Sometimes it is easy to write a blog post. Sometimes it is extremely difficult. Sometimes it can be joyful, while other times it can be tough, and a bit frustration.
This is a post that it was very easy to write. But also a bit teary I must admit. When I moved to India, I had a few things that I wanted to achieve here. One of them was that I wanted to be more involved with Nanhi Kali, a NGO that is supported by Capgemini. When I reached 10.000 hits on this blog, I got an idea. Why not use the blog as a way to support the foundation? I then decided that for each 1000 hit, up to 20.000 I will support one girl child with one year of education! So when you clicked at this post, you’re actually helping in that case! Nanhi Kali supports the children for 10 years of education. So due to this, I have decided that I will do the same. 20 students for 10 years. Not sure if I will ever get 200.000 hits on the blog, but I will surely keep to my word and do this for 10 years! And yes, I do look forward to see how this progresses over the years.
Why do I do something like this? One of my very good friends over her said it in a fantastic nice way. It’s all about giving back to the society she said. I’m not sure if that have always been my main motive. But yes, I do know that I’m extremely privileged. I live where I live and do what I want to do on my own will. If I go hungry to bed any nights, it is just because I have forgotten to eat, and not because I have any lack of food or money. Every day I see people around me who don’t have it the same way. Every day on my way to the office I see an old lady who lives at the street in the worst jammed traffic junction on the way where I passes by. So many times I have wished that I could just sit down and speak with her. But off course I can’t. We wouldn’t understand each other. And some people would maybe even question my motive. Why would I speak to her? By at least giving some money to this foundation I can do my part to help some girl children to not end up in the same situation as this old lady.
Usually I would not ask anyone to promote this blog, but I do think this story is a bit special. If you are on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media, I would very much appreciate if you actually share this with all your friends out there.
And for sure, I do will keep this blog updated with more information about this story when it evolves. Nanhi Kali do have some quite clear instructions about what can be shared, and what cannot be shared, so I will surely do everything according to those rules.
Talk to you soon
So. Now I have completed my first ever marathon! Or maybe actually my second, if I consider the ski marathon I did in Norway some years back. Let me first of all be very honest and admit that what I did on Sunday was almost as far away from a marathon as it possible could be. Our course was about 7 km (6, 28 if my GPS is correct), and we spent almost one and a half hour on that distance. There were more than 20.000 people in the track, and for us who started a bit late, running was almost impossible.
BUT; and most importantly – it was really fun! And we did it for a very good purpose. There were about 100 people from Capgemini enrolled, and each of us had to contribute with a minimum of INR 5000. The exact amount that we contributed to the NGO’s that we supported is not known to me, but that it was more than half a million rupees is sure. I have been told that we actually have managed to raise more than 800.000 and the final number is still not clear! That is very good I think.
Yesterday I woke up around 5 am. Had to walk some distance to get an auto and took the train from Bandhup to Mumbai Central station at around 6.30 in the morning. Still too early if you ask me. But I do like to see the sun coming up, and this day was no exception. When we got the whole team together at around 8.30, the sun was up, and it was a really nice morning. Not too hot, but quite nice for sure. When we started to run, sorry walk, it was a bit warmer, but never really anything worrying.
The Dream Run in Mumbai Marathon is very much about charity and fun. All around the track there were spectators and also people doing some kind of performances. Dancers, singers and other artist were presents. I was also told that a number of Bollywood celebrities were around the track. Off course, I didn’t really recognize them, but some of my colleagues did that.
The marathon was really cool, so I do hope that I can do the same next year. As people say that 1 picture say more than 1000 words, I do enclose a few of the pictures I took.
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We’re now less than onr hour away from the start of the Mumbai Marathon. As you can see, the team from Capgemini and WeKare is more than ready! A detailed report will follow later.
For about two months now, Fiona a colleague of me from UK has been visiting India. She has been in almost all around the country in that period. One of the things we did during her visit was to visit a Naandi school in Worli. Joining us here was James, the global head of sustainability in Capgemini and Sheetal from the KC MET. You can read more about that at the Capgemini Sustainability blog.
Visit Nanhi Kalis is always a both emotional and interesting experience. This time was no exception. One special “incident” is something I will surely remember. When we were deep into the “slum areas” there was one boy with a quite new and fancy smart phone. I could see that he had Facebook and other applications. I think he planned to take some pictures of me. But when he noticed that I were watching him he suddenly changed his mind.
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With Mumbai Marathon coming up shortly, well at least too shortly for me who don’t really prepare for it, it is now time for me to really do a push in order to raise the requested INR 5000,- for the event. Please do have a look at my fundraising page here and give your donation.
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Just a very quick one today, as I’m busy watching football…
This morning I came across this post.
The management team of Naandi and Nanhi Kali is in Europe now, visiting a range of
Capgemini offices. It is really nice to see that this now leads into new initiatives!
This week we will have the Diwali festival here in India, so I hope to keep you updated with some posts from that. There are also a few other ideas that I work on right now, so looking forward to update you on that.
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