The ‘As’ in ASHA

Public health programmes have a long history of working with community health workers. In India, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHAs) are health workers selected from the village and trained to

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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 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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So Much to Learn, So Little Language

My project is with Bhasha, known in Gujarat as Bhasha Sansodhan Prakashan Kendra (Language Research and Publication Center). Bhasha works with tribal and adivasi (indigenous communities) in India. There are

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The Price of Human Rights Work

When you work in human rights, you see a lot of sad faces. A ten-year-old girl describing when she was raped. A father explaining that his son was murdered.

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“Lights Up”

Dombivli is a city of secret streets. Hidden passages lead between apartments from one road to another, conveniently avoiding the congestion and traffic in between. While I have visited many

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What good are human rights?

During my first year of law school, I took a class called Public International Law in which we studied human rights and the remedies that exist for human rights violations.

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A new beginning

I have no idea what time it is.  My watch says it’s 3:45 am, but it’s daylight outside the nearest window and, regardless, it’s not clear what time zone

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Back to the Pink City

This past month I took advantage of the Fellowship “exposure visit” and made the train journey to Jaipur to meet with fellow education Fellow, Stephanie Dorman, at her NGO—Digantar.  Jaipur—The

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