It’s that time of year again! In recent years, I have become very invested in giving back to the global community through service trips throughout the world. In 2010, I traveled to India with Rotary’s End Polio Now initiative, and was given the opportunity to immunize children in rural India against Polio. I am in awe of Rotary’s tremendous efforts to eradicate polio.
In 2011, I traveled to Nicaragua with a group of Rotarian medical and dental professionals. Throughout our trip, we provided medical and dental services to the community of Chinandega. The people of Chinandega captured my heart and I was honored to be able to contribute to their well-being in some small way through provision of dental services. These people literally live in and derive their livelihood from a local dump. Learn more about them here – I am sure they will capture your heart, too! http://childrenofthedump.org/
I am excited to return to Nicaragua in 3 weeks for our 2012 visit. I look forward to reconnecting with the many special people that call Chinandega home. And I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the global community thanks to the dental clinic Michigan Rotary Clubs have set up in this Nicaraguan village. I am proud to bring my wife and some staff members along on this exciting and humbling journey! I look forward to sharing my stories with you in the coming months.