This week we took on two new team members in Tanzania to help manage the growth in what we are doing here.
It has left me without an office within the office, so I am moving back to work from home.
The growth we are pushing forward is big – 30% growth in operational impact last year (on a 15% growth in income – we’re efficient) and another 25% projected this year.
If I’m honest I waited too long to appoint new people – my team have been a little fried by the growth – but they are good people and forgive my mistakes (thankfully).
Thanks to growing support across the board we can now make the investment needed to deliver on our promises and implement a high quality programme and help a whole load more people living in pain.
Moving out and working from home brings me full circle. When we first moved here we didn’t actually have an office of any kind. The clinic was the only building we rented and had no office. I worked from a room in our house. It took a couple of years to get to the point of renting an extra room at Hope Dental Centre at which time there were 4 of us working there. A couple of years later and we just had to move and rent a larger building with room to grow into. And now we have, and I’m moving out.
I’m not sad to be moving:
- We now have a mostly Tanzanian team working their behinds off to deliver the programmes – they need to be in there
- I’m not needed day to day any more – I have a fantastic Ops Director and team who make it all happen
- It gives me a bit of space to focus on my key objectives – growing the organisation, getting new support on board, planning the strategy…
Over the next couple of months we’re going to be introducing you to the people who work for Bridge2Aid both here and in the UK. We’re a growing team, but every single one completely committed to helping communities in pain, and every single one essential to that task.
Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be moving…