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South Georgians help in hospital in India

March 1- Jan Rodd has never missed a trip to the Church of South India Hospital.

She just returned from her 13th trip.

"It was a dying hospital and we've kind help to revive it over time," she said.

They revived it just in time, because since the tsunami hit South Aisa on December 26th, the hospital has opened clinics in some of the hardest hit areas.

"And they see about 150 to 180 patients a day there."

On her 10-day trip, Rodd got to travel to the coast to see the devastation for herself.

"Homes that had been four and five deep back from the beach were just totally missing."

Homes that she had seen with her own eyes before.

"That's when you really get the big impact. Is that it totally washed things completely away."

The people left are living in emergency shelters, waiting on trucks to deliver fresh water and food and remembering the ones who were lost on message boards. Toppled boats are what's left of the way many people once made their living.

"But for the small, but really poor fellow, his boat, when he lost it, he just lost his livelihood."

Right now, work in these countries centers around making sure people have enough to eat, somewhere to stay and proper medical treatment. Treatment that often comes from people like Rodd.

"I like to work with the poor. And this has been an opportunity for us over the many years to actually work with the poorest of the poor."

The poorest of the poor who are trying to survive some of the world's worst devastation.

posted by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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