Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 2: Rajkot - Rotary Club Projects

After an action packed first day in Rajkot, we started off our second day of the GSE program with visits to multiple projects completed by the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown and then spent the second half of the day with the Rotary Club of Rajkot.

The first stop of the day was the Rotary Dolls Museum. The concept was developed in 2001 when Rotarian Deepak Agrawal (current District 3060 Governor) reached out to Rotary Clubs around the world with a request for an ethnic doll reflecting some unique feature, culture or tradition of the place. The museum was constructed in 2004 and now houses over 1600 dolls from over 102 countries around the world. More details about this project can be found at http://www.rotary3060dolls.org/.

Dolls donated by the Rotary Club of Accra-Achimota in Ghana

Dolls donated by various Rotary Clubs in the United States

Dolls donated by various Rotary Clubs of England

The GSE Team and members of the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown in front of the  Rotary Dolls Museum

Our second stop of the morning was the Rotary Midtown Senior Citizens Park. The park serves as a gathering spot for senior citizens in the area that want to avoid the hustle and bustle of city streets and enjoy a multitude of activities at any time of the day.

Prakasam interviewing folks at the Rotary Midtown Senior Citizens Park
Our last stop before lunch was to the Rajkot Midtown Library, an english language library that provides internet access and over 20,000 books, magazines, periodicals, cds and dvds. There are many Gujarati libraries in the area so the contribution of an English language library serves a very special purpose. The team had a great time mingling with the staff and browsing through the library's catalog.

RC Midtown Club members Amit and Parag Mehta in front of the library

The library was in heavy use when we stopped by Sunday January 1st.

Ayo, browsing through some software related books.

Elliot, browsing through books in the library.

A couple members of the library using computers to browse content.

After lunch at Thakkar Restaurant, we met up with members of the Rotary Club of Rajkot. We relaxed at the home of Club President Pramay Chattra before heading out to view a park project that is currently in the works. We ended the night by attending a dinner at the beautiful Krirasara Palace. ( http://www.khirasarapalace.in)
Club President Pramay Chhatra showing Prakasam, Dana, and Jessica around the park project

The entrance to the Khirasara Palace

The GSE team along with RC Rajkot President Pramay Chhatra and Secretary Alkesh Gosalia before dinner at the Khirasara Palace

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