Mary and I returned last month from India after a successful humanitarian outreach program of Samarpan in India. Although the trip was tiresome, we felt a special sense of protection because we traveled almost to the other side of the world, 20 hours of a airplane ride, and made it through the crowded streets of India. There had to be a providential power guiding us. Without any struggles or hindrance we are back to our regular work with good health and spirit. We want to thank you very specially for your support and prayers for Samarpan’s projects.
We guess that you would like to know more about the events and projects we addressed during this trip.
1. We planned three special medical clinics while we were in India. We met with three of Samarpan’s doctors and attended their clinics: the general medical clinic, eye clinic, and dental clinic. These clinics are going on with much care and support.
2. The new project was initiated because of the results of our informal study to start a meal program. The study showed the special needs for the vulnerable members of the community. There are many elders in the locality who have no family support or any financial means to have food day by day. Some of the illnesses are due to lack of proper nutrition. We understood that these people not only need medical interventions but also nutritional assistance.
3. Though our staff cannot prepare meals we came up with a simple and at the same time highly nutritious meals without much labor, preparation, and refrigeration: boiled eggs, bread, and bananas. The official meal program was started on January 2, 2014. Both of us and our staff ate the same food with twenty eight people at the clinic. The people who could not come to the clinic had the meals delivered to their homes. These people are basically bed ridden. We will give these meals every Thursday and they will be able to stretch it to use for 3-4 days. It’s unbelievable. There were some of these people that took Mary’s hand and just cried with such gratitude. They have almost nothing to eat and no one to help them.
4. When our diocesan bishop heard about the meal program, he came to our clinic. He thanked us and said that he would like to add some more names to the list of people to be included in the meal program.
5. In front of the clinic there is a community who has to use a steep climb to reach to a common road. During night and rainy days people continue to fall as they climb this steep area. Children and elderly are more vulnerable. Therefore, we decided to fund the repair to this and make the climb secure and permanent for the community.
Please find some enclosed pictures. Thank you again for your unconditional support to Samarpan and happy New Year.
With much gratitude and abundant blessings,
Alex and Mary
Thursday’s Meal Program January 2, 2014:
After the meal. 85 year old Mrs. Chandrika wants a picture with us:
Nurse prepares for immunization at Samarpan:
On January 3, Aleena gave us a visit:
Family members bring children to Samarpan:
Road construction began Jan. 6: