A New Perspective

Travel can change your worldview, even if you’ve been to a place before. Take Duke global health major Namratha Atluri. She had volunteered in Indian orphanages, but until she participated in a research training trip to New Delhi last fall, she doubted India’s capacity to solve social problems.

In fact, she learned, organizations such as Udayan Care, a New Delhi NGO that works with orphaned and vulnerable children, have been innovating for decades.

Udayan places children in homes, or ghars, in ordinary neighborhoods so they are not isolated. The organization also provides educational and extracurricular supports.

The children Atluri encountered weren’t just surviving, she writes—they were thriving.

Source: Duke Global Health Institute

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