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How has Shadhika’s Support Affected You?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

How has Shadhika’s Support Affected You?

“How has Shadhika’s Support Affected You?” By Aanchal Mistry, “Making HERstory” Journalism Fellow   It has been a long journey of 10 years with Vacha. This resource center, Vacha, has given me so many learning experiences that have enriched myself and my life both personal and social. As a student I have learnt many things like English, Photography, Computer and Journalism. My confidence improved while learning these study subjects. As I have studied in vernacular medium, I found it difficult to express myself in...

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Toilets

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Toilets

“Toilets” By Kendra Nicolai, Shadhika’s Program Officer This is my first time walking down a lane, which is a small, three-foot-wide alley in which 5000 people reside. We were walking to the toilets, which was passionately talked about during a meeting with girls who are trying to make change in their basti (slum). Walking towards the toilets I notice piles of trash everywhere and as we near the toilets this trash becomes immense. We finally come upon the toilets. There are 12 toilets, 8 for men and 4 for women. 5000 people who...

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Building a Community

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Building a Community

  “Building a Community” Shadhika’s 2019 Leaders for Change Summit By Kendra Nicolai, Shadhika’s Program Officer   The excitement soared as forty young women filled the conference room at the YMCA of Mumbai, ready to embark on the four-day Shadhika Leaders for Change Summit. The schedule was packed, the facilitators were prepared, and the heat was rising in the city of Mumbai. As the young women nervously sat and waited to begin, they glanced at a yearbook that showed all of the attendees – their future friends. The...

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Teamwork

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Teamwork

  “Teamwork” By Kim Burnett, Shadhika’s President & CEO   “Team Panj!!” we all shout, giving each other a high five. We’ve just divided into our groups for Shadhika’s “Mobile & Mighty Challenge”, a treasure hunt to reach nine landmarks in Mumbai over the course of four days. The first team to take a group “selfie” in front of each landmark and upload it to a private Facebook group, wins. I am a member of Team 5, “Panj” in Hindi.   The game is part of Shadhika’s Leaders for Change Summit, a four-day conference that has brought...

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Welcome Shadhika Scholars Class of 2019-2020

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Welcome Shadhika Scholars Class of 2019-2020

  By Kendra Nicolai, Shadhika’s Program Officer   “I want to stand on my own two feet and become something in my life.” This motivational phrase was common among the 2019-2020 Shadhika college scholarship applications. As 30 inspiring young women are awarded college scholarships for 2019-2020, communities throughout India are feeling the impact that being educated has on a young woman. These scholars have created a ripple effect and are motivated to see change because they were given the chance and opportunity to be something more in...

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Sisters

Posted by on Jun 11, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Sisters

“Sisters” By Kim Burnett, Shadhika’s President & CEO   “I’m looking for someone, someone like me,” Parvati* chants as she slowly turns around. She stands in the middle of the circle. Her question is part of an “energizer” – short games that are played in India to engage conference participants and keep the energy up in the room. This particular energizer is a form of musical chairs where the person who is “it” finds herself in the middle of the circle. The only way out is to swap with someone who shares a given...

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Wonder Women

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Wonder Women

  “Wonder Women” By Kim Burnett, Shadhika’s President & CEO   There’s a low hum in the room. At first, I look around, slightly annoyed, thinking someone is having a side conversation during the speaker’s presentation. Then I realize the sound is coming from a facilitator who is simultaneously translating the current lecture from Hindi to Bengali for two of the participants. When you are hosting a conference for young women from across India who speak multiple languages, this is standard operating procedures and critical...

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Being a Part of the Girl Fund

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Being a Part of the Girl Fund

  “Being a Part of the Girl Fund” By Narmada Morris, Shadhika’s Donor Outreach Coordinator   I still struggle with the concept of feeling like an equal in this world. I reflect on my own childhood and the inherent expectations of what a girl should or shouldn’t do. I was a rebel, constantly trying to do everything the boys did, just to prove the point of “anything you can do, I can do too” so naturally, my career path has led me to be inclined to remind other girls of the same goal I myself continue to try to achieve. I...

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Coffee Cup Reading

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Coffee Cup Reading

“Coffee Cup Reading” By Shraddha Mahilkar, Shadhika’s Program Officer in India Reconference in Kathmandu was an event not be missed this year. #recon2019 was organized by CREA, a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, and included 500 participants from 50 countries. #recon2019 aimed to rethink, reimagine, and reshape conversations around feminism, sexuality, disability, abortion, and other related topics. The conference was not only stimulating and thought-provoking but also creative and fun. On the first day, one...

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How Shadhika Selects its Grantee-Partners

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

How Shadhika Selects its Grantee-Partners

“How Shadhika Selects its Grantee-Partners” By Kim Burnett, Shadhika President & CEO I’m often asked how Shadhika selects our grantee-partners so I wanted to share the steps we take. We go through an extensive due diligence process that generally takes six months to complete. Because Shadhika seeks to develop long-term partnerships with those we support, we believe that taking adequate time upfront is absolutely critical and what distinguishes us from many other funding organizations. Over the six-month selection process, we...

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