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Want to make a difference in your neighbourhood – Become a Haiyya Fellow today!

“…Somewhere in our minds we will be happy and satisfied to know that we contributed to a better India with our little efforts.” – Aditi Karande

“Haiyya helped me grow as a person…as a person who listens and understands the issue before jumping to a conclusion.” – Mihika Gulati

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These are just a couple of examples of what our fellows have to say about their time undergoing the training provided by Haiyya. While some came with enthusiasm and others with a little bit of skepticism, all left with a feeling of having contributed, of having taken that step towards positive change, of building communities who act on their issues.

We’ve built a leadership training programme based on the curriculum of Harvard Kennedy School and Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. This training involves learning about public narrative, community organising  and community action. The fellows get the opportunity to work on a live campaign, where they research the issues, learn from experts and organise their own community team.

Previous fellows have worked on campaigns like Public Safety and Right to Vote, where they worked closely with local neighbourhoods, engaged with the police department, coordinated with the  electoral officers and worked towards imporving situations in their community. If you too want to get a leadership training, while working directly with communities on issues, apply for our 3rd fellowship programme. Hear from our fellows in the video below and apply on: http://www.haiyya.in/campaign/fellows. Apply early as there are limited seats and the deadline for application is 5th Novmeber 2013.

Re-thinking training spaces: learning, sharing and capacity enhancement!

The Rise Up! Campaign, founded to make women’s voices heard in the upcoming Delhi State Assembly Elections, was launched last week with an onboarding training for 40 excited captains and leaders. We were inspired to see the diversity of our Rise Up! Team, made up of citizens from different areas, religions, states, classes, and belief systems, all rising up together to make change in the Assembly Constituencies where they live. By working in their home neighbourhoods, the team organizes on a hyper-local level where community volunteers are motivated into sustainable action by shared values and commitment.

During the three days of our onboarding training in Delhi, captains and leaders learned how to apply the framework of community-based change to their work in their constituencies. The team members practiced digging deep into their networks’ stories, engaging people based on similar experiences, and using narrative and enthusiasm to build their teams of volunteers.

As the captains and leaders applied their new skills through talking to citizens in a nearby marketplace, we saw the power of our training to cultivate dialogue and exchange. Led by values, we all learned to listen deeply to people’s stories, journeys, and struggles, and pick out a common thread of togetherness. As the captains and leaders crafted poems and stories that brought the voices we heard together, we committed to organizing for change by incorporating all the voices we heard.

Are you ready to add your voice to ours? Sign up to join us today at www.haiyya.in/riseup and help grow our work into a roar. Watch the video below to hear from our Team Leaders and Captains on how to make women’s voices heard this election!