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  • Samwel Kongere
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5VvLrzLaXHc0i_2bh5XdOTxA_3d_3d Andrius, Leon and Marc, I have been researching causes of children s deaths, physically
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      Andrius, Leon and Marc,
      I have been researching causes of children's deaths, physically challenged children, and other vulnerable children. I am elected as one member of a board constituted and i visited a school where 24 children are staying, i will donate 4 sleeping mattresses to help them.

      I love Marc's Move.
      Samwel.
      --- On Wed, 5/27/09, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:

      > From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
      > Subject: [holistichelping] Marc Gold and DIY Philanthropic Travel
      > To: leon@..., earthtreasury@yahoogroups.com, voiceful@yahoogroups.com, "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>, marcgold@...
      > Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 1:15 AM
      > Hi Leon,
      >
      > Thank you for alerting us to the work of Marc Gold.
      > http://www.100friends.org
      > I've made a note at our wiki:
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?MarcGold
      > and I send him this letter.
      >
      > Marc, I alert you to Edward Cherlin of Earth Treasury
      > http://www.earthtreasury.org
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/ who I
      > think has many
      > similar interests, and organizes around the idea of One
      > Laptop per
      > Child. We're working together on open source textbooks.
      >
      > I'm also interested to learn more about yuor work in
      > Afghanistan. I lead
      > Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt for independent thinkers and we'd like
      > to
      > work for Lithuania's foreign ministry to help build Ghor
      > province and
      > other provinces there. I note the Pyramid of Peace
      > http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in Kenya to avert
      > genocide as an example
      > of what we accomplished together.
      >
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Minciu Sodas
      > http://www.ms.lt
      > ms@...
      >
      > http://www.100friends.org/about-100friends/who-we-help.html
      >
      > The 100 Friends Project has a unique approach to assisting
      > the needy in
      > Third World countries. Our main focus is on helping the
      > most vulnerable,
      > namely children and the elderly. However, there is only one
      > specific
      > criterion which defines those we aim to bring aid to, and
      > that is that
      > they are in need of help which they are not getting from
      > any other source.
      >
      > I am involved in several building projects. Last year, I
      > financed a
      > school in Afghanistan that will provide educational
      > opportunities to
      > 1,000 boys and girls who were previously attending school
      > in tents for
      > the last eight years. I also co-financed the construction
      > of a village
      > school in rural Cambodia. I aim to continue this work by
      > building a new
      > school in an impoverished area every year. My next school
      > building
      > project will take place in Nepal. As well as schools, I
      > also funded the
      > construction of a community center and washing facilities
      > in the slums
      > of Kolkata, India.
      >
      > -----------------------
      >
      > http://www.100friends.org/about-100friends.html
      >
      > The 100 Friends Project began in India in 1989 when I
      > discovered a
      > Tibetan woman with terrible ear infections. I took her to
      > the doctor and
      > a $1 antibiotic saved her life and a $30 hearing aid
      > restored her
      > hearing. I was amazed to learn that you could make such a
      > big difference
      > to a person’s life with so little money. When I returned
      > to the US, I
      > made a decision to return to India in order to help other
      > needy people
      > in a similar manner. I contacted one hundred of my friends
      > in order to
      > share this experience with them and gather donations to put
      > to use on my
      > next trip and I succeeded in raising $2,200. Since then,
      > the project and
      > its supporters have expanded dramatically and this year I
      > will be
      > carrying out the project’s twentieth humanitarian
      > mission. I have been
      > able to help thousands of individuals, families and small
      > organizations
      > in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Last year I raised
      > $115,000. The
      > ultimate goal of the project is to give away one million
      > dollars (but
      > why stop there?).
