In the fall of 2016 I worked with Sagrada Familia as a TFI fellow. La Comunidad Sagrada Familia is a school for 1200 children and has a residential program for students who cannot live at home, either because of problems in their family or because they are from a province outside of Lima. I spent two months focused on direct programming for the youth. I taught English classes and ran leadership workshops during the school hours. Read more »
Since our inception in 2007, TFI has sent skilled volunteers to live abroad and work with 10 different organizations in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, and Uganda. TFI is grateful to our former Fellows who inspire and motivate us each year with their enthusiasm and hard work.
From August to October 2016, I served as a communications fellow for the St Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization which serves children born in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya. St. Vincent’s runs a nursery school as well as a rescue center that houses 20 orphaned children from the slum and additionally provides school fees, scholarships and food assistance to children and their families. During my time with St. Read more »
Kathryn served with the TCHRD in Dharamsala, India in summer 2016.
I applied to law school with dreams of becoming an international human rights and global health lawyer. After studying the typical first year law courses, I was eager to travel and advocate for the human rights of vulnerable communities outside of the U.S. Working as a legal intern for the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy was the perfect introduction into international human rights law in a professional, non-governmental setting. Read more »
Peter served with the TCHRD in India in Summer 2016.
Through the TFI Fellowship Program, I spent eight weeks in Dharamsala, India working with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). As a nongovernmental organization staffed entirely by Tibetans in exile, TCHRD plays an incredibly important role in monitoring, researching, and exposing human rights violations in Tibet to both the international community and Tibetans living around the globe. As a visiting fellow, I learned firsthand the intricacies of Tibet’s long and hard fought struggle to maintain its unique culture and identity in the face oppressive government policies. Read more »
Alisa Webber completed her fellowship in Dharamsala, India in Fall 2015.
It was an honour to spend 9 weeks with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in Dharamsala, India in the fall of 2015. The TCHRD is a dynamic organization committed to exposing the human rights conditions in Tibet. The TCHRD also promotes human rights and democracy initiatives locally and internationally.
As a research fellow, my primary task was to draft a chapter for TCHRD’s 2015 Annual Report on the state of human rights in Tibet. Read more »
Christina completed her fellowship in Kibera, Kenya in Summer 2015. Here is her experience:
This summer, I spent three months working with St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization in Kibera, Kenya (www.kiberachildren.org). St. Vincent’s is a community-based organization dedicated to reaching orphans and vulnerable children with critical education, nutrition, health and protection services. The organization is located in Kibera – one of Africa’s largest slums. Residents of Kibera struggle with poverty, high rates of unemployment, high rates of violence and lack of infrastructure, such as electricity, running water and garbage collection. Read more »
Cambodia, Summer 2015
Over the past 11 weeks during summer, I worked with Cambodian Child’s Dream Organization (CCDO), an NGO that builds water wells and latrines for rural communities and supports several local schools in Siem Reap through an education and nutrition program.
As a monitoring and evaluation intern, I was responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of existing programs and recommending new strategies for improvement. Some of my projects include creating a water well and latrine maintenance database, developing surveys to find out students’ meal habits, implementing a unique student ID system, analyzing trends and drafting reports using school attendance, test scores and demographic information. Read more »
Delhi, Fall 2014
As a policy fellow with the Office of Member of Parliament Baijayant Panda, I was able to work on a project very close to my heart: toilets. As a student, I had learned about the water and sanitation crisis that kills 186,000 children under five per year. In fact, 21% of communicable diseases in India can be attributed to unclean water. According to the 2011 Indian Census, only 22.4% of households in Odisha, the state which Mr. Panda is from, have access to piped water on the premises, and only 22% have a latrine. Read more »
Dharamsala, Fall 2014
In the fall of 2014, I was given the great opportunity and privilege to work at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy, located near the city of Dharamsala, India. This opportunity was made possible by the Forgotten International’s Fellowship Program.
My work at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (TCHRD) consisted of research, writing, analysis, and editing. I conducted extensive research on international human rights law and Chinese domestic and international policy. Along the way, I also learned a great deal about Tibetan politics. Read more »
Nepal, Summer 2014
This past summer, TFI gave me the opportunity to volunteer in Nepal, my birthplace and second home. The 8-weeks of volunteering was truly inspiring, humbling, and matured me in ways I never could have imagined.
A majority of my time was spent working closely with three schools managed by the Snow Lion Foundation to teach English to students from grades 8-12. Many of the students have either Tibetan or Himalayan roots with families living in villages among remote areas of Nepal. Read more »