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A story of connecting

by C:F Team on 25th September, 2012 at 4:09 PM CEST

Sunday, Sept 23 2012: One article reached the inbox of Andreja Kodrin, founder of C:F. Authors: Reena Kataria and Jovana Djurkovic; It said: specially written for C:F and for Andreja :) Here it is, published:

"Every person is an individual, still we see everyone as human. They may be different  in looks, culture, colour or other things but ultimately, they learn the same thing: to love and to be loved. They  eat different food, enjoy different drinks, but everyone has same blood color.

Here we are! Two different persons Reena & Jovana! Reena - a single mother from India, 30 by age, microbiologist and medical technician by educational qualification.

Jovana - young girl from Montenegro, 20 by age, student at the Faculty of Economics. They are both very friendly, want to learn and want to share their cultures. What actually connects them? Yes, Challenge:Future!

They participated in various quick challenges, have friends in common and through the virtual platform they both came closer. They know so many things about each other, about their culture, festivals and celebrations, languages and especially, they know each other’s family very well. Both families  even know each other and send gifts, share emotions, talk, laugh and even share personal things with each other.

They became so addictive that when Reena smiles looking at her laptop's screen, her baby boy asks “Mom, Jovana didi msg avyo?” (Did you get message from Jovana ?”) or when Jovana’s mother tells her to get up from her laptop, she will say “Mom, few more minutes with Reena, she is online now” and her mom instead of shouting, comes excitedly in the room and starts sending greetings to Reena.

Reena's son, Ved, holding 'gusle' from Montenegro and Jovana wearing Indian kurti.

And main reason actually why this article is written, is their dear C:F moms :D

Yes, you read it correctly, their moms are also into Challenge:Future. Thanks to Reena, Jovana and their friendship, their moms also became friends, because they both love flowers, and they have a common favorite Indian TV serial, called Bandini. And every time they talk via Skype, Jovana's mom and Reena are laughing so loud that even neighbors can hear the noise. Jovana's mom likes to say that their family loves Reena like she is part of it, and Reena's family say the same for Jovana.

At the end we would like to say thank you (dhaniawad in Hindi, hvala in Montenegrin) to Challenge:Future."

Today, Tuesday, 25 September 2012

When preparing the article for publishing, we realized that this article was not an ordinary one. Not only because of the emotions and special flavor, but because (purposely or not) it was sent and written just one day before the official 3rd anniversary of Challenge:Future! 

Believe it or not, it’s been three years of Challenge:Future! Some of you remember its very first beginnings, some of you are new and feel like it existed for ages. But on this special occasion, we call out to all of you who find inspiration and feel empowered by Challenge:Future - raise your morning cups of tea/coffee/whatever you drink and wake up for your future! Start your day with a salute to Challenge:Future. Post your photos on Facebook or Google+ and let’s create a morning vibe that will wake up and put a smile on the face of all youth around the globe! 

By now, we are more than 24 000. In 10 years we shall win the Nobel Prize Award :) Thank you all for being with us, and more importantly, for being who you are.

C:F Team

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

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This article is very close to my heart . . .. its almost impossible to describe these relations in words, . . this story is very attached with it, bcaz i was d courier boy for this gifts.. ha ha ;) ;) ;)

Reena & Jovana never met each other but the kind of bond they share with each other is just wow.. they can talk for hours n hours and can share anything they feel like... jovana has speciial place in our family, v always feel lik she is part of our family only.. VED (Reena's little son) loves jovana & enjoyyyy taking to her .. if u see the atmosphere .. its cool u know, our generatoin like me, jovana's sis - in short all enjoy taking to each other, gettin gupdtes n all..

but most special part is when my mom talk with jovana, my mom talk with jovana's mom .. most emotional phase .. i never imagine that CF will became junction point for 2 MOMs... theyyyy enjoy talking to eachother.. n article is really right.............. if they are talking, even neighbours can hear their noices & fun .. ..

Thank u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CF for connecting 2 familes in real sense . . I seen lot many organization & worked with but CF & people involved are just BESTESTEST...:)

even now our CF India chapter members are rocking frds of jovana n gang like vesna n all.. India & montenegro share very sweet relations even thought no one met each other ever in life except me . . I am not sure whether i m trasferring the feeling they have but believe me . .. when u see them, u can realise that its world's best feeling that u can have... :)

In 1 line I can thank on very special day of CF & this article den its
"CF became family member of our family ... <3 <3 "

Thank you so much Shweta Birla for connecting all of us with CF ..
lots of loveeeeeeeeeee

25th September, 2012 @ 7:04 PM CEST

Faisal  imtiaz

Faisal imtiaz

Hats off to the writers :) awsome to read:) and congratulations to CF mum Andreja Kodrin on CF anniversary :)

25th September, 2012 @ 9:50 PM CEST

Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

A story of Inspiration!! Thank you Challenge Future for providing an opportunity/platform to connect the World. Very Well Done to Writers !!

