Sri. Sumanth Iyer of Los Angeles USA
Sri.Sumanth Iyer of Los Angeles USA on
Arogya Anaemia program in Coimbatore.
(Sri.Sumnath Iyer is a young school boy from Los Angeles of USA. He visited Tamilnadu June 2014 to be with Ekal for 7 days to understand what is Ekal, how Ekal works and what is its impact. He visited the villages near Coimbatore and Nilgiris. He had extensive interaction with the Acharyas, Students and Full Time Workers of Ekal. He has documented his observations.)
16,353 km by airplane, 500 km by bus, 15 km by auto-rickshaw and 2 km of walking. This was my journey from my hometown of Los Angeles to an Ekal school in Gudalur,Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. India. Often Shrouded in forest, these are places where cell signal is a faint dream, and where the ever-reliable GPS is often incapacitated. Children walk several kilometers from their homes to these schools, with the prospect of changing their lives.
Very admirable aspect of Ekal is its desire to ensure the welfare of the villagers in addition to education. One serious problem prevalent in villages throughout India is anemia, which is a condition that is caused by malnutrition and other vitamin deficiencies. The effects of anemia, especially in women range from fatigue and sluggishness to severe disability and even family disputes, due to an inability to perform daily tasks. Those villagers who have been identified as anemic by Ekal volunteers are given non-invasive treatments and diet recommendations. After one month, the hemoglobin levels and general health of villagers is generally improved greatly. Ekal truly cares about the welfare of the villagers and takes all measures to ensure they live healthy and productive lives.
Ekal’s mission is unique because it starts with one school and then uses this school as an agent of change to transform the village. I highly recommend visiting one of these Ekal schools because seeing is truly believing. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality shown by the family that hosted me, Ekal volunteers, teachers, and children. The incredible thing is that it only requires a very small catalyst to change a village into a more productive unit. This is the vision that Ekal strives to bring to reality.
Kum. Jyosthna Krishna
(Kum.Jyosthna Krishna is a B.Tech Graduate from CANADA. Now in Coimbatore. Since her is associated with Arogya she requested for participating in the camp for Arogya Sevika. She was a participant in the Arogya Sevika camp from 7th to 11th June 2014).
It has been a wonderful experience having been here. I thank my mother and viji teacher of having let me come here so soon after my return to my country. When we hear the news every day, we feel sad that we live in this country, but now I can say with pride that I am very very proud to be an Indian. The whole experience has been such a big eye opener in so many different aspects.
I got some lovely new friends and made more family. I have learnt so many songs over these few days that it amazes me; the capacity of the human brain is so amazing. Also, one would never realize how easy it is to learn new things when you have a receptive and open mind.
A day only has 24 hours but through this time table the people here have proved how much is possible in just 24 hours. One other important lesson I have learnt is maintaining the
time table during the day doesn’t make it boring and monotonous, but it just makes the day organized better, making it easier to plan and work out the plan
I am overweight and I didn’t have the confidence that I can lose weight, but now I can and I will I will be back for the next training in 4 months with more students for the camp, so that I can come and learn more tips, suggestions and lessons and meet old family and friends and make new ones
I will be using at least a few of the home remedies that I have learnt here and I am very sure all of the students this time will think thrice before they take allopathic medicines again for a simple issue such as a headache
I am sad to leave and go away tomorrow but it is a promise to Bharatmata, that I shall try my level best and promote this all round education of people as far as possible I am also thankful to all the staff here, that have made our stay so comfortable, and hospitable and made this a home away from home. I am eager to come back and learn more.
Thank you for everything.
Kum. Akshaya Sekhar from Los Angeles USA
Kum.Akshaya Sekhar from Los Angeles / US (email@example.com)
(She is a College student from Los Angels of USA and wanted Volunteer for Arogya program in Coimbatore / Tamilnadu. She was part of the Arogya team from 22nd to 30th June. She stayed with our field workers and travelled many villages to conduct Anaemia intervention through Home Remedies)
A valuable lesson I’ve learnt over the course of my stay is that it isn’t the amount of people that attend these Arogya Sevika camps that truly counts, but moreover the lessons you walk away with that you use and implement in your daily lives. Sometimes all it takes is the drive and dedication of few to really make an impact.
I found this exposure to be unforgettable and a privilege that the Arogya house has not only been so welcoming, but allowed me to have direct involvement in the project process. My particular sector of involvement was through Arogya Foundation: Managing Malnutrition and Anemia through home rememdies. Over the course of my stay I traveled to several villages including Thudiyalur, Mettupalayam (Gopanari village), Boluvampatti, Sandhegoudhan Palayam, and Thenmanallur.
We traveled to the local villages and administered HBT Anemia tests between the woman and kids ranging from ages 15-30. Astonishingly, the demography of over half the population was a blood level of below 6, proving the theory that the woman and children are malnourished. For the people with levels of 9.5 or below we supplied Ayurvedic medicine. If taken according to direction, the hopes are that when re-tested levels will significantly improve. Helping to change anemia in the woman of today is more crucial than people give credit for because it not only affects the current generation, but also becomes a baseline for coming generations. I have really learned the effectiveness of home remedies in comparison to using western medicine, which I can say from personal experience, only puts a bandage on the complication and is used primarily as a temporary quick fix. Ayurveda doctors, Krishna Prasad and Kritika gave very valuable lectures at the medical camp proving that natural treatment is always the way to go. I have seen that this foundation has a clear objective of creating awareness of overall healthcare activity. The overall experience for me was remarkable and gets me excited to see what more involvement I can have in this awesome foundation in hopes to help continue spread the word when I go back to the U.S.
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