At a regular day in my (Ayushi Shukla at extreme right) work
The google says –
fellowship ˈfɛlə(ʊ)ʃɪp/ noun
A group of people meeting to pursue a shared interest or aim.
The month of November arrived to mark the beginning of my 9th month in the fellowship. My time in the fellowship defied the rule of professor Slughorn’s hourglass in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Eight months passed in a jiffy, it seems. The realization prompted me to look back and I felt compelled to share my experiences with the world.
My first encounter with migration; little did i know that this was the start of a long relationship. You will soon read how …
I landed in a village in south Rajasthan to work for social and financial inclusion of the seasonal migrant labor and the family. Learn more about my host organization Shram Sarathi. First few days at my host organization were adventurous at par with bungee jumping. I talked about it in my blog.
Shram Sarathi offered me the opportunity and flexibility to learn various aspects of lives of tribal community. I get to learn (and contribute?) to healthcare, livelihood and majorly, access to finance. Some snippets from my days at work.
The images above are from ‘Anokhi’ – a program for Women Entrepreneurship development in high migration area. The image that follows is of ‘A-kshay’ – for the patients suffering from tuberculosis, Basic Health Care Services provides them treatment and Shram Sarathi provides consumption loan for their nutritional requirement. By the way, have you read my co-fellow Pranoti’s blog on challenges with tuberculosis and tribal population yet?
I get to learn about lives of different tribal communities like Gameti, Garasiya, Meena, and Raika. Read my piece on Raika community.
Read story of a young boy and my incapacity to help. Things aren’t always always cloudy. I get to spend fun time with children too! like this one here :-
The next milestone (and the final in this journey) is the Travel Workshop to ‘Kutch’, where my cohort will spend 10 days with the grassroots organizations there and learn design thinking. If you appreciate our work, please contribute and make it happen! To support the learning of us 10 India Fellows, follow the link.
*Induction training picture courtesy – India Fellow Team
*Names changed to protect identity