Past volunteers

Bharat Kunwar

England

About
I have a Master degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering from University of Bath, UK. I have volunteered at lots of places and organisations locally in the UK. I have also helped out at a small community run coffee plantation in Guatemala very briefly. However, this was my first proper international volunteering experience. I had some experience in programming required for my placement which is also a passion of mine. The experience at Shelter Associates I came to Shelter Associates through their partner Engineers Without Borders UK, who have been working closely with Shelter Associates since 2007. I learnt about the wonderful office culture which I just have not seen like of in the UK. Everyone treats each other more like a family rather than co-workers and it was great to be treated inclusively. I also felt like I was seen as a valuable member of the team even though I was there temporarily as a volunteer. I loved the fact that everyone sat together on the floor to have lunch which everyone shared with each other! I have many fond memories and I really hope to visit again in a few years.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
I was here around the same time as volunteers James Ritchie, Pauline Carriot and Amy Yang. Gareth Lloyd had to leave just as I arrived but James and Gareth had already made a start on the survey data entry system using Django/Python framework. My work primarily consisted of picking up from where they left off, ironing out some of the kinks and working with the feedback from the office staff to resolve issues with the survey system. I trained some of the new staff to use the software as well as helping the more experienced staff to diagnose and resolve minor problems. I also carried out general maintenance of the technical equipment including upgrading the router and internal office network setup by previous volunteers so that all the computers in the office had a more robust connection to the network and an up-to-date security features of Ubuntu 12.10.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Be ready to be challenged in every way from the moment you land in India. It can be a very intense and equally exciting experience. You will undoubtedly have a great time volunteering at Shelter Associates. However, when it comes to culture, do not let yourself resist it but rather let yourself be immersed in it, and you will have a far better time. Get to really know the people and take every opportunity to travel. If you have any specific questions, you can email me on (bharat dot kunwar at ewb-uk dot org) or twitter (@b_rat).

Blake Hemingway

England

About
I came to Shelter after studying three out of four years of a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield. I had also done a Year in Industry with Atkins Aerospace in Bristol, and some freelance web development work. This placement was my first direct experience of volunteering in an international development context, though.
Tasks performed at Shelter
I came to Shelter in the summer of 2013 to extend Shelter's existing mapping and research capability by developing an Android application for conducting surveys in slums. I did this alongside David Stark as part of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK International Placement scheme.  Neither of us had developed an Android app prior to coming to Shelter, so it was a great learning experience. 
The experience at Shelter Associate
The three months I spent at Shelter were full of unforgettable highs, interspersed with character-building lows. The first few weeks were particularly challenging as I hadn't done a great deal of travelling prior to coming here, and Pune is very different to the UK, to put it mildly. However, as I gradually found my feet, I saw that India has a wonderful habit of making mundane things exciting: commuting, eating, and just walking around the city all fall into this category. developed new love affairs with Punjabi food, bus rides and dancing outside in a cloud of pink paint (the Ganpatti festival; not to be missed). The office atmosphere is relaxed and the Shelter staff are a great bunch of people. The chance to take ownership of projects and see the difference one makes on the ground is extremely rewarding. I don't want to sugar-coat things unnecessarily, though, as some things here can be difficult. The sight of wealth and poverty next door to one another can be hard to take in - funny when it's a man driving his bullock-cart past Starbucks, but less so when it's a child defecating outside a jewellery shop. Little things like limited access to the Internet and being consistently overcharged by rickshaw drivers can become frustrating. But, that said, I'd say this to those thinking of coming to Shelter: Do it. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll experience joy, anger, excitement, frustration, satisfaction, exasperation and amazement on a more-or-less daily basis. You'll leave with a new perspective on life and lots of stories to tell.Contact me at blake.hemingway@ewb-uk.org if you'd like to know more.

