Tuesday, January 14, 2014
22 days until take-off
This new adventure to Ludhiana, India for the IBM Corporate Service Corp is now starting to feel real: 1. I am preparing my list of back-ups and open tasks to review with my manager and teams, 2. I have been working on my post CSC India adventures (Taj Mahal, Nepal, Veranasi on the Ganges river and ending on the beach in Goa) 3. Yes, I have already started packing, see picture below and 4. most importantly we found out who our customer and our customer teams are!! Eduardo (from Mexico), Kazu (from Japan) and I will be working with the Swabhimaan NGO who provides education for underprivileged children in India. These are children whose families live on less than $1USD per day and live in the Ludhiana, India slums. The three of us are going to develop a 5 year strategic plan to grow within Ludhiana and potentially into greater India, we will also look into recommendations for branding and sustainable funding sources, try to recommend possible partnerships with national and international organizations and if we have any overall ideas on improving the existing processes of the organization. Part of our requirements are going to include the opportunity to meet with the children, see the schools and meet the parents that are sending their kids to these schools. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity and hope we can achieve the goals set for us. I am very lucky to have a group of coworkers and friends, not to mention my husband! who are all doing things for me that are allowing me to go on this journey and enabling me to give my time to the people of Ludhiana.