On September 3rd, Aarti Katara ’19 is traveling on a medical mission trip to Madagascar via “Operation Smile,” an international medical charity which has provided thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lips, cleft palates or other facial deformities.
“As part of the student team on my mission, I will be responsible for teaching six healthcare modules, including burn care and prevention, dental hygiene, nutrition, oral rehydration therapy, hands-only CPR and the Heimlich maneuver at hospitals, schools, and orphanages,” said Aarti. “I’ve learned it doesn’t matter where we go. It’s why we go that counts, and I would love to take some items from neighbors here at home to help people in need in another country.”
In preparation for her trip, Aarti is collecting the following items to take to the individuals in which she will come into contact with:
- non-toxic bubbles;
- pipe cleaners;
- inflatable balls;
- coloring books;
- finger paints; and
- sidewalk chalk.
Interested in donating items for Aarti’s trip? Items can be dropped off in a box located in the back of the Melhado Dining Room on the Merle-Smith campus. Donation drop-offs can also be individually coordinated through Aarti directly by contacting her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations can be made online at www.operationsmile.org.
East Stroudsburg residents can also drop off items in Representative Rosemary Brown‘s office, where Aarti interned this summer.
Said Rep. Brown about Aarti’s efforts: “It is very important that our youth learn to think of others in a truly sincere and compassionate manner. Aarti is a great example of a young, smart, kind leader, who is not only working hard for her own future success but thinking of others along her path. I hope the community will reach out to help her efforts through my office.”
Amazing work, Aarti! You make us MA Proud!