This year we pay tribute to mothers everywhere, but one special woman takes that tribute far beyond giving a pretty card and a wrapped present. Her devotion to helping underprivileged women, often mothers, is truly inspiring. Dr. Paula Dhanda is a gynecologist, surgeon and a Park Lane Fashion Director. She uses her Park Lane earnings to support her charity, “Worldwide Healing Hands.”
As a physician and surgeon, Dr. Paula is dedicated to providing medical care to women in some of the most under-served areas of the world. She has worked in Chad, Haiti and is currently planning her next mission to an isolated hospital in Nepal. Admirably, she donates 100 percent of her Park Lane profits to her charity.
The doctor explains, “A two week mission typically costs $25,000 during which time we perform 50 surgeries and spend a lot of time teaching local health care providers to carry on this vital work. My next mission will be to Nepal this fall where our focus (in addition to doing surgery) will be to train midwives in order to decrease maternal mortality. Currently the women have a 1 in 10 chance of dying in childbirth even though at least 90% of these deaths are preventable.”
In the photo, Dr. Paula is in Haiti holding the twins of a mother that almost died in childbirth. The mother survived and went home with her baby boys. We asked Dr. Paula to share more about her work and how she has united her Park Lane business with her philanthropic mission.
“Truthfully, I have become a beggar for my cause because I am so passionate about what I do. I have used various means of fundraising to enable me to carry out my mission, and then my friend Amber Warner (Senior Division/Panicola Organization) introduced me to Park Lane. I recognized this business as a great vehicle to support my cause. I was inspired by the fact that Shirley LeVin founded this successful company at the age of 16 years old and I especially appreciate the way Park Lane empowers women to be their best.
At my Park Lane parties I spend a few minutes talking about my medical mission work and increasing awareness of the great need for women’s health care all over the world. I explain that when they make a purchase they are helping a woman, often a mother, to receive lifesaving medical care. One hundred percent of the profits go to help women all over the world get medical care that many of us take for granted. Women are often moved to tears and inspired by these stories. I am always humbled by the kindness and generosity shown by women attending these events. Many times we have an opportunity to touch lives in a very lasting way. I have discovered that the secret to happiness is not in what we have, it is in what we give away.
I want to thank Park Lane for helping me to help women worldwide in a way that is respectful, compassionate and empowering. I am humbled and honored to be included in your publication. I believe it is important to increase awareness about this global
Even though she spends much of her time in her scrubs, we managed to get this busy go-getter to stand still long enough to model her Park Lane jewels!
To learn more about Dr. Paula’s mission to help women visit: Worldwide Healing Hands