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IDW 2015

IDW 2015

Happy 25th International Development week!

This week, thisvillage has been reflecting on the Millennium Development Goals set out by the UN in 1990. These goals had a deadline to be achieved by 2015 therefore, the UN has also been reviewing them and weighing up their success. In fact, they have unveiled a new set of goals, called Sustainable Development Goals. (ßRead more about them, they’re cool!)

The SDGs consist of 17 targets to reach before 2030. For example, number 1 SDG is: End poverty in all its forms everywhere (whoa! Lofty!).

But hey. We would like to see an end to poverty too. And that’s not the only goal that we can relate to:

Number 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.

Maternal mortality has fallen 45% since 1990, but we can’t forget that 50% of women do not receive the recommended health care during pregnancy*. One of our major projects in Bandanpally is providing wells and toilets for the community.

Number 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life long learning opportunities for all.

90% of children in developing countries are now enrolled in primary school, but what about the other 58 million*, or those that are forced to drop out. thisvillage believes in education, and that equipping marginalized community members with confidence and practical skills is essential to their long-term prosperity. Some of the projects we’ll be implementing in Bandanpally include stocking the school library with books and desks.

Number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

The enrolment in primary school is distributed equally among boys and girls*, but women still face inequality in education, work, and decision-making. thisvillage knows that empowering women and children is key to alleviating poverty. One program we’ll be implementing in Bandanpally is a support group for widowed women.

These statistics are encouraging. People working together can make a difference to the injustice in the world. thisvillage works to alleviate poverty on a smaller scale. You can also fight for sustainable international development. Help thisvillage make a difference, one village at a time!

–Julia Kutyn

*All statistics in above article are available at www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Climbing Mountians

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There’s nothing like a teenage Indian girl climbing Mount Everest to make you feel like you haven’t accomplished much. Malavath Poorna, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh, set a new world record in May for being the youngest woman to ever scale the 8,848 meters to the summit of Everest.

Malavath and another student (sixteen-year-old Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar) were selected by Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Schools to undergo almost a month of training along with 20 other chosen students. After the training Poorna and Kumar were chosen as the toughest and both seized the opportunity to climb the world’s tallest peak.

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“The aim of my expedition was to inspire young people and students from my kind of background”. Malavath is referring to her being born into poverty. Her parents are farmers and make just $600 a year. Rather than seeing this as a disability, Malavath sees it as an opportunity to achieve great feats and inspire others like her to be extraordinary.

Here is an example of one empowered woman determined to accomplish something amazing. Talented and dedicated to her studies, Malavath will not be held back by the oppressive caste system or the limitations others may put on her. Way to go Malavath!

— Julia Kutyn

दन्यवाद

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Hi! My name is Julia Kutyn, and I’m new to this blog and to thisvillage! For the next few months you’ll be hearing from me quite a bit. I am currently taking my undergraduate degree in business administration and am very excited to be working as an intern for thisvillage. I am also very excited to be a part of this organization that is connected to India in such a big way.

 A couple years ago I had the extreme privilege of travelling 36 hours to this chaotic country and having my heart broken (in the good way) by India and its beautiful people. As cliché as this sounds… my life will never be the same. While living in India I  worked in a home for young boys whose parents were too unwell to take care of them. I was also able to work in a school for children from the surrounding village. The children I spent time with were so full of energy and enjoyment of life it was hard not to love every minute of it, even though I was usually lost; I couldn’t understand much of the Hindi that they spoke so quickly!

Extreme poverty and overwhelming wealth are next-door neighbours in India. This is something that I wasn’t expecting. However, something that was even more striking to me was the use of this word:  दन्यवाद , pronounced Dhan’yavād. This is the Hindi word meaning “thank-you”. I spent Thanksgiving in a small village north of Delhi, and I have very fond memories of making food with my new friends and being taught how to dance (which was embarrassing for someone with not enough coordination to do Zumba), but mostly I remember hearing this word, dhan’yavād, again and again, and not only just on Thanksgiving.

There’s something to be said about being emotionally wrecked by the reality that IS life in India. Daily life can be so upside down compared to the standards of the west but this is just “normal” in India. India is such a special place to me; the people there are like no other when it comes to tradition and respect, being hospitable, and just having fun! If you are ever presented with an opportunity to travel there, TAKE IT!

Rahul

—Julia Kutyn