Girl Scout Krisha Desai taught refugees new to America ways to promote a healthy lifestyle to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.
“I learned from this project that I am very lucky to have all this healthcare I have around me and live a privileged life,” said Krisha, a 2014 graduate of Hightower High School. “Many of these refugees were not used to having all of this help, which showed me that I am very lucky to have all these basic needs around me.”
“I chose this project because I am very interested in the healthcare field and plan to pursue a career in it,” said Krisha. “I also like to help people and decided to put these two together to create a health clinic to help others.”
For her project, called Healthy Living, Krisha led a team of seven volunteers in working with the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston to hold a clinic for refugees from all over the world. The clinic offered glucose and blood pressure testing, while providing information about insurance and hospitals to the refugees. Over 100 people attended this event.
Krisha was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Hightower High School she is involved in Health and Occupation Student of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and American Red Cross. She plans on attending the University of Texas to study either medicine or architecture.