I woke up to a crisp morning the day of my departure to Sri Lanka. I anticipated that traffic would be light as it was just a few days after the end of Ramadan and millions of people had gone home to celebrate Eid. I was right. The ride from my parents’ home on any given day could take more than an hour. That day it was 35 minutes.
Through His infinite mercy and the generosity of so many of our friends, we were able to make Ramadan extra special for our children in all our homes.
Dear Friends And Supporters of GiveLight,
We send our heartfelt thanks to all our friends who were able to join us at our amazing 10th year Anniversary gala last Saturday. We enjoyed the joyous and momentous event with all of you. We loved all of the smiles, joy and passion as we appreciated our last 10 years, and now we look forward to our next 10 years. We missed those who could not join us.
GiveLight's story was featured in P&G success book “When Core Values Are Strategic": How the Basic Values of Procter & Gamble Transformed Leadership at Fortune 500 Companies. In this book, Dian Alyan, our founder and CEO discusses her journey from global brand management at P&G to founding a thriving global non profit organization. Givelight has been invited to Stanford University, Google, Apple, Notre Dame High School, ISNA Conference, and many others. GiveLight was also chosen as a "Cutting Edge" non profit based on its ability to invent and innovate new ways to engage volunteer and supporters and showing long term results of its children's achievements.
Dear friends and supporters of GiveLight,
Our hearts are heavy with the weight of seeing so much cruelty in the world. But we must remind ourselves that even in the worst of times we have the choice, the ability and responsibility to do what is right. GiveLight came into existence in the wake of the deadly tsunami of 2004. What started from a tragedy is now bringing light to many orphans around the world.
I arrived at our Aceh home on a windy, bright sunny morning. The children had been anticipating my arrival and I had been anxious to see them. As I got out of the car, they rushed to greet me with their warm smiles and hugs. Two years had elapsed since our last reunion and we all felt a strong surge of happiness to be reunited in our beautiful home after such a long time.
Our home in Sri Lanka came into existence on March 31, 2013 after two years of construction. It was built on land donated to GiveLight by a team member, Shahram Marleen after the sudden death of his beloved father. This was Shahram's way of honoring his father, and continuing his legacy.
My father decided to visit Cambodia in 2012 to learn more about the condition of Muslims in a land dominated by communists. And he wanted to see if there was something he or GiveLight could do in light of the atrocity of Khmer Rouge where millions of innocent were massacred, and the ongoing discrimination against minority Muslims.
Without a doubt, 2013 has been a truly blessed year for us at Givelight. As has been the case in all the years since our inception. This was due to God's continuous mercy on us, our unwavering commitment for the cause and of course, your continued generosity.
As we look back at the last 12 months, we continue to feel inspired by the generosity of our supporters and the accomplishments of our children. There are so many good news to share but let me focus on some major highlights.