Lisa Adamson, RN
In the mornings here in Sundarnagar I find myself sitting on the balcony of our Indian home. We are surrounded by beautiful green mountains and most mornings the sky is a beautiful blue. In the far distance you can see the snow covered high peaks of the Himalayas. The peace and tranquility is broken as 22 excited YMAD teens explode from their rooms in an excited frenzy to load the SUV's and head out to teach the children in the village schools. The journey takes them up narrow winding roads through the mountains. When they reach the schools they are met by groups of adorable, happy children. At first the children were apprehensive and didn't know quite what to expect, but that quickly passed. Our teens are doing their best to make a difference in the lives of these children. I want all of the families of these teens to know that they are healthy and happy. I had the opportunity to be with one of the village teams the first day and was very impressed with their efforts. The last 2 days I have had the opportunity to travel with Jodee and our awesome interpreter to some villages to teach the midwives how to better help babies that struggle to breathe at birth. It has been an eye opening experience. We have been amazed at some of the things that are practiced, like blowing in the baby's ear to help them breathe. Hopefully we have been able to give them a few better ideas. These women are very kind and gracious and seem happy to have us there. Over all, these women do an amazing job with their limited resources. I look forward to going again to the village schools with our awesome teens and seeing the progress that is being made. Every night we meet together and share our highs and lows for the day. The majority of the highs come from being with the girls in the deaf/blind school. Most of the kids have a hard time coming up with a low. This is an amazing experience for them. To my family back home, thank you for all of your support so I could have this experience. I love you all and miss you. India is a place of stark contrasts. While it is probably one of the most beautiful places I have seen, it is also the dirtiest. The people here are gracious but they live in horrible circumstances. It really makes you grateful for all of the blessings in your life. See you all next week.