Itis with great joy and somewhat a sense of accomplishment that we celebrate the first anniversary of Lingua-World South Africa. Exactly one year ago on the 1st of November 2012 we opened the doors to our Johannesburg offices. I remember a virtually empty and quiet office with one desk and a telephone and battling to configure the settings for our internet connection. Soon there was a more hopeful feeling, although it was not yet known what the future held for us.
Now one year later that quiet office is a buzz of activity, and I am happy to no longer be the only person in the office. We have managed to grow our staff with now a team of 20 staff members, we continue to grow with a vision to create more opportunities for more young people in South Africa. It has been an uphill journey with a lot of obstacles but somehow we have managed to overcome them through sheer determination. We are thankful for all the support we have received and continue to receive from organizations and individuals alike.
It has been a learning curve for me and our Director Ms Kostadinova, who has been the perfect mentor with her seasoned experience as well as her determination, even when nothing seemed to work. She kept our faith alive because she never gave up and did not allow us to give up either. She had a vision and for me it has been like weaving a net seeing every little effort play its part in the bigger picture.
Lingua-World Johannesburg, I would say, is proof that the journey of a thousand miles really does just begin with one step. We are proud to have come this far but we still have a long way to go and a bigger vision to realise. As we go into the 2nd year we are very excited about the future and can say with confidence that we are ready for the next challenge.
We would again like to express our gratitude to all those who have supported us and to Lingua-World GmbH in particular for being our pillar to lean on through this formative time.