1. The National World War II Museum
Dedication in New Orleans
In honor of my wife Ginny’s father, who was a Bombardier in World War II over Europe, we dedicated a wing at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans in honor of Captain Charles Brennan. This exhibit space highlights the experience of our G.I.s and veterans during operations in Britain. Captain Brennan was a precision bombardier, a crew member of a bomber aircraft responsible for the targeting of aerial bombs. Captain Brennan flew on many sorties, dropping these precision guided bombs over Germany during WWII. He always said that he played his small part in helping the Allies win the war against the Nazis. His deep seated patriotism and Veteran status was always his pride. During his tour of duty in England, Captain Brennan met his bride, Christine, and the rest is history. They returned to the US after the war and he was assigned to various air-force bases in the U.S. He finally settled at the Chennault Airforce Base in Lake Charles, LA. We are all very proud of his commitment and service to our country.
2. Sponsoring a High School in Bombay
We all understand well the importance of education and what it can do for our children.
In 1991, the St Thomas Church in Santacruz (West), Bombay decided to start a school in one of the less fortunate areas of Bombay. What started out as 11 students in 1991 has blossomed to 1,876 children in 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way Ginny, Laura, Christina, and I have been very supportive of this project and have contributed to its ongoing expansion. At the present time, we have two teaching shifts: 7am-noon and 1pm-6pm to educate our children.
The needs for this school are numerous. Most of these children would have no place to study or go to school were it not for the tremendous efforts of the managing committee, head mistress, teaching staff, and support from members of the congregation, friends, and well wishers.
Recently, a two-story structure over recently acquired land adjacent to the school, with the ground level floor being a new entrance and hallway for the school. Above, an additional six classrooms were added to increase enrollment and decrease some of the congested classrooms.
Certainly any help from you would be much appreciated. If you would like more information on how you can join us in support of this project, please do not hesitate to Contact Me.
Update: January 2020
Ginny and I visited the school in January 2020 and what we saw was nothing short of spectacular. The school educates 1,876 students in two shifts; there is a morning and evening shift split evenly among the number of students. Additionally there is an adult education class, primarily adult women. To date, some of the school’s alumni have proceeded with obtaining CPAs, MBAs and so forth. Truly great news and a joyous visit indeed.
3. Urology Camps: India
For the past several years, I have worked with International Volunteers in Urology (IVU) to treat less fortunate urologically needy patients in different parts of the world. Specifically, I have been privileged to be part of urology camps in the Indian States of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. These have been in cities such as Udaipur, Ajmer, Beawar, as well as in Bhopal. In February, I was back in Ajmer with approximately 15-20 patients being operated every day for various urologic problems. A week per year is not much to give back, but we are happy with the opportunity to treat needy patients. The photographs are just a sample of our experience.
4. Dr. Raju Thomas, AUA-Endourology Fellow
This endowed account at the AUA funds a Fellowship Program in the U.S. for one or two year tenures. The application and Fellowship match process are as per AUA Fellowship guidelines. This competitive Fellowship funds research and enhances surgical skills in Endourology, Laparoscopy, and Robotic Surgery- enhancing the scope and message of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery.
The first Dr. Raju Thomas AUA Endourology Fellow trained under this program was:
5. Raju and Ginny Thomas World Endofund with the Endourological Society.
This endowed account with the Endourological Society is meant to spread the gospel of bringing Endourological skills to regions of the world which do not have such services to treat patients. These funds are administered as per the bylaws of the Endourological Society.
6. Raju and Ginny Thomas Endowed Chair in Urology.
This endowed chair at the Tulane University School of Medicine is established to name the next Chair of Urology. This fund is in the process of being funded.