Category Archives: Kherwadi Social Welfare Association

October 10

Commitment and building relationship

This is my third blog and it’s been more than 2 months since I last wrote. As part of my Induction and also, to understand what my NGO is working on, I had to visiting different sites which had different model of delivery.   I got an opportunity to stay for 2-3 days in some places. […]

July 23

It’s Like a New Job for me.

  I have moved to Mumbai a week before so that I can understand the things and settled down. This move was to start with the new assignment that I have volunteered for. The weather here is different to my home town Bangalore. It is raining almost for 24 hours and nothing stops due to rain […]

May 21

First Day First show……

PULSE orientation for volunteers in India is conducted in Mumbai every year. This year, me being selected as a PULSE volunteer, I was excited to get trained and to meet my fellow volunteers. Since the NGO where I would be volunteering is in Mumbai, I decided to make the most of the opportunity and enquired […]

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 10

Eid al-Fitrعيد الفطر

اعتقد انه اول بلوج باللغه العربيه واعتقد انها تستحق ان اكتب هذا البلوج بهذه اللغه مترجم الي الانجليزيه.احتفلت امس الجمعه 9 اغسطس 2013 بعيد الفطر الذي سوف اشرحه لمن لا يعرف ما هو هذا اليوم عيد الفطر هوأول أعياد المسلمين والذي يحتفل به المسلمون في أول يوم من أيام شهر شوال. وعيد الفطر يأتي بعد […]

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 15

I went to the Jail

With the beginning of my third week with Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA), I went to the Jail. But not for committing a crime but to encourage prisoners waiting on trial to enrol in Vocational training courses with the Yuva Parivartan project of KSWA. Our society does not accept criminals and it has been found […]

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 […]

July 02

We got lost

Today 2nd July 13 is my first day in my assignment and my third day in India. I got up early in the morning before going to the work about 5 hours. My new colleague Yolando Sutherland (GSK Jamaica), the second PULSE Volunteer in the same NGO. She phoned me to go to (KSWA) Khrwadi Social […]