Close to my heart
Everybody has things that matter to them. To me that is my family in the most extended sense of the word (this includes all my relatives, all my friends and .. yes, some neighbors too). But outside this group of people I do have certain people and causes that I keep close to my heart. At the risk of sounding too politically correct (please believe me when I say that I try to go through life as politically incorrect as possible), I would like to keep helping the child center in Bandra and it would be great if I can still bring work to Shwetta. You can read more about them below.
Shwetta is a very nice lady that I met in Mumbai where she lived close to where we lived in Bandra. While I was looking for someone to help me with some simple stitching, I was introduced to Shwetta by Preeti who worked in a tailor shop around the corner. With my poor ("thoda thoda") Hindi and Shwetta's equallly poor English we managed to communicate somehow. In her place nearby - that Shwetta shares with her daughter and her dog Jack - she stitches all my carry bags. Being the head of the family after her husband passed away, having work that she can do in her home enables her to take care of her daughter and keep her with her instead of leaving her in care of others. So bringing my work to her instead of a more professional shop that might have been cheaper is important to me because it makes a immediate difference Swetta's life.
That is why these carry bags (that by the way make excellent shoe bags) still carry the "made in India" label because they are indeed made in India! I will do my utmost to continue working with Shwetta, even though I no longer live around the corner.
Committed Community Develeopment Trust
I stumbled upon them by accident really. A good friend tipped me of when I was looking for an alternative place to bring used toys and clothes of my sons. The CCDT runs a shelter on Waterfield road that takes care of children with Aids. I started off with bringing them clothes and toys, but after a while a would check this big blackboard they have in the office on which the put down their immediate needs. It could be as small as a new cooking pot or some oil. I once sponcered a Janmastami celebration (this is one of the Hindu feasts in which Krishna is honored). I am not sure in which way I will do it, but I intend to reserve some of my income for this cause. Again, it's great to feel directly in touch! Do check out their website: www.ccdtrust.org.