It is my duty and pleasure, Madam.

As a group, we have worked in many hospitals, in many countries.  We always receive a warm welcome, but sometimes there are underlying struggles to deal with the minutia of the locale.  A hospital administrator might insist on last minute hoops to jump through, or local staff might be promised to be available but they actually are not…lots of hurdles to face, problems to address, knock ’em down one by one and go forward.

Not at Sancheti Hospital.  From the elevator operator to Drs. Sancheti (senior and junior), everyone was ready, willing and able to make it work for the sake of the children.  The residents, the nurses, the guy who brings the tea…we were treated with the utmost care.  I could get used to that!  I think we all could!

When saying goodbye to a volunteer from the BJS, I thanked him for all his hard work.  He replied, “It is my duty and pleasure to serve you, Madam.” Well!  Who can argue with that!  The BJS is doing wonderful work, especially with orphans of farmer suicides and empowerment of girls.  I’m honored that they were on board for this mission and hope to work with them going forward.  Some of the orphans need speech therapy…we will see where life takes us…”Shari Doctor” and “Helen Doctor” have a lot to think about.


About Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz

Shari is a speech language pathologist and assistant professor of communication disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
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