Laurie Batal

Headed to Malawi (East Africa): Project Start July 2, 2023

Malawi is consistently ranked among the world’s 20 least developed countries on the UN Human Development Index. Seventy-one percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line of US $1.90 a day. Nearly half of primary school-age children dropout before advancing to secondary school and the literacy rate in Malawi is only 62% among people 15 years old and older.

Team Dayā is scheduled to start its school groundbreaking in Malawi on Sunday, July 2, 2023. If you are interested in learning more, or possibly traveling with us to work on the groundbreaking, please contact us.

Laurie Batal – New York 

Bio: Laurie is a Nurse Practitioner, former molecular biologist, who worked primarily with HIV testing applications and then in reproductive health and obstetrics. She is currently working in public health for Westchester County (New York State, USA), advocates for reproductive rights, and coaches ice hockey.

Why: I’m a first generation college and post-graduate from my family. It goes without saying the impact having access to education was in my life.

I have worked in Lombok, Indonesia teaching blood banks how to make affordable HIV tests and volunteered as a Nurse Practitioner in Nepal on a two week health care mission providing basic health care in a very remote village. I’ve brought my three kids to Ecuador to work on play areas in impoverished areas and to Tanzania to support fresh water projects.

All of these experiences taught me that working with a community (not simply doing for) is immensely more empowering for a community. This is only one of the reasons I’ve committed to Team Dayā. They work with the community to build schools: I believe the people receiving the aid own the achievement. We live in a large and diverse world: this is an opportunity to respect one another, and learn.

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