Brigitte Tacke

Germany

About
I worked with Shelter Associates in 2003 during a sabbatical from my current job. I am an architect working with HypoVereinsbank, where I am responsible for sustainability and energy efficiency concerning the bank’s real estate portfolio.
The experience at Shelter Associates
I still remember my time with Shelter Associates as a very pleasant and interesting experience, and I will surely come back for a visit as soon as my daughter is a little older!I learned, among very many other things, a different approach to architecture and life, which I still keep in my mind. You can contact me by emailing:

C. Wayne Jones

USA

About
Bachelor of Fine Arts; Master Of Fine Arts (Interior Design) from The University of Georgia; have worked professionally in interior design.
The experience at Shelter Associates
I worked on my Masters thesis in interior design while volunteering at Shelter in 2007. I found the work to be so rewarding and the organization so committed to the people they serve that I returned to work with them in 2009. I was made to feel at home and a part of the team from the day I arrived at Shelter. Daily life in Pune is also an education in itself, if one is open to it, and I found it endlessly fascinating and surprising. I had a wonderful opportunity to see on a daily basis how Shelter is implementing their strategies first and foremost by enabling the urban poor to have a voice in decisions affecting their lives. Information is an incredibly powerful tool and Shelter is using this to both empower the people they serve, as well as bring better implementation of services to communities in need. The time I spent working with the Shelter team and living in Pune had a profound effect on my life and has inspired me to continue my studies.
Message to future volunteers
come with an open mind and heart. Flexibility will serve you much better than an agenda. This is true of life in India, as well as working with Shelter. It is the nature of an organization that attempts to work in partnership with local governments that new opportunities to implement change can arise at any moment. This can also take time, so understand the value of being a part of a process that is itself bringing about change, and celebrate that.You can contact me by emailing: cwjones@gatech.edu

Christophe Aubertin

France

About
I graduated from the Nancy School of Architecture in France in 2006 with a Masters in Wood Materials Construction The experience at Shelter Associates I learned methods of observation and analysis, along with the importance of information sources. If you want to defend people, you need a clear report about their life conditions. Only after this can you make pertinent propositions. I was also impressed with Shelter’s sensibility and efficiency in working with poor people.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
My work with Shelter was thesis thematic (Emerging Urbanities: Slums and Alternatives), and it was a capital experience. I worked on a slum rehabilitation project in Pimpri Chinchwad and also studied global propositions on the slum pockets along Nalas in the city center of Pune.
Message to future volunteers
To read about the different research that Shelter has done and contact some past volunteers to prepare for your experience. Also, not knowing the local language is not a problem when working in slums. You can still be efficient in field making drawings, local surveys, and photos to complete the work of the SA team. You can contact me by emailing: christobertin@yahoo.fr

David Stark

Scotland

About
Just before I came to Shelter, I finished my 3rd year of Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I also participated in some Volunteer work in the past, when I was 17 I went to Tanzania and worked in a school for disabled children for a month.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Coming to Shelter, and India, was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I had the opportunity through Engineers Without Borders - UK, who have had a partnership with Shelter for the past 6 years. I found many things in India challenging to get to grips with, it rained every day for a month when I arrived at the start of the Monsoon and I had a tough first few weeks adjusting to everything!After I settled in, i had the most incredible time. Me and Blake completed the project we had set upon in the beginning and seeing the social workers enjoying working with our Application and using it well was such a good experience for me personally, as being a student, it's the first big project I've been a part of. It was such an incredible opportunity to have a project like this to develop my own skills while making a real, tangible difference. I also loved working with all the staff at Shelter and I value all the friendships I made there. They are the most welcoming, kind and generous group of people I've ever met.
Message to future volunteers
To try and keep an open mind and be prepared to find things pretty tough when you first arrive! You'll find things and places that you will come to love, travelling around India is easy so try and see as much as you can while you have the chance.

