I can assure you one thing, the IBM Corporate Service Corps program is anything but relaxing.
On Sunday, we attended the World Sight Day event hosted by Sankara Eye Centre. The event took place at the biggest mall in Coimbatore, Brookefields. We were specifically invited to participate in the "Experience Blindness" event - as part of a group of 20 people we got blindfolded, mixed together, and had to form a circle without using our eyes. I felt quite helpless with no sight! Check out the press coverage:
|World Sight Day 2011.|
|At the summit!|
|Our sightseeing bus.|
|The guest house where we spent the night.|
|Guided walk in the jungle.|
|Inspecting a tea plantation.|
|There was about 20 centimeters of water in the streets.|
|Even my room, on the 2nd floor, got flooded. So, I had to make a dam.|
Yesterday, the highly respected ex-President, APJ Abdul Kalam, came to visit the Sankara Eye Center. We felt honored to get to meet a man of his caliber - as one out of 41 in the history, he has been awarded bharat ratna by the government of India. Everyone at the hospital was well prepared for his arrival, and there were police men all over the place. The ex-President addressed his speech to the youth, and how they will play a vital role in the eradication of curable blindness in the future.
|Excited about the visit from the Indian ex-President.|
|Ex-President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Dr. Ramani.|
Our project is moving toward its end. There is only a few days of work left. The design of the knowledge management system is about to be finalized. We have been able to identify an open source solution that will fulfill their needs. We are currently working out a detailed implementation plan for the hospital. In addition to this, we are preparing a presentation for the apex members (steering group) that will take place early next week.
|Enjoying our bus ride.|
|What a lovely cat!|
|The fruit market.|
|The pool, again.|