Author Archives: yolandosutherland

Media Blitz for Yuva Parivartan, Orange Day with GSK India and Bittersweet Endings!

“India’s place in the sun would come from the partnership between wisdom of its rural people and skill of its professionals” – Verghese Kurien, late Indian Social Entrepreneur.  The Khers and their team at KSWA’s Yuva Parivartan have certainly got this right and I was pleased to be here to see the recognition they have […]

Of Medieval Villages and a Thirst for Self-Reliance

So we left Mumbai at 35 degrees Celsius for Kashmir in the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) for as low as -3 degrees Celsius.  The mountains and valleys of a beautiful picturesque landscape makes this area of India a paradise, though you would think you are in some medieval village in the […]

Birthday in India

My assignment here at KSWA’s Yuva Parivartan (YP) has certainly taken me to more places than I would have ever imagined.  Monday was my Birthday and my NGO Manager and colleagues made sure that I did not miss being home for my birthday especially since I was on a field visit to the state of […]

October 16

Field visit to Nagpur, keeping them honest, and of being a movie star

India is the seventh largest country and the second most populous in the world with well over 1.2 billion people. This makes it a mammoth task to get to the rural areas and provide vocational opportunities for the youth who live in some very remote areas.  Our field visit to Nagpur and surrounding areas allowed […]

September 16

KSWA’s Yuva Parivartan and the first Miillennium Development Goal

The Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) are eight development measures that “form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions” (, 2013) in order to improve the lives of people globally. The first goal of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.  What better way […]

August 24

Embracing cultural differences and bonding with my new colleagues

I love my job as a Medical Representative, providing solutions from GSK for that uncontrolled asthma patient who can now play field hockey  or participate in any other extra-curricular activity when they are controlled, gives me such a sense of pride as I continue amidst life’s stressors.  I am however, very pleased that I am […]

August 09

I cheated, I went to jail and then I found religion!

A month has passed by so rapidly that I’ve stopped counting the days, and after completing my 30-day check-in with my PULSE contact, Manu and my NGO reporting Manager, Shivani, it was very clear that a month has really passed by.  Since embarking on my PULSE journey I cheated a little bit when I needed […]

July 19

What does KSWA stand for & on Bike-Back in Mumbai

“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime” – Lao Tzu.  This is in essence what Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA) does with the limited resources at their disposal.  Can you imagine that statistics show that the majority of Indian youths are not […]

July 06

First Jamaican: No Pressure

This is so amazing! I’m the first person from that little island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea to leave Jamaica for the PULSE program. However, preparation to leave Jamaica for India was far from simple. There are so many things to do before leaving for India that the PULSE team actually gives us […]

3am Fire Alarm!

I got to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon May 6th. On Tuesday I had to be up by 6:30am to get ready for an 8:30am start to my PULSE orientation/training especially since I had to depend on public transportation. I went to sleep at about 12:30am. Why? I have no idea. You’d think that jetlag would’ve […]