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Blog Post for Pune Trip
September 13, 2018Abbas Dahodwala was a junior at DePaul University who was majoring in Health Sciences with a focus in public health and minoring in Global Asian Studies and Journalism. He was a research assistant at the Department of Global Asian Studies and he is the Director of Live Games at Radio DePaul Sports. During the summer intermission of 2018, Abbas completed a 3-week independent study at a service organization in Pune, India. The service organization dealt with children at risk including those who were affected and infected by HIV/AIDS and those who were working and living on the streets. While in Pune, Abbas completed an impact report for the organization. He did this through interviews with the staff and clients of the organization, and through excursions into areas serviced by the organization. Statistical analysis was also completed using the organizations existing data. The data illustrated the great effect the organization has had in the city.
Abbas stayed at the Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts in Viman Nagar, Pune. He was able to build relationships with many of the staff and students at the university. During his trip, he also helped advise a group of students forming a podcast group at SSLA.