From October to December of 2016, I was fortunate to work as a legal and policy fellow with the Mr. Jay Panda, who is a member of the Parliament of India during India’s Winter Parliament Session. As an attorney working in the international labor and anti-human trafficking field, I was especially excited to work with Mr. Panda and his team as they have done great work towards the eradication of labor trafficking in the brick kilns of Mr. Read more »
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 »
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 »
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, 2012
Reviewed by TFI Program Officer Sarah Edwards
Behind the Beautiful Forevers takes place in the Annawadi settlement near the Mumbai airport. The book beautifully stiches together the stories of the different inhabitants, the struggles they face specifically due to the nature of their livelihoods, the natural challenges of family, love, and life, and the corruption and lies of the local government systems.
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the novel reads almost as a fiction, with intimate dialogues, neighborhood gossip, and rapid-heartbeat tales from scrapes with police by the young boys. Read more »
In much of our work, we talk about the need for examples: of good development, of good educators, of good philanthropists. Having good models help to encourage us to do better at what we do, as well as to lead others towards better work, better giving, or better sharing.
At the Tabitha Enabling Academy in Nagaland, India, there is a different and even more compelling kind of example. The TEA serves disabled children, including those with Down Syndrome, autism, and those who are deaf and unable to speak. Read more »
All around the US, children are beginning to go back to school, with their new backpacks and freshly sharpened pencils. Teachers are welcoming their new students and introducing the goals of the year.
At a small school in India, three teachers are wondering if they will be able to have that same back to school joy to share with their students. Ms. Thong, Mr. Kilumo, and Ms. Chumbeni teach at the Tabitha Enabling Academy, a school for disabled children in Northeastern India. 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 »
It’s right there in the name, “Hogar de Esperanza Mama Victoria” . I can’t find any better word to encapsulate the feeling at the Mama Victoria women’s shelter in Lima, Peru. A sunlit grassy courtyard, chickens lazily pecking at bugs, and fresh-painted pottery drying in the sun all lend to the feeling of new opportunities, of safety, and overall, of hope.
Started in 2007, the Mama Victoria shelter is the project of the incredible Nelly Villegas. She overcame the difficulties life threw at her and went on to develop a program to support local women in need. Read more »
When children grow up in the poorest neighborhoods with the lowest-performing schools, how can they break out of the cycle of poverty? This question arises again and again, in all corners of the world. In a community like Callao, an impoverished neighborhood of Lima, Peru, educational opportunities and social support is essential to allowing children to have a different future from that of their parents.
Coprodeli’s educational program works to address this and offers new avenues to children in need. As a part of my program visit to Peru, I went to see the work of this organization. Read more »