EKTA origin India; Hindi noun (pronounced ayk-tha): a purposeful unity; solidarity; a melding of people in pursuit of a common cause.
After two decades of running a successful small business in the US, Amrita & Ashok Mahbubani set up their family Foundation in 2007 with the simple purpose of giving back. To ensure that EKTA’s grants make measurable, sustainable impact on real challenges facing humanity in troubled areas, the Mahbubanis chose the Clinton Global Initiative as their portal into the world of strategically targeted philanthropy. Initial commitments implemented through CGI have flowered into a broader relationship for Amrita & Ashok as Ambassadors for the Clinton Foundation.
Through CGI, EKTA was able to find like-minded partner organizations working on Water & Sanitation, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and Education. The unifying objective of the Foundation's commitments and investments in these areas is enhancing human dignity, and building human capital, through knowledge & learning, with the long-term goal of communal & personal development.
In their path to the present, the Mahbubanis developed a bond with Haiti, through a family owned manufacturing business that employed 300 people there in the '80s. In this, the poorest country in our hemispehere, the EKTA Foundations has made measurable impact working with stellar partners - the Haitian Education & Leadership Program (HELP), Inveneo and Water.org - to change ground realities for the better. Perhaps more fulfilling is the experience of seeing Haitians at all levels strive to take charge of their destiny, directing their irrepressible spirit to rebuild their country as they find their new place in the world.
The EKTA Foundation has made a significant commitment to women's health in the United States as a benefactor contributor to the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California. Heart disease kills more women than men every year in the US. An underlying cause is that, until recently, their treatment was based on medical research performed on male subjects. The Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai has played a critical role in characterizing female-pattern heart disease and developing new gender-specific diagnostic protocols that advance preventive, specialized care for women at risk.
The birth of EKTA in the US is a dimension of the American dream linked, at many levels, to the birth of its founders in India. One of the many ideas that comes from a fusion of Eastern philosophy with Western thought is that of a destiny shaped through actions that fulfil our highest calling and feed our spirit. This is the purposeful unity - the EKTA - that we seek, as we continue our never-ending quest for beneficial change in the world.