Katie Kaugars is a senior member of the Swastha Nepal team. This year is her third year of involvement, and she has seen the team grow from the dream of a group of students to an entire organization; a truly inspiring transformation. She fervently believes in the founding principles of the group – working with people who lack adequate access to healthcare as partners to make sure that their needs are met and that they have the ability to be healthy. She believes that good health always makes life much more enjoyable, and it's truly a gift to restore others back to this standard. As for the future, Katie is in the process of applying to MD/PhD programs to be able to develop her interest in research and love of medicine.
Fatima is from Northern Virginia and is a senior at the College. She is majoring in Middle Eastern studies and religious studies, and has always had a love for South-Asian culture. Hailing from the glorious land of Morocco, she sees Swasthsa Nepal as an opportunity to gain an understanding of how health policies can be improved in developing countries. Fatima believes that Swastha Nepal is a wonderful organization because it provides direct healthcare and engages in research to improve the overall healthcare system of Nepal, and she hopes to use her own experiences and knowledge of religion and culture to bring a new perspective to the team. In her spare time, Fatima enjoys painting, traveling, and studying new languages, and she is most excited to meet the elephants of Nepal!
Liese Foust is double majoring in religious studies and anthropology. She joined this group not as a pre-med student looking for some type of research that would look good on a transcript; but, rather to experience the culture of Nepal in a hands-on helpful way. She had been looking for a way to help those in need whether in the states or abroad and has always been attracted to the need of the people of South Asia, Tibet and India as two examples. By joining this group with a cultural perspective, a religious perspective, and a service perspective, she wants to dwell in the society of the native people of Nepal. Medicine is not her forte but it is a way that many people can be helped in an less developed rural area and to help with medicine and watching people improve is always touching as well as a selfless experience.
A neuroscience major on the pre-med track, Kate Kielty joined Swastha Nepal to learn about and help improve the current health care system in Nepal. She loves travelling and is most excited to find out as much as possible about the lives of those in Nepal while also getting the opportunity to discover more about her own interest in international medicine.
Kaitlin lives in Northern Virginia, but has also lived all around the globe because of her family's military history. It's probably for this reason that she loves eclectic spices and new experiences! She is very athletic, works at the Rec, and loves rowing, kayaking, and volleyball. Currently, she is taking Chinese at the College and can't get enough of Ichiban in New Town. In Nepal, she is interested in analyzing the nutrition as it relates to maternal health and in examining the impact of globalization. She is a sophomore at the College, and aspires to major in Neuroscience with a minor in Kinesiology (Public Health) or Chinese.
Brandon is a senior at the College, majoring in sociology and public policy. He takes great interest in public health and health policy and is currently engaged in research involving international food safety standards. Brandon loves tennis, watching Mad Men and pancakes, and he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in social policy. He sees Swastha Nepal as a great opportunity to directly make a difference in peoples’ lives while traveling and learning.
Logan’s goal is to join the Peace Corps and she saw this group as a excellent opportunity for herself to try out that dream. She also has a strong desire for culture shock and a curious obsession with Himalayan culture. This organization provides an excellent chance for her to get her feet wet while remaining in a safe, studious environment. Logan is incredibly excited to try new things and become worldlier in her efforts. For an English Major, this group also offers a unique and practically unheard-of experience on campus.
Joyce is a pre-med student at William & Mary, majoring in anthropology and minoring in biochemistry. She was fortunate enough to receive an email from Dr. Sher promoting Shrishti's new group, and was really excited to hear about the kind of work they were trying to accomplish. As an Army brat, she loves traveling and experiencing new things, so working on a project for Nepal is an incredible opportunity for her!
Katie Robinson is a sophomore at the College from Basking Ridge, NJ. She is a double major in environmental policy and Sociology, with a concentration in Public Health and is currently trying to figure out what she wants to do with in life. Katie loves hiking, playing soccer, traveling, reading National Geographic and going on adventures! She’s very excited to join Swastha Nepal to more fully study the ways in which environmental and public health issues intersect and to get to travel to a whole new part of the world and experience a very different culture. She looks forward to learning about the ways in which culture effects environmental and health issues in developing nations and ways to craft effective development projects and interventions in these places.
Lillian Singer is a pre-med student, majoring in public health and minoring in music. She loves to travel, make music on campus, and learn about healthcare around the world, so joining the Swastha Nepal team is an exciting opportunity for her. Lillian joined the team in order to see the world and learn more about a culture that she knows little about. She’s also looking forward to being able to go abroad with a group of like-minded W&M students, if only for a couple of weeks, to create some real change in a place nothing like Williamsburg.
Tim is a sophomore at the College, majoring in anthropology and taking pre-med courses. His interest in public health and love of adventure have led him to join Swastha Nepal in hopes of contributing to positive change in a part of the world with great need for improved health care. Hailing from Yarmouth, Maine, Tim enjoys spending time on the ocean, running, and playing lacrosse. He loves the cold and looks forward to experiencing a taste of life in the Himalayas.