Going Beyond the Numbers: Progress in Prashanthagiri!

In the development world, there are tons of metrics by which to assess growth – ways to quantify a program’s progress in promoting health and wellness in a community. And who doesn’t love to see these numbers? Numbers that can easily be translated into pie charts, or info graphics about our work, are neat and easy to understand at a glance. But for those of us working with a young and growing non-profit like Profugo,

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We Are On the Right Track! Lessons learned from the Ebola Outbreak

I have been a supporter of Profugo for many years, but have recently made a decision to become more active in my support. I am a physician assistant by profession, but my true passion is social justice and public health. This led me to go back to school a few years ago, and earn a master’s degree in public health. I wanted to review some of the major global health issues that we faced in

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Profugo Counseling Center – Bringing Hope

Profugo Counseling Center, which started at Profugo Development Initiatives (PDI) in August 2014, has become a source of hope to many people in distress- especially young people- in the Prashanthagiri community. These days many people visit PDI to get help on their psychosocial needs. The majority of the clients attending our service are students between the ages of 10 to 20 years old. Some of the problems faced by them include emotional problems, behavioral problems,

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Phase I Biogas Program Inauguration

The month of January here in Prashanthagiri started off not only in celebration of the new year, but also in celebration of the completion of Phase I of the Profugo Biogas Program, resulting in the construction of 3 digesters for three families. Through the Profugo Biogas Program we are implementing household biogas digesters for the most disadvantaged families in the village. Thanks to a donation by Dr. Leif and Dr. Lena Oxelmark from the University

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On Mindfulness and Consumption

In order to raise awareness about Profugo, I recently worked an event at a local university that centered on fair trade. The event featured products from all over the world that devoted their sales and business practices to benefiting the producers abroad. Unicef sponsored this event and had several representatives asking questions of the attendees about their feelings on fair trade and human trafficking. I watched one representative ask a very fashionable student how her

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