Mixed Feelings

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The months of April and May of 2012 have given me mixed emotions. On one hand, I am very happy because the ASEC project has a lot of possibility of being supported by a donor that has worked in the region for many years, and because of the possibility that the Cangrejal Special Education Project will be in operation by the end of 2012.

On the other hand, the organization has entered into a very serious financial crisis, which has caused the first cuts of our staff and the discontinued monitoring of some projects, and there is a serious risk of closing the organization if we continue with this situation.

These months have been full of ups and downs, with good news and bad news, however, one of the things that motivates me to continue with optimism is the desire of the volunteers who want to reach their goals in each project despite the obstacles. I am surprised by the love of our organization’s people, and that attitude makes me reflect on the great work that our organization, Un Mundo, is doing in all of the communities.

It is not easy to maintain 100% motivation knowing that there is a risk that our efforts will not be completed entirely if the organization closes its operation, despite knowing that many volunteers are prepared to manage the different projects. It is a constant fight between my motivation, the financial crisis, and the questions about what will happen. However, I am convinced that with the strategies that have been designed we will get out of this situation.

I want to make a reference to a thought by one of my favorite thinkers who speaks of this crisis:

“A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress.
Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventive is born, as well as discoveries, and big strategies. Who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome.”
~ Albert Einstein

With confidence I can affirm that by overcoming this crisis inside of our organization, things will be much better tomorrow. This situation will leave us with lessons that will make a positive mark on our actions and decision-making in a manner that is more balanced and sustainable in every way.

In particular I want to thank Ellyson Goetz, Executive Director of Un Mundo, for all of her effort and commitment to do what it takes to float our ship (the organization). Without her, it is possible that we would be sunk in the depths of the crisis. Her ability and attitude is an extra motivation for me, and learning from her has already left a positive mark on my life. I have met very few people in my life who give one thousand percent to their work.

Dear reader, if you are reading this humble blog, I want to give you the following invitation: If you want to “be the change you wish to see,” join our organization; help us complete our dreams that so many people need so much. Show no indifference to the needs of the most destitute. Do not forget that tomorrow any one of may be in a place of need, and need the help of the other.

Un Mundo… We do a lot with a little.

Donate to Un Mundo now!

Or learn about the other ways you can help Un Mundo by visiting: www.unmundo.org/join-us.

This post was originally written in Spanish by Denis Espinal, Un Mundo Program Director.

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