First of all, the website is looking better and better. By the way, I would love to make you a video on why people should join Rennaisance. I am working on starting a Rennow at our school for next year and have booked a booth at NABC to sell their products, ask for donations, or just advertise the organization. I also was wondering if you are having any more meetings...? Lastly, I saw that in your Kolkata Project Pictures, you have Rennow Shirts. I would like one please! :)
Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 5:41 PM
Radhika and Ritwika,
Beautiful website and great organization.
You are extraordinary young women.
Thank you for allowing me to participate.
Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 7:50 PM
I just wanted to tell you that you're doing some pretty amazing things and give you a few other resources to look into.
I don't know how familiar you are with development models, but you are very much in line with a lot of Paul Polak's ideas, in fact your idea is essentially mentioned in his book "Out of Poverty". You should definitely read it if you have the time.
Some ideas: I have been doing a lot of research on slums for a paper I recently wrote, and since you focus on India I think there is a great source of arts and crafts that can come out of Dharavi which is the worlds largest slum, located in Mumbai. In fact this example is also mentioned in 'Out of Poverty'. Though it is really hard to reach out to individual potters in Dharavi, if you plan on forming partnerships I advise you to talk to the various NGO's that are geared towards helping the slum dwellers living there. The big three are: the National Slum Dwellers Association, SPARC (http://www.sparcindia.org/) and Mahila Milan. Try to contact them over email if possible (you might have to do a lot of internet searching for this).
Hope this helps, and if you guys need any more help or advice do let me know.
Undergrad, Stanford University, California