I always thought if I had the opportunity to go back to India that this time around I'd like to do volunteer and charity work for a non-profit organization. I was almost able to do this when I was given the opportunity to teach English to young children at a government school near my home in Bangalore, but after many delays in the program, I left India before I was able to begin.
Heifer International, a non profit organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty, has recently gotten in touch with me to help spread the word about their organization and also their very recent accomplishment: In April 2010, they traveled to Rajasthan and "sat with women from five villages who shared stories of their journeys from oppression and poverty to empowerment". Their trip was documented through photographs and videos and "provide a glimpse into the lives of the women who are working diligently to change the course of the future for their daughters and their communities."
There are so many ways one can get involved and help out. I feel happy doing my part for now, which is spreading the word. Any little bit helps. Women and children all over the world should have access to education and the training needed to move ahead in life and feel powerful and good about themselves.