Hemalkasa, Exemplary Rural Healthcare & Life Journey of Dr Amte

My sister and I reached our 5 AM flight on time thanks to the graciousness of my Uncle and Aunt. We walked out to the pickup area, and realized we had no way to contact our driver to Hemalkasa because our cell phone had no credit on it. Relieved to know our trip was off to an auspicious start, I started a search of the airport premises looking for a pay phone of sorts. My …

Jaipur Foot Camp: Eyewitness Report

Jaipur Foot Camp January 6, 2013 Rajkot, India Eyewitness Report by Bhupen Mehta for the Indians for Collective Action (ICA) donors Prepared on Feb 20, 2013   ICA has been co-sponsoring Jaipur Foot (JF) camp in Rajkot for last six years with local support and excellent help provided by Shri Naginbhai Jagada and the volunteers from the local chapter of Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP). The January 6, 2013 camp was meticulously organized by the local …

Youth Journey: Service to Baba Amte Health Camp in Hemalkasa

I need to start with a little bit of structure before diving into our trip. I am a firm believer that every story deserves a background, in order to give the reader some sort of context when understanding the story. So I wanted to make this first blog post an introduction about where we were going, who I am, and a little bit about my pre-travel idiocracy. Lok Biradari Prakalp was founded in 1973 by …

InSPIRE 2013 – Connect with India this Summer

InSPIRE 2013 Summer Youth Program … It’s on! InSPIRE 2013 Youth Summer Program | on behalf of Indians for Collective Action Dear Friends, What are some of the youth you know doing this summer? How about something meaningful in India? InSPIRE – Indian Summer Program Inspiring Reflective Exploration QUESTION your assumptions. EXPLORE your values. CONNECT to your roots. RELATE to humanity. LIVE what you believe. InSPIRE Yourself. Spread the word to a young person you …

What we Eat vs. How we Cook it: A Report from the Field

Climate Healers‘ mission is to facilitate reforestation around the world so that carbon cycle imbalances due to human activities can be reversed.  The ultimate objective is to draw down the Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere to levels conducive to the well-being of ecosystems and therefore, human beings, around the world. Reforestation is the primary means available to achieve this carbon draw down, as it is estimated that even if humans stopped deforesting today, half …

An Evening with Author of Carbon Dharma and Reflections from IDC friends

Dear Hetal and Unmesh Most social gatherings do not leave any lasting impact on mind. Only once in a while we come across some one like Sailesh Rao who does not hesitate to take the listeners through all ups and downs of his adventurous journey in life. We build a closely knit community only when we have opportunities to learn from each others experiences rather than depending on our selfish pursuits. Thanks dear Unmesh and …

Quality Assurance and Project Log/Journal April 21 – 25

We need to make sure that we have a good product, but also recognize that the product will have problems outside of the laboratory. Field conditions will provide constant stress on the product, so we need to develop a dynamic process to address those problems. This will be done in the form of a written manual and training for a few members. This allows for repairs to be done locally. If problems cannot be resolved …

New Programs in 2012: Development Through Innovation

On March 13, we are inaugurating our monthly “India Development Circle” series. Modeled after Wednesdays, we will start with an hour of silent meditation, then invite an inspiring guest speaker to share their insights on development in India, and end with some dinner. Our first guest speaker is Pavi Mehta, author of Infinite Vision which tells the remarkable story of how Dr. V revolutionized the eye-care industry. Please read more about event and RSVP here. ICA …

Building Bridges For Social Transformation

Unmesh Sheth My father, and first mentor, impacted me greatly. He gave to not only me, but to the people of Gujarat, India through  the immeasurable daily gifts of knowledge and social uplifting. He gave to me the lasting gift of courage to follow my passion instead of a “corporate mirage.” He was the first hero in my life. His wisdom led me to my other mentor, and hero, Indians For Collective Actions (ICA) which …