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India Bound

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. -Mahatma Gandhi 

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Building global connections both online and offline is the cornerstone of Mom Bloggers for Social Goodsays 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 meet fellow Social Good Moms who live in India. Our time in India will be spent learning about the issues we cover: Maternal and newborn health, food and water poverty, sanitation issues, and education for women and girls.

It’s going to be an amazing time, full of lots of insight into the advocacy work we do as well as the culture, people and situation in India. I have visited India briefly in 2010 when I was en route to Nepal and found India to be one of the most dynamic places I’ve ever been. It will be truly fascinating to see India once again through a different set of eyes and mindset.  I will have my “third-eye” waiting and ready to capture and soak in as much knowledge as I can.

During our stay, I’ll be sharing my journey via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course on my blog.  I hope you follow along on this journey! It is bound to be eye-opening!

I would like to thank Sevenly for being a trip sponsor. They are an amazing organization. Check our their website here to learn more about the fabulous things they do.

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It is a huge honor for me to be invited to go on this social good trip as I’m certain I will learn so much more about the work I’m so passionately advocating for.  I am so excited to share what I learn with you. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I don’t think we can see the world without learning about the issues each place we visit face. It is up to us to not only be a good tourist, but to be a good citizen and help change the world we live in to make it a better place for all. Thanks for your support!

To Follow Our Journey From May 20 – 24, 2013.  Hashtag: #SocialGoodMomsIndia

To learn more about Mom Blogger’s for Social Good, check out this interview recently published in Forbes about Jennifer’s work. “Mom Bloggers Build a Network for Activism and Change.” 

Stay tuned…

33 comments

  1. Dear Amiga! I am so proud of you and am amazed at how proactive you’ve been this year. 2013 has been an amazing year for you! Your family is surely proud of all that you’re doing – the wonder mom!

    i’ve had little time online and will be catching up over the next few days if the internet allows!
    buen viaje!
    lisa

    • Oh thanks Lisa! You are a great supporter my friend! I’m a bit anxious about all the travel and being away so much from the kids but life will slow down and I know how important it is. 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes and you will hear from me soon! 🙂

  2. Nicole, I am so proud of and happy for you. I can’t wait to hear (and see) all about your experiences in India. Be safe and have a great time!

  3. Good luck, Nicole! I’m sure it’ll be an eye-opening trip. I really look forward to reading your blog posts about your experiences and seeing your photos! Buen viaje!

    • Thanks so much for your inspiring words! I am really looking forward to our first set of meetings today. We are going to visit a special school inside a slum that provides education for children. I will learn a lot from this trip that is for sure! 🙂

  4. Wonderful, Nicole! Can’t wait to hear all about it. I don’t see where where you mention the city you’ll ve visiting.

    I spent two weeks in Delhi with 12 undergraduates from the University of Kentucky. We did a service learning project with Habitat India in the Bawana slum. My writing students interviewed around 60 families for whom Habiatat had helped build homes. They then did feature articles and photo essays for the organizations website. It was an amazing and life-changing experience.

    Blessings to you on your trip!

    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • Thanks Kathy! I am in Delhi too. The project you did sounds amazing! We aren’t doing anything on this visit with Habitat but I bet it would be fascinating to see their work here. We are starting our set of meetings in not too long and I am very excited to begin. Hope you and Sara are adjusting to your new life and home! 🙂

    • Wow, what a kind comment! I am here now and we are off to meet our new friends and learn about what is going on soon. I can’t wait as I know it will be more eye-opening than anything I’ve ever done. 🙂

  5. Sas

    Have a great trip Nicole, it sounds so exciting. I’m 8th generation Indian, but I don’t know much about the country, so I can’t wait to read all about what you learn 🙂

    • Wow, 8th generation Indian! That is cool. I just read a fascinating book called “India Calling” by Anada Giridharadas an American born Indian. He goes to India after university to work and the book talks about what he learns about the country through foreign eyes. You would probably really enjoy it!

  6. lolakojane

    I am looking forward to following your blog and learning more about your social advocacy work in India (and beyond of course), Nicole.

    • Thank you Terri! I am sure this wlll be the most eye-opening experience I’ve ever had. Today our meetings begin. Will be a lot to share!

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  8. anotherjennifer

    I can’t wait to hear all about your trip! I’m sure it will be an eye opener. How exciting to meet other Social Good Moms and nonprofit partners in person. I will be following along for sure!

    • Thanks Jennifer! Today we are meeting three Social Good Moms who are going to take us to a special school they work with in the slums. It is going to be very interesting. It is so insanely hot here too. 120 yesterday!!!! So we have to be very careful walking around. Jennifer is so amazing. I am so glad I’ve gotten to know her. I can’t wait to share everything and also to meet you in person in Chicago!!!! 🙂

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  11. I bet your trip to India & to see the people there along with Indian mothers were exceptionally a wonderful trip. India I heard was fascinating to see. Hope you had a great time!

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