Erica Rovner is a 2016 SIHF Fellow who traveled to Project Kodaikanal in India for 1 month. Below she shares her love for the girls who were placed in a girls' home, which translated into fundraising enough to purchase the following items for each of the 9 girls currently in the home:
- Sanitary items
- Stationary items
- Personal care products
- Travel bags
Spending a summer in Kodaikanal, India was the most rewarding and life-changing experience. One of the reasons I chose to go on the FIMRC Summer International Health Fellowship was because it seemed like a truly immersive experience, and it genuinely exceeded all of my expectations. Being immersed in such a beautiful and welcoming community led me to stumble across a girls' home, which is the equivalent of an orphanage or foster-like home that is sponsored by a local church. These young girls, ranging in ages 5-19, are given an education and a roof over their heads but their basic necessities were very much lacking. Upon coming home to the United States, and with the help of family and friends, a sufficient amount of funds were raised and sent back to Kodaikanal in order to buy items for the girls.
To say my heart is full is an understatement. With the support of Arun Selvaraj, FIMRC Headquarters, and anyone who donated or shared the donation link to this amazing cause, these girls received items that will improve their quality of life, but more importantly these girls will know that people do care about them and that people do love them. Supporting young women through their educational pursuits and daily lives is essential to the betterment of humanity, and I am so thankful for all of the hard work that was put into this project. FIMRC is truly making a global and lasting impact on the lives of men, women and children around the world and I am extremely proud to be a small piece of this giant puzzle.