Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter) and Chelsa Green (Recreation Therapist) have teamed up to cover a third position of Ward Coordinator, keeping track of our patients in the hospital from check-in through discharge. The patients have been busy coloring, doing puzzles and fingerweaving bracelets.
Back home, they are active members of their respective Rotaract Clubs (District 5130), Rotary organizations for 18 – 30 year olds. Chelsa is the Fundraising Chair of the Lost Coast Chapter; Sophie is President of the North Bay Chapter. Both are very active in their organizations with professional development, community and international service projects, and partnering with Rotary Clubs for their events.
Brian Walker, our Mission Director, contacted Erin Dunn, past 5130 District Governor regarding Rotaract members participating in our Rotaplast missions. Sophie and Chelsa applied and are valued members of our team. Chelsa hopes to go on another mission with Rotaplast in the future after she attends nursing school.
Alok Kumar met us at the airport in New Dehli, and escorts us everywhere we go (making sure we don’t get lost). He has worked with Cal India Tours & Travel as a tour manager and escort for five years. Family is extremely important to Alok. He has three sisters and lives in the multi-generational home his family has lived in for 160 years.
On Day One, Clinic Day, when we were short on interpreters, Alok jumped right in with patient intake, interviewing patients, facilitating conversations between patients and the medical team, and controlling patient flow. He continues to register patients and translates whenever needed. His English, self-taught, is very good.
Alok says we are unlike any group he has worked with. His philosophy is to learn something new everyday, and he has learned many things from us. It’s been a good experience for him. He thinks we are all charming, and loves us all. The feeling is mutual. Alok is an invaluable member of Team Agra. We are so lucky to have him with us.