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The National World War II Museum Dedication

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.

As an aside, this is also where Ginny’s father met her mother… and the rest is history.

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 1,674 children in 2016. 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-12 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-storey structure over recently acquired land adjacent to the school, with the ground level floor being a new entrance and hallway for the school. Above these plans are to build an additional six classrooms 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: February 2016

Ginny and I visited the school in February 2016 and what we saw was nothing short of spectacular. The school educates 1674 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.

 

Urology Camps: India, February 2016

For the past several years, I have worked with international volunteer sin urology (IBU) 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 Rajasthan. 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 patients. The photographs are just a sample of our experience.