25th September, 2012 @ 9:52 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Congratulations Andreja, Metka, Matjaz, Damjan, Nadya, Olga, Sayanee... and all the people who made this vision happen. The story of Jovana and Reena is only one of the stories that reflects the power and uniqueness of challenge:future community. I am happy that only three years after this initiative was launched - we are part of it and shall make it grow even more!

26th September, 2012 @ 9:47 AM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Salute everyone with my late morning coffee!:)

26th September, 2012 @ 11:59 AM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

happy birthday C:F!!

it is indeed a story of connecting :) I have made so many friends in many corners of the world, that it has both humbled me and strengthened me! thank you <3

26th September, 2012 @ 1:47 PM CEST

Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

I too have many great connections through C:F.

Thanks CF and happy birth day...

26th September, 2012 @ 5:13 PM CEST

Jovana Djurkovic

Jovana Djurkovic | Action team | CF Chapters

:D Wow, we didn't know it is CF's birthday soon, if did, we could add some nice wishes at the end. :D

I guess magic did its thing, and the article was sent at the right moment. :))

Thanks Jatin for such a honest feedback, and thanks for delivering our gifts, hehe. It is true, CF India Chapter gang (Reena, Jatin, Dhaval, Dharmesh, Ritesh, Apoorva....) is so great, that I enjoy talking with all of you.

As Bistra said, this is just one of the stories about CF and connection that CF creates. :D
Happy to be part of big CF family. :)))

26th September, 2012 @ 5:33 PM CEST

reena kataria

reena kataria

wow...this is really amazing...our small sharing is really on time....n yeah as jovana has said it was not planned but i guess its an indication to share this on an amazing occasion :)

when any person ask me whats more imp in life...n without doubt say that ..its "sharing"...sharing of everything ,every emotions gives you one or the other kind satisfaction n which is so imp in life ....

i m bit shy in terms of sharing n thats 'y till to date i have never write any article oficially n jovana always push me n here i want to say to her that..dear this is for u , our friendship , our moms n specially for C:F mom andrea :)

a perfect example that C:F works with hearts :))

a person u have never meet , not sure u gonna meet ever but still u feel so close ...not every platform does this...n i must thank n congratulate C:F for this

warm wishes to C:F n all d members ..... :)

p.s. jatin next time when u ll delivr things v ll not forgt our delivry boy ...v ll giv smthng to u too :D :D

26th September, 2012 @ 6:34 PM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Three years ago the launch of CF was enabled by the use of new technology that connect us on the global level. But it was still just a platform, a tool that could be used on multiple ways.

The story or Reena and Jovana are beyond any achievements of social media as well as of CF. It is a case of real friendship build on connections of many (Jatin, Shweta, Maggy, Vladimir, Ana,.........) and transfered from virtual to the real life. I have never met (yet) Reena but from talking with Jovana you can visualize Reena as the real person with strong presence in Jovana's life. It is not avatar and not just another virtual friend but a strong support with real hart and with real shoulders when you need them the most.

Thanks Jovana and Reena, your story is our CF Birthday gift and thanks also to all of you, Failsal, Jatin, Darmesh, Damla, Haidi, Stefan, Sam, Francis, Syed, Sayanee, Bistra, Metka, Dan, Nadya, Olga, MatjaĆŸ, Damjan, Sandra, Jude, Satchi, .............................. ......... to be CF. CF without you would be just words on a web page!

28th September, 2012 @ 9:23 AM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Thank you Andreja and everyone! Words can't express how happy I am to be part and parcel of this never-before-seen platforn that truely connect people irrespective of physical separation. It's amazing how we work and relate here as though we are in a real life setting, just with the use of connective technologies.

11th October, 2012 @ 12:28 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Andrea, even after a year.. these words r still alive inside me and in fact us.. :) --- m really really really happy to read ur words .. :)

30th January, 2013 @ 11:51 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Thanks for sharing....

1st February, 2013 @ 7:49 PM CEST

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