Leaflets from the field

Thought leadership, news, and updates from the Broadleaf team and the Darjeeling Hills

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  • 23/07/2020 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Broadleaf and DLR Prerna's Work on Mental Health during Covid-19 featured in the Darjeeling Chronicle

    Globally, the pandemic and economic shutdowns have brought on an emerging mental health epidemic due to increases in anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Broadleaf and our partner, DLR Prerna have quickly pivoted to make sure that we are addressing this within the communities that we work in. 

    Recently, the local press in Darjeeling wrote a piece about the success of this work. You can read more on the Darjeeling Chronicle: Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Schools in Darjeeling within the COVID19 Pandemic and Beyond

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  • 12/06/2020 0 Comments
    40 hour trek for a pencil in the ear

    Padeng is a rural agricultural community in the Darjeeling region of India, and one of Broadleaf's CHIP partner communities. Padeng is also home to Yenten, a nine year old boy.

    Recently, Nima, a School Health Activist (SHA) from the Padeng community, was performing her annual hearing screening. When Yenten strode up to have his ears checked, Nima quickly realized that Yenten had something stuck inside his left ear. He shared that his ear had been feeling itchy and he was using the sharp end of a pencil to scratch his ear.

    Nima walked Yenten home and talked with his parents about the fact that he most likely had a piece of pencil stuck in his ear in such a way that he would need to see a doctor. With the support of Yenten’s parents, Nima helped arrange for Yenten make the 40-hour trip to see an ENT specialist.The physician recognized that the pencil tip had caused a traumatic rupture of the ear drum; fortunately he was able to remove it before it caused any permanent damage.

    About a week later, Yenten approached Nima at school and asked if he could share his experience with his classmates. He wanted them to learn from his “pencil in the ear” issue! Nima was delighted to see his eagerness to share his learning and first hand experience with his peers and helped him create a poster to use at his school. Yenten proudly gathered several friends and together they designed a poster to help them teach the other students at Padeng Primary School the importance of keeping objects out of your ears.

    Nima and Yenten exemplify how a community-led intervention can help recognize acute medical issues, promote access to care, and empower children as health champions.

    As the days continue to pass by and malls swarm with crowds trying to find the perfect gift, please continue to remember that your donation to Broadleaf empowers children and communities in the Darjeeling region

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  • 12/05/2020 - Broadleaf Team 0 Comments
    Covid update - May 2020

    As the lockdown continues for our partner communities, our work has focused on spreading accurate messaging, reducing fear and stigma, and promoting healthy behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID.

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  • 13/04/2020 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Supporting Rural Communities in the Darjeeling Himalayas during the Covid-19 Crisis

    COVID-19 disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable- three ways that Broadleaf is supporting our communities.

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  • 19/09/2019 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Who is Darjeeling Prerna?

    Darjeeling PRERNA is our local operating partner in Darjeeling. They are an NGO founded in 1993 working on issues of rural development and equity in the Darjeeling District. They have been instrumental in helping Broadleaf establish, implement and run our programs.

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  • 19/09/2019 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Feeling the love in Denver

    Denver showed up for the 2nd Annual Broadleaf and Brews

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  • 29/07/2019 0 Comments
    Denver Teachers visit Darjeeling for Education Summit

    This past June, three Denver Public School teachers that make up Broadleaf's U.S. Education Team traveled to India to engage in a week long Education Summit with the Darjeeling based staff. 

    This trip has become an almost annual trek for the Denver based Education Team. 

    Team members from Broadleaf and our local impact partner, DLRP, spent the week building a shared philosophy around best practices in education. Participants read and discussed various educational pedagogies, engaged in team building activities, and made goals for the upcoming year of work in local schools. Usually separated by half of the globe and 12+ hour time difference, everyone was excited to make the most of the time spent face to face. Broadleaf and DLRP will continue to collaborate in  and prioritize advancements in education, and student achievement.  Thank you to all those who participated!

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  • 17/04/2019 0 Comments
    Biking from Darjeeling to Kathmandu: 2018 Eastern Himalayan Charity Bike Ride

    After an exciting and successful bike ride in October 2018, cyclist and Broadleaf supporter Rebecca describes her once in a lifetime experience. Read about her adventure through India and Nepal that she embarked on with co-founder Mike and fellow cyclists Dan and Colin. Broadleaf hosted this bike ride as a fundraiser to raise awareness of our work in Darjeeling. If you're interested in participating in future bike rides, contact us for more information!

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  • 26/11/2018 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Small Steps For Cleaner Communities

    Students in Padeng Primary School set up a local system for waste management - making a small step to improve the cleanliness of their school.

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  • 22/08/2018 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Broadleaf and Brews!

    Our 2nd annual Denver fundraising party was a huge success!

