Every year, Dr. Kaushik and his family travel to India to set up camps offering free medical care for underserved populations.
In December of 2008, we held our very first medical camp in the state of Haryana. The lack of medical attention there was really eye opening as it is the third highest per capita income in India. While at these medical camps, we noticed that education for females was overlooked in the majority of these villages. Realizing the significant number of females not receiving an education to be a factor in the lack of attention to healthcare, we decided to advocate for female rights and education beginning in more rural parts of India. Currently, we are working on linking these girls and young women to the digital age by incorporating computer labs into all the schools. To date, we have provided medical aid to over 10,000 individuals through our medical camps which take place yearly in the villages where the schools are located.
Empowerment is an essential step in creating a better future. By providing the necessary tools, motivation, and knowledge for better education and healthcare for young girls and women as well as the other residents of the villages, a sense of community and collaboration occurs amongst the residents, council officials, government, etc. This gives the young girls and women the encouragement and confidence to be able to go to school during the day.
In these areas, higher education is usually uncommon. With the community support, the young women are able to continue their education either within the same village or in a bigger city. At the same time, the healthcare aspect provides knowledge and prevention methods for certain preventable diseases.
Once again, this requires the collaboration of the residents with the community in order to provide a better living standard for all of the village residents. We are able to provide the confidence needed for the young girls and women to attain quality education while also providing the entire village with great medical and healthcare needs. Both of these will empower the future.
We have established a nonprofit NGO “One Life at a Time” to achieve these goals. Please visit www.onelifeatime.org to learn more and become a part of this life-changing endeavor.