To bring an impact in the lives of the people we work with, it is of utmost importance that we first understand the context well. Especially for a young professional it helps set a solid foundation on how to understand complex socio-economic realities. At Anamaya, we aim to provide such an opportunity to our Gandhi Fellows. Each year a few young professionals from different backgrounds are selected for a two-year-long fellowship. During the fellowship, they explore and learn skills to help them enhance professionally and personally.
One such exercise is Community Immersion (CI) which gives them first-hand experience to live in a tribal community. For 21 days they live in the community as an active member and take part in various activities. They put themselves outside their comfort zones in a new and different sociocultural environment. It enables them to discover new elements about themselves and the world around them.
During the CI they observe the community up close and carry out projects with the community members to address one or two immediate issues faced by the community members.
We are presenting a series on the Projects that the Fellows of Anamaya Gandhi Fellowship Batch 1 worked on in conjunction with the community during their Community Immersion.
The first project we are shared was of Hemata Kumari. You can read about Hemlata Kumari’s project here.
I am Prateek Kumar Namdeo from Seoni, Madhya Pradesh. I am Electrical Engineer from Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore. As an engineer I seldom got an opportunity to work for the issues faced by the marginalized sections of the society. It is a new experience for me. I am eager to learn new things and want to contribute to the betterment of the society. The 21 days of community immersion has been both an enriching and emotional journey for me. I was saddened to see the poor quality of education in schools and absence of routine hygienic practises including washing hands, avoiding contaminating meals with pebbles and dust, etc.
Here is the glimpse of how I worked with the community to towards solving this issue. Click here to read about my project. You can also download a copy by clicking on the note below.