Age: 23
Home Town: Palo Alto, CA
Education: BA, Molecular Biology, Pomona College
Specific Field Interests: Science-based public policy, social and environmental justice, global health, food and water security, movement-building, and transformational social change
Placement: Arghyam, Bangalore, Karnataka
Area of Focus: Environment

Highlights: During her time at Pomona College, Ragini created a computer literacy program in a rural Indian village to provide educational and economic opportunities to under-served students at a resource-poor government high school. After graduation, her interest in rural development issues led to ten months of work at the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development (FORRAD), a Delhi-based non-profit focusing on natural resource management. While there, she documented the state of clean drinking water and comprehensive water conservation projects in rural areas of Rajasthan, Bundelkhand, and Tamil Nadu, with a focus on sustainable development work that created participatory, accountable systems of community involvement. Ragini speaks English, Hindi, and some Spanish.

Posts by raginikathail


Selling development work to marginalized communities

In collaboration with the government of Karnataka, Arghyam is working on a behavior change communication […]


Progressive voices for women’s rights

The brutal rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December has set […]


Of saris and Christmas

There is a long list of things that qualify me to count India as home: […]


Water and sanitation in Bangalore

At Arghyam, I work on an initiative called the India Water Portal, which is an online platform for […]


One night in Kabini

I work for Arghyam, a non-profit in Bangalore that does work on water and sanitation, and […]


Leaving Delhi for dosas: a new beginning

Sitting at my home in Palo Alto, listening to swing bands and eating my last […]

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