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Michigan State University
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Priyanka Pandey
Medical student
Rochester, Michigan
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Priyanka Pandey

Empowering a village in India.

Medical student
Rochester, Michigan


In the community of Bedani, India, villagers often would travel a mile or more to the nearest river for water. Their plight inspired Priyanka Pandey, a medical student in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, to create a plan to install five water pumps throughout the village so every family home is within 20 feet of a source for clean, fresh water.

Pandey, who traveled to India to help install the pumps, notes that empowering the residents of Bedani with water independence is the first step toward addressing more complex health and social issues while eliminating feelings of powerlessness. She also launched the Bedani Foundation to ensure that the community continues to develop and plans to return to the village in 2014 to administer free health check-ups to villagers.

“The well project may have only addressed one small component of the larger issues facing the low caste community in Bedani, but it is an important first step towards tackling the elements of the injustice that they face every day,” says Pandey.