I first traveled to Djibouti to scout out sites for solar powered water pump sites in January, 2015. With Colonel Mohamed Farah, who previously had served at CENTCOM as the Djibouti Senior National Representative as my guide we traveled most of the country. One of my trips we headed above Lake Assal, a beautiful salt water lake west of Djibouti City, the capital. It was a rough road but after 4 hours we reached a small village on a windswept plateau. The people of Kalatbisan had seen us coming for many miles on the torturous rocky and broken road and the women and many children were waiting for us, or rather for me. I was coming and there was hope that I would bring some help to a people living on the edge. There were many small yurt like homes dotting the landscape and a tattered UNICEF tent and a dome. The dome contained food that the World Food Program sent to feed the children that attended school. The tent was the last remaining one as the others had been blown away by the unremitting winds. In that tent we met with the village elders. Read More
My 2016 travels in Nepal were full of stories of amazing dedication, selflessness and love and they have touched me like never before. Read these stories of my travels and you will see why our hearts have to be opened and we are called upon, all of us to help the people of Nepal and our partners in these efforts who have showed through their love what change can do. Read More
1 JUNE 2015
“Culture through Compassion” – Let’s rebuild Nepal, one family at a time
Three foundations covering Europe/Asia (Philanthropy Connections Foundation (PCF, Dutch), Global Action Coalition (GAC, USA) and Yogdaan Foundation Nepal (YFN, Nepal) today announced the launch of partnership to raise funds and awareness of efforts for reconstructing earthquake impacted communities in Nepal. Backed by media personnel, military & art supporters and business & software entrepreneurs, the partnership’s mission (goal) is to focus on impacted communities and help them regain their footing and take steps towards self-reliance beyond pre-earthquake level.
Our New program is distributing sweaters which we started last fall. We have given sweaters to children in 3 schools so far, Kirantar, Surkhandi and Pokhari. We have 4 more to do and can use your help. The weather in the mountains get cold and when I was there I always saw children with colds. Rupendra says there are many days the children are not allowed to leave the wooden stove in their home to go outside because of their flimsy clothing.
I think between giving a meal a day and warm clothes we are starting to help with the health and education issues in these areas.