Anita Smart has been the Executive Director of Natik since September 2010. Below she shares her Thanksgiving reflections…
One of the things that makes my job so energizing is the constant expression of gratitude from everyone, and for all sorts of reasons. The obvious sources of appreciation are the scholarships, the micro loans, help with homework and assistance with small entrepreneurial ventures. The most surprising indications of Natik-wide gratitude are the incessant email exchanges among all of us that are so often signed with ‘thanks’, and ‘gracias’ (it cracks me up how often these excited interchanges result in more work for everyone!).
Today I would like to express my humble gratitude for the loyal professionalism of this amazing amalgam of staff, board, fellows, interns, volunteers and advisers. Natik would not exist if it weren’t for everyone’s willingness to keep doing what they do: accounting, legal, design, website, banking, letter-writing, blog and facebook posting, setting up and running e-commerce projects, evaluating, reviewing, interviewing, filming, training partners to handle new or different accounting systems, running SWOT analysis, accompanying monitoring and evaluation, gathering, translating and sending letters to scholarship sponsors, taking and organizing photos, handling administrative data, carrying merchandise in suitcases to save on shipping costs and advising on development issues gives an idea of the range of the work done by a growing number of people.
Finally, today’s day of thanksgiving cannot go by without sharing my heart-felt gratitude for our devoted donors, whose faith in our vision carried us through rough times and difficult lessons. If we’d had to be financially sustainable from the beginning, we wouldn’t exist today, so thanks for sustaining us with such good will, conviction and generosity!
And to all: HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2013!