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Help me grow a medicinal garden!
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    Ishika Mamgain

I am a 15 year old girl from a small village named Galjwadi, situated in the lower Himalayas. My family for generations has been curing minor health problems with the help of local medicinal herbs that we grow near our house. Ever since I was little, I have been treated with these homemade medicinal herbs that are mostly ayurvedic. They have proved to be highly effective for me and my family.

When I came to school, the PYDS Learning Academy, I made friends from different cities and villages. Conversations with them made me learn of their ways to treat minor health problems.

One of my friends who lives in the city caught a serious cold and cough recently. She was really sick but worried about the doctor’s consultation fees that her family will have to pay. After understanding her ailment, I suggested herbs and homemade medicines that my parents had given me when I was sick. I suggested black tea with tulsi (holy basil) and black pepper. I also encouraged her to grow tulsi in her house to get fresh leaves. While she liked the idea, she did not have the space at home to grow the plant.
It was then that I thought ‘if my mother can grow these herbs at home then why can’t her mother'? That stuck with me for a long time and I came up with an idea of building/creating gardens where people can grow their own Ayurvedic herbs, and save themselves from common illnesses without heavy hospital bills.

After spreading awareness about Ayurvedic medicines and conducting a survey, I pledged to build at least 50 medicinal herb gardens in the villages of Shigali & Purkal, Dehradun. 

Despite the dedication we put into this project, we will not be able to accomplish it without your support. We need to buy seeds & baby plants, and print easy-to-read material for the local community to understand the importance of those plants. Please help me make this a reality.

-Ishika Mamgain, a hopeful kid wanting to make a difference!

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