Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Great Distribution

Four days, roughly 2,500 people, and around 80 lakhs of goods were distributed this week.  If you are unfamiliar with lakhs, as I was when I arrived here, let me explain.  100,000 rupees equal one lakh.  44 rupees equals $1 … Continue reading

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Chirala – The Fisherman Community

This past week I went out to Chirala, which is along the coast and roughly an hour drive from Chilakaluripet.  Being mainly a fisherman community, and so close to the Bay of Bengal, the smell of fish permeates the air.  … Continue reading

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Medical Camp

This past week AMG put on a medical camp in a local slum community for the children and their families there.  It was hosted at a daycare center, that AMG also runs, providing free education to the children that would otherwise be … Continue reading

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Words are useless…

A picture can convey what words cannot.  The following photo is of a six year old boy I met while attending a rock quarry school.  He suffered 3rd degree burns on the lower half of his body.  He lost both his … Continue reading

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TB Hospital

 Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Airborne, acid-fast bacilli.  Lipid-rich cell wall.  Aerobic.  Can survive in a dry state for weeks.  Takes up residence in your lungs and multiples unchecked inside macrophages.  Approximately one-third of the world is said to be carrying TB, but not everyone is in the … Continue reading

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The Prosperity Gospel

For me, the prosperity gospel doesn’t mean a lot.  In other words, it does not change my faith.  I know that God is not going to give me a BMW just because I pray and ask Him for it.  But I … Continue reading

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Reunion

I apologize for the long absence.  I have spent the last several days traveling a lot, without much or any access to internet.  Monday, I drove all day to Chilakaluripet to the AMG Headquarters and main office.  What was supposed to be a 7 … Continue reading

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Unwanted

How do you change culture?  Can it start with one person?  How do you change the norms and values of millions of people without tearing apart who they they are?  Without  stripping them of their identity along the way? Some … Continue reading

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Slumdog

I feel that no matter how elaborate or detailed I write, words cannot capture the complete essence of India.  Words cannot give justice to poverty.  The dense population of people, cattle, and autos that crowd the streets is almost incomprehensible. … Continue reading

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Newsletter

With the whole Casey Anthony trial outcome I thought it only fitting that I would highlight what is going on in the news here in India… Personal Ads: Joy Friendship Club: Contact for friendship + enjoy with hiprofile female, college girl, housewife, … Continue reading

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