Host Organization: Helen Keller International
First Year Placement
In her first year placement, Amit supported the Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience and Gender Equality (SAPLING) project, a Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity in Bandarban District of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. She provided technical support to the project’s integrated food security and livelihoods team, and supported senior management on strategic planning and reporting activities to USAID. She also collected and shared program innovations and participant success stories contributing to the project’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting agenda and created tools to strengthen the project’s social and behavior change efforts. During COVID-19, Amit helped the project transition to remote work and digital support for participants.
Second Year Placement
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
In this second year Amit is splitting her time between supporting USAID’s Integrated Early Childhood Development project and Helen Keller’s Asia Pacific Regional Office. For the IECD project she is developing the project’s income generation strategy as well as supporting the development of protocols and targeting manuals for the homestead food production and nutrition components. With the support from the directors across Helen Keller’s seven country offices as well as regional technical advisors, Amit is cataloguing the evolution of the household gardening for nutrition approach into a model for improving local food systems and improving resiliency.