In the rural district of Attappadi, Kerala, MAM are training young women in poverty as health workers. Many of the girls are orphans, or were previously unable to complete their education due to poverty. Each of them is given six months’ training and a stipend, after which they are hired to work out at tribal hospitals in Kalpetta and Agali, doing outreach in the nearby communities.
The young health workers provide first aid for the elderly as well as children and pregnant women. They are also trained to identify those in need of treatment and take them to the hospital for further care.
(Photo: 11 students from the 3rd batch of health worker trainees when came to meet Amma for the first time in Amritapuri during Onam)