In February I was Writer in Residence in Wells in the Cariboo. I used this time to work on the book I am writing about my experiences with Samuha in India. Title yet to be determined! There was a contingent of skiers from Prince George in Wells at the time […]

Writer In Residence at Wells, BC


In 2016 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of SODA. This included 20 years of fundraising in Prince George and further afield to support the disability program in South India. We have accomplished much during this time, including the establishment of an Early Intervention Centre for young children with disability as […]

New Year’s Message: Jan. 1, 2017


Time is winding down here. Only 1 more day at the project then should fly home on Friday, as long as Lufthansa isn’t still on strike then. This morning there was a small cobra near the mess, where we eat! Everyone was quite excited about it but I managed to […]

Blog From India: Nov. 30, 2016



Our days have been full and varied. We have just returned from a 2 day trip to Deodurg, 4 hours drive away, to where I originally volunteered in 1994. We stopped and visited several clients, some of whom I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. It was heart-warming to see […]

Blog From India: Nov. 25, 2016


The 2nd day here we went on a field visit to see a family. They literally lived in the fields, miles from the nearest road. There were goats tethered on their porch and bullocks resting peacefully under the large mango tree. The purpose of the visit was to see a […]

Blog From India: Nov. 18, 2016


We arrived here in Koppal this morning on the overnight train and had a lovely welcome from the Samuha staff at the station. It is lovely to be back here among old friends. I am here with Lesley and Dennis Schwab. After settling in, we visited the spinal cord injury […]

Blog From India: Nov. 17, 2016



SAMUHA Overseas Development Association (S.O.D.A.) PO Box 27, Summit Lake, BC V0J 2S0 November 2016 This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of SODA. This includes 20 years of fundraising in Prince George and further afield to support the disability program in South India. We have accomplished much during […]

2016 Update Letter



The new Samarthya website is up: www.samarthya.org They have an amazing new video about the SRC and it really showcases the new set up and how great the program is! http://samarthya.org/project/spinal-cord-rehabilitation-center/ Andrea

New Samarthya Website Now Online



We hope everyone is saving the date October 22nd for our annual fundraising dinner at the Hart Crown Banquet Hall with Dana Mandi’s delectable Indian food! There will be entertainment, a silent auction and Hilary’s slides showing the work in India. Please find the invitation on this website and book […]

SODA Update 2016