As I extend my warm and heartfelt New Year wishes to you, I also take the opportunity to reflect upon the year gone by.
Year 2017 was a special one. Being the 25th year of ACF's journey, it brought in several moments to reminisce about our endeavours, revisit milestones and take pride in our achievements. A journey that began with tiny steps has gradually grown into a full-fledged organisation, reaching out to over 2 million rural lives across 11 states, each year.
Today, by connecting the dots, I realise how crucial the challenges and hardships were that we encountered on our way - those night-long meetings with community members, failed initiatives, delayed permissions. All of these actually turned out to be stepping stones - fuelling our determination to establish ACF's identity far beyond CSR.
While 2017 was a year of celebration, it was also a year of re-invigorating our goals, refreshing our identity and strengthening partnerships. I am glad to share that our focused approach on fostering collaborations has helped us extend our partnerships base from government and development agencies to several national and international corporates.
25 years of stringent work to develop and curate successful models has brought us plenty of rich knowledge and experience. Through various events organised during the year, ACF created several knowledge sharing platforms to disseminate best practices and explore partnerships for a better, more amplified impact.
None of this would be possible without the support of our well-wishers, our partners and mentors. None of this would be possible without you!
In 2018, as ACF gears up to celebrate its silver jubilee, we are nurturing a bigger dream to extend ourselves more and venture into new territories - beyond our corporate responsibility - a sincere dedicated effort towards NATION BUILDING.
I urge you to join us in this venture. Our focus is not merely on eliminating poverty but on empowering people to live more prosperous, meaningful lives.
Together, let us make 2018 a year to remember.