I have just returned from a week in Udaipur and this is how the hospital looks. India is currently in the grip of much-needed monsoon rains, so work on site has been considerably slowed down by the weather. But work continues on the interior.
We have water and electricity and work is now concentrating on the interior, where walls are being plastered and floors laid (above). I spent much of the week on site helping with interior plans and looking at furnishings and the plan is to open the hospital when the monsoon rains are over. We are also deciding how to best use the land adjacent to the building and at the moment the plan is to have a medicinal garden on site.
We said a big welcome to our first "Gap Year" helper, Bertie Hamilton from Canford School in the UK (above). He is helping me to set up a programme for 2011, for students planning to visit India in their year off between school and college. Bertie remains in India looking at the options and we hope to announce an India Gap Year programme later in the year. We are looking at volunteer options in Udaipur, Jaipur and Goa, so that students will be able to combine different work experience options within India. More on this in the next couple of months. If you are interested, please mail me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.