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Elide Friday, 29 December 2017

An exhibtion, a book, and ten years of activity to tell

And here we are, together among the giant photos telling our story, flicking through the book detailing our exploits, full of stories past and future dreams to realize: this the celebration of the Foundation’s Anniversary: intimate moments, serious words, and amazing enthusiasm.
An exhibtion, a book, and ten years of activity to tell
 
 
 
The exhibition proudly boasts giant photos of our work in far off lands and it is as if one takes a journey through time to witness what we have done over these 10 years. It really is uplifting and gives us energy to take our mission forward.
Time has passed quickly and it is time to celebrate ten years of the Foundation’s activity. It is good to look back and reflect on how much we have achieved together and to look forward to achieving even more.
It is 11 December and the craftsmen are up and down the corridors in Hotel La Perla, busy installing the exhibition dedicated to the Costa Family Foundation. It really is a hive of activity, drills and hammers everywhere. We need to be ready for 15 December and when I see all the wires and fixtures spread around I doubt as to whether we will make it or not! And just a bit further down the corridor the print room is busy finalizing our book! Many trips, much work, a thousand ideas discussed. I cannot wait to see the finished version.
And now moving on several days I am happy to report that all has gone well and the exhibition is up and running and the corridors, just a few days ago a mess of wire and a million other things, now proudly boast giant photos of our work overseas and it is as if one takes a journey through time to witness what we have done over these 10 years. It really is uplifting and gives us much inspiration and energy to take our mission forward.
And then just in time the book appears, just as the guest arrive. Yes, just a few guests for this special birthday celebration – a dinner with just a few of us together, we who have been involved and lived the life of the Foundation so far. We just want to spend a little time together and reflect on what all this has been about. We are in the lounge with the fire glowing bright and the Christmas tree gaily decorated. Joe is dressed in Tibetan style, I in Indian style, and we raise a glass to the past, to the present, and to the future. Michil tells us how much he desired to help the needy, the importance to look beyond ourselves, to challenge ourselves and to have a dream to reach out for. He was and remains the inspiration behind the Foundation. Joe followed his lead, she nervous at first, entering a world so far away and so different from our own, and yet she has become determined, resolute, and totally committed. She tells us her tale, how good it is that love for others can flourish in places far away, in India for example. She went and returned, and has never abandoned it since. A few years later, it was the turn of Merch, Gu and myself to go to Africa. We went and we came back transformed. We understood how it is possible to contribute to the way of the world. We continued to drive forward and the Foundation has grown and developed – from India to Africa, to Afghanistan. Many projects and much happiness, and much determination to carry on.
The Foundation is a journey of discovery, one story follows another. Worlds far from our own have come into our orbit, have given us new colors, new emotions, new meanings. We share our sensations and give even more vigor and resolve to our future. It is the moment to cut the cake and other staff of La Perla join us in a general euphoric celebration. It is good to be together with people who share a common goal, a common spirit, and an enthusiasm to give of oneself and to help others.

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