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  • 23/02/2018 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Broadleaf's First Women's Community Health Festival

    With support from Adventures for the Mind, Broadleaf hosted it's first Women's Community Health Festival

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  • 27/12/2017 0 Comments
    Anjila's Story - Improving Access to Healthcare

    In Padang, the nearest health clinic (for those that can afford it) is more than 2 hours each way by foot in Kolbong. Broadleaf improves access to healthcare by utilizing our school health activists in the communities that we work. 

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  • 04/12/2017 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    ​​Ayush's story - the effectiveness of deworming.

    Four year-old Ayush is a student at a Broadleaf school who was able to stay healthy and stay in the classroom this year thanks to a simple but powerful intervention: de-worming tablets.

    Nearly half of kids in Darjeeling have suffered from intestinal parasites, contributing to rates of malnutrition that hover around 25%. Years ago a bad dose of medication made Ayush sick. Since then, his mother Saira had been understandably scared to give her son the drugs he needed. But after building a trusting relationship with Broadleaf School Health Activist and community member Satyam, Saira was willing to try again. 

    Now Ayush is thriving with the help of regular de-worming and iron supplements.It takes less than ten dollars to de-worm a class of students in Darjeeling – and studies have shown that when children receive deworming tablets, school attendance improves by as much as 20 percent. That’s why New York Times columnist Nick Kristof praised the power of de-worming as a life-saving Christmas gift:

    Deworm a child. Or a village of children! One-quarter of people worldwide have worms in their bellies, impairing their nutrition and often leaving them anemic. Children can be dewormed for about 50 cents each, and this leads them to miss less school and earn more as adults. Kids in the American South were dewormed 100 years ago by the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission, leading to large gains in school enrollment and in literacy, and now we can easily and cheaply achieve the same gains worldwide.

    Fighting malnutrition is just one way your support for Broadleaf unlocks human potential. By helping kids to practice hygiene, teaching classes on topics like nutrition and mental health, and making direct referrals to medical care, together we can keep students in the classroom and empower them to build brighter futures for their families.

    In Broadleaf's holiday gift guide, you can contribute enough deworming medication to deworm all the students in our schools for an entire year. 

    You can read the full NY Times piece here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/opinion/sunday/... 

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  • 28/11/2017 - Broadleaf Health and Education 0 Comments
    Namrata's Story: Malnutrition in the Darjeeling Region

    Last year, Namrata’s mother Sweta was alarmed to hear from her daughter’s teachers at Laxmi Memorial School. Namrata had stopped participating in class or playing games during recess. Her energy was low and her mood subdued. Sweta was worried and uncertain where to turn for help. 

    Fortunately, Broadleaf School Health Activist Dhiraj had begun to monitor the growth of students in Namrata’s school. Dhiraj confirmed that Namrata’s height and weight had dropped well below the average for girls her age, and connected Namrata with health services including nutrition education and iron supplements.  

    Today, Namrata is able to run and play with her friends – and spend her school days focused on learning. Broadleaf’s unique school health model empowers community members to become school-based health educators who work tirelessly to improve the health of children like Namrata. By helping kids to practice hygiene, teaching classes on topics like nutrition and mental health, and making direct referrals to medical care, Broadleaf Health Activists enable children in under-resourced communities to stay in school and thrive.  

    Due to malnutrition, 25 percent of school children in the Darjeeling region are underweight for their age. We believe a preventable health condition like this should never be an obstacle to education. When you donate to Broadleaf, we will use your gift to help children like Namrata stay healthy and stay in school.

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  • 15/10/2017 - Aileen Giardina 0 Comments

    Board Member, Aileen, recounts her adventures (and misadventures) in India and Nepal this past summer with Broadleaf co-founders Michael, Denna and fellow board member, Ashley.

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  • 25/09/2017 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Denver Supports Broadleaf

    Braving the unusual pouring rain, we introduced Broadleaf to a new group of supporters in Denver.

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  • 16/07/2017 0 Comments
    Broadleaf Education Team's June Visit

    Prior to the unrest in Darjeeling, Denna (co-founder), Aileen, and Ashley (Board Members) visited several of our community schools.

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  • 28/06/2017 - Michael Matergia 0 Comments
    What's going on in Darjeeling?

    Michael recounts his recent trip in Darjeeling as political unrest unfolded within the region.  

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  • 11/04/2017 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Broadleaf Celebrates 5 Years of Health and Education in the Eastern Himalayas!

    Broadleaf hosted a cocktail evening at Stroudsmoor Country Inn to celebrate five years as an organization.

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  • 22/03/2017 - Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance 0 Comments
    World Water Day: Giving children access to clean water is only half the equation

    World Water Day was this week and it gave us time to think about a resource many of us take for granted, if we even give it much thought.

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