Missing the conference? Or missed the conference? Never fear, dear friends, keeping up the energy of the conference and spreading it to volunteers across chapters and cells, is at your fingertips! Here is a brief recap of a few of the sessions along with ways to get /stay involved. Continue reading
Would you like to volunteer in Mumbai this summer? Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan has opportunities for students to spend 1 week – 1 month working with children in a low income community in Mumbai. Continue reading
In honor of India’s Independence Day, the Indian Students’ Association gathered outside the student center, hoisted the flag, sang the anthem and shared thoughts fitting the occasion. Not before some of us raised a spirited “Inqilab! Zindabad!” and quietly made our way to the room where the Columbus chapter of AID was meeting.
Glimpses of the 3rd annual Peace, Justice and You(th) conference
Chicago, May 26 2017!
Young people have always played a role in AID. From the time of the Austin conference of 2004, where months-old babies Arjun and Khiyali attended their first conference, and every year since, there have been children of various ages at AID conferences, growing together and looking forward to meeting every year. Continue reading
It all started with the AID Calendar. AID London asked for 50 calendars, and I wrote to Rashmeeta asking if someone could collect the from Heathrow airport, as we were going to India via London. She wrote back asking if we could give a talk and help AID London reach out to the public. There had been quite a bit of volunteer turnover since we last met them in 2011, she explained, and they wanted to use this event to rebuild the chapter. She and Vamsi were as energetic as ever, or even more so. Best of all, they were now married, adding AID London to the ranks of chapters that boasted an AID Couple.
They worked hard to publicize the event, and got replies from 15 people saying that they would attend. When we walked into the Abbey Centre, a community centre attached to Westminster Abbey, we saw 25 people, and a few more walked in as we went along. People were quite interested and asked questions during and after, just as at any AID talk. In fact, it all felt so familiar I wondered why we had doubted at all that people would be interested. Maybe it was the size and pace of London – would there be time and space for volunteering with AID? But the people stayed well past the closure of the meeting and we could have easily continued longer, had the room been open. We hope to see this commitment continue as AID London serves as a channel for those who care about sustainable and just development in India to put their energies to good use.
AID Connections 2
In visits to several AID chapters we met people engaged in issues deeply connected to AID but not necessarily at the forefront of AID’s currently visible and audible activity.
In almost every chapter there is at least one volunteer who shows interest in working full time on the cause of sustainable development and social justice in with AID India or an AID Partner in India. Some people choose to work on an agenda complementary to AID or through similar issues through alternate means. Either way, during the years that the volunteer is in the US, AID has the opportunity to help such volunteers better understand the synergy of sangharsh, nirman and seva in such a way that they can meaningfully utilize their talents. In the case of those planning to move to full time community-based work, particularly in India and to help them plan their transition to grassroots community work
Irrespective of future plans to work in India, while in the US, there are volunteers in every chapter who want to connect deeply with project partners, understand the work and the issues people are dealing with on the ground level, and their connections to national and global policy. It takes time and courage to study and discuss these issues, confront their implications, apply them to our lives and engage with partners who are working from perspectives of sustainable development that take human rights, empowerment, social and environmental justice seriously. Why
AID must be a place that facilitates study and discussion of these issues. This will build our capacity to recognize and support high quality projects. Such projects are often complex and we need to explain these in greater detail to convince people to support them, morally as well as financially.
Request for volunteers in Jadugoda
message from Shriprakah
Jharkhandi’s Organisation Against Radiation
We are seeking volunteers in Jadugoda, who are looking forward to integrate their knowledge with their quest for practical reality. Jadugoda, Jharkhand (India) has had Uranium mining for past 30 years that led to serious ecological and health problems, consequently followed by social and economic problems among the local Adivasi populations. An organization Jharkhandi Organization Against Radiation(JOAR) has fought over the years to assert the rights of the people and has come a long way. The organization has enabled scientific and health studies by Independent organizations such as Sanghmitra, IDPD (Indian doctor for peace and development – sister organization of IPPNW- international physician for prevention of nuclear war- noble peace prize winner 1984) and Pr. Koide of Kyoto University. (http://www.jadugoda.net )
The findings of these studies brought to light the health acute hazards of radiation among the local inhabitants. Apart from the serious problems of mining, there have been numerous problems with Nuclear waste disposal and Tailing pond leakages. Today these problems have become acute and need immediate intervention. After a long journey, today the movement wants to look into this issue in the rights discourse.We are looking for somebody with expertise and can provide this Adivasi movement their research abilities and campaign for “Right to health”. This would require living in the village interacting with Adivasi people and others and bringing a perspective on the issue and work in a way that would help the people and movement in the right path.
Expertise in Health sciences, nuclear sciences and Human rights would be appreciated.
further information please contact
tel no 094315 80434(jharkhand)
prakash.shri @ gmail.com
- For example why Sangharsh, Nirman and Seva?
- What are our partners on the ground saying and feeling about the effects of rapid globalization?
- Why do we oppose centralized planning without local context and input?
- Why is peace important (example Gujarat) to development?
Houston, Austin, Baton Rouge and Dallas chapters are planning to have a retreat over the Sept 15 weekend in Houston, TX. (Haven’t heard from College Station folks but hoping they make it too!).Ravi and Aravinda have indicated that they will be there and join! Other interested people are welcome to join too.The Houston chapter has agreed to host the event and details are being worked on regarding logistics, agenda, schedule etc.
This is an early heads up to enable out of towners to begin planning.
More details here!
Houston, Austin, Baton Rouge and Dallas chapters
the recent philly workshop and the AID conference has given us several ideas as to how we can explore contemporary issues relevant to AID, constructively discuss any issue with an open mind, train each other in effective communication, etc.so i would think that in this retreat we can spend some time looking beyond just reports-kind-of-sessions – for example we can look at how we can creatively communicate with each other, new volunteers, and the community in general … since we have much more time to prepare than before the columbus conference, we can come up with a decent, well thought-out such interactive sessions. we can also take up the eFAQuate session that Aravinda started at Columbus and enrich it further.The Philly workshop brought us in touch with a group called “training for change” … and i think there are a lot of things in “effective communication” through role-playing that we can learn from them.
More photographs taken by Keshav Narayanan during the Texas / Lousiana chapters conference: TX LA Retreat