From Mississippi to India to the Dominican Republic, seventeen year old Rachel-Rose Komanapalli of Barrignton, has traveled the world, on a mission to help those in need. In addition the Barrington Christian Academy senior volunteered at Women & Infants Hospital and worked with her parents non-profit, Manna International. A Metta Students Foundation ceremony was held today at Barrington Christian Academy to honor Komanapalli.
“Most of my work has to do with poverty,” states Komanapalli. In Mississippi, I worked in an after school program for underprivileged children in Jackson. In La Romana, DR I worked with a medical clinic to provide medical care for people in the poor sugar cane villages. In India, I help children in the orphanages that Manna ministries has.”
Mike Skazinski, Assistant Head of School at Barrington Christian Academy, nominated Komanapalli for a Metta Students Foundation grant saying, “The thing that sets RachelRose apart from other students is that she takes the initiative to help and volunteer, no one forces her to fundraise or take her personal time to spread kindness and goodwill. One other thing that sets her apart from other students is that Rachel-Rose does not draw attention to herself. She does everything quietly and “under the radar.”
Komanapalli’s mission this month will take her to Kenya, “ I decided to go to Kenya because I love helping people. I want to go into the medical field, therefore working at a hospital in Kenya was a perfect fit. While I am there I will be working in the NICU to study Fetal Malnutrition and Anemia, the topic of my senior project,” states Komanapalli.
It is her quiet passion and empathy that proudly prompted the Metta Students Foundation to give Komanapalli a $1,000 grant for sharing metta, making her their thirty-second winner.
Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s act of kindness towards another teen. “Metta means love and kindness,” states Norm Kelly. “The common denominator with all of our Metta Students is their compassion, unselfishness and dedication to others. Each is unique, but they all want to make the world a better place.”
“I feel incredibly honored and blessed to receive this grant,” says Komanapalli. “I will put this money towards my college education so that I can become a doctor. I want to help as many people as I can, this grant is giving me the chance to do so.”
It is for all of these reasons the Metta Students is proud to award one thousand dollars to Komanapalli. To see video of how the Metta Students foundation began or for more information about the foundation, log onto www.mettastudents.org