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 sharing is of Hemlata Kumari.
I am Hemlata Kumari. I’m from Begusarai District in Bihar. I am an explorer. I love to travel and discover new people, new cultures. Because of this, I was more thrilled than anxious when I learned I would get the chance to spend 21 days living in a tribal village through Community Immersion (CI). I was thinking of the new people I would meet, new discoveries I would make. But along with the wonderful individuals, I also discovered some issues in the community. There was a lack of provision for safe drinking water and absenteeism in government school. I made an effort to collaborate with the community to solve these issues while I was there.
Here is a glimpse of my collaborative efforts with the community to make drinking water safe and reduce absentees in government school. Click here to explore my journey. You can also download the note using the download button below.