Anou's Message

Once again it is time to write what has come to be known as ‘Anous’s message’ in which I look back at the year gone by and express my hopes and dreams for the one that has dawned.

I ended my message last year with the barely expressed hope that 2018 would be the year where I would be able to assume the role of mentor and above all spend time with the children but that was not to be. As 2018 closes we are still far from our sustainability dream in spite of many steps taken to reach our goal.

2018 was again a year filled with expectations but also with its share of setbacks.

2018 began serenely as we had a large donor that stood by us, as we soldiered on the path of sustainability.. We continued our image building activities and endeavoured to reach out to corporates as well as institutions.  The results were not as positive as expected but there were glimmers of hope along the way. Many lessons were learnt and we hope that we are able to meet with more success in the coming year.

We persevered in our efforts to enhance the quality of our outreach to inspire and motivate our children and our team to aways strive higher. Workshops on a varied range of issues and topics were held for both staff and children and many outings were organised.

Our in house asessment programme bore its fruits as we could see marked improvement in many children and take immediate remedial measures for those in need.

In mid 2018 we were told by our large donor that their support would end in March 2019. I admit it was a shock as one easily sinks into comfort zones, but on the other hand it was the much needed wake up call. It was time to pull all stops and begin to look for new sources of funding. Everyone was called to task. We looked at all alternatives possible from corporate funding to crowdfunding and everything in the middle.

We sought the help of our Board members to help us find new contacts, scoured the Internet for foundations that we could contact and once again knocked at the door of our faithful FFF  (Friends Family and Fools) to help finding new source of of funding.

A staunch supporter and friend helped us put our Social Media outreach in order and we were able to launch our first crowdfunding campaign in December. The campaign was successful and gave us the confidence of taking this route in the future. We also increased our social media presence with the help of new friends who visited us and promised to help and some bloggers even held a blogathon for Project Why.

This is work in progress.

We also increased our network within India, something I have been wanting to do for long, and have found a new set of individual donors with the potential to introduce us more donors.

One of our Board members has agreed to have an annual Gala Evening for Project Why and we hope to see the first one in 2019.

Once again I was overwhelmed by the love and support of all our friends to whom I remain eternally beholden as they never stopped beleiving in my dream and were always there to encourage me in the darkest moments.

In spite of the setbacks big and small, back stage the show ran perfectly and that is because of the incredible team that steers Project Why and without whom nothing would be possible as they are the ones who give wings to my dreams. To them I say “Chapeau Bas!”

I am also deeply grateful to all the members of the Board who have stood by me and have taken upon themselves the task to steer Project Why towards sustainability.

As I write these words, we are undoubtedly on fragile ground as March 2019 is around the corner and we are still far from meeting the required need. And yet I feel optimistic as I know that Project Why is a place where miracles happen.

I have never stopped beleiving in miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 began serenely as we had a large donor that stood by us, as we soldiered on the path of sustainability.. We continued our image building activities and

endeavoured to reach out to corporates as well as institutions.  The results were not as positive as expected but there were glimmers of hope along the way. Many lessons were learnt and we hope that we are able to meet with more success in the coming year.

 

We persevered in our efforts to enhance the quality of our outreach to inspire and motivate our children and our team to aways strive higher. Workshops on a varied range of issues and topics were held for both staff and children and many outings were organised.

 

Our in house asessment programme bore its fruits as we could see marked improvement in many children and take immediate remedial measures for those in need.

 

In mid 2018 we were told by our large donor that their support would end in March 2019. I admit it was a shock as one easily sinks into comfort zones, but on the other hand it was the much needed wake up call. It was time to pull all stops and begin to look for new sources of funding. Everyone was called to task. We looked at all alternatives possible from corporate funding to crowd funding and everything in the middle.

 

We sought the help of our Board members to help us find new contacts, scoured the Internet for foundations that we could contact and once again knocked at the door of our faithful FFF  (Friends Family and Fools) to help finding new source of of funding.

 

A staunch supporter and friend helped us put our Social Media outreach in order and we were able to launch our first crowdfunding campaign in December. The campaign was successful and gave us the confidence of taking this route in the future. We also increased our social media presence with the help of new friends who visited us and promised to help and some bloggers even held a blogathon for Project Why.

 

This is work in progress.

 

We also increased our network within India, something I have been wanting to do for long, and have found a new set of individual donors with the potential to introduce us more donors.

 

One of our Board members has agreed to have an annual Gala Evening for Project Why and we hope to see the first one in 2019.

 

Once again I was overwhelmed by the love and support of all our friends to whom I remain eternally beholden as they never stopped beleiving in my dream and were always there to encourage me in the darkest moments.

 

In spite of the setbacks big and small back stage, the show ran perfectly and that is because of the incredible team that steers Project Why and without whom nothing would be possible as they are the ones who give wings to my dreams. To them I say “Chapeau Bas!”

 

I am also deeply grateful to all the members of the Board who have stood by me and have taken upon themselves the task to steer Project Why towards sustainability.

 

As I write these words, we are undoubtedly on fragile ground as March 2019 is around the corner and we are still far from meeting the required need. And yet I feel optimistic as I know that Project Why is a place where miracles happen.

 

I have never stopped beleiving in miracles.