I have been talking about the business interns for some time now, so it is about time you get to put a face to the names.
Rozina, Nikita and Binay are doing great work here at SIRC, showing some real initiative and are not afraid to roll up the sleeves and get these done. And we laugh lots too which is fun. If anyone can believe it, I eat less than most Nepalis so they worry that I do not have a big enough lunch, or that I do not take any sugar in my coffee, or eat cookies …. I was always more of a savory person. They want to rectify this and have invited me out for a Foodie Day in Bhaktapur. Yay! I am looking forward to that but it will have to be early April I am thinking as we have lots on the go right now. Despite all this work, the team are still smiling! March 20th the Active Women of Nepal are having their monthly coffee morning at SIRC. Esha is a member and we thought it was a good idea to get 25+ ladies out to Bhainsepati for breakfast and lunch, as well as a presentation on spinal injury rehabilitation by two of our female department heads: Mundira Head of Nursing and Chanda Rehabilitation In Charge. We’ll get an opportunity to sell our pesticide-free veggies from SIRC’s fields, and of course sell the many products made by the SIRC patients (felted bags & other things, candles, incense etc). This is also a great opportunity for the interns to get in front of potential employers . They already have their new boxes of business cards and are read to dish them out to the employers who show an interest in them. March 21st we have the fundraiser for Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra and are all set for this event. You have heard much about the yaatra. March 22nd we have the golf tournament. Looks like we have about 80 golfers, 10 hole sponsors, very nice trophies for the range of winners, a great raffle with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, as well as a few other prizes. All in all it is coming along nicely. March 24th is the actual start of Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra and the only thing left to do is to put the final touches to the awareness presentation being used along the route. March 27th we have an important visit from one of SIRC’s key donors – Sir Michael Kadoorie of the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, Hong Kong. The Kadoorie Charitable Foundation provided funding for the first phase of the SIRC facility, and also the second phase of the facility: expanded therapy areas plus a hydra-therapy pool. Sir Michael Kadoorie is coming for a short visit to inaugurate the second phase addition – very exciting for SIRC! And these are only the events we have going in March! We also have the Gala Dinner & Silent Auction on April 4th, and celebrate SIRC’s 12th Anniversary on April 7th. You can see why I was anxious to hire some business interns to help out with all of these plans. And they too are learning lots: the discipline of being planned and organized, the importance of paying attention to detail, the art of communication across the organization and to board members, and for Binay, revising websites. It should put them in good stead for their next job. Much Thanks and Appreciation to Nikita, Rozina and Binay from all at SIRC!