LIN introduced the agenda and the meeting's objectives. Everything went as planned until Ms. Thien Thanh - VNG Marketing Manager, leader of the mentoring group, raised her voice, "I think we should consider another name for Sex Rights Group."
"The name?" questioned the other members. This year's CPI is focused on financial sustainability; however, the mentor team started asking about the group's name, their human resources, core activities and legal status...
Ms. Thanh explained that although progress has been made, it is still taboo to mention "sex" or sex-related topics in daily conversation. The sensative name of the organization thus might make it difficult for them to communicate with their stakeholders. She then moved on to explaining the importance of a well planned structure for a fledgling not-for-forfit organization like the Sex Rights group. At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed that the house of "Financial Sustainability" would need to be build on its essence.
In another meeting, Mrs. Hong To Hue Lan, Founding Director of Ceporer Hoc Mon, surprised her team by speaking fluent French with two sponsors who were visiting the shelter. Larger than all the plans and efforts she had done following LIN's suggestions, Mrs. Lan did teach us a lesson: "The string that is connecting beneficiaries and sponsors is not made from ink and a well-thought out plan but from the language they can speak together, heart to heart."
Update on CPI:
October 17th: CPI Awards Ceremony (6:00 PM-8:00 pm)
Anh Minh will take over Truc's responsibilities for managing the participating CPI teams.