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Nautique Cares - India

Nov 01, 2013

Nautique team heading to India

Bill breaking ground at the expansion of a home for girls in Western India

For over six years Nautique employees have traveled all over the world in an effort to serve others and learn how we can work together to make the world a better place. Serving is an important part of who we are and we try to live that out at home and abroad. This past week a group of us went to Western India for what may have been our most impactful trip.

I was joined by five others on the trip; Mike Yauch (Nautique’s VP – Domestic Sales), Angela Pilkington (Nautique’s VP – Administration), Dan Guthrie (Nautique’s Director – International Sales), Shaun Murray (Team Nautique wakeboarder) and Dr. Abby Delgoffe (well known in the wakeboarding community as both a chiropractor and a professional wakeboarder.)

While in Western India we visited an area with significant human trafficking and we were heartbroken to see the girls who have had their lives stolen from them by people just looking to make money who treat them as a commodity, or worse. The conditions and cruelty we saw are beyond what you can imagine. Though I wish I could go into more details and share more pictures, this blog is not the place to describe the brutality of what we saw. But, trust me when I say it is worse than you can imagine with victims as young as four or five years old. Very, very sad.

The organization we were visiting (more on them later) is working hard to rescue girls and their babies from this totally inhumane situation. We visited two different homes run by this organization where the rescued girls are being treated as well as their own daughters and are being given a chance to get an education and have a future beyond what they could have imagined. They are doing an amazing job relieving current suffering while also working toward long term solutions to the problems.

Shaun Murray and I both had multiple opportunities to speak to various groups while in India. We were honored to be able to share some of our thoughts and perspective. I was particularly honored to share some thoughts with one of the groups. I was asked to speak to the girls at one of the homes “as a father.” Being a father of two girls I was thrilled to share some of the principles with them that I have shared with my own daughters.

The group we went to visit in India is called “As Our Own.” Their website I strongly encourage you to check out this website and learn about what they are doing. I have been working with this organization for a couple years sharing Strategic Planning principles we follow at Nautique to help them become a more effective organization. Additionally, they are doing an incredible job on the ground with the young women in India and we have now seen that first hand. If you have ever considered supporting any group I would strongly encourage you to consider supporting them. Also, invite them to speak at your club, schools and churches. I assure you it will be an investment well made.

At Nautique we want to build the world’s best boats but we also want to play a part in making the world a better group. We believe that partnering with As Our Own helps us do that.

The world’s best ski boat; the world’s best wake boat; and, a company that cares!

Enjoy the Nautique life!