We aim to fund the construction of a hospital in an extremely under-served area of the rural Indian state of Jharkhand, where the population is ~100,000. A total cost of $100,000 will construct and establish a self-sustaining hospital. Run primarily on patient fees, the hospital will be community planned and community operated by our partner Jagriti Vihara, a well-respected NGO in existence of 30 years.
Why is this project important?
Simply put, basic health care is not accessible. The nearest decent hospital is in the capital city of Ranchi, a 3-hour drive away on a good day, which is most often at capacity. Monsoon rains can double travel time. Cost to travel is a significant barrier (a full day’s salary or more for transportation). Malaria was eradicated from the region in the 1980s but has made a resurgence in the area. Other conditions such as tuberculosis, dysentery, and typhoid are still prevalent. Corruption and mismanagement have left this rural region with a severe lack of critical infrastructure. Public works have not been funded.
How do we plan to accomplish this?
In India, we have partnered with Jagriti Vihara, a well-respected Indian NGO established in 1975 in Jharkhand by esteemed educator Shri S. Upadhyay. Jagriti Vihara currently operates numerous local programs including a school and a vocational training center. The organization has also run a health clinic that will serve as the foundation for the hospital. Jagriti Vihara will oversee the hospital’s construction and daily operation. This partnership will bypass established interests and political squabbles and engage a committed local organization with a proven record of serving the local community.
Who are we?
Our team, based in the US, has visited Jharkhand over several summers. There, we witnessed the remarkable work Jagriti Vihara has accomplished in this severely neglected region of India. For the past nine years, we have honed project management skills at Toyota, practiced collaboration and innovation at Google, and have studied at some of the nation’s top academic institutions. Our passion for public service has been fortified through work with underprivileged communities in West Philadelphia and throughout California’s Bay area. We have previously raised funds for projects in Japan, Brazil, and India. We are committed to helping Jagriti Vihara complete this next project. We also bake cookies, write about public policy, and play tennis.