Better Off (Un)knowing

*Thwack*!
Absent-mindedly, I swat another mosquito away that has landed on my arm. I can now trace invisible lines on my body from one bite to another, and even with

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Tribute to Bhulabhai Vannmalibhai Patel

As part of its Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), which aims to universalize access to elementary education while empowering communities to improve the quality of their children’s education, AIF

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Why Evidence Matters

The following blog introduces AIF’s new framework of Learning, Evaluation, and Impact by founding Director Dr. Varna Sri Raman. Dr. Raman has more than a decade of experience in social

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The Fourth “T” of Darjeeling

In an early blog post, I mentioned the concept of the Darjeeling economy divided into three areas called the three T’s: tea, timber, and tourism. But throughout my time here,

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A Vipassana Education

A few days ago as I was about to begin an activity with our 4th and 5th graders, I looked up from where we were sitting and gazed at how

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A Vipassana Education

A few days ago as I was about to begin an activity with our 4th and 5th graders, I looked up from where we were sitting and gazed at how

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Mindful Development

I have often wondered at what we call sustainable development. It is difficult enough to think about all of this injustice, inequality, and suffering in the world, let alone work

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The Barefoot Teacher

Expectations are a funny thing. They are something we create in our own heads. They aren’t tangible. They don’t cost money. You can’t see them either. Yet, these mental constructs

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When Women Fight Back

 
Violence is not for me. Scenes of real-life fighting and bloodshed make me uncomfortably anxious. Sometimes even a little nauseous.  Conflict may be an inevitable part of life… but

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