A week later, he was surprised to receive a letter from the co-passenger giving him the contact details of Dr. Rajni Kanabar of Dar Es Salaam. He learnt that under Dr. Rajni Kanabar’s initiative, the Lions Club of Dar Es Salaam sponsored 10 surgical patients at Manipal Hospital. Dr. Rajni Kanabar, a second generation Gujarati in Dar Es Salaam, was also searching for other hospitals in India. Dr. Cherian contacted Dr. Kanabar and finalised his September 2000 visit to Dar Es Salaam. Dr. Cherian conducted an OP clinic and met patients from Aghar Khan Hospital, MP Shah Hospital and Hindu Mandal Hospital.