Posted on behalf of Nancy Barbee, who arrived in India yesterday
As a child, I received the
polio vaccine on a lump of sugar. It would be almost fifty years later
before the realization would set in that I was one of the lucky ones! I
would not get polio because I received the vaccine!
A personal journey led me to India for the first time in 2001. During
that journey polio raised its ugly head and made me see it was alive and
well in the world! I made a vow to help end polio and take Rotarians to
India to see the work going on there.
India calls you like no other place on Earth! In spite of the
overwhelming population and their extreme poverty, the people are happy
with what they have and appreciative of everything that is done for
them! Parents that exist on $2.00 a day, bend to touch your feet to show
their gratitude because a Global Grant had helped with a heart surgery
and saved their child's life. Girls continue in school after puberty
because toilets were installed and now they have a place of privacy to
use the toilet! A village has clean drinking water because a new well
has been dug and a sanitation system has been installed! Another Happy
School with e-learning and a library has been built!
And YES, polio has even been eradicated in India for six years and it is because of ROTARIANS!
It is my honor to lead a National Immunization Day for the ninth time to India! Nineteen
Dedicated Rotarians from 13 states and 3 Zones will meet me on January
19th as we begin our time together visiting WHO, Polio Plus, UNICEF, and
the Rotary Foundation Southeast Asia Office and many sites around
Delhi! Onwards to Saint Teresa's Mission of Charity in Kolkatta
and Rotary Projects followed by home stays in the coal mining city of
On January 29th, we will drop those two precious drops and dedicate them
to those who were not as lucky as I. Those who suffer from Post Polio
This is reality in India! We will end it in the world and we won't stop until we do!
Took the train to Jamshedpur
from Kolkata yesterday to visit a school project! My club and
Jamshedpur West did a Rotary Foundation Global Grant for water well and sanitation project!
I couldn't keep up with this guy carrying my luggage!