Well, it’s the beginning of the year and very nearly the beginning of a new project for us here at Chennai Challenge. We have been thinking quite a lot about the future of the charity and the possibilities that await us in 2012 and beyond. This has also led to me thinking about the point of it all. Why do we do what we do? What is the point after all?
Much of the time we are trying to think about how to grow, how to change and how to develop. I think this is all really important and I am glad that the board of trustees are all in agreement about this. It is so important that we think about future prospects and ways to survive in this tricky climate. It is also vital to think about how we can develop to be bigger and more extravagant in our projects, aims and giving.
Having said all of this, the 2011 project really helped me to remember the inherent value in simply taking people out to meet the boys at the YMCA Boys Town and work alongside Oasis in their community development projects. Even when we don’t acheive bigger and more ambitious targets or projects, the trip is always filled with value. Here are some of the reasons I believe this:
1/ Just listening to the feedback of the 2011 team about the experiences they had and how much they enjoyed the project is inspiring and exciting. It makes me remember the feeling I had during and after my first time in India.
2/ I received an email from Vignesh, and ex-Boys Town boy, wishing a team member happy birthday and generally filling us in on his education and exploits!
3/ One of the young people on team for 2011 came back from India and immediately decided that they wanted to something more useful with their spare time. As a result they started doing some volunteer work with children.
4/ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the smiles on the boys faces on the way to Yellagiri and at the campfire are amazing and brilliant.
5/ The number of people who have applied for a second time is really exciting. So here’s to another amazing project – 2012!!
So there we are…what is the point? Well no matter how much we grow I think the point will always be the relationships and developments that occur at a personal level as a result of the project. I can’t wait to see what happens with this year’s project.