CHAI = Community Health Advancement Initiative (a local NGO)
chai = tea
Both are amazing. But back to the point…
One of the many perks of this fellowship is an AIF funded exposure visit to see the work of our fellow fellows. I travelled to beautiful Darjeeling to visit Meraj and Megan, both of whom work for CHAI, a local public health NGO working in conjunction with Broadleaf.
Meraj and Megan both work on the Comprehensive Health and Hygiene Improvement Program (CHHIP) project. CHHIP is a health education and improvement program facilitated and implemented by community level school health activists. The program implements health education curriculum in partner schools, conducts health monitoring and early intervention, and recommends improvements to the school health environment. The CHHIP program reaches approximately 500 primary school students in 11 partner schools.
We visited Marybong local primary school where Meraj, Megan, and one of the program’s school health activists showed and explained the school health curriculum.
After the field visit, we stopped by the CHAI office in downtown Darjeeling to meet some of the staff. I was impressed by the visit, and by the work that Meraj and Megan are doing in Darjeeling. Providing health education to rural and underserved students in the Darjeeling area, and across India, is incredibly important and it was inspiring to visit such a well-run and impactful organization.