Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The happenings of the week

There is a lot going on at the moment - a couple getting married decided to ask people to give to us rather than presents and so did another couple who were christening their child.  I find this amazing and get excited each time it happens.

Another one of our projects - the Daylight Project providing simple lights in informal settlements - has been completely funded.  In conversations with the Daylight Project founder we discussed how we can continue to work together - in the near future you will be able to see a few new projects linked with them - one focusing on lighting again, one around micro-business development, and potentially one about a business plan competition focusing on utilising rubbish in new ways.  It was encouraging for me to see how our partnership can continue to develop.

This week I also had the privilege of having a few long email exchanges with one you.  It was great to hear the ideas for how we could improve and the concerns.  We have been fortunate to have people who are interested, not only in what we are doing, but also in how to make it better.  We can always improve on building trust with our donors and recipients and I recognise that we have not always done the best at this so far.  We also need to continually balance the need or desire of our donors to hear feedback regarding the impact their donations have had and the desire to have as much of the donation as possible get into the hands of the recipients.  I've been reminded this week about the importance of consistency and being transparent.  Feedback and comments are fabulous, please keep them coming.

Of course, this is also a big week as Sunday is the London Marathon where Ben is running on our behalf.  Send him some words of encouragement on Facebook or through his donation page here.

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