AIA Update June 2016

This summer great work is being done by Amanda, Jessica, and Olivia–students at Wellesley College. Fiona joined the team to continue her work on adolescent wellness and the sanitary pad project. Former headmistress Sister Celestine is now here to coordinate the education piece with Sister Reeta. Sister Raphael continues as Mother Superior of the Convent and … More AIA Update June 2016

Reflection on India

Visiting a Siddi Village in Modern India by Asha Sundararaman September 27, 2013 Roads in Mainalli “Be careful,” my uncle and his friends warned as I prepared to leave Bangalore, “Don’t eat unknown food or drink the water. Make sure you bring Paracetamol.” “Are you going to be ok without a TV?” my grandmother asked. … More Reflection on India

Reflection on India

Pashington Obeng Jr. July 2009 / Went for one week. I knew the trip would be uncomfortable. I told myself it would be an exercise in patience and understanding. I recalled all the images and stories I knew of India from the videos and pictures my dad shared from his trips. From everything I researched, … More Reflection on India

Reflections on India

Kirstin Yanisch My time in Mainalli was one of the most memorable experiences from my time at Wellesley. It transformed my understanding of India and its people, and allowed me to form meaningful relationships in a country that had previously been foreign to me. Learning about the history of the Siddi people and particularly learning … More Reflections on India

Reflections on India

Moriah Smith The first time I learned about Mainalli and Siddis in southern India was over lunch with Professor Obeng during a Wellesley course in Ghana. My eyes widened to learn more about the extent of the African diaspora. As a woman of African descent from the United States it felt essential that I travel … More Reflections on India