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e welcome applications for a limited number of internships with the
Foundation. Interns will be expected to work and live at one of our rural locations in either Gujarat or Maharashtra.
n Gujarat we are headquartered in the small industrial town of Ankleshwar which is connected
by train and road services. Our areas of operation are within an hour's drive of Ankleshwar off the main highways.
This is a semi-arid zone where villagers struggle to meet water needs. Compared to much of India, the villagers here
are better off - most children do go to school, most families do own land or have industrial jobs. Life is however
traditional bound and the practices of caste and segregation govern daily living. Women are a subjugated group- bound
to the chores or childcare, gathering fuel and water and helping in the fields during sowing and harvest. Lively and
optimistic they are colorful and gregarious groups who truly hold the family together.
n Maharashtra our offices are in the town of Chiplun which recently was connected to the
national railways. The nearest airport is in Bombay a 6-hour car ride away. This is a lush mountaineer region of India
nestled in the Western Ghats and the beginning of the Shayadri range. Villages here comprise of little hamlets - often
segregated by caste and religion- that are located of mountainsides. These hamlets are often remote yet comprises the
administrative unit of a single village with a single local governing body (the panchayat). Although poor the villagers
are often educated and largely literate and place great emphasis on education. Like their other Indian sisters they are
a repressed group but women here often take leadership roles and controversial positions.
ur cluster of villages is located with 45 minute of Chiplun except for Dhammni, which is
nearly 2 hour away. We are also fortunate to have the resources of the foundationís hospital located in Lote, which
is also the location of our housing complex.
e welcome participation from individuals interested in rural development issues, public
health and medicine, careers in non profit organizations as well as those interested in learning more about India
and the Indian society.
nternships will be tailored to meet the needs/ interests of the participants as well as
the needs of the Foundation. We are fortunate in being able to offer prospective internís PRIVATE, SAFE and
ACCESSIBLE housing at Gharda Chemicals housing societies that are self contained and corporately maintained
apartment blocks. All interns will be placed under the direct supervision of our Managing Trustee Dr. Sonya Mehta,
who has considerable experience in working with students, before returning to India to head the Gharda Foundation.
Dr. Mehta was a dean of the undergraduate college at Bryn Mawr College, Pa, USA and worked extensively with students
of various cultures. We anticipate that interns will have a hands on, in-depth experience with working in a rural
society while contributing their enthusiasm and experiences to our projects.
f you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at the
The Gharda Foundation
C/o Gharda Chemicals
5/6 Jer Mansion,
W.P.Varde Marg, Off Turner Road.
Mumbai 400 050
Tel: +91 22
Fax : +91 22 6404224/ 6514313