Community healthcare workers are an important aspect of our health initiative. These
dedicated men and women serve both the students and the surrounding community. Their
responsibilities include physical check-ups, offering de-worming treatment, encouraging
immunization, making home visits, and providing nutrition and hygiene education.
Our healthcare workers are given extensive training in community health. This includes
proper nutrition, the importance of clean drinking water, personal hygiene, family
planning, prevention and treatment of common illnesses, sexual health, and AIDS
prevention. The healthcare worker plays a critical role in rural Dalit communities as they
often work in areas without available health care.
Malnutrition is a widespread issue in rural India, especially among children. It is estimated
that 50% of children in India are malnourished and the majority of these children are lower
caste or Dalit. For many families, eggs, meat, and even milk are luxuries that are only
affordable for special occasions. Malnourished children are more susceptible to illness,
absent from school more often, and have a harder time focusing and learning in class.
We provide supplemental lunches in our most needy schools. These lunches can include
eggs, milk, and fruit to ensure that our students have energy for their studies.