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(KSL News) Nineteen teenagers from four Salt Lake City high schools left on a humanitarian mission tonight.
They belong to a group called "Youth Making a Difference" and are headed to the remote town of Chamba, in northern India. The teens will be working with extremely poor children at orphanages.
This is the second Y-MAD trip to India. The first group came back in the Christmas season and had forgotten how commercial it has become.
JoDee Baird, director of Youth Making a Difference, said, "Would you just take the money you'd give me for Christmas and use it for surgeons to help this little boy get his cataracts fixed? Or, would you use the money for something that makes a difference? Their whole perspective on life changed."
The students have been working on this trip for a year now and already have raised more than $350,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to help the children of India.