Lucy Jones

England

About
Prior to working at Shelter Associates I had completed my BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1) in the UK and worked for a medium sized architectural practice in Devon, UK.  I chose to work for Shelter Associates because I was passionate about social justice and making better housing conditions for those living in slums.
The experience at Shelter Associates
My time at Shelter Associates was a steep learning curve.  I worked on the Kamgar Putala project and made regular trips to the building site at Hadapsar to monitor progress and witnessed the progression from the very first foundations. My main activity in the office was producing architectural drawings for several projects including a toilet block in Khuldabad. The main thing that I enjoyed was the joined up working of NGOs, slum dwellers, community workers and architects.
Message to future volunteers
Working with Shelter Associates changed the way I think about architecture.  Whilst I was only working there for three months, it is the work that I am most proud of. You can contact me by mailing: lucy.jones1@sheffield.ac.uk

Victoria Cronin

England

About
I joined Shelter Associates after completing an MEng (Hons) in Architecture and Environmental Design in 2004.  After a year in India I returned to the UK to study an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development, after which I completed a PhD in International Development.  As well as my experience with Shelter Associates, I’ve worked with engineering consultancies and NGOs in the UK and India, and the United Nations in Nairobi and NYC.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Fantastic!  Hard work but extremely rewarding. My time with Shelter Associates after my first degree, is what really developed my interest in urban development and slum upgrading.  Thanks to the incredibly valuable experience I gained with Shelter Associates in Pune, I’ve gone on to work and research urban development in developing communities.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Embrace the opportunity of living and working in a different culture.  You will need to work on your own initiative. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of the experience. Also make the most of your spare time to explore incredible India! You can contact me by emailing: Victoria.Cronin@cantab.net

Graeme Maciver

Scotland

About
Before coming to India I was studying Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland where I had just completed my 3rd year. Alongside this I worked as a freelance web developer.
The experience at Shelter Associates 
I came to Shelter Associates as part of an Engineers Without Borders UK placement.  My plan was to continue work from the previous years EWB volunteers and work on the slum data system which holds all of the survey information from slums in Sangli. However, when I arrived I got to work on redeveloping the Shelter Associates website (that you're visiting just now). The new website was built to improve navigation of the large amounts of information stored on it and also allows the staff in the Shelter Associates offices to update the website whenever required. This will lead to improvements in documentation of the Shelter Associates projects and in making that documentation much more accessible.  It will also serve as a platform to build future information systems on top of, like the slum directory, or an improved slum data system. Before Shelter Associates I had never travelled on my own outside of the UK, or to a developing country.  So my arrival in India was daunting, but I quickly found friends at Shelter Associates who have made my time here something I will never forget. I have had some amazing experiences here and I am very grateful to both Shelter Associates and EWB-UK for giving me the opportunity to come here. 
Message to future volunteers
Before arriving read about current/past projects (the information is on this site!) and contact previous volunteers. There is so much to experience in India, and you will spend a lot of time with no clue about what is happening around you. Keep your mind open and just roll with it. You can contact me by emailing: sayhello@graememaciver.com

Jared Mercadante

USA

About
I possess a Professional Bachelors degree in Architecture. Prior to coming to Shelter, I worked in a variety of architecture-related fields, from residential design to commercial office planning.
The experience at Shelter Associates
The experiences and friendships I made while working for Shelter and living in India have positively shaped my future and career. Until now, I haven’t had a more rewarding experience. I cherish the year I spent in India and am so grateful to Shelter for giving me the opportunity.
Message to future volunteers
To leave your predetermined expectations and prejudices at home, stay calm and patient in an unfamiliar environment, be open to new experiences, and live your time in India as the locals around you.  Enjoy the beauty and diversity of India to the fullest, because you are embarking on one of the richest experiences in life! You can contact me by emailing: mercadantej@gmail.com

Jenny Pattison

England

About
Previous to Shelter Associates I have volunteered on other engineering projects and worked for civil engineering consultancies.
The experience at Shelter Associates
I came to Shelter Associates as part of a placement organised by Engineers Without Borders UK. Each year two volunteers are sent to Shelter Associates to assist them with their GIS work. My work involved mapping the slums in Solapur, using GIS software to produce query outputs and support the civil engineering aspects of the redevelopment work. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with SA and am looking forward to visiting them in the future. I learnt about the massive challenge that India is facing to upgrade the standard of living of the millions of people living in slums.  It was encouraging to see the government taking a proactive role but more reasurring to see the work that Shelter Associates is doing to ensure these projects are a success.  Their work is necessary to provide good designs for the redevelopment and gain the support of the local community.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Embrace the culture as soon as you can so that you can really enjoy your time in Pune. India has so much to offer if you can open yourself up to it.You can contact me by emailing:

