BENEFITING: SWARTHMORE COLLEGE
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
On April 29th, the world lost a great friend, boyfriend, brother, son, and inspiration to many. For those of you who didn't know Ravi Thackurdeen, he was truly an inspiration to everyone who met him. He had an undying passion to make the world a better place and it is a tragedy that he will not be able to further what he had already accomplished himself. In an effort to continue Ravi's impact, Swarthmore has established a memorial fund to serve as a permanent tribute to Ravi and a lasting reminder of how he enriched the communities in which he was involved.
Ravi had a passion for public health and ethno biology and during the spring semester of his Sophomore year at Swarthmore, he participated in a study abroad program through Duke University's Global Health Program in Cost Rica. During the short few months that Ravi spent in Costa Rica, he conducted surveys in the Ngobe Territory, studying and testing the types of wood used for cooking. The research along with a flyer in Spanish was presented on April 25th, 2012. The Spanish brochure is now in the hands of UNICEF where it's being translated into the Ngobere language and will then be distributed back into the community this fall. The project will call attention to the public health problem of cooking smoke and lead to changes in the cooking practices of the Ngobe community. The translated research will be the first book to be placed in the a new library in the indigenous territory. This is just one example of the impact Ravi had already made on the world at such a young age.
For me, Ravi was an amazing addition to the McGlynn family. He was always generous, had an undying curiosity to know all he could about any topic we discussed and most importantly, brought much happiness to my sister, Cailin. I will do my best to embody Ravi's passion for life and compassion for others. I also hope that this scholarship will help to inspire others in the Swarthmore Community to embody Ravi's compassion, wisdom, selflessness, and commitment to serve his community.
In the words of his brother, Sean, and sister, Savita, "Ravi led his life based on the simple truth that real wealth came from loving all people, and seeing the goodness in them."