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20 Questions with Manju Godara, Resident Enumerator for PMA2020/India

Manju_1.jpg1. What is your name and role in PMA2020?
My name is Manju Godara and I work as a resident enumerator for PMA2020 India. 

2. How did you get involved with PMA2020?
I heard about an opportunity from my supervisor-Mohammad Hussain- to work with PMA2020, and I later joined the training that was held in March 2016. 

3. What does your typical day look like?
During PMA2020 field work, I usually am in the field interacting with various people in different households, and on other days, I am busy doing household chores and other activities. I do not get much free time!

4. What skills do you most frequently employ in your work with PMA2020?
I employ different strategies during my work, such as molding my behavior to the situation in order to gain the respondent's trust. I use my convincing power to get true responses from the respondents. My previous experience of working in the field also gives me an edge in conducting PMA2020's work smoothly. 

5. What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020?
I like talking to women from different societies and collecting the data using new mobile technology. 

6. If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...?
Quick, accurate and advanced (because of the mobile technology). 

7. Why do you think PMA2020 is important?
Other surveys take longer to carry out, while PMA quickly generates indicators and results. 

8. What is the biggest challenge you face in your work?
The surveys I conducted before my work with PMA have been traditional paper and pencil surveys, while PMA is based on mobile technology, so initially it was a little difficult for me to learn how to collect the data using a phone.  

9. What do you like to do in your free time?
Whenever I have time, I like taking a nap in the afternoon without any disturbances. 

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
Mark Zuckerberg. 

11. What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020?
I have learned how to operate android phones and how to ask questions tactfully to get responses for difficult and private questions. I have also realized the importance of education, and so I have enrolled myself for further studies. 

12. How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing?
I would encourage young students to form youth clubs and conduct consultations at the village level on health and sanitation. 

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
The U.S. 

Manju_3.jpg14. What is your favorite public health topic?
Maternal and Child Health. 

15. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
I would like to hold at least a district level position with a development program. 

16. What are you afraid of?
I am afraid of drunkards. 

17. What is the most interesting thing you have learned while working with PMA2020?
I have learned how to operate an android phone. 

18If you could change one thing about anything, what would it be?
I would ban alcohol at all levels across the world. 

19. Who is your role model and why?
My mother and my husband. My mother helped and encouraged me to pursue education and my husband allowed me to go outside and work. 

20. Any last words?
I have applied for a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) graduate program so I can use education to advance my career.