a person offers to volunteer or work full
time for Manushi, our primary concern is
not whether we agree with his/her politics
or not. Our criterion is whether he/she
is willing to put in regular work and is
honest and open to differences of opinion.
Even when total strangers walk in and express
the desire to help with Manushi work, we
usually lay out the range of work that needs
doing and let them choose for themselves
what they would like to help with.
Thus, the energy of a wide range of people
with differing ideologies has, over the
years, contributed to Manushi’s survival
and growth. This includes, senior bureaucrats,
lawyers, police officials, scientists, students,
university, college and schoolteachers as
well as volunteers from foreign countries.
A steady stream of well-educated, highly
skilled volunteers from abroad, including
young Non-Resident Indian has proved to
be vital for Manushi’s survival. They
all come at their cost, bring valuable skills
and have worked with great commitment. Their
love and free labour helped keep the running
costs of Manushi to the barest minimum.