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Mark Keatinge, the YKIP Friend

  • 2015/04/24

Alice Mendoza, the teacher at Wilkes Elementary school stayed with us early in 2002 simply because of a mutual friend. Great lady and we all had a lot of fun.

After the first Bali Bomb, she made contact and explained the calendar story and that the children wanted to give USD5,000 from the proceeds of the Christmas 2002 “2003 Calendar” sales to help with the education of the Indonesian children of the bomb victims.

I then set off trying to find the right organization to make the donation to. It was all frustrating till I was invited by Kim Patra to attend a YKIP meeting to see if there was a “road” to be had there. YKIP said “what a great idea. You can run it too”. Not quite what I had planned but I had sort of asked for it. This was looking like an enormous job and then YKIDS, which had already been started by the team from Courts, appeared via a presentation at Rotary Nusa Dua. We set up a meeting at Mitrais, all recognized that we could achieve so much more by working together, and the partnership of YKIP/YKIDS was born. YKIDS had already done a lot of the in inital surveying and were very clear about how to relate to the families and together we have worked, I think, brilliantly, without any problems whatsoever to get to where we are now. So, just last month, I was visited by a client’s architect from Seattle and in subsequent emails we discovered that his daughter had been one of the children in that class that raised that initial USD 5,000. A truly great coincidence. Small world.

So, there you have it. I am amazed by all of this, how the circles keep connecting and how a class of 8 year olds can touch the lives of people on the other side of the world.

Mark Keatinge

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