Group Field Trip, but to the Hospital

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Internet has not been on my side for the past week and a half. My days have been packed with activities, NGO Visits, and lectures from 8 am to 6 pm most days, though sometimes ending later. A lot has happened since my last post, as you can probably tell from the title of this post.

For starters, a few of us had a bright idea to go to Burger King at a mall while we were looking for some Indian outfits. Well, the next morning we all woke up to horrible food poisoning, and as days progressed, we all started to feel horrible. So my professor decided it was a great idea for all of us to go to the hospital, where I got to experience the Indian healthcare system! It was less than $10 to see the doctor and get 5 different types of medication. It was also extremely fast, but I’m not sure if it’s like this for the locals. I spoke to a girl named Ayesha from an NGO I visited and she told me a lot about how accessible health care is in India. The only problem surrounding that is poverty. People aren’t able to afford healthcare because of low salaries and difficulties finding jobs.

I was so shocked to see how prevalent poverty is in the bustling streets of Delhi. There were so many kids on the streets begging and elders sleeping on the sidewalks near the retail stores. It was so sad to see the harsh contrast between those who are shelterless and starving with those who were going into these stores and buying. There’s obviously nothing wrong with shopping (I am a shopaholic), but seeing children holding their younger siblings in their arms while going around asking for money made me think about how real generational poverty is.

Poverty is common in so many areas of the world and I’m not sure how we can fix it, but I hope that we can come together and do something about it. There are 3 billion people that are considered to be in poverty, which is almost half of the world population. It’s just disheartening to see that there are that many people suffering around the world and not many people can or will do anything about it.

In class today, my professor added this quote and it resonated with me.

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their homes in floods caused by senseless deforestation in neighboring countries. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” – The Dalai Lama

I hope you do something today that inspires you! See you next time 🙂

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