More than five years ago, a client of mine who is a physician introduced me to Dr. Abul Sharah, who retired early from corporate life in Minnesota in 1999 and founded the International Village Clinic (IVC). I learned that Abul had been born a fatherless, impoverished boy in Uttar Pradesh, India’s poorest province. By chance, brains, and hard work, he got an education and rose to senior engineering and marketing positions at Honeywell and MTS Systems over a 27-year career.
In 1996, while on a business trip to Calcutta, India, Abul scheduled in time for a visit to Mother Theresa’s Home for Dying Destitutes. By coincidence, he arrived at the hour when the nun received visitors. After learning of his humble Indian roots and success in the United States, Mother Theresa urged Abul to pursue a mission of “love and human service.” After retirement, he returned to the poor villages of Uttar Pradesh - where he was born - in northern India, to help establish a medical clinic, create nutrition, vaccination and health education programs, and employ qualified medical personnel in an area where illiteracy and disease are rampant.