Jet lag is just about gone which is a really good thing because having energy abruptly disappear at 6pm is a real drag. This past trip was a whirlwind of a trip despite it being 9 days, it seemed like I was always in a car or on a plane. Nothing new really for India except that my air time was longer than my car time.
13 water project openings in the Trichy area which was a huge highlight with many of the projects being schools. How cool it was to walk into one school with 1300 screaming boys all excited to see you. Probably had something to do with me being a white foreigner and not so much about the fact that we brought 2 water projects, or maybe it was a combination of both. Regardless, it was a fun occasion and I was able to share a personal story with them that was practical and relatable.
I could write pages and pages about the trip as there were many highlights; the slums of Chennai and the work taking place there with young people teaching them a transferable skill that empowers them to be self-sustaining to learning more about some income generating projects that benefit some very poor communities in Karnataka.
There was also a wedding that I attended in Kerala and aside from the wedding party I was probably the most dressed up white guy in traditional Indian dress. Somewhat crazy to think of but there I was looking out of place!
All in all, a great trip.
In 3 short weeks I’m back in India if you can believe it. This time a partner meeting to discuss our work, the future and how do we get there from here? After the partner meeting I hope to visit some projects being undertaken in AP and possibly a quick trip back to Karnataka to discuss some more opportunities related to income generation for the rural poor.
In regards to where we stand for 2016, happy to report we have funded 60 new water projects which is in line with previous years and bring our total number of places we have impacted with clean water to 768!
2017 is going to be a challenging year for me as I foresee some new exciting opportunities and some adjustment to our current mode of operandi provided all things (aka funding) remains constant. If more $$ come then we can do more projects, if giving is reduced then we’ll reduce our impact. I was actually feeling the weight and reality of this just the other day and when I sat down at my desk I looked at a card that I had just received in the mail with a check in it and the face of the card read “Have Faith”.
Isn’t this always the challenge?
Check back with me in a few months and see how I’m doing. In the meantime, year-end giving is just around the corner and your gifts will help us continue to make an impact in rural India so don’t hesitate to click the Donate button at the top of the page.
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