Robin was born and raised in the US with a very religious and schizophrenic mother as well as a violent and atheist father. At 14, Robin started volunteering with various non-profits organizations and traveling the world, two lifelong passions which led her to work with dozens of NGOs and travel nearly 100 countries. After spending several years in the US Air Force, Robin was kicked out for being lesbian which led to her new life as an activist. At 24, she started Kranti, an NGO that empowers survivors of trafficking and daughters of sex workers from Mumbai’s red-light areas, where she lived and worked for a decade. In 2020, Robin moved to a mud hut at 13K feet in the Himalayas without any water, electricity or toilet. For over a year, she wasn’t online, didn’t read any book and didn’t speak with anyone. In July 2021, she started working part time from the mountains and became a certified BatGap addict. She returned to civilization in August, 2022 and will return to the mountains (temporarily) in January, 2023!
Donating to Kranti:
- savethechild.org Tax exempt for US donors.)
- Milaap: Help the Survivors of Trafficking (India-based, doesn’t deduct fee. Not tax exempt for US donors.)
- Donating to Happy Feet Home (hospice for terminally ill children)
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Interview recorded November 20, 2022
Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
Empowering girls in red-light areas for social good | Robin Chaurasiya, India | Global Teacher Prize
Robin’s hut at 13,000 feet in the mountains of Nepal: