Polio National Immunization Day 2016
 
I had the honor of traveling to India on a Polio National Immunization day to represent the Rotary Club of the Five Cities Eco.  It was an experience of a life time.  I had the pleasure of staying with my host family Arun and Seema Jain in the village of Hathras.  This trip was to support the many women in the villages who everyday are out there making sure every child gets the polio vaccine.  To give the drops to a child yourself is an unbelievable experience.  You know that child will never have polio. 
 
We visited the poorest villages in Hathras with no running water, toilets or sewer.  We visited several hospitals and we are so fortunate to have the great medical facilities available to us.  The highlight of the trip was a visit to St. Thomas hospital where Dr. Varasi does the corrective surgery.  In India if you have polio you are an outcast.  After these amazing surgeries they can return to a normal life, get married and have children.  The doctors I met are so dedicated and doing as many as fourteen surgeries a day.  The people are so grateful for everything they have and everything that is done for them.  India has a lot of poverty and yet the people are amazingly kind hearted.  They love their families and make sure they are all provided for as best they can.  We also visited land marks like the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and several temples
 
This was a life changing experience and I’m so thankful I was able to participate. If ever given the opportunity to travel on one of these Rotary projects do so.  You will be blessed beyond your imagination.