Victoria McNorrill, Staff Writer
As students and faculty headed home after finals this past December, a group of biology students boarded a plane bound for India.
The majority of the people are Hindu or Muslim.
While in Mumbai, the students talked to health officials about the importance of having good water quality for their citizens. In a city packed tightly with people, Mumbai struggles with keeping its streets clean and pumping efficient.
In Pune, the students worked with the Mukti Missions. Tripling as a school, hospital and orphanage in the rural parts of India, Mukti Missions is the only source for food and shelter for its residents. Contaminated water would be harmful to its residents, but for the caretakers as well.
When the students were not educating the people on how to purify water using the seeds of the Moringa tree, they got to spend time with the orphans staying there.
“There was a lady at the front desk [of Mukti Missions] 24/7,” says senior Grant Kahley, “Kids would be dropped off there at any time during the day or night.”
The students also had chance to attend church, go to a hospital, and provide lunch for the widows at Mukti Missions.
“I could see that becoming a physician could be used in many different ways,” Kahley said. “I would love to go back to India with the skills the Lord has given me to go make an impact.”