Building Digital Libraries in Indian Slums

Many children in Indian slum schools never see a computer. Their homes don’t have one, and their schools don’t have one. Their learning is based on memorization and they are not trained on practical technical skills. Three AMAZING high school girls – two in the United States and one in Hong Kong – are on a mission to change that. Aishwarya Suresh, Megha Sreekanth, and Naina Mishra are 16-year old…

Tips for an A-Team

Insider #NinjaCats

Many exciting projects begin on paper napkins. Ours began on two sheets of paper. We were in Co-Creation Hub in Lagos for our #Insiders4Good program. The air conditioner was rattling at full blast, but thanks to the humidity, we were all slightly sweaty. Someone said “we need a website for our fellows!”. Dona Sarkar, our imaginer-in-chief, quickly reached across the table and grabbed two sheets of paper. She scribbled a…

Ties that bind

Every month when I had my periods, my family banished me to an “outhouse”. The “outhouse” was a damp room as big as a walk-in closet. It was in our backyard, surrounded by mango trees and coconut trees. It had a naked incandescent lightbulb, no furniture and no plumbing. At night, you could hear frogs croak and crickets chirp. I slept on the floor. Once I felt a scorpion crawl…