Changemaker Isha

About Changemaker Isha

Isha lives with her partners in a small Indian village. Her parents have an organization with which they fight for vulnerable and extremely poor children.
Part of this organization is being led by children and Isha has always been an active member. As a result she learned a lot about leadership, human rights, children’s rights, research, presentation and organization skills. For example, together with other children she has done research about the problems that children encounter, and made a plan of action to fight these problems.
Within the organization of her parents she became friends with many children from different backgrounds. Isha is happy with them and believes you can learn a lot from each other.
She is dreaming of a future in which everyone takes care of nature, and all people get equal opportunities. In that way, everybody can make the best of themselves.
What is the problem? Climate change: according to Isha there is a lot of talk about it, and everybody can see the changes in the nature around them. However, not much is actually being done against it. It is too much about money and too little about the wellbeing of people and culture. Steps have to be made! Isha wants to make sure that this will happen, to make a start in moving the world!
What is Isha’s solution? Isha’s solution is a three day workshop about Life Beyond Development, in which different types of developments are being discussed. The workshops are held with the help of films, discussions, games, stories, and walks through nature. In this way, the young participants learn how to critically look at their environment. As a result, they will be able to make more sustainable and thought out decisions about subjects such as education, health care, and nature.
The three day workshop program: Day 1: The Life Beyond Development workshop in which the participants will look at different kinds of developments and its effect on nature and people. Day 2: In order to show them how quickly you can get results, the participants are getting to work. In this workshop, they will work in the garden for a day. Day 3: Nature! While walking, participants will get into contact with their environment, nature, and the climate.
The 20 to 25 participants of the workshop are children that live in the neighborhoods where the organization of Isha’s parents is active.
What is the goal? She hopes to see that after the workshops, children will start to look critically at how the people around the world are acting now, and to form an opinion about that. Next to that, she hopes that the children will starting taking action themselves in their own environment. It does not matter how small or big this initiative is!
How does Isha work? Isha’s role is to develop, set up and execute the project. Next to that, she will continue to do research about the current methods of fighting climate change. She thinks it will be a challenge to get a lot of children to participate, mostly because their parents have to be convinced first. Isha expects that parents will be afraid that it will negatively influence the children’s schoolwork.
Who does Isha need? · The organization of her parents for advice · Local organizations that have the same goal as she does · Her 5 team members that help with giving the workshops
What does Isha need? · Tips and feedback of KidsRights · The experiences of other changemakers worldwide