GlobalGiving, as part of an effort to be a “Truly Global” organization, worked with its India Partnerships Consultant, Kavita Mathew, and started the India Field Program in 2016. This year we have yet another great team recruited from around the country to travel and visit more than 100 of GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners across India during the coming months. These visits help to show how organizations are using funds to create positive change in their communities, which helps to ensure the high quality of the nonprofit community on GlobalGiving.
Additionally, these meetings provide great opportunities to work with and support GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners. These volunteers will work with nonprofits to help them reach their full online fundraising potential on GlobalGiving, and with help discover ways GlobalGiving can better support its India partners.
Want to learn more? Reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or to our India Field Team!
Tiasha lived in a huge bubble thanks to having grown up in the City of Dreams, Mumbai. Little did she know that interacting with people was her favourite thing to do and that is what brought her to Teach for India. As a teacher to 120 hormonally zestful 8th graders she hopes to change the world one step at a time. Learning about different cultures and understanding the deeper meaning of life through it is what she wishes to pursue in her Masters. Being a “Probashi Bangali” just means that it has been even more important for her to indulge in literature, Rabindra Sangeet and dancing. As a GlobalGiving field traveler, Tiasha looks forward to exploring the diverse set of organisations working very hard to make a difference. She hopes to put her curiosity to use for learning as much as she can about the work done by them and to support them by giving her very best.
Cibi is from the southernmost part of India where the subcontinent dissolves into the Indian Ocean. On a warm dusky summer evening while eating popsicles by the sandy beaches of Kanyakumari, Cibi discovered one simple truth about himself - what makes him happy is seeing the people around him happy. Guided by what he then came to believe as the ultimate truth of life he pursued a masters in management studies to build happier teams, happier organisations and a happier world. However, he is currently trying to put his passion for team management, talent development, communications and branding together by leading or rather having a whole lot of fun with a bunch of 43 sixth graders in Pune through the Teach For India Fellowship Program. He claims the fellowship is his way of making his love for everything mainstream confront his tryst with the avant- garde that made him choose the path less traveled. Apart from his trysts, he is happily married to travelling and loves long drives. Bringing together his passion for traveling and adding happiness to lives, Cibi looks forward visiting nonprofits across India through the GlobalGiving India Field Program.He loves to stay organised and believes that everything in life can be funny if only we chose to look at it that way.
Pratip, is from the laid back city of India, Kolkata – ‘the land of foodies and intellectuals’. He found out through his one year of fellowship with Teach For India, that being around children is equivalent to happiness. Being able to dream together, fly together, run together, and fall down together with kids made him fall in love with teaching. Working in crunch situations, low budgets, limited facilities but being able to put a smile on a kid’s face had a sense of fulfillment. GlobalGiving would give Pratip the platform to ensure funds are put to good use and also improve his networking skills. The ‘Bong intellect’ comes through when you sit down over a cup of tea in a corner stall and discuss societal or life issues.
After spending 16 years in the swimming pool representing India, Pratima decided to change lanes and represent 46 smart and over enthusiastic ten year olds in a Government School in Bangalore. She is a Bangalore University Gold Medallist and has a degree in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and a Diploma in Human Rights Studies from SICHREM. When she is not teaching and having passionate debates about social causes relating to children; you can find her with her head buried in a book. She is tone deaf and has two left feet but that doesn’t stop her from singing at the top of her voice or executing some funky dance moves! Pratima enjoys experimenting and gorging on food, exploring the unknown, kissing canines and laughing at inappropriate times! A developmental policy wonk, she intends to pursue her Master’s in Public Administration later this year.
From using “eenie meenie miney mo” to choose the engineering branch for herself to three years of relentless work to develop the love for coding and finally now giving life lessons to 61 hyperactive 14-year-old girls in a government school in Delhi, Nidhi finally found her passion and content with her kids. She had always been the ideal kid of the family until she decided to join the social sector as a Teach for India Fellow. Her constant zeal for learning and a strong belief that ‘whatever be the question, love is the answer’ keeps her going. She enjoys travelling, photography and listening to the stories of people. An ardent believer of the power of human connection, she would embark on her journey with GlobalGiving as an India Field Traveller to unravel the powerful stories hidden in the remote corners of India. If you know her well, you would know that she is the “Monica” from F.R.I.E.N.D.S and it is better to always keep her surroundings organized and clean.
An educator, an activist and a cat lady in the making, Harshitha stumbled upon her passion for nonprofits at the age of 10 when she went petitioning door-to-door for better animal rights. Since then, she’s dipped her toe in various nonprofit efforts before discovering a knack for persuading people to invest their money in a brighter future and finding her place in fundraising for 3 years. With an interest in getting her hands dirtier, she is currently with Teach for India working at the grassoot. When not playing grown up in her class of 33 fifth graders, she can be found working with a local TEDx community, chasing a new experience or devouring a book and 7 cups of chai.
