SHILLONG, Dec 06: Daring enough to have dissimilar views and proficient enough to ride along the waves of different societal facets, Shillong’s Emarine Kharbhih is all set to create a niche for herself and the state as a top notch social enterprise as she gradually steps towards the much needed recognisation of her efforts towards societal reforms.
Kharbih has been selected for the prestigious Acumen Fellowship Programme 2018. The Acumen India Fellows is a community of individuals which are currently leading, or an integral part of building, an organization or initiative that exists to eradicate poverty and/or injustice, i.e. a social enterprise (for profit or non-profit), movement, community-based initiative or non-profit organization.
Emarine has been associated with Impulse NGO Network for quite some time now and is currently the Programme Manager with the organization.
Speaking to Meghalaya Times on Wednesday, Emarine said, “I initially could not believe that I got selected for the programme and assumed the call to be a prank. It took quite some time for reality to sink in.”
It may be mentioned that the selection procedure for being an Acumen Fellow comprises of various rounds of tests and interviews once the applicant has fulfilled the eligibility criteria.
“I am honoured to have been selected for the fellowship programme because initially I thought my chances of selection would be pretty slim as I had highlighted a lot about my weak points, especially during the interview round but I was honest in my approach. I would not be what I am if not for my support system, my aunt Hasina Kharbhih who is also the founder of Impulse NGO Network as well as my mother Jahanara Kharbhih for being so patient with me when I chose to not pursue my MBA in order to walk a different and a rather difficult path. The virtue of not giving up is something that all young people should inculcate within themselves. It is important to not complain about the problems but what is important is to find a solution to it and this virtue I learnt from my aunt,” Emarine said.
On being asked as to how did she came to know about the Acumen Fellowship Programme, she attributed the credit to Jenpu Rongmei, Founder of CAN Youth, Nagaland who was himself an Acumen Fellow 2015. She also expressed her gratitude to Miguel Das Queah, a child rights activist from Assam and founder of UTSAH- Universal Team for Social Action and Help and a former Acumen fellow himself.