Age: 23
Home Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Education: BSc- Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Texas Christian University
Specific Field Interests: Education, Women's Rights, and Public Health
Placement: Sparsha Trust/Reaching Hand - Bangalore, Karnataka
Area of Focus: Public Health

Highlights: Abby is enthusiastic to explore southern India after previously living in Chandigarh and Delhi. Although she was raised in the uniquely homogenous Cajun culture of Louisiana, she has always enjoyed learning about diverse cultures- particularly working with refugees resettled in Baton Rouge. After working for the past year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in an Indian government school, she is excited to collaborate with Sparsha in order to work at the intersection of public health, child rights, and education. She also hopes to utilize aspects of her child rights curriculum, which she developed over the past year in Delhi. Her past experiences in lobbying, fundraising, and working, for the U.S. Congress, have taught her the values of patience and collaboration in order to create positive change. While in India, she hopes to see lots of pongols during Durga Puja, find exceptional momos (steamed, not fried!), and run in road races throughout the south.

Posts by abigailterhaar


“What Did You Do in India?”

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Women Behind the Wheel: Stories from Steer to Change

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Surpassing Sustenance: A Chronicle of Food in India

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The Mesmerizing Mahila of the Mandakani

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What’s in a Skill?

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Women with a Vision: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017

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Rural Education: More Questions than Answers

In my lifetime, for as long as I can remember there has been a focus […]


The Opportunity to Speak

On my first day of teaching middle school in a government-aided school in Delhi, I […]


Shuba’s Smile

As we walked into our Kothanur Center, we met a girl dangling her keys, flashing […]


From Baton Rouge to Bangalore

I remember my first day in India two and a half years ago, glued to […]

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