876 Trout Creek Dr.
Oneida, WI 54155
2912 South Lake Dr.
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Anna received her Bachelorís of Science in Genetics at the University of Wisconsin Madison and has just finished her first year of medical school at the UW Madison Medical School. Nicholas received Bachelorís of Arts in Religion at Davidson College and has just finished his first year of medical school at University of Washington.
Before we began our volunteer project we had some skepticism about the transparency of project operations. However, Surendra cast aside our doubt immediately. He relentlessly spoke of his grassroots approach to working in villages. After visiting the village on the first day the interaction between Surendra and the village leaders demonstrated a strongly forged trust. The villagerís confidence in his work reflected a storied history between the Marwar project and vishnoi villages. His connection to the villages allowed us to relate to the people frankly.
The Project Work :
We helped paint the village temple and meeting hall, built stoves and taught the local school children. Additionally, we both attend medical school and Surendra arranged for us to shadow a primary care physician and general surgeon in a government hospital. He also arranged for us to observe the operations in a private hospital so we could contrast and compare the public and private medical system. Surendra was flexible and pursued activities that suited our interests.
The accommodations were comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated. The friendly staff catered to our requests even before we made them. All in all, this experience added a perspective to how we understand India that would have been lost on us otherwise. It was informative to accompany a well organized and efficient NGO. In our opinion, this is a rare find in the developing world.