By SHWETA RAJ KANWAR | December 6, 2017
SHILLONG: In what can be termed as a boost to the social enterprises and initiatives in Meghalaya, Shillong’s Emarine Kharbhih has been selected as an Acumen Fellow 2018 for the prestigious Acumen Fellowship Programme 2018. The Acumen India Fellows are a community of individuals who are currently leading, or an integral part of building, an organization or initiative that exists to eradicate poverty and/or injustice, i.e. a social enterprise (for profit or non-profit), movement, community-based initiative or non-profit organization.
Emarine has been associated with Impulse NGO Network for quite some time now and is currently the Programme Manager with the organization. Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today, Emarine states on a humorous note, “I initially could not believe that I got selected for the programme and assumed the call to be a prank call. It took quite some time for reality to sink into me”.
It may be mentioned that the selection procedure for being an Acumen Fellow comprises of various rounds of tests ad interviews once the applicant has fulfilled the eligibility criteria.
“I am honoured to have been selected for the fellowship programme because initially I thought my chances of selection would be pretty less as I had highlighted a lot about my weak points, especially during the interview round but I was honest in my approach. I would not be what I am if not for my support system, my aunt Hasina Kharbhih who is also the founder of Impulse NGO Network as well as my dear mother Jahanara Kharbhih for being so patient with me when I chose to not pursue my MBA in order to choose a different and a rather difficult path. The virtue of not giving up is something that all young people should inculcate within themselves. It is important to not complain about the problems but what is important is to find a solution to it and this virtue I learnt from my aunt, ” Emarine said.
On being asked as to how did she come to know about the Acumen Fellowship Programme, she attributed he credits to Jenpu Rongmei, Founder of CAN Youth, Nagaland who was himself an Acumen Fellow 2015. She also expressed her gratefulness to Miguel Das Queah, a child rights activist from Assam and founder of UTSAH- Universal Team for Social Action and Help and a former Acumen fellow himself.
“My affair with social work happened gradually over a period of time wherein, through my experiences in internship in various parts of India as well as when I associated myself with the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in Hong Kong, I developed a passion for this, I felt energized and rejuvenated . If I have no passion, I feel lifeless. It is very important for people, especially youth from our region to find out what they are passionate about and to pursue it with discipline. They should stand firm to the norms of society and forge ahead”, Emarine added.
The Acumen Fellows are expected to attend program meetings (i.e. 5 Seminars throughout the year each 5-8 days in length) which will include travel to different locations in India. All program-related expenses will be provided by Acumen. Participants are expected to complete all program assignments, participate fully in program activities, and stay in communication with other Fellows between seminars.
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