My first trip is not to Africa now, that is on hold for a bit, but I am heading off to Delhi and Kathmandu on the 24th! I decided that I just really need to get the ball rolling, so I emailed Alina Pawlowska at the UICC and asked her for some contacts in India and Nepal.
I have been in contact with both the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute http://rgci.org/ and the Dharamshila Cancer Hospital http://www.dhrc.in/ in Delhi and have meetings set up with them for the day after I arrive. I have also been talking to the program officer for the Nepal Cancer Relief Society http://www.ncrs.org.np/ in Kathmandu, Ms. Shakti Gurung. She is trying to find women who would be interested and able to work on the project, but communication there is a bit difficult and takes time. I am hoping that it pulls together in the next couple of weeks or I may change my plan and stay longer in India and lessen my time in Nepal.
Work here has been crazy busy for me, which is great, but I feel like a crazy person between shooting, retouching, doing production on new jobs, getting visas, extra pages put into my passport, coordinating all the necessary travel arrangements, trying to set up meetings with doctors and interviews and photo sessions! I hope I can keep up this pace! But it is all so exciting that I am enjoying every second of it! Thank God for BA and business class at least I will finally get some rest on the plane!
This trip is really going to set the tone for what this project will ultimately become, and I am so nervous and excited about it. But I have a great feeling in my gut, that this is all good and right, and that everything will work out. It is all so big and thrilling and wonderful, it's so hard to describe, but for me it feels like I am 21 and just starting out on my career. I have that same excitement and enthusiasm, but also all the knowledge, wisdom, and skill that I have acquired over the last 25 years. It is an amazing road that my life is taking right now, and every day I am so thankful for it!