Kayzad Shroff

Past-volunteer

About
I have a Masters in Architecture and a Bachelors in Architecture, both from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) 
The experience at Shelter Associates
My time at Shelter was beneficial on multiple levels.  Besides the obvious benefit of becoming aware of conditions otherwise alien to me, at a personal level it exposed me to the inner workings that are requisite for the daily functioning of informal settlements – workings both internal to the settlement as well as external (government, planning, NGOs, etc.)
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
To be patient – things will take time, and as work done by Shelter Associates is not-for-profit, unfortunately, due to the workings of the India Government, things will take even longer.  So don’t be disheartened! You can contact me by emailing: kayzadshroff@gmail.com

Kirstin Aitken

England

About
MA MArch (University of Edinburgh and University of Sheffield).  I've worked in Edinburgh as a student in a large office working on mainly residential projects.  During my part one placement year I worked as part of a group of students from Edinburgh University on the design and later the building of a hostel for a youth vocational training centre in Northern Tanzania.  Since returning to the UK from India I've worked for an architectural practice in London and now have recently started a new job in Norfolk.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Working at Shelter Associates was a massive learning curve for me.  I found it very rewarding to work on a project that was going to have such a positive impact for the future residents.  It was great to work with the permanent staff of Shelter Associates and be part of what is going on there.  People were very welcoming which made my time in Pune very special.  While there were definitely frustrations (powercuts being one!), overall it was a really positive experience.It was really good to see first hand the workings of an NGO doing architectural work, as this is something I've been interested in pursuing for some time.  It was interesting to see the work I did as part of a much larger picture - I'm looking forward to hearing how things are progressing now.  I suppose I learned a bit about realism too - it was back to reality with a bump following my masters!  On a different note, I learned a great deal just living in Pune within a completely different culture as well - it was a real life experience for me.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
To read about the different research that Shelter Associates has done and contact some past volunteers to prepare for your experience.  Also, not knowing the local language is not a problem when working in slums.  You can still be efficient in field making drawings, local surveys, and photos to complete the work of the Shelter Associates team. My message to future volunteers is… don't expect things to happen fast! and enjoy it!You can contact me by emailing:

Krithika Suryaprakash

India

About
I have a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from MEASI Academy of Architecture, Chennai and a Masters in Disaster Management from Kingston University, London.  My first work experience was as an architectural intern for 6 months at an office in Bangalore which specialised in residential projects. I started volunteering in Shelter Associates immediately after my postgraduate study in 2014.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Having had no previous experience of working in slum conditions, this stint at Shelter Associates has been very humbling and fulfilling. My induction period was extremely thorough with several field visits organised to enable me to fully understand the context in which the organisation works. These four months at Shelter Associates has cemented my desire of working in the development sector in future and has proven to be a huge learning experience both professionally and personally.  Apart from everything, the entire Shelter Associates team was very welcoming right from the start making the shift to a new city far less daunting than I had expected. This experience has resulted in meeting so many wonderful people who I definitely hope to stay in touch with. Being persistent is of utmost importance when working in developing countries.  Nothing is achieved quickly and for any proposal to be approved, repeated stakeholder meetings are required. I also learnt that there is no substitute to involving the community at all stages of development and nothing is more important than a close and trusting relationship with them.  Another important value of Shelter’s that I highly regard and will definitely take forward in my career, is their refusal to take shortcuts at any stage of the development process.  It is this policy that I believe has given Shelter its credibility and authority in this sector. 
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
While at Shelter, I worked on various design related tasks. 
Architectural work:
I was involved in the design and 3D modelling of community centres in Sangli. I was also involved in a feasibility study where I visited a slum in Sangli that was being designated for redevelopment by a former mayor of the region. This was a particularly interesting experience since only a small part of the slum was nominated and once a few design options were made, we concluded that a piecemeal approach to development would not benefit the slum as a whole and if an intervention was to be made, it would only hinder the future development of the slum as a whole.  Besides housing projects, I also worked on the ongoing city wide sanitation program in Pune. Due to distinct differences in existing sanitation conditions in the homes, I was involved in the preparation of individualized drawings and cost calculations for the construction of the toilets.
Other design related work:
I was also involved in designing some of the graphics that was required by the organisation such as logos, banners and presentations.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Shelter Associates is an organisation which holds its volunteers in high regard.  Being a volunteer at Shelter Associates has been an experience I will cherish forever.  My only advice to future volunteers is make the most of your time here, doing whatever it is you’d planned to while in Pune/India , because time flies so quickly and you don’t want to miss out on all the wonderful adventures/stories that you can take back home. If you have any questions you can contact me at: krithika90@gmail.com

