Last week, Dr. Radhika Dhamija, a Carmel Convent School graduate herself who went on to attend All India Institute of Medical Sciences (one of India's most prestigious and selective medical schools) and is now a Mayo Clinic trained Pediatric Neurologist and Medical Geneticist, recently had the chance to visit our students. Here's what she had to say:

I first met John as a Mayo Medical Student when I was teaching a genetics class. He asked me where I was from and when I told him India, he got excited! At that point, I had no clue that he knew so much about India…and was helping so many people. I got to know about his work and ‘Squalor to Scholar’ and feel so proud that I know him in person. His work truly touched me and I decided to be a sponsor. What is more incredible is that I went to a Carmel Convent School [Chandigarh, India] too and so I know what great education he and his team are providing to these children.

I think at some point I told him that next time I go to India I would like to visit his school and so I did :) Even though it was a brief visit and arranged really at the last minute (thanks to him and his team), it was extremely fruitful. It was so nice to see all the children in person. I had seen many of them through their website and FB posts. Their local support, Mamta, was the sweetest person to meet. What an incredible story...she told me all about how she got involved with helping children from slums. She walked me to the school, introduced me to the principal and we went to each class. It was heartwarming to see the kids from the slums sitting with the more fortunate kids in the same class and getting the highest quality education. The kids would light up and cheer when Mamta would tell them I worked with John and once taught John! They all had a message for John bhaiya.. Just shows what an incredible person he has been for them and how much all of them love him.
I would like to thank ‘Squalor to Scholar’ for giving me this opportunity to be a sponsor. Keep up the great work!!