Two weeks after leaving India thought it was time for a little update.
After 3 weeks in India, 2 of which cruising around in Lily, there is a lot to reflect on. The highs and lows were pretty extreme. Looking back it's the perceived lows at the time that you look back on and smile. The worse roads that at the moment seems endless are now a bumpy joyride, the bedbug and mosquito infested hotels still sucked but not to the degree they did the morning after, dangerous night driving now seem a little saver and more enjoyable, etc. I think most of you will understand this statement. We hardly ever remember the moments in our travels that go perfectly. The comfortable bus, clean and comfortable hotel, good restaurants, on-time flight, perfect weather, etc. Naturally we remember those fondly but it's the difficult situations that looking back or telling friends about are the memories that brings a smile to our faces.
One regret Bram, Dani and I had when leaving Shilling 14 days ago was that we didn't get a chance to personally hand out the gifts we organized to the kids. As you might remember while in Delhi at the start of the journey we met up with Skullcandy's customer in India, Brandeyes Distribution, to see if they wanted to get involved. On top of the monetary donation we were working on to take care of the day-to-day needs of the 144 children in the village, which is of course the basis of our cause, we also wanted to bring joy to the kids in the form of a gift. Brandeyes came through and exceeded our wildest ideas with the offer of giving a backpack and water bottle for all kids under 15 and for the ones 15+ a backpack and Skullcandy headphone... all for free!!
It looked like the gifts would arrive in Shillong before our visit to the village on April 16th but with the Hindu New Year falling that week with April 13-15 being holidays in many parts of the country the shipment didn't arrive on time for our visit. We were gutted but in the end it wasn't about us, it was about the kids and eventually the gifts arrived and handed out by Mr. Singh, the village director. Just seeing the smiling faces and remembering the roar of cheers we heard when we told them about the coming packages we were content.
For this second last entry in the Kohinoor Khiladis blog for 2016 we wanted to share these pictures with you all and again remind you that we haven't yet reached our goal of $18,000 to support 50 child for one year. Right now we are still about $3,000 short so if you've donated already (thank you so much!) please push your friends, family and work colleagues to get involved. If you haven't donated yet, don't worry, now's your chance ;-) We will keep the generosity.com site running until we reach our goal and for those of you wanting to make a direct transfer donation you're more than welcome to do so...
IBAN: CH35 0840 1000 0594 9230 9
Mitteilung: Kohinoor Khiladis , SOS Children's Village Shillong
Zugunsten: Daniel Kunzle, Bachmannweg 27, 8046 Zurich
We've also received some great publicity in India and globally. Find out what they're saying about us and our cause...
Special thanks to our favorite deplomatic family in Delhi, Felix & Valentina for all your help and especially for the kindness and friendship! Big special thanks to little Felix for borrowing us his Joker to guide and protect us from the "good guys". I'm sure we wouldn't have made it without the Joker on our side. :-)
Thank you all for sharing this journey with us! We've really enjoyed it and hope you have as well reading about it. Get involved and look out for Kohinoor Khiladis on the road heading south from Shillong in 2017! Until then keep you heads up, enjoy life, watch out for holy cows on the roads and remember, there is a world outside your comfort zone so don't ignore it.