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Ok Here goes, this is going to be my first Blog and I am apprehensive, will it turn out the way I want it to? Will it be interesting for others to read? I am going to try and would love honest feedback. I am not going to be a writer but I could blog every now and then.

A few days ago I arrived in India, not knowing anyone but with an inner joy at being here on a mission, not only a private mission but one with a shared purpose together with 11 other incredibly motivated people. I have rarely seen a more diverse group that came together with a single purpose –to help others, not by sending money or donating to a cause but with a willingness to work and in any way possible to help those less fortunate.

The positive energy emanating from the group is contagious and I photographed them all during our neighborhood tour on the first day of the sabbatical. I later looked at the picture and saw that all the pictures contained smiling people, even on the spontaneous pictures I took without their knowledge.

I spoke to most of the group and asked if any of them had specified only a specific location from the list available for this sabbatical. I received a resounding no! The purpose of every individual is foremost to give as much as he or she can, and only after this do we think that we could also enjoy being together.

With such a diverse group aged 30-55 (me being the oldest) and coming from around the world I expected that we would split and try to form small groups with common interests but so far the group in its entirety has come together and we try to spend time in each other’s company. I cannot promise it will stay this way but I am completely content with the way things are.

We are working hard and hope to leave here with a feeling that we made a difference and I am confident we will achieve the targets we set out to accomplish.

In my next blog I will discuss India and the changes I can see in this country of contrast.

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