Pilot Program – #Delhi2013
We believe that after trudging through treatment, cancer patients deserve an opportunity to believe in big dreams and possibilities again. What better way to do this than with a trip to India incorporating volunteer work, cultural activities, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Taj Mahal?
From February 16 – March 2, 2013 the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation took twelve participants from across North America on a customized two-week volunteer trip to New Delhi, India. We called this pilot program #Delhi2013 and were joined by ﬁlm-maker Mark Halliday.
While in India, each of the #Delhi2013 Dozen was matched with a local community project and spent two weeks giving of his or her time and energy to people on the other side of the world. Whether helping wash floors at Mother Teresa’s Home For the Dying & The Destitute, participating in English lessons at a school for children living in one of Delhi’s many depressed areas, or providing an extra set of hands to serve meals at daycares and special needs schools, each participant not only acted as a volunteer, but also as a Cancer Ambassador in communities where cancer is often veiled in shame, secrecy, and stigma.
As a way to build connections and shed light on some of the challenges facing the global cancer community, we partnered with CanSupport, a Delhi based organization providing support for cancer patients and their families. While in New Delhi, we brought together people impacted by cancer on both sides of the globe and had a first-hand opportunity to experience that cancer knows no language or race.
To learn more about how #Delhi2013 became a reality, visit #Delhi2013 – How It All Began.