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August 2002 batch

Anjali Sardeshmukh
Improve Slum Life (Ahmedabad, Gujarat)

With a degree in marine science from University of Florida, a propensity for languages, and a passion for issues of global justice, Anjali Sardeshmukh devoted her 2002-2003 fellowship year to improving living conditions for the women in Ramapir No Tekro, one of the largest slum areas in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Anjali organized health education classes for adolescent girls and explored various income-generation and savings programs for the women affiliated with Manav Sadhna, a NGO based in Ahmedabad, Gujurat. She also drafted a comprehensive proposal for an ashram-style community center in the Ramapir No Tekro. Post-fellowship Anjali spent several months traveling throughout India meeting others concerned with women's issues. She returned home to Florida with renewed vigor and grounding in how to work for social change. "I came to understand how people are affected by things I theorized about before, I could not have anticipated the extent to which the experience would inspire, motivate, encourage and move me."