Last Day at CRHP and Graduation!

Today was our last full day here at CRHP.  I think I speak for everyone when I say how much CRHP has touched our hearts and how it has made such a positive impact on our lives.  The staff and people in the surrounding villages have been so welcoming and helpful during the past two and a half weeks here in Jamkhed.

This morning we had the chance to go into a village with the mobile health team.  The mobile health team consists of a doctor, a nurse, and a social worker, which are there to support the two village health workers.  Together they go around this specific village once every 15 days because this village has been much healthier than others.  We didn’t see any patients today, which shows just how healthy this village is compared to surrounding ones.  We were also able to sit in on the women’s club meeting where we saw how one of the first village health workers was working with the younger women and sharing her experiences and knowledge.  Although many of the older village health workers may be illiterate, their knowledge and opinions are still well respected and valued since they’ve had years of experience.

After our village visit with the mobile health team, a large group of us made our final trip into town to do some last minute shopping.  Some people went to the tailor to pick up their garments and others ran over to the department store to buy more scarves, tops, and pants.  Several of us even stopped at a little store to buy boxes of henna so we can continue drawing on ourselves back in the states.

We had our final lunch, which always consists of white rice, the spicy yellow stuff, the spicy green stuff, and chapati.  Let’s just say we’re ready for a change this weekend.  After lunch, we all got dressed up in our Indian garb before our 3:30 wrap-up session about CRHP, since we needed to be ready for graduation at 4:30.  During our wrap-up, we watched a video about how other agencies and organizations have implemented the CRHP model around the world.

At 4:30 we started our graduation ceremony from the CRHP course where all of the staff members came to congratulate and say goodbye to us.  We were given 4 gifts, which each symbolized something special.  The first was a scarf meaning a symbol of being scholars.  Our second gift was a necklace made of flowers, which showed us that such a small flower could spread such beauty and scent despite its size.  Third, we received a lamp (candlestick) meaning that we should spread our light everywhere we go.  Finally, we received our certificate saying that we completed an intensive course in community based health and development at CRHP.

After our ceremony, we finished up the day listening to two group projects about discrimination against women during menstruation and child marriage in India. During dinner we all signed cards to give to the staff members thanking them for how they opened their hearts to us and helped us through the two and a half weeks in Jamkhed.

We are excited to travel this weekend, but we are all sad to leave some of the nicest people we’ve ever met here at CRHP.




Packed and ready to go!

Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Salaymeh and I’m a senior Human Service major with a minor in International Studies.  I am from Milwaukee, WI, so I’m looking forward to warmer weather in India!  I have a passion for volunteering abroad and have been fortunate to have had so many experiences abroad so far.  I am interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and felt that I’d gain tremendous experience from this particular program.  Here’s to our first adventure in 2012 and I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!

~ Lauren