Lucinda Hazell

Past-volunteer

About
I completed my Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in 2012 and I had been working as a Civil Engineer for two years before coming to volunteer at Shelter Associates. I had some previous experience of international development through volunteering in El Salvador for 6 weeks in 2009 where I helped to build two seismic resistant houses in a rural community.
The experience at Shelter Associates
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment of my three months with Shelter Associates. Working here has completely changed my understanding of what a slum is. I now know that they are true communities of hardworking, friendly, interesting people and I will cherish the moments I got to go into the field and meet everyone. I have fallen a little bit in love with India, from the delicious food to the beautiful countryside and the fascinating history. It is never boring and things rarely go to plan but that is part of the fun and you just have to roll with it! That said, some things about life here are very hard to accept, there is evidence of poverty pretty much everywhere you look, but to know that I have been part of an organisation which is doing everything it can to combat poverty and improve people's lives makes me incredibly proud. I have found some wonderful friends in my Shelter colleagues and I hope to come back and visit in the not too distant future.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
I came to Shelter in the Autumn of 2015 with Sakhi Shah as part of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK International Placement scheme. As part of Shelter’s One Home One Toilet project we determined which wastewater treatment options would be suitable for the slums in Kolhapur, a city which Shelter has not previously worked in and which has very little drainage infrastructure. As part of this we produce Intervention Strategies for each of the slums, detailing how households can be provided with individual toilets and what associated infrastructure and onsite wastewater treatment will be required. I have designed lots of drainage systems for new developments in the UK, but the context of urban settlements was very different to anything I had worked on before, so it was great to be able to transfer my knowledge to this environment.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Eat all the food and try everything at least once. You might find you really don’t like it (bitter gourd) or you might find that you absolutely love it (everything that isn’t bitter gourd).

Martino Visintin

Scotland

About
I'm graduating at the University of Strathclyde in Structural and Architectural Engineering this May (2012). I have volunteered in Thailand and Singapore with disabled children for two years and I have done some CAD drafting work in Italy. I volunteered here in the summer of 2010 with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Fantastic. The friendly office environment and the stimulating work really made for a great experience. I learnt how to deal with a completely different culture; enjoying chai; using Geomedia for GIS analyses; setting up a Linux server; saying what my name is in Marathi; using the CodeIgniter php framework. Plenty of little and not so little things really.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
In the first half of my placement I performed GIS analyses and taught the other workers how to handle large Geomedia projects. In the second half, I developed a new database data entry interface (with php and mySQL) and upgraded the network at the office.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
If you want to be thrown into a different, extremely colorful environment like India, work not for money but to do some good, and most of all have fun, go for it! It's worth it.

