Today was my final day in the slums as an Asha intern. What feelings can I convey in this final post that haven't been conveyed already? Who more can I thank who has not been mentioned in my previous entries? Leaving Delhi - easily one of my most difficult partings - has me feeling as if I am leaving a family and another whole world behind. In just three weeks, I have met some of the most remarkable individuals (from all walks of life) I have ever met, and have gained an holistic insight covering a broad range of global environmental, health, and social predicaments contributing to urban poverty. While I have witnessed some of the world's richest venues and sites, I have also developed genuine bonds of affection with some of the world's poorest, but happiest, communities. I have made a promise to the children and the many others I have confided in, that I will return someday, somehow knowing that it is not just a possibility, but a definite will. From teaching English, to walking on the shocking sets of a Slumdog Millionaire reality, to actively engaging in dialogue with committed public health and women empowerment leaders, to living and surviving in such an overwhelming and invigorating city, to playing the role of a reporter and writer and documenting some of the most fascinating (and yet perplexing) stories of my life. What more can I be thankful for? I am inspired beyond words.
This internship has enhanced my perspective on various healthcare and education initiatives within the slums, highlighting further issues regarding urban poverty. I have developed a new fascination of urban environments such as Delhi that present such a large disparity between its opulent and marginalized communities—the internship and my many vivid and first-hand experiences in the slums (with the children, their families, and other Asha workers) has inspired me to extend my passion for healthcare/medicine, writing, and people towards the global community. I am forever grateful to have received this opportunity to partake in such a valuable experience. I am so proud of and inspired by those who have committed such values to their everyday actions and motivations.
Keep up the good work, Asha!! Once again, for those who are interested in learning even more about the organization's other efforts and fundraising initiatives, visit http://www.asha-india.org/
I was interviewed by Asha before I left (3 minutes). Please check out the link to my video!