Angela Kohama

Age: 24
Home Town: Portland, OR
Education: B.A., University of Oregon. Major: International Development focusing on South Asia, departmental honors. Minors: Special Education, Religious Studies.
Specific Field Interests: Inclusive development practices, Inclusive Education, People with Disabilities and Human Rights, Development in South Asia.
Placement: Shaishav (Bhavnagar, Gujarat)
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Angela's passion for South Asia began as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, studying International Development with a focus on inclusion of marginalized populations, specifically people with disabilities, in education and development projects. As an undergraduate, she traveled to rural Maharashtra to do Monitoring and Evaluation for an organization working with children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She then worked at a school for children with multiple disabilities. Upon completing her undergraduate, she returned to India as a Critical Language Scholar from the U.S. Department of State, spending the summer soaking up Hindi in Jaipur. In addition to her time spent in India, Angela has worked with nonprofits and NGOs in the United States. This includes the development department at HIV Alliance, the International Development and Disability team at Mobility International U.S.A., as well as the Humanitarian Response team at Mercy Corps' Global Headquarters. She also has worked in elementary school classrooms with children with disabilities and in independent living centers. Angela has traveled across South and Southeast Asia, parts of Europe, and aspires to one day work for an Internationally-based Disabled People's Organization focusing on inclusion of people with disabilities in development projects.Supported by American Express

A Tale of Two-Tier Cities

Intro: Angela Kohama, AIF Fellowship Class of 2013-14, writes about her experience living in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, and offers incoming Fellows personal insights and advice for succeeding and getting the most

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The Gunda Undar

Nilam, the project manager for Shaishav’s children’s collective, strolls confidently to the front of the room. As a young woman, age 32, who lives in Bhavnagar’s largest slum, she

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The things that keep you sane

People often ask me, “Why India?” It’s true, I keep returning. As I wrote in my application for this fellowship, I find India alluring. There is something intimate and almost

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Mother’s Rights

Let’s take a step back in time, to September 2013. In Bhavnagar, India, the ground was still slightly damp from a late monsoon season. I rode sidesaddle on Alpesh’s motorbike,

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Christmas in a slum

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, several creatures were stirring; yes, even a mouse. The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care, because all knew

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Grassroots Development: A Definition

Children, youth and adults clambered into the Shaishav bus, faces aglow with excitement. Standing on the outside, I could hear laughter and Gujarati gabbing trickle out the windows. A microphone

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Bhavnagar by Bicycle

I have procured a bicycle. Actually, the NGO that I work for, Shaishav, had a spare one in their storage space. Three tire repairs and one seat adjustment later, I

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Power, Privilege and a Piece of Pizza.

Every time I return to India, I try to “expect the unexpected.” As cliché as that phrase sounds, “the unexpected” is why I initially fell in love with this country. It

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