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Battling Hate Crimes Through Awareness and Action

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 […]

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ReImagine Prep: Redefining Education in Mississippi

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

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CEB Volunteer Service Fellowship: Sea Turtle Preservation in Costa Rica

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

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Thames Ditton Service Leaders Give Back in London

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

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The Batti Project Part 2: Arunachal Pradesh, the Land of the Rising Sun

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

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The Batti Project Part 1: Arunachal Pradesh, the Land of the Rising Sun

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

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K-9 Lifesavers: Making a Difference for Friends like Muffin

Ever wonder what goes into running a nonprofit organization? In the DC community alone, hundreds of charitable organizations serve all manner of causes, from helping kids achieve their full potential to making sure everyone has enough to eat. In my job as CEB’s pro bono manager I’ve worked with dozens of leaders working hard to change their communities, and every week I appreciate even more th

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