Carol, Vasanth, McGraths and Cunninghams? – morning walk in the
village outside the GRT Temple Bay beach resort – bullocks,
flower and fruit stalls, community water pump.
Depart for Pondicherry
Lunch with PDG Nagaraj
Hospital and Night Shelter
Sidewalk lined with hundreds and hundreds of
family members outside the 800-bed hospital that provides free
services to the impoverished. Rotary donated a mammography
machine – they see 68 cases/day – all referrals because of
problems. Many of the women are uneducated and from rural
areas. This clinic is seeing younger and younger women with
breast cancer, but they don’t yet have any theories as to
cause. The hospital doesn’t have a biopsy system. Hospital is
also a teaching facility.
Local Rotarians built a night shelter to provide
a place for sleeping, bathing and eating for families of
hospital patients. Otherwise, the families would be sleeping in
the streets. It costs 2 Rupees/day and houses 700 families each
Founded and operated by an India woman from the
U.K. (name??). School is for 300 students ages 3-8 from
impoverished and fishermen’s families in the Kottakoppam
village. It is well furnished, including computers and library
books donated by Rotary.
General note – according to the professor, Tamil
Nadu has a literacy rate of about 75%.
Quick walk in the heart of Pondicherry –
Blessing by the elephant in front of the temple
Dinner with 8 Rotary clubs of Pondicherry