Global Care

“Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.”- Phrase that hangs above a door in Mother Teresa’s Leprosorium in Tiigarth, India. Words attributed to Mohandas Gandhi

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India- Global Care

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INDIA

The Harley School continues to partner with the Vivekananda International Health Centre in Kolkata. This partnership began in 2005 and has led to the construction of a clinic and end-of-life care facility in Falta. Harley Hospice students visit Kolkata during their senior internships and provide care at Kalighat (Missionaries of Charity House for Dying & Destitute) and train local village residents to be healthcare workers. Fundraising and gathering of critically needed medical supplies for the needy in Kolkata take place throughout the academic year at Harley School. Indeed, one such fundraising event provided a young man in Falta to receive open-heart surgery. His recovery was 100%, and he was able to return to work as a construction laborer, supporting his wife and children. While in India, students live modestly and are immersed in the culture through rigorous work schedules. Meals are provided by families, and every effort is made to keep the human engagement authentic. In the words of one Harley Hospice student who journeyed to Kolkata:

The man was in terrible pain. After this ordeal, the man settled back down and I gave him some water and held his hand. I connected with him somehow, kind of like he gave me something of himself to carry with me always. He died that night and I will always remember how grateful he was for the smallest of comforts. I want to be a doctor, and the lessons of kindness I learned in Calcutta are more important than anything I will learn in medical school.”-Mac Inglis, Harley '07, University of Rochester

 

Falta Centre

 

BELIZE

Harley Hospice has partnered with Intervol for more than a decade, assisting them in their service through medical missions to Belize. Harley students focus on providing clinical assistance and Spanish translation assistance in the rural clinics outside of Dangriga, and they visit homes and the Southern Regional Hospital to provide comfort care to the terminally ill. Through this initiative, Harley students were able to bring a young Belizean girl to Rochester, NY, for extensive orthopedic surgery due to severe trauma from a motorbike accident. After many months of treatment, Wendy returned to Belize. Although she was told that she would never walk again without crutches, Wendy walked off the plane and into the arms of her waiting mother. Today, she attends a university in Mexico, and jogs daily!

Belize-Global Care

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