Happy New Year from the team at ‘Project Help India’. I'm incredibly excited about 2020 and thankful for your interest, help and support. My prayers are with you for all that you hope to do and achieve this year. 2020 is shaping up to be an incredible year in the life of 'Project Help India'. We have many goals and we are ambitious and intentional about all we are seeking to achieve. We will be guided by our vision and mission and have a clear sense of purpose and strategy.
A reminder of what is our big picture
The mission of ‘Project Help India’ is to bring love, hope, dignity and purpose to the poor. Our vision is to focus on education, nutrition, health and ultimately human rights, so that individual lives are impacted, empowered and restored. ‘Project Help India’ seeks to bring about community change and generational transformation. ‘Project Help India’ seeks to grow in its impact and influence in the lives of people and communities, with a goal to ultimately expand into other towns and places of need.
This article was published last week in one of the local newspapers here in Kotdwara which outlines eight of our priorities for the coming year. Some of these priorities will focus on ongoing long-term projects and some are completely new that have organically evolved as we work closely with the police and other community leaders. Something that is very exciting about 2020, is that our goal to expand into other cities is becoming a reality.
1. Helping poor children through education and medical care, especially those involved in begging, labour, and children with disabilities,
2. Women’s empowerment. We will be holding our third ‘SHINE’ Women’s Empowerment Conference in April.
3. Working with the police to get teenagers involved in a ‘Junior Traffic Force’
4. Working with the police in anti-human trafficking programs
5. Working with the police in other cities in the state of Uttarakhand, as part of ‘Operation Freedom’ – getting kids out of begging and into schools,
6. Anti-drug programs
7. Developing a community anti-crime program
8. Initiatives to promote environmental awareness and solutions
This year we will also be developing strategy to be prepared for extreme weather events, such as heat waves, monsoon storms and flooding, which sadly are inevitable.
Our other big goal is to continue to investigate and develop a strategy how we can purchase a property in the heart of Kotdwara (for our HQ).
What is your New Year Resolution?
For me as I head into 2020, helping the poor will be one of my resolutions. Whether you agree with the concept of new year’s resolutions or not, might you resolve to be committed to supporting ‘Project Help India’ in 2020? We are an organisation that really is committed to making a difference in the lives of people, and I hope to can see that we operate with great intentionality and integrity. Your donation goes directly to our projects with minimal admin fees. It is important to us that you feel connected to our story, so that the stories of lives of people impacted by poverty in India, intersect with your story too.
Relationships are our ultimate priority
'Project Help India’ is all about friendship, learning and growing from each other. As we bring love, hope, dignity and purpose to these beautiful people, your life will be changed too. We are very mindful that the people we work alongside are the marginalised and vulnerable – this is our way of helping the poorest of the poor, this being exactly what ‘Project Help’ represents and stands for.