Dr. Subbarao and Olga Yarlagadda presented the vision for Menno-Clinic, India to the Emma Mennonite congregation in 1995. They desired to fulfill a dream to to help improve the lives of those in their native India. Menno-Clinic, India is an affordable medical clinic in the village of Chiluvuru, Andhra Pradesh, India, the “hometown” of Olga. Olga donated the home and property she inherited from her family for the medical clinic. Another parcel of ground adjoining the property of the Yarlagadda’s was purchased for the eye clinic building.
The people of Chiluvuru and surrounding areas use the clinic for services. A group representing the clinic was in Chiluvuru in January, 1997, and met with the village elders as well as leaders of some of the other “religious bodies” to receive their approval and blessing for this Christian clinic to be built in their village. The plan for building a clinic was warmly received. Since then, the clinic includes two buildings and two parcels of land used for vegetable gardens.
In the twenty years since the idea for the clinic first materialized, it has grown to serve a daily average of 40-50 clients in the medical clinic, 30-40 clients in the dental clinic, six days a week, and 8 cataract surgeries a week, one day a week. The clinic provides blood tests, pregnancy services, and HIV tests, along with a needed prescription medications. All medical services are low cost to the clients. Eye exams and cataract surgeries are free to the patients, but subsidized by donations and financial supporters. We have a church that meets twice a week in the Lambright Chapel in the medical building.
We invite you to join us in this vital ministry in Chiluvuru, India. To become a monthly or one-time donor, click the “Donate” link in the menu tab. A donation of $100 pays for one cataract surgery, but as little as $20 provides essential services to the most needy.
“…as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 RSV