Today, our schedule was once again packed with class and activities. Sarah and I had a great day of research yesterday and have brainstormed quite a bit about our project solution.
As I have mentioned again and again, the choice to focus on HIV/AIDS presented us with many challenges in terms of research in the community. Our group has done an excellent job and today we made a final decision to do our project model on a Wellness Center for HIV+ women. We were very excited today when our idea was so well received by two of our Indian group members.
For the Center we want to take a holistic approach to provide the clients with an array of services including yoga classes, cooking classes, nutrition education, and a support group. We are playing with several other ideas too. Perhaps we will figure out a way to creatively incorporate gardening with medicinal plants and a day care service (for any young children of the mothers). With the design of our model, a large challenge has been figuring out a way to maintain confidentiality while still advertising a community center for these women.
The toughest part of this project is the fact that it is a hypothetical design and we are not going to be here in India to implement it. If our project model/idea could one day be implemented in the future we think it would be very successful and benefit many women.