A social entrepreneur with a management background, Hasina Kharbhih is a Founder, President, and presently Team Leader of Impulse NGO Network, a social organization working on issues of child trafficking, HIV/AIDS intervention, and livelihood support initiatives for rural Northeast India. From 2004 to 2007, she served as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Positive Living representing India, and now is an active member of the organization’s alumni. In 2006, she was featured as a ‘Yuva Star’ or ‘Young Achiever’ for the BBC World Service Trust’s award-winning production of “Haath Se Haath Milaa” (“Let’s Join Hands”), India’s largest HIV/AIDS awareness mass media campaign that reached over 50 million viewers. By developing strong partnerships with various stakeholders and the media for each of her initiatives, she has succeeded in creating social change.
In connection with her HIV/AIDS-related work, Hasina became involved with the prevention of human trafficking. Working through Impulse, Hasina developed the Meghalaya Model to be a comprehensive strategy for combating child trafficking in Northeast India. In 2006, she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow for conceiving of the Meghalaya Model. Successful pilot testing of the model in the state of Meghalaya has led to its wider adoption. Currently, the model is being integrated by the eight states of the Northeast region, while it is being lobbied to the Government of India for national replication.
Hasina is an experienced trainer specializing in human rights, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, adolescent health, leadership and management. Her training courses have reached a wide range of audiences, such as youths, law enforcement officers, media personnel, and NGO members. As a consultant and researcher, she has conducted numerous studies and projects examining women’s and children’s issues, HIV/AIDS, human rights, and human trafficking. She has worked in various capacities including manager, researcher, coordinator, and editor for these projects, which have been supported by numerous domestic agencies and international organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations (UNIFEM, UNODC), USAID, and AUSAID.
Due to her role as a leader in the non-governmental sector in India, she was invited to participate in the International Visitors Program on NGO Management in 2002, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Through her demonstrated leadership, she has received scholarships for various training programmes. In 2002 and 2003, she attended a two-part ‘Women in Management’ training course held in Sweden and the Philippines through a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. In 2006, she traveled to the USA and Thailand to attend the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Program through a scholarship from the East-West Center Grantees from India(Hawaii University).
She has received numerous recognitions including the Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work from the Commonwealth Youth Programme of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat, Woman of Substance Award from the Ryan Foundation in India, and the Rising Talent award from the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society held in France.
Her work as a freelance journalist has appeared in local, regional, national, and international publications. Although her writings have addressed a broad array of subjects, she has focused in recent years on writing about social development issues and human rights. In addition, she has published several poetry collections including The Woman In Me, Beyond the Veil, and Unknown Destination.