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it’s all about Juggaar

Allen Renquist, Andrew Sullivan and I are still in Bangalore, India, arriving here in the wee morning hours this past Sunday after a brutally long trip from the Philippines.  Every day has been full of meetings as we work to get Stop Hunger Now India officially started, but with every meeting it is becoming more apparent that the heavy lifting has already been accomplished.

Every person we have met, every corporate executive, every Rotarian, every volunteer, every implementing partner; all are already making it happen. Everyone has demonstrated that they are not only totally committed to establishing the first Stop Hunger Now office in India, but they want to be leaders in the fight to end hunger here and around the world.

What is so beautifully obvious is that our work here has been established on a solid foundation of relationships, respect and juggaar. From our very first packaging event last December to the present, everyone involved with Stop Hunger Now has demonstrated this powerful trait that has already become my new favorite word.

Juggaar,  (or more commonly Jugaad) is a colloquial Hindu word that means an innovative fix, or for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or even a person who can solve a complicated issue. It is often used to signify creativity to make existing things work or to create new things with meagre resources. It especially expresses the need to do what needs to be done, without regard to what is conventionally supposed to be possible.

Juggaar is a perfect description for the “can do/will do whatever it takes” attitude of all the dedicated folks that are committed to helping Stop Hunger Now create a global movement to end hunger here in Bangalore. I have already started calling all our supporters here TEAM JUGGAAR.

Stay tuned. Bangalore is going to be the center of some exciting activities as this group of leaders continues to do whatever it takes to end hunger in India.

 

 

back from the Philippines

It’s almost 8am and the temperature is a balmy 15 degrees. It’s quite a change from the heat of the Philippines, yet it is always good to be back in the states after a trip abroad.

Allen and I returned late Saturday after seven days of work in the Philippines. I admit I was feeling rough and dragging a little by the time we got back to Raleigh. I was also fighting a cold and bad throat. I slept for 14 hours straight and then napped even more Sunday afternoon. I slept well again last night and am now again feeling human.

It was a good trip. In fact, it was an excellent trip. We accomplished all we had set out to do, and even more.

  • We were able to assess the extent of the typhoon damage and see the desperate need in one of the impacted areas in northern Cebu.
  • We were able to meet with numerous Philippine partners to help coordinate ongoing relief efforts.
  • We coordinated the distribution of the million & a half Stop Hunger Now meals arriving to help feed typhoon victims
  • We delivered over 1100 Sawyer water filters for distribution in the impacted areas.
  • We were able to share quality time with one of our supporters and allow him to see the impact of our work in the field.
  • We spent time with Tiki Keh, the Executive Director of Stop Hunger Now Malaysia.
  • We participated along with almost 500 volunteers in a 120,000 Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event totally organized and run by Philippine Rotarians.
  • We deepened our partnership with Wine to Water and again demonstrated the power of working together for the greater good.

We live in a world growing ever more depersonalized, Electronic communication often replaces everything else.  Being with our friends in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan demonstrates that there are times, however, when nothing compares to personal relationships and caring enough to be present.