The first focus area to address is health, as this is the very means by which life continues. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely as the absence of disease or infirmity. As such, our plan in the villages is to promote the holistic wellbeing of all, beginning with a focus on physical health needs.
One of our first goals is to deal with malnutrition, as this is a grim reality in India’s villages. This problem can be addressed by encouraging villagers to start kitchen gardens where they can grow vegetables for their own needs.
A major goal is to have a medical clinic with visiting physicians once a month.
We are also training community health workers who are residents of the communities. Hospitals, doctors, and healthcare centres are usually distant from villages and, in some cases, completely inaccessible during certain times of the year like the monsoons.
In addition, we are organising medical clinics and immunisation drives. The goal is to have a medical clinic with visiting physicians once a month.
The final goal in the area of health is to help eradicate substance abuse. Addiction-free villages are a pathway to overcoming the darkness that envelops some communities, and even leads to high suicide rates among some of India’s farmers.