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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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Bicycles

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

Bicycles

By Kim Burnett, Shadhika President and CEO   We’re all starting to think this was a bad idea. Our guide has set up a bicycle tour of old Bangalore and there are fourteen of us all on bikes waiting to cross the street. With no stop lights or stop signs, the traffic is full chaos and crossing the street is a skill in and of itself.   We’ve been joined by five of the nine Shadhika Scholarship girls from Baale Mane, the others had to stay back because they do not yet know how to ride a bike. Even those who are now with us are visibly struggling....

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Polaroids

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

Polaroids

By Kim Burnett, Shadhika President and CEO   “Wait two minutes, the picture will come. Magic,” our guide tells the mother. I hand over the Polaroid picture, the image barely beginning to show. I started carrying a Polaroid camera with me on site visits about a year ago. As I was asking to take their photos for Shadhika, I realized that few of the girls and their families have hard copy photographs of themselves.   The girl’s mother breaks into a wide grin as the image of her and her daughter comes into view. We’re standing in a narrow lane in...

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Treasures

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

Treasures

By Kim Burnett, Shadhika President and CEO The bus stops and we get out. We walk down the narrow, winding dirt lanes carefully as the path is uneven and the ground wet from people washing their dishes and clothes. This community of over 3,000 sits right next to a garbage heap and most of the residents who live here work as ‘rag pickers.’ Approximately 4 million women in India work in this profession. Many of them are single mothers, working tirelessly for their families, starting as early as 2 am to collect and scavenge as much as 50 pounds...

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