BURLINGTON, MA—Desai Foundation, which empowers women and children through community programs to elevate health and livelihood in the United States and India, has sent Yunfai Ng for three months to Gujarat to help build out mobile health vans. Ng is a Global Advocate from Mama Hope.
Ng is the first Mama Hope Global Advocate partnering with Burlington, MA-based Desai Foundation to build upon community-driven, sustainable health education projects that will improve the lives of women and children in Gujarat.
“I arrived in India a little over a week ago, and I am still pinching myself in disbelief,” Ng wrote in an email to her supporters. “Pulsating with an unpredictable mix of beauty and chaos, this ever-stimulating land will be my home for the next three months as I collaborate with social justice leaders to get a unique mobile health education program rolling (pun very much intended!) through rural villages in south Gujarat.”
The Global Advocate Fellowship is a rigorous and immersive 9-month professional training program designed for results-oriented individuals with a passion for global impact, according to the organization’s website. Fellows are carefully matched with CBOs and NGOs in one of seven countries, where they’ll support community-directed development initiatives.
“I have committed to raising $20,000 on behalf of the Desai Foundation to support the creation of a Mobile Health Education Program for Shantaben Vidhybhavan, an education center for the community of 40,000 people in the surrounding villages of South Gujarat,” Ng says in one of her blogs. “This mobile model will work at the grassroots level, reaching communities who do not have access to quality health and hygiene education.”
In a phone interview with INDIA New England News, Ng said that she has already raised about $11,000.
“I am really looking forward to my visit to India,” Ng said. “I have already been to China.”
She said that it is going to be a great partnership with Desai Foundation and that she was really looking forward to traveling in Gujarat and live and work with local leaders to complete her project. She is scheduled to return to US on Dec. 27.