Clinic Blog: 2011 India 4 Clinic Blog
November 8, 2011
Putting Things Into Perspective
Yesterday, our team learned about a little thing the locals call IST, or India Standard Time. Basically, it meant that our 10:30am bus ride to the New Delhi airport to make our 2pm flight to Jodhpur didn't happen until 12:30pm. After arriving at the plane gate right before it closed (and leaving our team member Ali behind briefly due to a ticketing issue), we made it to Jodhpur.
For those of you that don't know, we are staying at the Water Habitat Retreat in Jodhpur. The grounds and buildings are absolutely breathtaking and everything seemed completely surreal. Our travel-weary team settled into the dining hall for orientation, unsure of what to expect.
Orientation began with a video clip of the history of the area we are holding clinic in and the location where we were residing for our trip. The Water Habitat Retreat is not just a beautiful building. It is actually a water harvesting hub for the Marwar Desert Area of India (where Jodhpur is located). The Marwar is also known as "the land of death". Residents see little to no rain annually. Women spend over half of their day collecting water, and children are forced to help which leaves no time for education. The video clip showed various photos of the residents that we will be helping on our mission and the extreme conditions that they live in. We saw young children scooping filthy water with their hands into a collection bucket and women drawing water from a well that is nearly empty. Thankfully, the Water Habitat Retreat and their ingenious method of collecting and filtering water is helping to alleviate the stress of living a life with no water for many. Check out their website at http://waterhabitatretreat.org.
Until seeing the faces of the residents we will be helping give the gift of sight to, our journey has consisted of hotel mixups, bus delays, and long, tiring flights. The video of the work that the Water Habitat Retreat is doing to help Jodhpur's residents really put into perspective the mission that we are here to accomplish and helped ready our hearts to meet the people of Jodhpur. Our first mission day is tomorrow, so tune back in for some stories-there are sure to be many!