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Paths to Progress: What's Happening in Udaipur
Community Partner Highlights
Jatan Sansthan encourages rural Rajasthani youth to achieve quality literacy, numeracy, and general life skills--and to take action in their communities through participation in local policy formulation, decision making, and advocacy.
ACCESS Development Services organizes marginalized rural farmers into self-help groups and builds these groups into Producer Companies, triggering numerous social and economic benefits.
ALFA Educational Society focuses on sustainable community development by motivating youth to influence change in their rural communities through discussion of social issues in a space free from religious and caste bias.
Introduction to the City of Lakes
Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is set amidst a series of picturesque lakes in the northwest state of Rajasthan. Due to its stunning setting, mythical architecture, and rich history, Udaipur is a popular tourist destination. Unfortunately, the city’s gaping wealth disparity means that the majority of the population suffers from a sever lack of supporting infrastructure. The Indian government is reticent to look to outside sources for economic assistance due to India’s long history of colonization. Solutions, therefore, are most effective from within India’s borders. FSD's community partners work to empower local communities by assisting grassroots organizations to form village level seminars, provide training programs, and organize rallies. These organizations work in the communities to establish local management committees, which generate awareness and encourage political and social change.
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Organization: Prayas Centre
Topic: Human Rights
Intern: Amy Koch
The Prayas Centre for Research and Action proposed a project to stop human trafficking in rural village areas. Intern Amy Koch worked with Prayas to implement concrete solutions to the human rights problem by conducting research with on-the-ground mobile teams, and setting up check posts to further reduce the incidence child trafficking and labor.
Organization: Inst. Local Self Gov.
Topic: Gender Equity
Intern: Michelle Trone
The Institute for Local Self Government promotes good governance models at the village level, providing training programs for elected women representatives. Michelle Trone says of her internship: “I learned how to live in a culture far-removed from Western comforts, and realized that my passion lies in pursuing international affairs both academically and professionally.”
Roma Bhardwaj, Program Director
An Udaipur native, Roma has built a strong network with the local government and NGOs alike. She previously held a high position at a renowned Indian NGO, Seva Mandir, and recently made her first trip to the United States to visit FSD’s home office and participate in the Global Engagement Summer Institute. Roma is especially passionate about helping her local community and working and building relationships with interns.