Dr. Michelle Harrison casts a long shadow in Calcutta and in human rights; literally
• Rifka Moyal via Joyce Godwin Grubbs
Rifka Moyal  This is truly a heart felt story.(TUNI: THROWAWAY TO STOWAWAY) Michelle Harrison was the most amazing neighbor I have ever had and as much as I miss her, I know she is where she belongs, doing what she should be doing. It is hard to believe she is the same woman that my children and I watched climb into the limos that would arrive to take her to her meetings.

• Michelle Harrison Oh Rifka, It’s so funny to think about that. I used to get dressed in the morning in my corporate suits, matching shoes, expensive make-up (which I called my war paint) and say to Jim, “They think this is me!” But that work gave me the money, and also the management and international experiences to do this, and do this well. However, now, “This is me!”
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Rifka Moyal This may sound odd but you never looked comfortable in those suits or the limo. I always felt you were just playing a part. When I see your pictures now it feels like that is where you belong. I am glad the corporate world, and all that stress, was good for something.
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Michelle Harrison Rifka, it is really part of why I did it. I remember saying to myself, “How come the other side has all the skills?” I want the skills of making things happen, of doing business, of having bottom lines, and quality control, and good accounting….. Doctors are not taught those skills and the academic world lacks objective bottom lines and accountability. I wanted to learn to function in different countries, work with governments, build partnerships, learn advertising and marketing. As they used to say of girls, ‘You need to send them to college so they will be better wives and mothers.” Well, it’s made me a better mother…..
Dr. Michelle Harrison at Shishur Sevay                                                                              
                                                                                           Dr. Jerry Galloway at Mission Pendjua

NOTE FROM AUTHOR JOYCE GODWIN GRUBBS; Dr Harrison worked with my dearest (male) friend, Dr. Jerry Galloway before each surrendered to their haunting passion for grassroots missions. Each realized what the corporate world and privilege of status had given them and they both longed to help non-profits learn to benefit from that kind of expertise. Each went to an impoverished and cultural challenge to help protect those who suffered the most. I am so privileged to call each of them my friend. I lost Jerry 6 years ago this month in the Congo yet his work goes on. To think these two great souls had lives that touched in the very beginning of their journeys is breathtaking, but not as much as their accomplishments.
You can read about “The Apostle to the Pygmies” on my blog at and about Michelle at this same blog under; Tuni: Throwaway to Stowaway.
The newly painted “happy yellow complex” of Shishur Sevay is protected from the chaotic traffic reminding one of NYC in the states.
It is necessary to have a map of the Complex and surrounding buildings that house danger to the occupants of Shishur Sevay. There is a night watchman present to protect and alert them to trouble. In the past they have been mobbed and threatened as people do not understand of trust why these children are there and the purpose. This is an ongoing necessity of constant public relations and teaching the girls to be aware of dangers that lurk around them; and to keep perpetrators from penetrating the perimeters.
Inside the complex are loving, dedicated people ready to work with the children and give them more than a “sterile life experience” inside the walls; more than necessary therapy and struggles to  help them eat and learn basic skills. Shishur Sevay is a place to “thrive and be alive”. It is a “happy place ” and provides much more than the basic essentials.
Out for “fast food” at the mall, watching cartoons and stimulating education programs on the computer, and learning not to fear the hamsters by allowing a petting “zoo” of sorts with the new babies when one of the “girls” turned out not be a “girl”. LOl
There is always time for loving play while learning to use the most up-to-date technology. Fellowship and relaxation are vital to the integral needs and program for children with disabilities to prevent emotional and mental anguish when learning. There is still a special time for Michelle to be invested in her role and her personal health.388254_10150391693666920_1581450022_n285327_10151247738701920_971852014_n75638_10151016585421920_891280474_n215002_10150249110671920_5966686_n
179186_10151356922161920_1550829162_nThere is so much to share about who she is, who she was, and who she will be for years to come to the people of India. To some she is to be feared, to others she is the Champion, hope and protector to be sought out and supported. But always, she remains Michelle.

About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer the novels as printed books, having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Amazon.com Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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  2. It is such a beautiful work that Dr. Michelle does for the girls in India. The fact that she struggles to get medical care, wheel chairs, oxygen and therapy for them is something that isn’t easy to do and shows the level of dedication she has for these children. I truly believe that Michelle’s soul now belongs to India and I pray for her continued success.

  3. And I love you even more.

    • Dear doctor,I a m pygmie student live in Democratic Republic of Congo, doctor jerry galloway worked with my father and many authors parsonnes,we great you and aske to you in ypur possibility to remouvea all of activity doing by brother jerry in Democratic republic of Congo in Penjua mission. My full adress Is richardbokatola@gmail.com. By us you will get many informùations the work to doctor jerry in The Democratic Republic of Congo.

      • I will see that Dr. Michelle Harrison gets this information from you.

      • BOKATOLA BONTIEN Richard says:

        Dear doctor Michelle Harrison, we thinks you so much, with you passion,that passion resemble to Dr Jerry galloway passion in MPenzua Mission.We have many reason to wrote you, because your the friend of Dr.jerry Galloway.Doctor jerry heps us to studie, now i becan an Hospital Manager in Our contrie.Doctor jerry help our family by health,education and developement to pymies and bantous in Penzua.He worked with our parents now, all of thing of brother jerry has fell down by the catholique prist( SCHEUT).All family pygmies and Bantous to Mpenzua Mission appologies you to remouve contact with us and continous the jerry passion In Mpenzua.The god bless you the big work with you do for us.Our big wish is, you can contact, all of parteners to Dr. Jerry Galloway and tell him for us.Thinks.

      • Thank you again for carrying on what you can and it pays honor to Dr. Jerry Galloway. He would be proud as we are proud of Dr. Michelle and the work she does in India with disabled children. Blessings on all and keep the faith, hope and love alive.

  4. Pingback: An Extraordinary Guest Post: Dr. Michelle Harrison’s Poem “To Be In My Skin” | Joycegodwingrubbs2's Blog

  5. Joyce, I’m touched and honored as usual. It is amazing that Jerry and I worked together very early in our journeys.

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