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Want to get more involved in our work? Become a volunteer!

 

We are happy to have volunteers who can help out at our various events, help with day-to-day tasks, or even research projects. Here’s a list of some of the volunteer opportunities we currently have:

  • Research: From time to time we are looking for someone who can help us with a research project to strengthen our programming and grant-making. If you have strong research skills and can work independently you might be the right person!
  • Events: We are always looking for volunteers to help out with events. From welcoming people, to taking donations, to setting up AV equipment, to taking photographs, to making sure we restock the food trays, all hands are needed.
  • Translation: We often need Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, or Bengali translators.
  • Technology: Shadhika is always in need of technological assistance, from website development to video editing. 

 


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An Intern’s Experience with Shadhika

By Anne Berset

Beginning in January, I have had the opportunity to do an internship with a non-profit organization called Shadhika. Shadhika is an organization that provides funding for young women in India through their support of local organizations in India. Girls are able to apply for scholarships and grants through these organizations so that they can receive higher education in various subjects offered. My role with this internship was to read the applications of these young women and transform their stories into non-fiction articles so that Shadhika’s donors could understand how their money and support was benefiting these young women. I also researched current events happening in India that pertained to women’s rights. Lastly, I helped with some of the advertising for Shadhika’s information.

During my time with Shadhika, I have learned so much about young women in India as well as the culture in India. Just by reading over the girl’s applications, I discovered the family structure in India and how difficult it was for women to receive an education. As a young woman in the U.S., I thought that I had a difficult time when facing discrimination or harassment. I would be waiting at the bus stop on my way to work and be continuously cat-called and honked at by drivers passing by me. This often led me to feel extremely disgusted with the society that we live in; however, my experience is incomparable to what these girls have to endure. I am fortunate enough to have parents that push me towards pursuing my dreams and receiving an education. Women in India are often barely treated as human beings and only looked at as objects for reproduction. This realization has humbled me and forced me to embrace any opportunities offered to me.

I additionally had the opportunity of reading the returning applicants for the Shadhika scholarships for my internship so that I could write stories about their transformation through the scholarship. These stories were extremely eye-opening. Their first application described chaotic families that struggled to allow their daughters to receive an education. When the girls reapplied for the scholarship, their story was completely different. Many of them described the impact they had on the community because other families saw that it was possible for young women to receive an equal education. A common similarity between the girls was that they were allowed to wear jeans and play outside, which previously had been forbidden. Reading this truly changed my life. I was able to see that Shadhika was making such an important impact in India by helping these women embrace their independence.

I am so grateful for my time at Shadhika. As I am going to study abroad in Hyderabad, India in July 2018, I feel prepared for this new experience. I have learned so much about the culture in India as well as what is currently happening there, which I believe will benefit my trip. My goal during my study abroad is to try to visit some of the girls whom I wrote stories about. I believe this would be such an emotional and moving experience because I would be able to meet the young women who I have been writing about for the past five months. This internship also benefited my writing abilities. I was challenged with a new form of writing that I had never tried before. This had helped my creative writing abilities because it has shown me that it is possible to write outside of your comfort zone. I am so grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to share my experience in India with Shadhika after I get back!