As health is one of the major concerns across our Asha slum communities, we were delighted to have a student of Medicine- Jeremy Grenadier from the School of Medicine Greenville- the University of South Carolina, United States of America this month.
On his first ever visit to India, Jeremy exclusively came to volunteer at Asha for more than two weeks. After a brief introduction at Asha Polyclinic which is also the Asha Headquarter, Jeremy shadowed Dr Sharmila (Consulting Gynaecologist) for the rest of the day and began his journey of serving to the Asha slum communities from next day onwards. During his tenure, Jeremy volunteered at Asha Polyclinic and Asha slum- Kusumpur Pahari.
He conducted English language classes with the Bal Mandal (Children’s Association), Asha Students and Graduates. Students also received career advice and experience of university education from Jeremy. “My father, a Surgeon by profession, goes on a ‘Mission Work’ every 10 days in a year to serve the community and it inspires me a lot. When I heard about Asha a year ago, I didn’t think much but now, when I am actually standing here, it has literally touched me,” said Jeremy. “People here accepted me for who I am. I built an amicable bond with them within this short period of time. Also, with Dr Sharmila, I learnt a lot about contraception and pregnancy which I am sure will help me in my medical future ahead,” he added.
Jeremy also visited G.T.B Hospital (a Government Hospital) and spent some time with Dr Jolly and her counterpart to understand the Referral Programme of Asha.
In the end week of his volunteering, Jeremy also took a round of the city on a bicycle to understand the cultural and socio-economical background. “I do not know when, but I would definitely love to come back here again soon,” signed off Jeremy.
Check out some of the glimpses: