During my second month-long trip to Grace Girls’ Home, our team worked on business projects to provide more sustainable healthcare for the elders at GGH and we conducted medical work to meet the various healthcare needs (ranging from anemia, dog bites, diabetes, schizophrenia, and much more) for the GGH girls and adults. I also focused on investigating the academic struggles of the GGH girls and researched how we can assist them using educators in Ann Arbor to provide Skype-based homework help and guide the children through online resources like Khan Academy and Insight Math. We also spent a lot of time addressing the psychosocial needs of the GGH girls, many of whom suffer from PTSD, depression, and anxiety as a result of their traumatic lives before coming to GGH.
The local child counselor, Mr. Arumaithurai, who joined our team in 2014 has helped us meet the girls’ mental health needs in a more long-term fashion. I’m glad that we were able to accomplish a lot from business, medical, academic, and psychosocial standpoints during the four weeks on the ground.
Most of all though, I will cherish the relationships I built. I will miss playing with the girls after school every day and sitting with the GGH elders, enjoying the sea breeze and listening to their incredible stories. I hope that my time spent at GGH provided some meaningful benefit to the girls and elders – I know that they have left an indelible mark on me, not just in a career trajectory sense, but on a deeply personal level too.
– Kashif Ahmed
Rising 3rd year medical student at the University of Michigan.
I arrived at Grace with the belief that one of the best ways to help children survive and thrive is to invest in their health and education. I left Grace with unforgettable memories, lifelong relationships, and a full heart. These girls represent an entire generation of young women who have unparalleled resilience, talent and potential to shape and change their communities. It is our responsibility to help provide them with the resources and access to opportunities that will empower them to reach for their dreams. If we do so, I cannot imagine the heights to which these girls will soar.
– Devika Bagchi
Rising 3rd year student at the University of Michigan enrolled in the MD/PhD program.