentoring teams in science and math competitions.
Vice President and Co-Founder
Kushaan Saran is the co-founder and vice president of the Touch of Life Foundation and is currently in 11th grade at Pinnacle Academy. He has organized sports tournaments and bake sales to raise funds for victims of child trafficking as well as have had clothes drives for these victims. Kushaan enjoys robotics and is on the engineering and programming team of his high school’s FRC team where his team took first place in the regionals this past year. He also competes in Science Olympiad and is in the National Honor Society. Kushaan is an avid golfer and competes in local and national tournaments. Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Laureate was his inspiration and has guided him and Medhnaa on how they can make a difference in this fight against child trafficking and labor.
Volunteer Supervisor & Social Media
Avani Mehta is a member of the Touch of Life Foundation’s Board of Directors. She assists with marketing and outreach aspects for the organization. She actively spreads awareness by making posters and reaching out to local businesses for their support. In addition, she is a presenter/panelist for the virtual volunteer programs. She is a student at James Madison High School in Northern Virginia. Avani enjoys drawing, playing piano, and volunteering. She competes on her schools debate and crew team. She has been an avid student and performer of both Bollywood and classical Kathak dance from a young age. She is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization which will help a great number of victims around the world.
Outreach and Tutoring
Nayan Iyer is a sixteen-year-old who is a junior at James Madison High School. He feels strongly about volunteering for the Touch of Life foundation because it is important for every child to have the opportunity to an education, and to succeed. He is currently involved with applying for different grants in order to fund the Touch of Life Foundation, as well as creating different videos for the virtual volunteer program. He wants to make a difference in the community to ensure avenues for enrichment are available to all children. In his free time, he enjoys reading, skiing, and biking. He also participates in Science Bowl, Cyberpatriots and Marching Band.
Arya is a junior at Sherwood High School. Arya has been heavily involved with Touch Of Life since it’s inception. She is a compassionate and driven individual that spends time volunteering for local community organizations such as, Touch of Life and Manna. Arya has a love of sports and enjoys playing basketball and field hockey. Along with sports she has been passionate about dancing from a very young age. Arya has explored the arts of Bollywood, Bhangra, and Bharatnayam. She is looking forward to serving on the board and making a difference.
Jay Sikka is currently a Junior at James Madison High School in Vienna, VA. He joined the foundation in Spring 2019. He has helped with coordinating events and managing some of TOLF’s social media accounts, including the Youtube channel. He plays the Trombone in the Marching Band at his school and he is an avid coder. He likes to help others and enjoys being a part of the Touch of Life Foundation.
Proposal and Grant Coordinator
Arnav Kaul is currently a junior at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. Having lived across the United States, Arnav discovered a lot about his community and looks to learn from others. Along with being a Touch of Life Board Member, he plays soccer for both school and club and enjoys playing the cello for his school orchestra. Additionally, Arnav has an interest in coding and watches movies in his free time. Arnav is grateful to be part of the Touch of Life Foundation and is driven to make an impact on his community.
Adan Eftekhari is currently 15 years old and in grade 10 at Fairfax High School. He is the eldest of 3 and was born in Fairfax, Virginia. He lived there for about a year and a half before moving to Doha, Qatar for his father’s work. After Qatar, he and his family moved to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for around a year and a half, before moving back to Fairfax, Virginia. Still living in Fairfax, Virginia currently, he enjoys school a lot and loves learning. Adan’s favorite subjects are geography, math, and science. He also really enjoys sports and has been playing soccer for about 11 years. Adan currently plays on a local travel soccer club. Also, in his free time, he enjoys playing with friends, competing in schoolwide and nationwide competitions, studying geography, and playing video games.
Rhea is a board member of the Touch of Life Foundation and a freshman at William & Mary. Her interests include traveling, creating home movies, coding, and practicing and teaching yoga, as she is a certified teacher. After watching her mom’s work and assisting alongside her at a non-profit that supports individuals living with disabilities, she knew that she wanted to be a part of a meaningful cause that helps others. She was introduced to TOLF when she met Medhnaa and soon began as a virtual volunteer. She felt inspired by the work the organization had done previously and wanted to help make a difference. She hopes to educate and encourage others to get involved and join the fight against human trafficking.
Sahil is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School. He plays on the basketball team, and enjoys reading, playing piano, and football on the side. Sahil is motivated to make an impact in the community by helping victims of human trafficking and abuse.