ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ROSHNI CHOUDHARY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
University of Delhi | New Delhi, India | Advancing SDG 6 & UNAI 9
" I am very excited for this project as it will give me an insight into working for a nearby community. I want to bring about a change and this will give me a platform for the same. It is a great exposure to listen to great leaders speaking and presenting their views. We will surely learn from the program. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Jyoti- WASH for all
The project JYOTI aims at the promotion of WASH concept among various communities which are deprived or underprivileged. It falls under 6th Sustainable Development Goal that is Clean Water and Sanitation. This project is being conducted as a part of United Nations Millennium fellowship.
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is enough fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economics, poor infrastructure and severe lack of awareness, millions of people specially children die every year from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. Drought in specific afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Fortunately, there has been great progress made in the past decade regarding drinking sources and sanitation, whereby over 90% of the world’s population now has access to improved sources of drinking water.
This project is associated with the 6th Sustainable Development goal of the Agenda 2030: Achieving the seventeen SDGs i.e. Clean Water and Sanitation. This project, selected for United Nation’s Millennium fellowship, will be implemented from August 2019 to December 2019 under the direct guidance of MCN and UNAI.
The approach focused on a cluster of communities in a contiguous geographic area. We planned to bring together stakeholders in the region to identify and prioritize needs. The community development concept typically integrates the sectors of clean water, primary healthcare, food security, education and literacy, and economic development.
This development model is unique because its programs are built on needs and strengths identified by local leaders and residents. The plan is divided into two phases: -
PHASE 1: -
We plan to visit 5-10 schools conducting sessions teaching students about the WASH concept. We will take up the backward and underprivileged communities like the one in the nearby area of GTB Nagar Delhi where there are about 200-300 people living. If located, we will also focus on some other areas in proximity.
PHASE 2: -
Further, we plan to collaborate with the NGOs working in these areas for the upliftment of the community living in target areas. Building a strong base in the understanding of the community so that the model sustains itself is our ultimate aim.
Apart from this, the project will also involve extensive research on the requirements of the target groups which will differ from case to case. This will ensure that we cater to general problems as well as specific problems. We also plan to take regular updates and feedbacks to improve our offerings and curriculum.
We have already conducted a survey in GTB Nagar community, to understand the community's needs. We accordingly created a curriculum. We went from home to home telling them about the WASH concept and educating them about the best practices that are affordable and cheap. Our next step is to target school students.
About the Millennium Fellow
Roshni Choudhary is currently a student at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India, majoring in Economics while studying Mathematics as minor. She has been selected as Millennium fellow for the Class of 2019 to carry out a a project aiming at the promotion of the 6th Sustainable Development Goal- Clean Water and Sanitation among the underprivileged community and people of Delhi. Additionally, she has been selected as the "Campus Director" of University of Delhi and will be acting as a link between the fellows of her university and Millennium Campus Network, United Nations.
In the past, as a part of NCC, she has taken initiative lead a rally to raise awareness against which witnessed a participation of 55+ cadets.
A socially driven individual, she always takes pleasure in finding out innovative solution to the social problem in her surroundings and communities and taking feasible steps to solve them. Academically, she is a bright student and loves her subject. Her future plans include further studies and research in economics, getting into policymaking and peacebuilding. Her basic motto in life is to serve humanity in all possible ways and she constantly works to achieve her idea of peaceful living.