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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
India, Fall 2012
My time working in the office of BJ Panda MP has been an eye-opening and rewarding experience. After flying into Delhi and spending a few days re-adjusting to the sites and smells of the city, I flew out to Odhissa, in Eastern India and spent the next few weeks making trips out to Kendrapada, Mr. Panda’s local constituency. While I was there I took part in a number of political rallies and was able to see how local politics is conducted. Read more »