Balika Panchayat: Creating A Platform For Adolescent Girls

Balika Panchayat: Creating A Platform For Adolescent Girls

Introduction - What is a Balika Panchayat? The Women and Child Development Department of Gujarat (will be referred to as WCD), under the initiative Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, launched a pilot project of creating Balika Panchayats. This project was started with the aim...

स्त्रियाँ बाहर जाने से कतराती हैं! कारण क्या है?

स्त्रियाँ बाहर जाने से कतराती हैं! कारण क्या है?

ट्रिंगर वॉर्निंग- आर्टिकल में सेक्शुअल वायलेंस का ज़िक्र है। आज मैं एक ऐसे मुद्दे की बात करने जा रही हूं, जो मुझे और मेरे आसपास की युवतियों, स्त्रियों और LGBTQIA समुदाय के ज़ुबान पर ना सही मगर दिल में एक कसक के तौर पर हमेशा से रहा है। बात है हैरसमेंट की:...

Exploring Relationship With Religion

Exploring Relationship With Religion

I am not a religious person. However, by virtue of growing up in a religious society, I've always practiced Christianity as a way of life. Church and community have played a major role in shaping my mental models, beliefs, and aspirations. All throughout childhood, I...

Designing A Training Session For Swasthya Kirans

Designing A Training Session For Swasthya Kirans

Who is a Swasthya Kiran ?She is a community volunteer residing in the village she serves. They receive trainings on various health topics pertaining to the need of their community. They spread their knowledge amongst their fellow community members. They are also...

Flight Over The World Of Education

Flight Over The World Of Education

Hello! I am a bird. I recently heard that a virus called Covid-19 affected the human kind. Am I too a victim of the virus? Has there been a genetic mutation in birds lately because I have been thinking like humans. After flying for such long hours and thinking along...

Having Skin In The Game – A Beautiful Challenge

Having Skin In The Game – A Beautiful Challenge

It’s been a few days since I moved to my new field location - district Chamoli in Uttarakhand. Here we are working on a project to protect, preserve and cultivate traditional medicinal and aromatic plants. We are working in 5 blocks of the district and I am currently...

“उदयपुर के 25 गाँव जहां कोई स्कूल नहीं”

“उदयपुर के 25 गाँव जहां कोई स्कूल नहीं”

अभी हाल ही में आपने बिहार के सोनू कुमार का वायरल वीडियो देखा होगा, जिसमें वो सीएम नीतीश कुमार से मिलकर अच्छी शिक्षा पाने की गुहार लगा रहा था। वह IAS बनने के सपने बता रहा था। अब चलिए आपको वहीं, राजस्थान के सुदूरवर्ती इलाकों में ले चलते हैं। बस स्कूल जा रहे हैं कुछ...

Why 50 kgs On A Weighing Scale Comes As A Surprise To Me

Why 50 kgs On A Weighing Scale Comes As A Surprise To Me

Malnutrition as a term never occurred in my conversations before I started working with Project Koshika in Panna, Madhya Pradesh.It has become a reoccurring word in my dictionary now. Koshika runs a maternal and infant health intervention in 10 remote villages of...

Kambadiya Devipujaks : The Worshippers Of Devi

Kambadiya Devipujaks : The Worshippers Of Devi

Most of my time spent in Kutch is with the communities on urban Bhuj, specifically slum areas. I go for regular visits to their places to meet the Kishoris (adolscent girls). As part of my project with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), we work towards the...

Trupti Kitchen : A Community Kitchen For Senior Citizens

Trupti Kitchen : A Community Kitchen For Senior Citizens

MArathwada NAVnirman LOKayat 'MANAVLOK', the organization I am part of, is working on myriad thematic areas like watershed management, health, education, women empowerment, disaster relief, agriculture, and livelihoods. Think of a thematic area and I bet MANAVLOK has...

Barricades : Safety On One Side, Inconvenience On The Other

Barricades : Safety On One Side, Inconvenience On The Other

If you’re heading towards any residential part of south Delhi at any time post 10 PM, then even Google Maps will not be able to help you with the directions. Only someone who is a regular and knows every nook and corner of the area can get you out of the maze that...

Possible Consequences Of Women Not Knowing Their Bodies

Possible Consequences Of Women Not Knowing Their Bodies

I was on a patient visit, to understand why some of our TB diagnosed patients were not consuming their medicines and to further motivate them to eat, take care and routinely consume their medicines. On one such visit we came across a home besides a corn field where a...

Farewell, Khandar

Farewell, Khandar

I had almost begun writing about another beginning as I move to a new work location in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. But then I felt I need to bid a goodbye first. For the past 7 months, as part of India Fellow, I have been working with Udyogini in a place called Khandar in...