Carol Jordan and David Hawkin visited the South Indian State of Kerala in the second half of January 2013 as part of a 34 strong Rotarian team, mainly from Yorkshire, to take part in the National immunization Day. They joined Rotarians in Cochin immunising thousands of children under the age of five with two drops of life saving Polio vaccine.
The group also toured local projects supported by Rotary Clubs in Kerala where they were generously hosted by many Rotarians from various clubs. The Cochin Airport club set the scene by offering us a warm welcome. This was followed by a number of tours, discussions and meetings with members of various clubs.
The first project we visited was jointly run by the Rotary Cochin Harbour and India Medical Association; an alcohol De Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre. Later we visited a Government run General Hospital in Ernakulam, here local Rotary clubs in Cochin had sponsored a whole cancer ward in the hospital and a Telemedicine Project.
The Cochin Vypin Rotary Club is determined to address the challenge of ‘open toiletting’ by a sustainable project in collaboration with the local authority. Vypin beach is a beauty spot and is beginning to attract hundreds of visitors. They have been given a piece of land for the construction of a set of public toilets.
The Rotarians visited the Hope Community Centre, its administrator explained ‘There are many children in this area who are unable to live with their parents, this is their home. The Centre has excellent facilities and receives good support from the UK – Rotary clubs in Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, and Claycross.
The Alleppey East Club’s new drinking water project provides safe drinking water (1500L) to 200 families in a poor area. The club has handed over the day to day running of the project to a Rotary Community Corps. The Club wants to start a new drinking water project in another poor area and start a new RCC there.
The Cochin Airport club explained their ‘bring a smile’ project which gives disabled children a flight in an aeroplane. They are able to get sponsorship for this annual project from airlines.
The Rotary Club of Roundhay hopes to support two of these projects in conjunction with a District Grant. Our Bollywood Evening on Saturday 26th October with wonderful Indian Cuisine and Dancing raised £1400 for them.