Remembering the Third Billion

Women empowerment – those two words are indispensable to the vocabulary of a student of a women’s college. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those words being used in both daily (yes, daily) and professional discourse on my campus over my past two years as a student. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s to be expected since women’s colleges are the

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Social Media for Social Change

As a young twenty-something, social media is something I utilize on a daily basis.  I post photos to Facebook, hashtag topics on Twitter, and Pin inspirational quotes to Pintrest.  Social media is a way for me, and millions of other people, to brand ourselves and show the public what makes us who we are.  The millennial generation is one that has never lived in a world without the Internet or social media, meaning that it

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Good Day Sunshine

The rain has gone. Mara poy, as you would say in Malayalam. I no longer have to grab that umbrella each time I leave the house. The sky is blue and the sun is shining. The village where I am working has taken on a whole new splendor. I can see the mountains in the distance where during the monsoon, all I could see was the underside of my umbrella and a gray, heavy sky.

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October Update!

Dear Friends, I’ve returned Stateside after a productive summer in Wayanad, India. One major accomplishment is the purchase of 2.7 acres of land, just outside of Prashanthagiri. We are getting ready to renovate the property to accommodate our field fellows and other field volunteers. All of Profugo’s development initiatives, such as the Water for Life Project, Tailoring Program, ELS, Agriculture, Aquaponics, and Natural Resource Management will be housed here. Future plans are underway to integrate

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I am Woman, Hear Me Roar!

This week the ladies of the tailoring workshop made an excursion to Manathavady. One by one, they entered the Profugo rental house donned in some of their most beautiful sarees. We talked a bit about Onam and then we sat in a circle and got down to business, literally. We began with the question, “What is business?” Sabeena answered that it is when you buy or sell something. Spot on. Although a simple explanation, that

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