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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Evening with love

At the HOPE House, we have a policy that others can celebrate their special occasions with the kids. Lot of people want to bring food but as a policy we don’t accept outside food for safety reasons. Instead we have non-vegetarian menu, which costs 500 rupees. We also do not accept such offers unless and until the donor (and his family) is willing to eat with the children. In short, we want people with heart.

Today a family wanted to celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary with us. They promptly called in advance and gave the money to prepare the food for all of us including them. With the staff help, children decorated the white board with the anniversary greetings. Our trustee prayed for the family and then we enjoyed our special meal.

To some, this might sound small and simple, for the children they see something very special. They see someone that cares enough to spend their special days with them. It’s a small gesture of love but has a big impact.

Although the family refused, as a matter of policy, we gave all the receipts and remaining money to them to be in compliance with the first of our five values “Transparency”.


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