I grew up in Bangalore, India in the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period of rapid growth and development in the country. As the “Silicon Valley of India”, Bangalore’s booming IT industry attracted foreign investment and brought about intense economic and social change. As a child, I was always told I was lucky to witness these changes. Our world was getting better and India was going to be a superpower soon! To my young mind, these were promising ideas but I could never imagine them into reality. If our world was getting better, why was the slum right in front of my school expanding every day?
In the moment, I could not have known that taking a trip with Free the Children would unearth my passion for nutrition, but here I am six years later practicing as a Registered Dietitian.
The trip was to Kenya, and I was part of a group of 25 eager youth who were ready to see the world and to create change. I embarked on this journey expecting to make a positive difference in someone else’s life, to leave a small footprint in the world in which I live. What I did not expect was to have this experience shape me and my future.