Hi! My name is Rhea Singh and I am a rising senior in the college studying Health and Society, concentrating in global health, and minoring in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.
At the end of this calendar year, I will have spent 17 weeks in India. 17 weeks! That is 1/3 of the year! In my motherland’s motherland…my parents and my family is from Guyana in South America so we’re ethnically Guyanese, but we’re racially Indian. My identity has always been difficult to articulate, so I find it so fascinating that I’ve gravitated to India of all places in the world. This past winter I was in Delhi and Kolkata studying women’s empowerment and sex workers with Dr. Raili Roy from the South Asia Studies department, and most recently I’ve travelled to Delhi for my cousin’s wedding. I was only in India for 2 weeks at a time previously, and at the end of each trip, I was definitely ready to come home.
This summer I’ll be interning with the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD):Sidhbari in Himachal Pradesh, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. CORD is a well known for its development schemes through women’s groups, agricultural and nutritional advances and self-empowerment talking groups for over 20 years. I am so excited to be spending my summer there (even if it doesn’t seem like it…I’m leaving for the airport in less than 12 hours and I have not packed a thing)! I hope to engage with children, teenagers and women and further improve agricultural ideology and nutritional diversity. My passion in global health is food, and food systems, because I believe that what we eat is our most basic form of primary medicine.
I cannot wait to hop on the plane tomorrow and begin what I’m sure will be one of the most memorable, life changing and transformative summers I’ll ever have.
Dancing my way through this little thing called life!