Raka Banerjee (Nepal)


Raka Banerjee

Raka Banerjee (Nepal Social Development and People's Empowerment Center - NESPEC): Raka has spent much of her student and professional life abroad. She received her Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She then taught English in Japan for a year and in the slums of India. At the time of her fellowship, she was pursuing her Master's degree at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego, specializing in International Development and Nonprofit Management. After her fellowship, Raka wrote: "I had no choice but to let go of my previous life entirely and really dive into Nepali life without a single anchor to hold me back. I adapted to the culture in as many ways as I could – the clothes, the food, the behavior, the expectations – everything. And because of that, I feel that I really became Nepali while I was there – my mind changed from an American mind to a Nepali one, and because of that even my thought and behavioral patterns changed. The intensity of this only became clear to me upon my return to the U.S., when I found myself on the verge of tears at my first step on American soil – I felt that I’d come to a new country, leaving my home behind."



14 Aug

Life Grinds to a Halt in Eastern Nepal

Bandhas are an unavoidable facet of life in Nepal today. While the protest strikes originally

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Posted Aug 14, 2008

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24 Jul

Child Sponsorships Bring Aid to Impoverished Communities

Children from the village of Jogidaha Ajaya-ji, my supervisor, has the official title of Information

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Posted Jul 24, 2008

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18 Jul

Gaighat = New York City

When I first came to Gaighat, I thought to myself – this is the farthest

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Posted Jul 18, 2008

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16 Jul

Farmers’ Groups Struggle for Food Security

Food security is one of the primary problems threatening the lives of those who live

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Posted Jul 16, 2008

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06 Jul

An Introduction to NESPEC

The Nepal Social Development and People’s Empowerment Center (NESPEC) was founded as a non-profit organization

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Posted Jul 06, 2008

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01 Jul

Gaighat, Finally!

My arrival in Gaighat was somewhat unceremonious, involving a 14-hour bus ride which resembled one

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Posted Jul 01, 2008

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20 Jun

On Durbar Square and Tourism

Today, Heather (another AP Peace Fellow based in Nepal for this summer) and I went

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Posted Jun 20, 2008

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19 Jun

Arrival in Nepal

It is always an unnerving task to set virtual pen to paper in the writing

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Posted Jun 19, 2008

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