Support "Shailesh" - Young Social Leader; to critically conduct a study of Kutch villages and immerse with Non-profits of Gujarat.
The India Fellow program is an experiential program where young people are placed with grassroots organizations to work on different social issues directly with a community. Developing committed and passionate leaders who will bring about change in the society.
An important part of our fellowship includes 4 pieces of training wherein we are given the opportunity to interact with diverse set of mentors and leaders from the development sector.
To enable the fellows with systematic tools to analyze a problem, Design Thinking is integrated in the training part. As part of the fellowship, we as a cohort are required to be working in a unique environment during our Design Thinking workshop. This 10-day workshop will involve us interacting with the community and help understand the issues in the region and come up with possible solutions for the same using Design Thinking skills.
During the Design Thinking workshop, the Fellows will be interacting with the community. Some of the shortlisted organisations and their area of work include:
-Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan: empowerment of rural women by their mobilization into local collectives
-Sahjeevan: Natural resource management in Kutch
-Shishukunj: A school dedicated to the holistic development of children in tandem with nature
-Riverside School: Highly reputed international school known for its unique child-centered approach to learning
-Khamir: Engagement and development of Kachchh's rich creative industries.
-Hunnarshala Foundation: Empowering communities by shape environment-friendly and sustainable habitats
-Manav Sadhna: Organisation working towards the upliftment of the underprivileged
-SEWA: A trade union of women workers aimed at achieving full employment
-Centre For Social Justice: organisation that uses the judicial system to fight for the rights of marginalized people
In this fellowship, fellows work directly with a community on social issues, with a team of dedicated social workers, and most of all, explore the heartland to truly understand India. By the end of the journey, they have experienced social sector and have a clearer idea of how they can contribute to a better India. The exposure to social challenges will empower the fellows to find their own leadership potential, shape their futures, and make a difference.