Eashaan Kappagantula - Challenges Are What Make Life the Exciting, Unexpected Journey That It Is

Donor Reporting Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Strong community and social services professional with a M.A in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. 

Save the Children is India's most trusted NGO for children. We have changed the lives of more than 10.1 million Indian children since 2008.

1. Tell us more about yourself, your life, and Save The Children India.

Equipped with a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Development Studies, I have been engaged, for 3 years now, in the social sector, currently with focus on Donor Reporting, Communications, and Fundraising.

I have been associated with Save The Children India for over 14 months now, an organization established in 1988 by the late Mrs. Vipula Kadri, working at improving the plight of underprivileged women and children in the country. With key areas of work including initiatives based on Anti Human Trafficking, Education and Disability, Save The Children India has paved the way for a more equitable and just soicety, armed with a broad diaspora of interventions across Maharashtra and Delhi NCR.

2. What led you into this field?

The social work profession provides me with the opportunity to work in a variety of challenging settings, and work towards multidimensional collaborative change. By working in this field I am able to empower, advocate, motivate, connect, and encourage resilience, as well as challenge stereotypes and avoid fallacies, and fight discrimination, oppression and injustice, no matter the form.

3. What is that one cause you care deeply about and why?

I am passionate about addressing the core issue of poverty, and the multi-spoked range of inequalities associated with it.

4. If one wants to contribute and make a difference in social causes, how can one do it?

I believe that in order to contribute and make a difference, the first and most vital step is understanding the depth and width of the issues, and understanding the magnitude of the problem. The next essential step is identifying key changemakers (organisations/individuals), and collaborating actively with them to effect positive change, while also acknowledging that it is a slow process, that needs constant nurturing and hand-holding.

5. Who is your role model and why?

As cliched as it may sound, with utmost honesty, I have to admit that my parents have been my biggest role models. Right from a young age, they have given me the freedom to explore life as it comes, always with a subtle, reassuring guiding hand. The values and principles they have ingrained in me have made me a kinder person, and I consider them to be my biggest role models.

6. What are some of the challenges and roadblocks you have faced along your journey?

Challenges are what make life the exciting, unexpected journey that it is. Without laying emphasis on any one challenge, I would simply like to state that every challenge thrown along my way has helped me grow and evolve, and I’m grateful for their presence, for without them, life would be quite mundane.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, the book takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.

- Interviewed by - Nishad Kinhikar 

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