My dream is to ignite this generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
I grew up in one of the poorest villages in one of the poorest states of India. We had a hand pump for water, monkeys on our balcony and no electricity. Growing up witnessing violence, corruption, pollution and inequality first hand, I became passionate about intergenerational justice.
Since high school, I’ve volunteered on projects in poverty, climate change, social enterprise, health tech and education. I’ve had the opportunity to represent the voice of New Zealand youth on five continents---engaging with more than 8,000 youth from 180 countries. In 2015, I was named Runner Up for the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from the Royal Commonwealth Society.
My dream now is to study a Masters in Science at Gaia University.
I believe in magic, miracles and love. I want to help young people create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
My action-learning projects in Gaia U will allow me to deepen my work as a youth facilitator for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and GCED (Global Citizenship Education).
I want to create spaces of love. I want to create spaces where young people can take off the masks and be unabashedly authentic, vulnerable, real. Where they can shout, cry, laugh, sing, dance, embrace and grieve over ecological destruction and social injustice.
I have already run these workshops for 800 youth in three languages around the world. Now, I want to expand and strengthen them in New Zealand, while figuring out what it means to farm wholistically--including the spirit. I am particularly inspired by Generation Waking Up.
I want to grow organic, nutrient-dense food on small land spaces, and empower other youth to do the same. I am excited to learn and implement Koanga Institute's 200sqm garden concept that produces enough food to feed a family of four---except for coconut oil and salt, that is! This project alongside learning about installing renewables, eco-buliding, holistic management and regenerative agriculture will help to give me practical models and experience to share with my community.
If you also care about the climate, the land and using art and transformative/experiential education for empowering young people on global issues, I invite you to support me in my journey.
The programme will provide me with the mentorship, support and formal guidance in systems-based learning and implementation of my projects. Tuition costs for Gaia U are $23 250 USD for the two-year Masters in Science degree, specialising in Integrative EcoSocial Design. I am asking for your support in helping me meet half of these costs through donating to the Climate Steward Scholarship.
Read more on Gaia U here:
Why Gaia U?
Gaia U - Permaculture Ethics
As a volunteer for the last eight years, I have chosen the healing of the planet over paid work. I have volunteered over 3000 hours over the past few years. While in South America during 2015-2017, I lived on $2-$3 a day working on regenerative and permaculture sites and with youth in the Andes and Amazon. Every gift is a blessing for the Great Turning and transition on Mother Earth.
If you would like to read more on my story, work or projects for Gaia U, please read my blog on the Gaia University website here: Help Nalini Empower Our Youth!
Arohanui y mil gracias,
(Big love and a thousand thank yous)
Links to work I facilitate or write on:
Generation Waking Up Video - Who Are We?
'The Planet Does Not Need More Successful People - Beyond Education-As-Usual' article in international UNESCO APCEIU magazine
How Do You Know You Are Out of the Matrix?