So every year the CHHIP team plans an exercise day for our students in all of our communities. This serves multiple purposes. One is to make sure that they are getting exercise, but since most of them have to hike to school for at least a half an hour, that isn’t the biggest concern. We also want to make exercise fun for them and provide them with an opportunity to bond with each other and students from the other CHHIP school in their community. This year the games included a spoon and ball race, burst the balloon race, sack race, run with the ball race, and tug of war. Here are some images from the day. Enjoy!!
Megan believes that health is an integral part of international development. To achieve maximum potential within a community, that community needs to be healthy. She has come to this conclusion because of her experiences abroad and in the US during her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While in college, she spent a summer volunteering at an orphanage in rural Rajasthan. During this adventure, she saw the many health issues facing women and children in India, particularly in rural areas with limited access to health care. This trip inspired her undergraduate thesis and motivated her to pursue graduate degrees in social work and public health. While in graduate school, she solidified her interest in sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health. These areas were the focus of her research and projects throughout school. She participated in an internship in India at MAMTA: Health Institute for Mother and Child in the summer of 2012. During this internship, she had the opportunity to learn about Indian health systems and adolescent sexual health schemes. She fell in love with India during her volunteer and internship experiences and wants to live there on a permanent basis now that she has completed her graduate degree.