Megan Passey

England

About
I studied Architecture at Newcastle University, where I had also done research into urban upgrading in informal settlements. Before coming to Shelter I had worked in architectural practice in the UK and on government slum upgrading projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The experience at Shelter Associates
My time at Shelter gave me a fascinating insight into the work of a grass-root NGO, working in difficult urban areas. My own work was interesting and varied, with time spent both in the office and in the field. I worked with some fantastic people and learned a lot both professionally and personally. I learned a lot about the importance of flexibility in a small NGO and the advantages that an organisation like Shelter Associates has in knowing the context in which it works so well. The presence of community workers in slums, often on a daily basis, meant that Shelter Associates was not only well informed but trusted by members of the community. As a result, Shelter Associates was well placed to respond quickly to problems that emerged as a result of its research, and facilitate partnerships with other local organisations and the municipality in order to provide assistance to communities. I also learned that liaison with the municipality, even on the smallest of projects, can be frustratingly complex and slow at times.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
I worked on a number of different projects during my time at Shelter Associates. These included the architectural design of an affordable housing scheme supported by the Ashoka Foundation; reorganisation of the website and graphic design; facilitation of children's workshops in Sangli; and the preparation of several short films about Shelter's work with Miles Phillips.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates 
Working with Shelter Associates was a great experience for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning first-hand about issues affecting informal settlements. Culturally Pune is a fascinating place, and working with Shelter Associates will introduce you to the city from a unique perspective. Take every opportunity to learn Marathi, try some amazing food and sleep under the stars in Sangli - it will make your experience at Shelter Associates so much richer.

Pauline Carriot

France

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Sakhi Shah

Past Volunteer

About
Before coming to Shelter, I had just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I also did a year-long Industrial Placement at PepsiCo during my degree and had volunteered in Nepal for 6 weeks doing construction work in schools.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Working at Shelter has been an amazing experience. I was unsure about what I wanted to do after university and have always wanted to work in India. My time at Shelter has made me realise that I want to continue working in slum redevelopment. The variation of slums we visited and the warmth of the people we met changed my perspective on these areas and their residents. I saw tightly-knit communities, spotless houses and incredible resourcefulness. I have fond memories of our frequent visits to Kolhapur and Sangli, and I’m really glad that I was able to contribute to the work Shelter does in these areas.The staff at Shelter have been so welcoming and I will really miss everyone and our post-lunch walks. I was lucky to be placed here with Lucinda, and we were able to travel to some beautiful places and had a lot of adventures (mostly related to dodgy public transport). The festivals were definitely a highlight of the trip, with us wearing orange turbans for Ganpatti and learning new dance steps during Navratri.
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates
I was placed at Shelter with Lucinda Hazell by Engineers Without Borders UK. Our main project was to write Intervention Strategies for 42 slums in Kolhapur, which recommended what wastewater treatment infrastructure was needed on-site in order to provide homes with individual toilets. I had not done work like this before and learnt a lot about drainage and sewage treatment.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Stay flexible as things often do not go to plan, which always makes for a great story. Also be prepared for ‘Indian timing’ – being late is the norm. Travel whenever you have a chance, I strongly recommend Hampi, and eat as much food as you can (I even acquired a liking for bitter gourd).

Sneha Lohotekar

India

About
I have completed my Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Pune in 2009. I have worked as an Architect with an Architectural and Landscape firm, Kumthekar Associates, in Pune, and I have had a brief work experience with All India Institute of Local Self Government in Mumbai.
The experience at Shelter Associates
Shelter Associates gave me the opportunity to understand the role of an Architect in community driven projects.  The experience provided me with a valuable insight in the working of bureaucratic systems in India.  But most of all I got work with the most wonderful people and in an office which is more of a family. 
Tasks performed for Shelter Associates 
I worked on the development of an architectural scheme for the pilot project under Rajiv Awas Yojana at Dhankawdi (Pune, Maharashtra) and preparation of a Detailed Project Report for the same.  I was also involved in the water and sanitation workshops for children and women.
Message to future Shelter Associates Volunteers
Working with Shelter Associates, and with the system of Governance, you will gain an appreciation of the processes.

Ross Plaster

England

I am an architect with a masters from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh School of Architecture and have worked with Shelter Associates for over 3 years.  I assisted with the design and delivery of the city-wide housing project in Sangli & Miraj from March 2011.  I also assisted with the preparation and execution of our Google Impact Challenge campaign and our pitch to Dasra's Sanitation Giving Circle, both of which obtained program support for our city-wide sanitation projects.  I represented our projects at national and international conferences and co-authored a speech that was delivered by the Executive Director at the 24th World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo.  I also co-authored an article on Good Governance, which was published by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation.  During my stay in Pune, I developed a very close bond with the team at SA and I continue to support to them with their projects from England.