Unable to figure out if she is a beach person or mountain person, Himanshi from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, is hunting for a place where she could find sunny beach on one side and snow-covered mountains on the other. As an India Fellow, she has worked on women empowerment in Aajeevika Bureau which triggered her long lost love for crafts and now there is no end to it. She looks for stories rather than theories which is why she wants to explore places and organisations through GlobalGiving, because she believes that local people are the real knowledge producers. Currently, she is jogging her way through a Masters in Development from Azim Premji University and immersing herself in learning Ukulele and painting furniture in the house.
Tired of always being asked to stand at the back for his class photographs, Ajay decided to turn the tables around by joining the Teach For India Fellowship, where he taught 40 little boys and girls of grade 3 and 4 in a dusty narrow lane of old Delhi. He also managed to get photographed while sitting in front of his class. Born in Mumbai and educated from the Navy School, he is no alien to gelling with people from different backgrounds. Thus, when not fiddling on his guitar or watching cooking shows on the internet, Ajay can be found discussing contemporary issues with fellow travelers. A gold medalist in Political Science from Chhattisgarh Central University, Ajay is very inclined towards development issues and is in the process of starting up his own non-profit that would focus on holistic community development in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan.
Riashree was born and raised in Delhi and always felt she was not meant to just breathe and occupy space - She wanted to change something. However, she feared that her actions might be irrelevant. Finally, she found her true calling at Teach for India. Juggling between being a teacher inside the class, and a ‘didi’ outside her class to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, her days are long and tiring. Yet, she feels that this is the best time of her life. She wishes to continue to work in the social sector and plans to learn all that she can with this experience with GlobalGiving. Along with being a gym enthusiast, she loves analysing people’s handwriting just to creep them out.
From being an election campaign strategist to an educator as a Teach For India fellow for 111 boys in a government school in Delhi, Akash’s experiences have been strikingly contrasting like his personality.Born and brought up on the banks of Ganga in the city of Kanpur, Akash has been a curious soul right through his kindergarten days.You will find him listening to people’s stories & indulging in deep discussions on society and politics over tea. Akash believes that it is the lack of sustainable spaces in India that is the major cause of distress among people. As a GlobalGiving field traveller he wants to explore how can become more sustainable. In the future he wants to challenge the status quo in the Indian school education system by starting a school in his hometown.
Every year we have a new team of India Fellows who are selected from previous Field traveler teams to support GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners in India through workshops and consultations. If you would like a consultation with one of these dynamic and dedicated fellows, feel free to reach out to them directly via email.
A proud GlobalGiving India Field Traveler from the 2017 cohort, Sachin continues his journey as a GlobalGiving India Fellow, 2018. Sachin was also a Teach for India fellow from Mumbai, where he taught 10th Grade kids in a Municipal School. Working in the social sector, especially in the field of education is something that Sachin feels strongly about. He believes that impact is never small, and several small stories of change will bring about the large scale transformation in the society we are hoping for. Sachin likes to read, ruminate, roam around and is always game for a conversation if there is a tea or coffee on offer.
Arko hails from Kolkata, the City of Joy and brings unlimited enthusiasm and love to the work he does. Inspired by his work at Child Rights and You, he developed a deep passion for bringing sustainable change in the lives of others. Coming from a family of educators, Arko has always seen education as a gift he was fortunate to have. He joined the Teach For India Fellowship and taught Grade 10 for two years in Mumbai to share that gift forward. Post the fellowship, Arko’s passion for tech-startups and entrepreneurship saw him join as a Business Development Lead at a fashion-tech startup called Flyrobe where he is responsible for scaling up the existing business at break-neck speed. He hopes to bring together his skills developed at TFI and tech-startups to found his own organisation to influence education policy in India and change how education is viewed in India. During his time as a GlobalGiving Field Traveller he realised his passion for helping people and continues to do so and learn more about nonprofits in India by being a GlobalGiving India Fellow in 2018. Arko's interests range from cricket, food and music to religion, history and culture. If not here, he would have been a cricketer. Curiosity and kindness are two core values which he lives by. You will often find him watching food videos with rapt attention, but he is too lazy to actually cook anything.
With his first major move from the ‘city of joy’, Kolkata, to the ‘city of dreams’, Mumbai, Aishik hoped to experience more by achieving his dream of empowering and building capacity for organisations and individuals. After his Teach For India Fellowship and GlobalGiving Field Program in 2017, he is currently working as a Project Associate with Teach For India. In this role, he will build an ecosystem among the Fellows, Staff, Alumni, who are starting their own entrepreneurship journey. Aishik likes traveling to new places and indulging in interesting conversations with strangers. Aishik believes in the power of audio-visuals and documents everything he sees through photography and videos. You may also find Aishik playing the guitar in the corner of a room, secretly with the chords of the songs open in the web browser or just editing articles, photographs and videos for his social media pages (aishiksaha.com).
Uma was a part of the GlobalGiving India Field Traveller 2017. She continues her relationship with GlobalGiving as an India Fellow 2018. Uma was also a Teach for India fellow from Chennai, where she taught Grade 4 kids in a Government School.The incredible amount of joy that comes with her job is what has kept her in the social sector. You can always find her checking food options on Swiggy and the three ways to make her happy is buy food, make food or be food! Uma plans to continue her journey with the social sector and will soon start working as a Program Manager at Madhi Foundation.