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Zubin Sharma

Zubin is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied political economy, but spent most of his time learning about social entrepreneurship and building community. He took the first semester of his senior year off to work on education in rural India, during which time he launched his own NGO SEEKHO, which he is working on full time now.

Entries by Zubin Sharma

Building an Army of Village Visionaries

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:47 AM


"I stopped eating or drinking for 3 days."

Razia went on a 3 day hunger strike when her parents said she couldn't join Project Potential in rural India as a Village Visionary until they finally allowed her to join. The reason? "I...

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A Culture of Curiosity

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Six months ago, I relocated to a village called Bishanpur in the rural Kishanganj District, Bihar, in India to serve SEEKHO, the NGO I founded.

Last week, I woke up at 6:00am and went for a run towards a village called Chainpur five kilometers away. Once I reached the village,...

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Why Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 8:18 PM

While another Thanksgiving has come and gone, we need not only give thanks on the last Thursday in November. As a policy at SEEKHO, an educational organization I founded in rural India, every day is Thanksgiving. Before we start planning, working or teaching, we first all sit together and express...

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Gross Village Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:22 PM

One year ago, Tamus Alam, a small farmer, donated a parcel of land for us to set up an educational center called SEEKHO in Bishanpur Village, Bihar. Upon donating the land, he said, "We are born naked and die naked, so what counts is what we do, not what we...

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Sinking? Time to Flourish

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 8:43 AM

I learned Chandani's story during my gap semester last fall in Bishanpur village, India, when she would come every morning to take out the trash in exchange for a few rupees. She was ten years old, but had dropped out of school without learning anything tangible after just a few...

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The Power of Mindfulness

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 11:49 PM

I walked into the classroom and there was pin drop silence. All of the first graders in the Koseli School that serves children from the slums in Kathmandu, Nepal were deep in meditation. Students at Koseli, which educates some of the most disadvantaged children in Kathmandu, have been learning and...

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Dispelling the Three Myths That Are Preventing You From Being A Changemaker

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:57 PM

All millennials want to change the world. Our world is beautiful, and yet, it is imperfect, with many people lacking the economic, social, and political resources to self-actualize. And yet, many of us choose career paths outside the social change realm. In some cases, these choices may be due to...

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