Update from the India folks…
Last Tuesday Paul and Emily had the opportunity to accompany a medical team from the Pasam Trust –in hospital (a local charity hospital) down to the plains, where they ran a walk in clinic and massive propaganda program for an upcoming free plastic surgery program that they will be hosting. We went to a nearby city that was having a festival in celebration of the hindu god, Murugan.
The Hindu festival was extremely colorful- people where wearing a variety of bright clothes, feathers, ornaments, etc. and often had some paint or other decoration on their faces.
This young girl was balancing on a rope along the road all day long.
Many people had shaved their heads, and donated the hair to the temple of Murugan. They then painted their bald heads yellow/orange to indicate what had happened.
The Pasam doctors and nurses saw patients with basic complaints and distributed medicines. They also handed out hundreds of pamphlets about the plastic surgery clinic (a free service provided by German doctors for burn victims). A youtube video about Pasam can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_daIgCJOoc