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Kim’s Final Thoughts

In the final weeks in India, the work shifted towards writing a case study with Golda. After site visits in all five programmatic areas of SST, we chose to focus on SST’s varied health initiatives. Though there were many to choose from, we narrowed our gaze on the SST anemia camps, concentrating on the cultural, … Continue reading

Kim: Week 5

This week started off with a two-day team-building training involving most of the staff members of the SST office in Padavedu, animators and CDOs from both the rural and tribal areas, the Field Director, Mr. Krishnan, and the SST Deputy Chairman, Mr. Parthasarathy. Representatives from another district called Tiruvannamalai conducted the workshop. It was motivating … Continue reading

Kim: Week 4

This week Golda and I accompanied Mr. Paramasivam, a new SST CDO, on a trip to Chennai with two purposes: to update Chairman Joshi on our work in Padavedu and to attend the wedding of an SST employee’s sister. Chairman Joshi encouraged me to think in a multidisciplinary way about how we can contribute ideas … Continue reading

Kim: Week 3

We sit on the outside porch of a home in the hills. We are visiting with one of the most successful SHGs in a village called Samanthipuram, a panchayat (community) within walking distance of Padavedu. The members cluster around us, their children hanging off the ledge or sitting on their parents’ laps to get closer … Continue reading

Kim: Week 2

This week I was able to spend time learning about the SST hospital, part of its health initiative to have a facility that provides general health services for the Padavedu community. SST recently constructed the infrastructure and it provides resources for ongoing operations that are not otherwise provided by the government. A month ago, SST … Continue reading

Kim: Week 1

It’s mysterious to arrive in a country at night and just breathe in the air of a new place. I am reminding myself that for the next six weeks, instead of over-thinking about the unknowns because I do not speak or read the language in Southern India, I will need to embrace other senses to … Continue reading

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