We believe empathy connects, wherever we go...

Empathy is most essential quality of a civilization

We all have empathy, we might not have enough opportunities to display

Travel . Connect . Transform

Empathy Connects is founded by TISS Alumni. It is an initiative of Tathaastu Social Initiatives and mentored by social leaders, entrepreneurs and professors from TISS, IIMs and IITs. We identify and partner with organizations and social enterprises with sustainable impact at grassroots. Our mission is to create informed citizens with an experience of grassroots realities. Motivated individuals are connected with these movements through travel, internship and cultural immersion programs. To achieve the goal we focus on making these travel programs and ground learning workshops an integral part of curriculum of education institutes.


  • An opportunity to travel and witness social change movements.
  • Interact with social leaders, challenge your perceptions and realize realities.
  • Enjoy the original flavor of rich cultural diversity of India through rural home stays, regional foods and arts.


  • Get connected to the visited organization through internship and volunteer programs.
  • Implement your learning and know more from the experienced social change leaders.


  • After knowing and entrenching the gravity of the core issues in mind.
  • Start solving the problems, get networked with other social entrepreneurs, gather resources and transform.
  • Be part of the movement.


Anshu Gupta

Founder & CEO, Goonj

Magsaysay Award (2015), Ashoka Fellow

Dr Bhaskar Mittra

Associate Director, Tata Cornell Agriculture & Nutrition Initiative

PhD, Forest Research Institute

TISS, Mumbai

Pranjal Dubey

Social Entrepreneur, Founder Sant Singaji Educational Society

Ramkrishna NK

Co-founder & CEO, Rang De

Ashoka Fellow

Shobha Punukollu

Co-founder, BridgeAble Pte. Ltd

Seed Funder, Volunteer (Singapore)

MBA, IIM Calcutta

B.Tech, NIT Karnataka

Dr Venkatesh Murthy

Asst Professor, IIM Rohtak

PhD, TISS Mumbai

Vinayak Lohani

Founder, Parivaar

MBA, IIM Calcutta

B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur


Nitesh Sachan


B.Tech VIT-Vellore, Masters in Social Entrepreneurship, TISS Mumbai

Nitin Dhakad

Marketing and Operations

B.Tech, IIT-Roorkee


Pranam Bansal

Experience Design Lead

B.Tech, IIT-Delhi


Empathy Connects
wherever we go!

Email: connect@empathyconnects.org

Call: +91 99307 48239

        +91 78957 94177

An initiative of Tathaastu Social Initiatives, a Society registered in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (India).