I want to thank Celanese from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the privilege of participating in the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) in New Delhi, India. Celanese sent a great team of people who are truly committed to making an impact on the lives of those less fortunate.

Conditions in India are much different than what we are used to here in the United States, and yet we all adapted readily and easily knowing we were there to be of service. We dove into the culture and experienced the good and the bad. We were able to tour and see many amazing sights, but we also worked hard to make sure we could fulfill our obligation at our assignments.

Steve Brandtner and I worked with women ages 17 years to 28 years old who were in a school for six months to learn how to sew in anticipation of going to work in a factory. The women have little and yet were joyful and eager to learn. When we met these beautiful hope-filled women there were some that would not even stand straight or speak in an audible voice. It was so rewarding to finally be able to hear the voices of all of the women introducing themselves to their classmates in English and to see the excitement they all had for each other as they became more confident.

India faces many challenges, especially with respect to women and their role and survival in the culture. I am grateful that we had the chance to make a small impact on the lives of these amazing people. I know they have inspired and made an impact on me.

Thank you again, Celanese, for your commitment and investment in giving back and providing me with the opportunity to see first-hand the lives of so many wonderful women. This experience has inspired me to look for other opportunities to volunteer and to give where there is a need. Thank you also to my New Delhi team members– it was the experience of a lifetime and I am grateful to have been able to share this growth opportunity with you!

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of 11 blogs by Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team members who served for two weeks in New Delhi, India.