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Vinita Khisty
Not working at the moment , Non Profit Education Development
Woodland Hills, CA, United States
Development and training professional with 7.5 years experience in the area of education development and poverty alleviation seeking an opportunity to work in the field of international development in areas of public education and health, micro-fiance and poverty alleviation. Willing to relocate.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I have 7.5 years of work experience within the NGO sector in India. Most of my work experience has been in the area of public education and capacity building at community levels. Along side that, I have also worked as a trainer in the area of early childhood development and care. This program is especially useful for women from illiterate communities and impoverished homes. The NGO and government work hand in hand to provide nutritional support to pregnant women and nursing mothers who do not receive proper nutrition at home. They are also provided with basic training on how to take care of the children, how to monitor their weight and growth and the need for vaccinations and where to get them free of cost. I have also worked a little bit with microfinance and public health (namely HIV prevention and treatment support)

A greater part of my work, however has been based in rural India in the area of elementary education. Even though the government has made elementary education free and compulsory, there have been many failings in the past. With poor quality of teaching and an apathetic attitude towards education, children who graduate are barely literate, let alone educated. The government has taken the support of NGOs to help improve this scenario with one major objective in mind “to provide equal and qualitative education to one and all”. I have been a part of this drive and have a deep passion for it. As a part of my job, I’ve done it all. From traveling to back of beyond villages to sitting in classrooms with little children who barely have anything to eat, observing lessons, to developing and implementing education strategies along with my colleagues in hundreds of rural schools.

I have worked as a trainer, monitoring and implementation officer and content developer. I understand the cultural and social influences that hinder development. I have lived and worked with communities and have a good understanding of what drives them. I have also networked with various stake holders within the government. Working alongside the government system is a huge challenge for anyone working in a developing country. With a great deal of grass root experience, I believe I can contribute to any organization working in the field of public health, education, community mobilization and development. I am open to new learning and getting trained for specific job requirements. I am also willing to relocate to where my skills can be well utilized.



Education:
After having completed my bachelor of Psychology from University of Pune, I went on to do my Master of Social work from Mumbai University. The Master of Social work course is an integrative and intensive course covering everything from community development, disaster management, advocacy and policy development to therapeutic counselling, womens studies and Education development. A huge part of the course is hands on practice which helps students integrate theory with practice and exposes them to several social work settings ranging from adoption homes to earthquake victims rehabilitation. This sort of education enables students to leave the institute armed with information and grounded in reality.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Late Mrs Kulkarni award for excellence in psychology
State Eligibility test for being a Lecturer( social work)

Available for:
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships
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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Hindi, Marathi
    Nationality:
    India
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