Jul. 18, 2013 by Wesleyan Alumni Community
The Boston Globe featured Raghu Appasani ’12 for his efforts to promote mental health awareness in India through his organization, the MINDS Foundation. The foundation recently received three grants from Newman’s Own Foundation, the International Monetary Fund and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University.
Over winter break in his sophomore year at Wesleyan University, while volunteering at an eye clinic in India with the nonprofit organization Unite for Sight, Waltham resident Raghu Kiran Appasani (inset) gained first-hand understanding of the need for increased access to health care in the country’s rural sections.
Appasani joined forces with peers at Wesleyan to establish the MINDS Foundation, with their goal to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness in rural India, where 80 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion residents live. The organization has a three-phase grass-roots program involving education through workshops and street plays, free transportation to medical care, and reintegration of patients within their communities through social and vocational training.
Image: from IndiaWest
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