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California Delta (USC) Phis Volunteer in Guatemala


560296_441483442529924_1840313243_n.jpegRecently, three Caifornia Delta Phis came back from a two week excur­sion in Guatemala. How­ever, this was no ordi­nary adven­ture. The adven­ture began with Tavish Nanda, a Phi Delt, when he had an idea to bring a new sub­set of Vol­un­teers Around the World orga­ni­za­tion to the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. After suc­cess­fully estab­lish­ing the USC stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion he quickly started plan­ning a med­ical oper­a­tion to Guatemala. Vol­un­teers Around the World is a non-government med­ical orga­ni­za­tions whose pur­pose is to help local vil­lagers who do not have easy access to med­ical equip­ment by set­ting up mobile clin­ics.

This ven­ture in Guatemala estab­lished seven mobile clin­ics whose pur­pose was to teach sem­i­nars on hygiene, first aid, and nutri­tion, as well as admin­is­ter med­ica­tions. Each par­tic­i­pant had to raise $1,500.00 for med­ica­tion before going on the trip. When Tavish inquired within Cal­i­for­nia Delta as to who was will­ing to go with him, David Liber­man and Shawn Clarke jumped at the oppor­tu­nity to help. Upon return David Liber­man said that the expe­ri­ence was “life chang­ing” and that “there is noth­ing bet­ter than hav­ing your broth­ers by your side as you are truly chang­ing someone’s life in a for­eign coun­try.” The broth­ers of Cal­i­for­nia Delta want to con­gratu­late Tavish, David, and Shawn on their great accom­plish­ment and their true self­less­ness in tak­ing the time out of their sum­mer to accom­plish this great phil­an­thropic feat.