According to the World Health Organization, food security exists “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. This summer, I had a life changing opportunity to travel to rural India with Me to We. My trip was funded through the Potashcorp Food Security Youth scholarship.
What I saw in India was like nothing I had ever imagined; from the cows in the streets to the hollering rickshaw drivers, it was quite an experience! The bustling streets of the city Udaipur did not move me, but I was definitely changed by the children and community in the village of Kalthana. Our work in this village included planting a school garden, repairing existing infrastructure on school grounds, visiting farmers, and learning the impact of Free the Children’s work in the area. Although there was a language barrier, there was one phrase I learned very well – “dhanya wad” which means “thank you”.
From a traditional prayer ceremony before we began working on a build site, to visiting one of the biggest Jain temples around, experiencing the culture was one of the highlights of my trip.
Going to India has not only opened my eyes to a new culture, it has made me more passionate about global activism. If I could give advice to anybody considering volunteering abroad, I would say, “do not hesitate for a second” it has truly changed the way I see the world.
Interested in food security? Find out more about the PotashCorp Food Security Youth Trip: PotashCorp Youth Trip Scholarship