Ama Sangathan – From Bonded Laborers to Entrepreneurs

In Desia, a local language used in Odisha, Halia means people who work under the king. Sahi refers to a small part of the village. So, Halia Sahi is a small village near Mandibisi in Rayagada district of Odisha. Back in the late 1980s, the people of Halia Sahi were...

Many Cures For The Same Disease

Access to healthcare is a necessity to all communities. However, the diagnoses, treatment and recovery vary as widely as the communities themselves. To aid a human body heal itself is considered a noble cause, and the need for it is only increasing with the population...

The Hiring And Firing!

The Hiring And Firing!

I have now spent about a month with my host organization in Indore. During this time, I've been spending time trying to understand the culture of the organization. It comes without a surprise that the corporate sector and the social sector have their own values,...

A Model Sarpanch And Red Bindis

A Model Sarpanch And Red Bindis

“Where do women and girls want to go and what do they want?” Until the day I visited a Sarpanch for the first time, as a part of my field visits, I realized that I had not given much thought to the little dots that we like to place on our foreheads as ‘bindis’. For...

Contemplating Child-centric Education In Rural Ranthambore

Contemplating Child-centric Education In Rural Ranthambore

Travelling from New Delhi, I was welcomed to Gramin Shiksha Kendra (GSK) office campus in Sawai Madhopur with the quintessentially autumn scent of shiulis, and a reminder of what fresh air on my face and in my lungs ought to feel like. Notably, with the nearby roads...

From Waste To Weave

From Waste To Weave

In the menace of plastic in Bhuj, lies livelihoods of many weavers of Kutch. Upcycling plastic has proven to not only be a livelihood initiative, but has morphed into a culture of love, protection and well-being of the planet.

Setu Abhiyan: Strengthening Local Governance

Setu Abhiyan: Strengthening Local Governance

India is poor because villages of India are poor. India will be rich if the villges of India are rich. Panchayats should be given greater powers, for we want the villagers to have greater measure of Swaraj (Self Government) in their own villages.Jawaharlal Nehru, The...

Tech Solutions To Structural Problems?

Tech Solutions To Structural Problems?

As part of my year at the fellowship, I am working with Nayi Disha Resource Centre (NDRC) — a one-stop-shop for caregivers of persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs). In today's India, the resources and platforms available for persons with...