Sarala Kal

Age: 25
Home Town: Glendora
Education: Master of Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Georgetown University
Specific Field Interests: Public Health
Placement: Organisation for Rural Development (PORD) - Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh
Area of Focus: Public Health

Highlights: Sarla always wanted to dedicate a significant amount of time to a public service project and this opportunity is helping her in enabling her dream to serve to the community. She wants to make a difference in even one person's life, whether it be a mother or child. Sarla grew up going to India for short amounts of time, just to visit family and seeing a few places around. She however has never really experienced India for India, and that's what she is most excited about.

Thanks Mom and Dad

Growing up, my parents were adamant about maintaining the traditions and culture of Andhra Pradesh in their humble abode. A large aspect of this was solely speaking Telugu within the

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Soul Food

My favorite thing to do in the entire world is eat. During breakfast, I think about lunch, and during lunch I think about dinner. In fact, the first thing I

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Overcoming Alone

I have constantly been surrounded by people. My sister was born when I was four years old, and although she acted as more of a toy than a person

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Community Police Force

As an organization that has been in the community for 25 years, building strong relationships with other organizations in the area and creating a great rapport with government agencies has

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Celebrating Death

My arrival to Madanapalle was a time of personal and professional change for my mentor. She had lost her husband 8 months prior and was slowly adjusting to the change

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Oh POOP I gotta go

In August of 2016, just a month prior to my departure to India, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis; a bowel disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining

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Organic Rights

Google ‘Indian Farmer’ and the first 10-15 images that appear are men drenched in sweat over a large field driving their cattle. After visiting, observing, and interacting with many villages

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Giving Back

One of the challenges PORD faces when working with female children is helping their parents understand why its important for them to continue their education. It is customary that as

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Manhattan to Madanapalle

Prior to this fellowship, my home was the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I lived across the street from one of the oldest bakeries in New York, picked up chocolate

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