|The team, Rupin Valley 2013
|New reading glasses!
Our trip took us over the Chansal Pass to the remote villages of Dodra and Kwar in Himachal Pradesh, on the border of Uttarakhand, in India. The worst rains in 50 years cut short our clinic days as we evacuated our riverside campsite and moved to higher ground, gaining refuge at the home of a local teacher. Thanks to this wonderful family who welcomed our midnight visit as the river raged.
The doctors treated headaches, body aches, infections, cuts, and venereal disease. They gave referrals for more serious conditions and handed out reading glasses, antibiotics, vitamins, toothbrushes and tooth paste. In all, about 800 patients were seen over a dozen clinic days.
|On the road, before the rains.
|The Rupin River rages!
We also learn about ourselves: accomplishing a task with a team of people you've just met under circumstances where things like electricity, running water, proper toilets, and clean water may not exist can be challenging. So, the word 'exchange' perfectly describes, to me, an international humanitarian volunteer experience.
|Treating grandfather and his grandchild.
|Clinic in Dodra.
|Medical camp in Kwar, just before the rains.
|Tea shop owner, Kwar.
|Lunch break at camp. Before the evacuation!