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people and cultures – inspiring journeys
sharing meaningful discoveries in Asia
The Plastic Waste Disaster:
Tons of plastic waste dumped in our oceans!
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Rivers are worshipped as the Mother of Waters.
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.
See the links below to follow updates on plans for more dams along the Mekong and Salween Rivers:
Mekong River Commission: www.mrcmekong.org
Salween River- the longest free-flowing river in Southeast Asia.
Can a battlefield be turned into an indigenous-run protected area?
Click to watch a touching video with a Karen proposal to create a Peace Park along the Salween: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWyDBz2HaJo
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-government organizations in one hundred countries advocating for a strong and effective nuclear weapon ban treaty. Negotiations on this new global agreement will take place at the United Nations in New York in 2017 from:
27-31 March and from 15 June-07 July.
Learn more on: http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/negotiations/
Please continue to support the Global Climate Change Collective:
One Earth Sangha
website with powerfully transformative articles: http://www.oneearthsangha.org/articles/call-to-social-transformation
Read more on Links below: http://gbccc.org/15-days-of-buddhist-climate-action
The continued struggle of Tibetans in their homeland must not be forgotten! Follow more on:
Free the Panchen Lama… Where is he after 20 years?
Impact of Environmental destruction in Tibet:
Traveling in Asia, the heart is often touched with a desire to help and to give back to the places that have welcomed us. Half the population in Southeast Asian developing countries is under 25 years of age and much of the population lives on just a few dollars a day. Helping to create useful skills and opportunity, dedicated and motivated individuals can be empowered to find a sustainable future. The hope also is for a new generation to find inspiration within their own culture and heritage and to become new leaders in their community.
Below are links to projects very worthwhile to support:
Childs Dream (Kindertraum): assisting underpriveleged children in the Mekong Sub-region Myanmar/Thai border, Laos, Cambodia providing healthcare, water and education.
A very informative website with office based in Chiang Mai: www.childsdream.org
Big Brother Mouse!
Publishing easy to read and fun books for children in Laos in Lao and in English. Making literacy fun!
Beginners books, Story books for more advanced readers, Reference books -illustrated by enthusiastic young Lao staff.
US$1200 was donated towards the publication of Wonders of the World!
Now also registered as a US 501(c)(3) – www.LaosLiteracyProject.org
The Language Project @ My Library
In 1999, American Carol Kresge began setting up reading and listening libraries for the novices and monks in Luang Prabang temples. Since 2003, a self study and resource centre has been operating in town open and free to all. English language books, tapes and CD Rom learning materials are carefully chosen to meet the need for further studies and skills. Books on Art, History and Folk Stories of Laos are also available.
Being the largest town in Northern Laos, several thousand post secondary students come to attend school in Luang Prabang. The Language Project library averages 140 users a day. It’s a place where young people come to help each other, learn about problem solving and where students realize that they too, can become teachers.
Learn more: www.thelanguageproject.org
The Language Project is a US non-profit 501(c)(3)
Krama Yoga – Bringing Yoga to Life in Cambodia
Offering Yoga for Kids and Yoga Therapy for underprivelged youth: www.yogacambodia.com
Learn more about Khmer yoga teacher trainings and outreach programs bringing to Heart to local communities by locals: www.kundaliniyogacambodia.org
Orangutans are critically endangered.
Habitat loss and poaching continue to push orangutans to extinction.
Each day an area of six football fields of forest disappears- much of it to create palm oil plantations. Not only are these peaceful orangutans at risk, but entire ecosystems of flora and wildlife.
Sumatran Orangutan Society: www.orangutans-sos.org
Borneo Orangutan Survival: www.orangutans.com.au
FNPF- Friends of National Parks Foundation: www.fnpf.org
dedicated to reforestation in Borneo and Bali Starling breeding project.
Rainforest destruction for Palm Oil?
Imagine being stuck in a hot and dry place with your homes destroyed.
Read this story: Friday the Orangutan Rescued and Returned to the Forest
Yayasan Senyum- The Bali Smile Foundation:
providing operations for poor people with cranio-facial disabilities.
Click on: Nepal Updates for Links to organizations that continue to do so much to help others.
Tea Leaf Vision School – offering opportunity to youth of Tamil tea-picking families and to youth of Sinhalese farming communities. Very inspiring!
Learn more on: www.tealeaftrust.com
Bhante Sujatha’s Love in Action: www.bhantesujatha.org
founder of Blue Lotus Temple near Chicago