Thursday, June 11, 2009


Sihi group safely returned from the trek and has left for Delhi this morning around 8, in two cars, with Anil. Safe and happy return!

Monday, June 1, 2009


Some pictures taken over last few days:
31st May: "Informal" presentation by the group; Certificate distribution from the hands of Ms Suchitra and Ms Maragaret. Followed by a Talent show..and some Black magic!
Visit to Renuka Temple and lake.. etc. etc.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Family Interviews

The group interviewed some families which had a child with special needs. They also visited a Gujjar (nomad) family.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sihi Update

Some pictures from the visit to Mrs Jain, Gram Pradhan, Eden bagh;
A trip to Aravali, a voluntary agency working in Timli village;
An interaction with Gujjars (Nomadic tribe in this part of Himalaya)..
Below: Anasuya, the Jungle girl!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cool Stuff.

Hey guys!

Everyone's topics sound really interesting ... I can't wait until we actually start interviewing people and doing more research - I'm sure we will be so surprised at how different health is in India versus North America.
Oh, and I looked at that Benjamin Button thing, it's pretty neat. I had been wondering for a while how they made him short and old, hehe. It reminded me of a Dove commercial I saw a few years ago, which is also really cool. The beginning is makeup, but at the end they completely computer modify her, and it's interesting to see how much they can change someone.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Research topics

Hi everyone!

First off, I'm also interested in staying in Delhi for a few days after the trek (I am NOT leaving India without seeing the Taj Mahal {side, side note - listen to Sam Roberts' song called Taj Mahal. It's not about India, but it's really good!})

Okay I do actually have something significant to post...

Research topics! Originally I wanted to look into traditional medicine and how people use it and perceive it. However, I think I would be more interested exploring spiritual health (i.e. health of the spirit - not necessarily religious) in the region we will be visiting, noting how people feel about spiritual health, the institutions that cater to a person's spiritual health, who attends to their personal spiritual health (the rich? the educated? young people? old people?), and how the recognition of spiritual health is incorporated into the daily life of the individual, family and community. Those are just a few of my questions :). I find spiritual health particularly interesting because of how differently we care for our spiritual health in North America (or arguably, don't care for it at all). During my stay with an aboriginal family in Ecuador, one of the most noticeable differences between our societies was their recognition and respect for a person's emotional component. In fact, one of the trip coordinators had done an exchange in Canada and absolutely hated it! He said that he felt like people closed away their emotional part, and he could not live that way.

I would love to share more with you later, but I have to go meet you all now :D

Lots of Love,


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been late to post - my laptop died the other day and I've been scrambling to get it fixed (I'm at the Apple store right now actually for the 2nd day in a row).  

I'd just like to say hi again to everyone - I'm super-excited about the upcoming trip.  I'll be modifying this post later today with my research once I have access to my computer again... As for research topics, I'm interested in developmental disabilities in children and what the community does to help them, and family medicine/surgery in a setting that is so different from what we are used to in Canada. I intend to modify and specify my learning goals as time goes by, especially after I learn about who is actually available for interviewing/study.  

Also, I would very much like to stay in Delhi a few days after the trek (to make it back to Toronto by the 14th), so it would be great for those also interested to express your interest/let me know so we can plan away!  

-Jessica Truong


Hey guys,Soooo... I was just studying for my econ test and figured now would be a good time to make my first post on the blog. Just like everyone else, I now have extra incentive for wishing the school year to be over... I really can't wait to go to India. I'd really be interested in learning more about the homeopathic vs. allopathic way of approaching medicine. I just find it interesting how homeopathic styles are virtually non-existent in NA, but appear to be predominant in northern India. My main focus is going to be pertaining to this area... I may refine it from there.

I thought I'd post a really cool video too...
it`s really cool... kinda gives a new appreciation for the movie..

Adam Parry

Friday, March 6, 2009


Hey everyone!
I'm really excited to be going on the trip ... it was really nice getting to know all of you better at the fundraiser this past Saturday. As for my focus, currently I would like to look into how speech therapy works in India, as well as the social and educational programs provided for children with special needs.
See you guys Sunday!

-Cassie Cetlin