Bridging the Rural Education Gap

“Education is the manifestation of perfection already in a man.”
-Swami Vivekananda
In a world of inequity, education often acts as a means for the less privileged to self-actualize. In

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The Rush-Hour Crawl of Progress

Heading home from my first day of work, I found myself in a packed Uber Pool in rush hour Hyderabad traffic. We moved at a glacial pace from the Youth4Jobs

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Development Debates, Disaster and Assam

As we embrace the ideas of development to embark upon the journey of change one needs to thoroughly understand the inherent debates. The role of traditional knowledge systems, communities and

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Service from Local to Global

Before joining the AIF Fellowship, I completed a year of AmeriCorps service at a family health center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this role, I worked directly with new moms on

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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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Rethinking Women’s Empowerment

When I told my coworkers, family, and friends that I was going to live in rural India for ten months, the reaction quickly became predictable: raised eyebrows, pursed lips, and

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