2A - Thursday, March 11, 2010
In Other Ivory Towers
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Raising money, aW
Like many politicians and lawmak- audiences totaling more than 350
ers across the country, one student
group is focusing its energy on health
care reform - but this organization's
efforts aren't being directed domesti-
Dance to Empower Stronger
Health care is a nonprofit student
group thatorganizes performances of
multiple dance teams to raise money
and educate the audience on health
care in rural India.
LSA freshman Aparna Ghosh
founded DESH in 2007 when she was
a junior at Pioneer High School in
Ann Arbor. As a dancer and pre-med
student, Ghosh said she just "com-
bined (her) ideas into one.'
When Ghosh became a Univer-
sity student in the fall, she decided
to expand the group she'd started
in high school, creating the student
group on campus.
While Ghosh was still in high
school, DESH held two concerts, with
people. Through these performances,
the organization raised over $7,000
for hygiene education, vaccinations
and surgery for children with con-
genital heart disease in rural India.
Ghosh said she was inspired by her
family members, many of whom still
live in rural India to start DESH. She
said her grandmother died of asthma
because she couldn't afford aninhaler.
Ghosh said health care problems
in India stem from both residents'
inability to afford health care and
their lack of awareness of the resourc-
es available in larger cities.
"There's no indoor plumbing or
electricity, even today," Ghosh said.
"Rural families don't have the money
or the time (to travel to urban areas
Ghosh also said many people living
in rural India tend to rely heavily on
herbal remedies that can't treat seri-
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DESH's eight members all share a
"common bond between dancing and
wanting a better society," said Ghosh.
The group's name also has a double
meaning. The word "desh" means
"country" in Hindi, according to LSA
junior Anant Jain, the treasurer of the
He said he thinks the group's name
is an accurate representation of its
purpose, which is to bring together
community and culture in both Ann
Arbor and India.
DESH holds performances "where
you can see everything that Michigan
has to offer," accordingto Jain.
But Ghosh said the group is aim-
ing to expand its presence on campus.
She added that starting next year, the
organization also plans to use the
money from their performances to
offer scholarships to students pursu-
ing medical degrees in Madurai, a city
in rural southern India.
A member of Dancing to E mpower S
dances at a DESH event.
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