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Save the Child Fellowship

The Save the Child Foundation Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, 12-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, health and wellbeing, water and sanitation, gender equality.

 

The Save the Child Foundation Fellowship is helping to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive change while also strengthening marginalized communities in India, Nepal and Uganda.

 

Through collaboration and capacity-building, Fellows, Save the Child and civil society leaders form dynamic partnerships to capacity-build, exchange knowledge and skills, and share a mutual passion for advancing social and economic development. Fellows serve on an annual basis  with development organizations in India.

 

The Fellowship creates a community of socially engaged, global citizens dedicated to positive change. Fellows will apply their leadership in the areas of education, social entrepreneurship, technology, business, journalism, public health, human rights, and others. Together they represent a collective force for sustaining a long-term agenda dedicated towards change in primarily in India, Nepal. Uganda and USA. The Save the Child Fellowship provides a platform to develop the skills, resources, and network needed to become an inclusive and socially-minded change maker.

Fellows support Save the Chid partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability by meeting their human resource and organizational needs through skills-sharing, training, and capacity-building. Responsibilities vary based on a Fellow’s skills, experience, and interests  and will be paired with a  project leader and supervisor at the partner organization.

Projects include program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, graphic design, videography, data collection and visualization, developing digital content, event planning, qualitative and quantitative research, creative writing, curriculum design, fundraising, teaching, training teachers, community organizing, managing information systems, and marketing and communications, social emotional learning and healing.

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Save The Child Fellowship introduced me to a world which was beyond what I have experienced. Africa was a field trip which is very close to my heart. This journey taught me to be a human more than anything, we live in cities with all amenities and being so privileged we never realize how grateful we should be. This journey reminded me how much I have and how much I can give back to the community. This fellowship helped to grow in the field of understanding how NGOs work more specifically on the ground level, fundraising and collaborating.


The fellowship not only helped me to grow in various sectors I worked in, be it fundraising, on ground with kids, creating workshops etc. But it helped to grow as a human being. I learned that this journey is not about “fixing” people's life, but truly about acceptance and learning.I take back one thing with this fellowship journey is, ‘I am because you are!’

Sandhya Nair

Fellow - 2021

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My name is Taniya, I am a license zumba instructor and the future of tomorrow. Most of you when you hear about Zumba the only thing that comes to your mind is zumba shapes your body and makes you look thin. But for me zumba is something more than that, though zumba I have learnt to accept and love my body and not just that zumba have given me the opportunity to live in the present moment. 

I strongly believe that my story and zumba have the power to change lives. For the past four years I have been working at NGOs and marginalized communities and for two years I have been working with the Save the Child foundation as a fellowship. 

Save the Child Foundation has given me opportunities to travel and work with marginalized communities, special needs kids, trafficked girls, kids from slums, people who live in forest, underprivileged families and kids, also Sex workers and daughter of sex workers.

 

Save the Child Foundation and my strength has helped me to bring changes in society. Today I lead and live through my strength and your support.

 

Thank you so much Save the Child Foundation for believing in me and giving me all the opportunities.

Taniya Singh

Fellow - 2021

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Working with Save the Child Foundation in Nepal opened my eyes to how alike people's stories can be. During my time there, I interacted with many sex workers and their daughters, understood their perspectives and realized how closely their lives resonated with my own. Although they endured much hardship, I could see the determination in their eyes to work for the betterment of their community.

 

During our workshops, everyone was very open minded and enjoyed the sessions wholeheartedly. They were able to connect with my story and were able to speak freely about their own burdens. They did not blame the society around them but instead discussed steps on how they can change people's mindset towards sex workers. They understood, even at an older age, that they still have a lot to learn and talk about on these issues.

 

I am very grateful to have known these women over my time in Nepal and my biggest takeaway was that even though I have been through similar situations, I need to be stronger to face these challenges like these women and keep helping the people in my community to raise their quality of life.

 

It has been an all-around beautiful experience and I want to sincerely thank Save the Child Foundation for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Sheetal Jain

Fellow -2020

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Hi everyone, I’m Asmita, one of the girls who came to Chicago in 2015 with Kranti's Lal Batti Express. After working for a couple years in India, both with sex workers in Delhi, housing rights in Mumbai, and special needs kids in Bangalore, I am finally returning to studies. This is because from 2020-2021, I was volunteering at Camphill School in Pennsylvania with special needs children. I really fell in love with the community, including the teachers, staff, and my colleagues. But most of all I fell in love with all 70 children, all of whom have different developmental disabilities.

 

I lived with them full time and helped with feeding, bathing, walking, and general caretaking for them. To be very honest, it's the hardest work I've ever done in my entire life and yet the most beautiful and rewarding. I realized I wanted to work with this population full time, so this August I enrolled in Camphill Academy's degree program for Special Needs Education. During the six months I had in between leaving the US as a volunteer and returning as a student,

 

I also worked at Camphill in Bangalore for adults, and I truly know that I've found my life calling. So I'm very excited about this program and even though I am exhausted at the end of every day, I wake up grateful and happy to do this work, learn from these children, and complete my degree at the same time.

Asmita Katti

Fellow - 2020