Joty Sohi (Nepal)

Prior to her fellowship, Joty earned a BA from the Rutgers University and an MA from City University London. Joty interned at the British Red Cross where she educated London’s youth on International Humanitarian issues. Joty has also worked at local and State level organizations developing and executing programs for individuals with special needs. After the fellowship, she wrote: "It has opened my eyes to what it's like to work abroad for a smaller Non-profit. The best experience for me was to see through an actual project and get it done." Contact: jsohi@advocacynet.org



When I grow up

03 Sep

After weeks of planning, traveling and interviewing I had
finally gathered enough information to create profiles for all of the children
participating in this years Bricks to Books Project. Going through the
transcripts, I recounted each child’s story where they’d come from, their lives
now, and where they wanted to go. It seemed strange to me that through this
journey it was the last bit of information that had been the toughest to
attain.

You see at the end of each interview conducted, we asked
each child the same final question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
The question to me seemed fairly easy and one that had to be asked. I mean here
we were interviewing children that at one point or another were working in
brick factories and now because of the CONCERN organization were able to attend
school. These kids were pursuing their education; to one day obtain a life
better then their parents before them. So to ask them what their hopes and
dreams were when they grow up didn’t seem all that irrational.

Getting this answer out of them definitely was a challenge.
When first hearing the question many children reacted with a face of
bewilderment, as if never having thought about it before. They all struggled
with the question, often needing lots of encouragements, examples, and coaxing.

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Posted By Joty Sohi (Nepal)

Posted Sep 3rd, 2015

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