Chai Pani is proud to partner with Meher Fund to host a fundraising dinner and raffle for Meher Free Dispensary, a free medical clinic in rural Maharastra, India. The clinic is in chief chaiwallah Meherwan Irani's home town of Ahmednagar, and is dear to our hearts here at Chai Pani. Our chef de cuisine, Daniel Peach, is fresh back from two months in India, and will be offering a four-course meal highlighting the vibrant, tropical cuisine of Maharastra state. Select wine, beer, and house cocktail included. Vegetarian options available upon request.
Dinner ticket purchase also includes five raffle tickets. Raffle winners will be announced at the event. Prizes include:
- a private dinner party for up to ten guests at a location of your choosing, cooked by Daniel Peach
- a pani puri walla for your cocktail hour
- a photo by Mehera Kleiner (the photographer whose work graces our walls)
- a year of free chai from Chai Pani
- art, services, and more!
Raffle tickets can also be purchased at Chai Pani up until the night of the event. 100% of raffle ticket purchases go directly to the dispensary.
The Meher Free Dispensary, in operation since 1970, treats over 100 patients per day for free. Patients often travel over 75km for treatment. Eschewing many of the problems facing other rural facilities, the clinic administers appropriate tests to patients before diagnosis; doctor absenteeism and turnover are low; antibiotics are not over-prescribed; and there is a strong emphasis on preventative care and health education. The founder, Dr. Goher Irani, cultivated an understanding between the clinic and the community, introducing biomedical treatment practices while still respecting tradition. Today, in addition to the care provided by seven biomedical doctors, ayurvedic care is also an option. Being free, the Dispensary relies heavily on donations, and all direct gifts pay for patient care, not administration. The average patient visit costs the Dispensary only $4.50. The Dispensary treats patients with deep compassion and respect. You feel it when you enter. Please join us for this one night benefit.
Meher Free Dispensary is supported by Meher Fund, Inc. which is a non-profit charitable [501(c)(3)] organization. Visit this website for more information: www.meherfund.org