Rodney Applegate, 75, has returned to India 20 times since his first visit 10 years ago. With his friend Lama Ngawang Tashi Bapu, a Tibetan monk he met in 2001, Applegate has worked to improve sanitation and health education in Arunachal Pradesh, a remote state in Northeastern India that borders China, Burma and Bhutan. The region, much of which is in the Himalayan mountain range, once belonged to old Tibet. Today, ancient Tibetan traditions endure in the small villages of this region, for better and for worse.
Applegate is the focus of the first installment of Voices from the Walla Walla Valley, at wallawallavoices.com.