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The Banyan
October 15, 2009

It was such a privilege to serve the Banyan this summer. This charity is doing amazing things. The medical treatment, as well as the indepence and pracitcal skills the women at Adaikalam are receiving and learning is fantastic. The staff are committed and hard working. This charity is forward thinking as well as constantly trying to encourage the government into using its money better for the sake of their nation. But there are still so many untouched mentally'ill persons in Chennai and across India, but it needs the funds for the work to grow.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff and patients were willing to teach me so much, and learn from each other the differnt kinds of potential treatments.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working, motivated, passionate about making a difference in the world ofmental health.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach across India, treating the 1000s of untreated persons with mental health problems, and potentially convince the Indian government to use their money to give free health care, which in return would mean the country's economy would thrive.

Ways to make it better...

there had been an english-speaking member of staff so i could have been in communication with the whole time i was there, so my time with the banyan could have been as productive as possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Volunteer & Shadowing health care workers and nurses at Adaikalam for 3 weeks, and supporting the staff at the day care centre for 1 week.