A sustainable space for widows in rural Andhra Pradesh, India

Board of Directors


Hanna with two widows in Andhra Pradesh, 2012

Hanna Blaney, B.A.
President & Founder

MD/MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, expected 2018
B.A. Biology, Reed College 2011
Researched knowledge, beliefs, and practices around menstruation and feminine hygiene in 2015
School of Medicine Global Health Elective, 2014-2015
Systematically interviewed 111 widows and 34 Community Health Workers in rural Andhra Pradesh about their lives, experiences as widows, and mental health, 2012



George (right) with Sagar near Muthylpadu Village in Andhra Pradesh, India

George W. Feldman, M.D., F.A.C.P.

MD degree, University of Michigan 1972
Internal Medicine Residency, OHSU completed 1975
Board Certified Internal Medicine (1975) and Critical Care Medicine (1989)
Physician, Internal Medicine and Critical Care, Kaiser Portland, Or. 1975-present
Director: Kaiser affiliated OHSU Internal Medicine Residency, 1989-2004
Volunteer: Essential Health Clinic (Washington County) and Wallace Medical ConcernĀ current board member, Multnomah County Library Citizens’ Advisory Board


"Ginny" in India

“Ginny” in India

Virginia Feldman, M.D.

Pediatric Residency Oregon Health Science University, 1975.
Pediatrician since then with Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland, OR
International medical work, leading teams and/or clinical studies on 10 projects in 6 countries over the last 29 years
Involved with B.I.R.D.S Organization in Andhra Pradesh since 2001
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, OHSU
Married 41 years to Dr. George Feldman; 3 children


Mostafa hiking in Colorado.

Mostafa hiking in Colorado.

Mostafa Ahmed, M.D.
Program Development

Otolaryngology Resident at Brooke Army Medical Center
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, 2012
Washington University, 2008
Research is a passion of mine and I am particularly motivated by working at the population level. Shelter has allowed me to stay committed to working global health initiatives in India that improve the health of communities that are otherwise marginalized in efficient and effective ways.