It was the second day of my fellowship in Mexico City. Two glassy-eyed, heavy-hearted transgender women sat on a bench consoling a third, who had bruises all over her. One filled out some paperwork while the other talked to the person in charge. They were visiting El Modulo de Atención de Derechos Humanos (a special […]
The number seven is everywhere: -The cinematic Western, The Magnificent Seven -Ghandi’s Seven Deadly Sins -Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -Snow White and the Seven Dwarves -Seven colors in the rainbow -Seven chords make music -Seven continents in the world This context is fitting as we approach our seventh Global Impact Week.
It’s 8:30 a.m. and a scholar is standing on the chair of his desk. Speaking fervently, he is encouraged by his peers’ wiggling spirit fingers directed toward him. Neither the homeroom teacher nor I scold the scholar to get down because the topic of his speech is a budding romance between two characters in the novel Small Steps by Louis Sachar, which the class is reading. Read More
An empty, sun-filled beach; a warm breeze; and the sound of crashing waves—sounds like the ingredients for a nice vacation, right? What if I add to that list: no electricity, meals consisting mainly of rice and beans, and small bunk beds placed closely together in a lofted wooden structure where you need to bring your own mosquito net to keep the bugs away while you try to sleep. Are you still p
Along with a hardy team of CEB volunteers, I found myself one snowy London morning at Little Village, a local charity in South West London that provides pre-loved children’s items to local families in need. Families in the area are a thoughtful and generous bunch, so donations come in thick and fast—which makes keeping the storage room in order a constant challenge! We began the day by divi
Day 4 (7 September 2016) Arnab Mandal: After a two-day wait, we were finally ready to install the solar units. We started early in the morning, securing the solar lights to the top of two SUVs. It was a slow drive as we moved through steep gradients and along narrow, beaten-down roads. The drive took us deep into the heart of Arunachal Pradesh, which is connect
Everyone has a reason for volunteering. Our motley crew of four CEBers had a mix of reasons, including helping the community and challenging our personal boundaries. The four of us—Ankita Roy (Gurgaon), Aditi Bhardwaj (Mumbai), Arnab Mandal (Bengaluru), and Rahil Akhtar (Gurgaon)—met as strangers but became friends in no time. What followed was a six-day life-changing experience. Read More