Towards the beginning of 2016, we had the privilege of a visit to the center by a team of supporters from the Rotary Club. There was Dr. Rajiv Bhanot, Ms. Deborah Henry Priya and Mr. Richard Jacob who has been involved
with us and supporting us in various ways. They listened to what we were doing at the PLC and our strengths and weaknesses. At the end of our encounter with them, they asked how they can be of help.
we faced a lot of problems related to the lack of funds to finance our operation, I did not appeal to them for funds. I was very much aware that the root to our lack of funds was not because there was no funding available for the kind of work we were
doing but rather my lack of efficiency in handling the administrative affairs of the Positive Living Community which made us ineligible for funding. The main area of weakness being the maintaining proper accounts and having our accounts audited. This was because
up till now, it has largely a one man show as I did not have among my team of helpers, anyone who could help me out with administrative aspect of the organization. However, they have been invaluable and indispensable in carrying out the various chores that
were needed to keep our various services going. I shared this with them and within a few weeks, they committed themselves to our organization and came up with a plan to restructure its administration.
A new registration of the society under a similar sounding name with a new ex-co of capable people and representatives from the existing organization was set up. As they were people from the corporate sector, they offered to handle our accounting
and have it audited by their auditors. Once our first auditing has been done, we would be more eligible for funding from various sources.
Apart from that, they also committed themselves to bring in various
other resource groups that they were in touch with to help upgrade the facilities at the PLC. One of the first significant help came from the Taylors University which helped us to come up with a new packaging design to enable us to better market our tea.
Another ongoing development is the engagement of the ‘Engineers Without Borders’ of the Monash University which has undertaken several plans to upgrade some of our facilities. A creativity center has already
been erected and awaiting the final stages. Work to renovate and upgrade the existing worn down store has already started. When completed, it will house a classroom, recycling workshop and a large display area for recycled items.
15th November 2016