So, the time has finally arrived and it’s just a little bit exciting!
I’m currently in transit between Singapore and Delhi and off on my latest adventure – the Business Chicks Leadership and Immersion Program with The Hunger Project (THP.)
An amazing group of ladies have applied, been selected and raised at least $10,000 each for this great charity. So first, a huuuge thank you to those who supported my fundraising efforts, (again!) and massive kudos to The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation for coming through with a fabulous grant of US$5,000. There’s still time to donate, so if you feel the urge, head to Amanda’s Fundraising Page.
I’ve seen the work of THP now in Uganda and Malawi in Africa and can’t wait to see the difference that THP has made in the lives of the villagers in India also. It’s a completely different program in India, tailored to the needs of each region.
Knowing a little about more what to expect this time, I’m looking forward to meeting the women who’ve stepped up and are now making a difference in their communities, assisting in providing sanitation so women and girls can go the toilet in safety, ensuring children stay in education and stopping child marriage.
Often, these women are illiterate and uneducated themselves and it’s a huge leap to put their hand up and become elected representatives and considered as leaders in their local panchayat (council.)
We start in Delhi before heading up to Naini Tal in the foothills of the Himalayas. The thermals are packed, alongside the immodium and I’m getting ready to curry it up with the best of them.
Anyone who has ever been to India tells me you either love it or hate it! The chaos, the smells and the busyness and noises can be completely overwhelming… So, here’s me, open to an experience bigger than the rumored smells of armpit and curry. I can’t wait for the dust, the spice, the colour and bustle of it all.
After spending much time on Ancestry in the past few months it feels as if India is in my blood. In the mid-1700’s my Greek ancestors headed from Philippopolis to Dhaka and Kolkata to engage in trade and were there as Ralli Brothers and the East India Company plied their trade. For generations, they lived and worked on the sub-continent with my great-grandmother and great-grandfather finally settling in Melbourne before returning to entertain the British troops stationed in India in WWII. My grandparents met there and my father and uncles all started life in this amazing country.
I won’t be able to explore their old stomping grounds this trip, but I’m very much looking forward to learning more about the people and culture my ancestors have been immersed in for over two centuries.
Stay tuned for more adventures!