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Oklahoma City Council member Meg Salyer sees helping hands on trip to India, Nepal

Meg Salyer, an Oklahoma City council member, says her trip with a Rotary International group demonstrated the good that small groups of people can do for those living in poverty in India and Nepal.
by William Crum Modified: March 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013

Meg Salyer has seen the good small groups of people can do for those living in poverty.

Back in Oklahoma City after a monthlong trip to India and Nepal with Rotary International, the city council member is working to link local experts with people serving the needy.

“Small groups of people with means and resources really are making a difference in some of these really impoverished communities,” she said.

Salyer said her group arrived in India in time for activities associated with the Polio National Immunization Day. One of Rotary's missions is eradication of polio; UNICEF reported India had a goal of immunizing 180 million children this year.

The last case of polio reported in India was a child paralyzed by the disease in 2011. The country is on the verge of being declared polio-free by world health authorities.

Clubs join forces

Salyer's group also met with Rotary clubs in Delhi, the capital region, where local clubs sponsor five schools supported by Rotary. The cost to run an entire school for a year is $2,000, she said.

Salyer said she saw a Delhi Rotary club distribute donated wheelchairs, including one that went to a 17-year-old girl whose mother carried her to the donation center.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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