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Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Making An Impact And Memories In Brazil 

Brazil, Uberlandia is a place full of nice and friendly people whom I met in October.  The wonderful memories will always be in my heart for many years. The experiences I’ve gained during this trip not only gave me  insight into the physical aspect of voluntary work, such as helping  people and an organization, but also the emotional aspect of it as well through interactions with the people we served.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) that I worked for is SOS Mulher Família Uberlândia. This organization provides psychological, social and legal assistance to people involved in family violence. I was greatly impressed by how these unsung heroes and heroines assisted these…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

SOS Women And Family Of Uberlândia: From Caterpillar To Butterfly 

Sebastiana, 75 years ‘young’, is the housekeeper at #SOS Women and Family of #Uberlândia. Even at this age, she is hard-working and displays remarkable strength and resilience in exercising physical activities. Lamenting the weight of the years, she posed a simple, but profound question:

“Do women in the countries we come from work at her age?”

“Women never stop working.” I replied, considerately.

SOS Women and Family provides social, psychological and legal assistance to people who experience domestic violence, mostly low-income women living on the outskirts of town. In the words of a Chinese proverb: “Women hold up #half the sky.” Yet this is typically an aspiration as women are

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

DEUS É BOM PRA MIM 

“DEUS É BOM PRA MIM” in English means “God is good to me.” This line of verse is a refrain from a children’s bible song. Everyone sang this beautiful melody at Casa Betesda before lunch each day. They sang this song to motivate their guests or themselves. We joined them in the chorus to celebrate their optimism and let them know even people from thousands mile away also care for them. This convinced us that volunteering for the CIIP was one of the best decisions we have made in our lives!

Thanks to the first Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP), our team had a chance to work for Casa Betesda, which means…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Reflections Of Brazil 

Our final week in Uberlandia, Brazil, was pretty emotional, to say the least.  Saying good bye to the people we grew close to in Brazil was tough.  Saying good bye to the 9 persons in our organization that we worked with or spent time with every day was tougher.  I can truly say that each person I came in contact with impacted my life in one way or another. I learned so much in the short time I spent in Brazil, not just from the Brazilian people, but more importantly from the nine other outstanding people from our organization that made up the first ever CIIP team. Most of the CIIP team is writing about what they did in Brazil and about how great their experience was working with the NGO’s and the Brazilian people.  I personally want to take a minute and tell you about…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Aligned, Empowered And Committed To Success 

When I signed up for the CIIP, I was looking for an adventure. I knew I was going to a place I had never been before – a place most tourists don’t go. I knew I was going to work with nine other Celanese employees that I didn’t know. I knew I was going to help someone else and make the world a little better.

About a month before we left, we were told which NGO (non-governmental organization, a.k.a. charity) we would be working with and what they wanted us to do.  Rick, Barry and I got a “Scope of Work” that was two paragraphs. It said Casa Betesda’s registration, inventory and donation systems were all on…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

A Garden Of Bounty In Brazil 

The excitement I had when I got the news that I was going to Brazil is hard to put in to words, but the feeling I had when actually landing in Brazil after a long and exhausting flight is even harder to describe.

It was a mixture of joy, nerves, excitement, amazement, but most of all ready to start!

I arrived on Friday morning and the rest of the team started to arrive one by one later that day. After being met by Rodrigo from CDS (the company that organized the CIIP project for Celanese) we had lunch in the mall close by and had a chance to finally get to know the people we have been…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Train To The Future 

I wanted to be part of the CIIP as I wanted to help to make the world better through my efforts.  I spent 30 days in Uberlandia, Brazil, and left a piece of myself there.  I have gained much more than I have given and I wish to share my feelings about my experiences, although it’s difficult to do so.

Day 1: Looking at these smiling faces, 30 days later, this picture looks more like a big family photo.   In the coming 30 days: we would open our hearts and trust each other, we would help…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

All About The People: Celanese International Impact Program 

Looking back to one month in Brazil, it is easy to say what affected me most, namely all the people I met during this journey.

The smart, popular and funny CIIP Team – It was an honor for me to work and spend a lot of time with this wonderful group.  Celanese did a very good job in selecting awesome individuals to work together on a multicultural team. The diversity  of nationality, age, experience, habits, backgrounds, etc., was exciting, challenging and a lot of fun. I never felt bored or even alone during this month in a foreign country. I would have never imagined learning…

Celanese International Impact Program, Improving The World

Ten Strangers In A Strange Land 

What happens when you take 10 complete strangers from around the globe and drop them in a foreign country, where you know no one, you have no clue how to navigate the geography and none of you speak the local language?  You get a little bit of chaos and a whole lot of fun!  Welcome to Uberlandia and welcome to the Celanese International Impact Program – affectionately known as CIIP.

It’s quite difficult to describe in words what this experience has been like.  It’s something you just have to experience yourself to truly understand the…