I am an honors pre-med biology student from Kabul, Afghanistan studying at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York through The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women.
In my country, there is only one speech pathologist. There is a cultural stigma attached to children with speech impediments which isolates them from the mainstream making their situation worse. Even though I am just an undergraduate I wanted to do something to start helping my people, especially children and women, right away.
Using money I saved from my campus job, I started a speech therapy telemedicine project that connects speech pathologists in the United States with doctors in Afghanistan to provide training on the diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders. So far I have helped 20 children and begun to change minds about children coping with speech impediments.
But many children are still undiagnosed and suffering in isolation. I want to help them! Please help too!