In Pictures: Community Service Projects in My Parents' Villages in India

        The following pictures tell the story of a collaborative community service project that my family friends and I discussed and undertook with the help of relatives, elders and officials to improve healthcare for schoolchildren and families in my parents' villages in India. My heartfelt gratitude to my close family friends Mrs. Rokkam Padma (who first expressed the desire to do something of this nature), her husband Mr. Atchuta Varma, Mr. Rokkam Tata Rao Tatayya (Padma's father), Mrs. Rokkam Saraswati Ammamma (Padma's mother) and Raja (Padma's brother), for all their hard work and planning (they all did the bulk of the work), and also to my aunt Mrs. Pallikonda Janaki Amma (for her copy of my memoir about my father), Panchayati President Mr. Ananda Rao (for presiding at the function in my father's village), my father's childhood friend Dr. Bhimanna (for speaking at the function), and all others who helped, in various ways, to make the beautiful, meaningful and wonderful community service projects possible! They are events that I will cherish for life, and are what none of us could have imagined we would have made possible together.

Father's Village (at the elementary school that my father had attended, where Mr. Tata Rao and Mrs. Saraswati's daughter Padma was now teaching)

Mother's Village (at the church that Dr. Irene Leeser, a Christian missionary – and former Jew who escaped the Holocaust in Germany – built in addition to a women and children's hospital decades ago, which Mr. R. Tata Rao is now caretaker of; Mr. Tata Rao has also been offering free homeopathy medicines and treatment to villagers for the past several decades out of a room that he converted into a clinic inside his own home):

(The late Dr. Irene Leeser in 2012 when I met her):

(Mr. and Mrs. Tata Rao with youngest son Raja in Mr. Tata Rao's free homeopathy clinic located inside his home):

(Mr. Tata Rao's home with the free homeopathy clinic):