Haplessly Embedded

For me, monitoring & evaluation is a push and pull between being social—getting to know the program team whose work I’m studying; and remaining solitary—reading, analyzing, writing. I’m fairly comfortable

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Going to School for an Open Mind

“Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.” -Laurence J. Peter

Observing primary classes at Bhasha’s Vasantshala school, I’ve begun to wonder how school

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The Perfect Mix

It’s 9:30am and a Shaishav staff member is flying down the streets of the Kumbarwada slum on their bike as I grab onto the seat behind them. We are on

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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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Lesson One: Worth It and More

It’s been eight months since I stepped foot in Saurashtra (the southern part of Gujarat) and nope, this blog is not about how wonderful my life has been ever since.

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From the Mentor’s Desk: Saath

Saath’s partnership with AIF has been a long one. It is a relationship that has been developed through periods of innovation, growth and change. We have been fortunate to have

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A Series of India “Firsts”

After almost two weeks in India, I am happy to report that I am settling in, enjoying myself, and already have so many memories to treasure. I still don’t have

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‘Utthan’ (Development) through Utthan

Utthan a Sanskrit word means Development in English. Utthan a Gujarat based organization was was founded in 1981, with its initiation in the Bhal region of Dhandhuka taluka, an area of the

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Ready for new learning!

India is a country where you can not just stop learning.Every corner, every moment in India gives an opportunity to learn unexpected and some of the most exciting things. My

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Discovering India

As I talk about and prepare for my fellowship, I have been asked the same question over and over again: “But, will you like it in India?” Friends, that

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