Within the chaotic narrow streets of Old Delhi lies the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, whose enormous courtyard has the capacity to hold 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, this sensational mosque was the last extravagnance commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, whose love for his wife resulted in the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra and zest for beauty and power built the Red Fort of New Delhi. The Jama Masjid’s spectacular beauty resides in her masterful […]
There are moments in life when you are so deeply moved by what one person can do to make a difference in the world that it takes your breath away. This is how I felt when I met Sonal Kapoor, founder of Protsahan, a school for underprivileged girls in the heart of India. Not even thirty years old, Kapoor is already considered one of the most inspiring young social entrepreneurs in the world and after a visit to her beautiful […]
Categories: Delhi, EDUCATION, Global Team of 200, India, India Social Good trip, Protsahan, SOCIAL GOOD, Social Good Moms in India, TRAVEL BY COUNTRY • Tags: CULTURE, Delhi, Education, India, Mom Bloggers for Social Good, Protsahan, Social Good Moms India, street children, Travel
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”. - Khalil Gibran For some reason, when I was in India I became rather obsessed with photographing feet. Feet were everywhere and on full display. Perhaps it was the insanely high temperatures that scorched the skin like fire that lead so many to simply remove their shoes. Or else the Indian custom of removing ones shoes before entering a building […]
Education is without doubt one of the key ways to lifting people out of poverty. In India, a country of over one billion people and an estimated 400 million living below the poverty line (World Bank 2010), education has become a matter of survival for the millions of children living in poverty in both rural and urban Indian. Per the 2012 the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER): Learning levels have dipped to an all-time low. So, almost half the 6-7 […]
Categories: ADVOCACY, Children, Delhi, Education, Global Team of 200, HUMAN RIGHTS, India, India Social Good trip, Pratham, SOCIAL GOOD, TRAVEL BY COUNTRY • Tags: Advocacy, CULTURE, Delhi, Education, global team of 200, India, Mom Bloggers for Social Good, Pratham, thirdeyemom, Travel
There is no better way of seeing and understanding India’s capital than by taking a ride on back a rickshaw through the streets of Old Delhi. Built in 1639 as the Mughal capital Shahjahanabad ( شاه جهان آباد) the intensely crowded and dilapidated streets of Old Delhi remain the heart and soul of the city and are a sight to see. For the narrow, shadowy streets of Old Delhi offer a glimpse into what life was once like and still is for millions of […]
Behind the beautiful, lavish parts of Delhi always lies the most abject poverty imaginable. I have read several books on the slums of India and thought I’d know what to expect when I saw them in person. Yet nothing I’d ever seen in all my years of travel could have prepared me for the stark reality of desperation, misery and despair of walking through a real live slum in the heart of India’s capital.
Categories: ADVOCACY, Global Team of 200, Social Good Moms in India, WaterAid • Tags: CULTURE, Delhi, global team of 200, Health, India, sanitation, Social Good Moms, Travel, Vivekananda Slum, WaterAid
The last three days in Delhi have been a complete whirlwind. We have been on the move visiting our NGO partners for Social Good Moms to learn more about their work on the ground. Being in Delhi is like being at the forefront of humanity. The buzz of mass civilization frenzies around you and engulfs all your senses. There is so much going on at any one moment that it is hard not to blink your eyes in amazement. To […]
Sometimes getting there is half the fun. Traveling half way across the world is no easy feat and as long as you maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor than it can actually be quite an adventure. I began my journey to India at nine am on Sunday, May 19th and four flights and 36 hours later, I finally arrived at my final destination, Delhi. As always, there were lots of bumps along the way, a few which began […]
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. -Mahatma Gandhi “Building global connections both online and offline is the cornerstone of Mom Bloggers for Social Good” says founder Jennifer James who heads up one of the world’s largest social good sites for moms who blog. On Sunday, I am honored to be traveling to India along with Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, to meet face to face with some of our partners as well as […]
Life is a whirlwind right now. I just got back from France a week ago and now am soon heading to India on my first-ever trip as a social good blogger! I will be traveling to learn more about the amazing non-profits we work with as a member of the Global Team of 200. I am so incredibly excited I can hardly stand it.
Categories: ADVOCACY, Blog Updates, BLOGGING, Global Newborn Health, Global Team of 200, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, SOCIAL GOOD, UNICEF, Women Build • Tags: Advocacy, France, Habitat for Humanity, India, Save the Children, thirdeyemom, Travel, UNICEF, women build