U of M students are doing great things in their communities and around the world!
Megan Meyer, U of M dental therapy student, has devoted her life to A Hand in Health. This is the international nonprofit organization that she founded five years ago. Meyer created this organization in response to the many mission trips she has experienced in places such as Mexico and Gambia, Africa. Through working with patients during surgery at the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital in Gambia, Meyer was inspired to continuously help people less fortunate than herself. Now, she is an inspiration to other University of Minnesota students!
Since its founding, A Hand in Health has aquired 20 volunteers. Meyer has recently began a project to send one million books to the Gambian people. Currently, there is only one book per 1,000 citizens in this small, poverty-stricken nation. A Hand in Health, partnering with Books for Africa, has already delivered 7,500 books to create the first community library in Gambia. This service will undoubtedly benefit the children of Africa, and will improve the current 40.1 percent literacy rate of Gambia.
Meyer's life-long commitment to community service sets an amazing example for other students. She has proved that one person can make a huge difference, no matter how old (or young) you are! To learn more about Megan Meyer and A Hand in Health, check out this Minnesota Daily article. For even more information on this success story, visit the the 1 Million Books for Gambia blog, or the Books for Africa website.