      >
      > Philosophy and Action
      >
      > The 100 Friends Project is based on the principle that one
      > person can
      > make a difference. It can take very little money, knowledge
      > or other
      > resources to accomplish miracles. When I speak in front of
      > young people
      > and plant the seeds of philanthropic travel in their minds,
      > I try to
      > impress upon them these principles to inspire them to make
      > a difference
      > in people’s lives. I also help others who are planning to
      > set up similar
      > initiatives. Even the impoverished are encouraged and
      > empowered to
      > continue the cycle of giving by ‘paying it forward’ –
      > performing their
      > own altruistic acts within their own communities. I aim to
      > deliver what
      > I call ‘the magic moment’ – the look on someone’s
      > face when you tell
      > them they will receive a lifesaving operation for their
      > child or an
      > educational opportunity that they could never afford
      > themselves.
      >
      > ----------------------------------------------
      >
      > http://www.100friends.org/donate/diy.html
      >
      > DIY Philanthropic Travel PDF Print E-mail
      >
      > Tips & Hints from Marc Gold: How to Change the World
      > While Traveling
      >
      > [Copyright by Judy Wolf http://www.judywolf.com]
      >
      > How do you prepare?
      >
      > * Get a lot of education about the place you're going to --
      > through
      > reading, watching videos, talking to people, surfing web
      > sites. Learn
      > about the area's history, politics, and geography. Get
      > there with as
      > much knowledge as possible.
      > * Learn 20 phrases in that language. People appreciate
      > that, and it goes
      > a long way toward making connections.
      > * Do special research into the problems of that country.
      > Find out what
      > the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are doing. Meet
      > with them when
      > you get there.
      >
      > How do you raise money?
      >
      > * Talk to people. Write a letter (see sample letter) and
      > send it to
      > everyone you know. If you don't have 100 acquaintances, so
      > what? Do you
      > have 40?
      > * Start a web page. Talk to web designers, let them know
      > what you're
      > doing, ask if they can help.
      > * If you have time, talk with rotary clubs, be on the
      > radio. It's all
      > about making the time and having the guts to follow
      > through.
      > * Become a non-profit [this is actually more affordable
      > than you might
      > realize -- check out the National Heritage Foundation] or
      > become
      > associated with one.
      > * Create a newsletter. Have photos to send, or to show on
      > your web page.
      > * The most important part of raising money? ASK for it.
      >
      > How do you know whom to donate to?
      >
      > * You meet trustworthy people, and you keep going back to
      > them.
      > * Meet with people at NGOs once you're in the country, and
      > ask them to
      > connect you to good people who are especially worthy or
      > needy.
      > * Be cool. Hang out for a number of days. Get to know
      > people before you
      > start talking about money.
      > * Trust your instincts. It's easy for money to go into the
      > wrong hands.
      > One family member can keep it from the others, or it can
      > introduce
      > jealousy. You learn as you go.
      > * The longer you do it, the stronger your connections will
      > be, the more
      > you'll know whom to trust -- and they'll connect you with
      > honest,
      > reliable, deserving people in the community.
      > * When you're giving to people on the street, look for
      > people collecting
      > bottles, cans -- they're not begging, they're working. $3
      > or $5 goes a
      > long way.
      > * Do a web search for NGOs or NGO directories in the region
      > you're
      > planning to visit. Visit the World Organization of
      > Non-Governmental
      > Organizations (WANGO), Taking It Global or the Journal of
      > Philanthropy
      > for resources and listings that can get you started.
      >
      > How do you avoid imposing your ideas about what people
      > need?
      >
      > * Ask. Find out from people who know the area or the
      > organization or
      > from the person him or herself what would make sense.
      > * Look for people who are already trying to help themselves
      > and give
      > them a little boost.
      > * Let people know that the only way they can pay it back is
      > by helping
      > someone else.
      > * What do you say to concerns about being an
      > over-privileged westerner
      > walking into communities and throwing your cash around? If
      > you talk to
      > people who desperately need it, they'll say, "That's cool."
      > But you have
      > to be smart and sensitive about it. There are definitely
      > ways money can
      > do more harm than good.
      > * Ultimately you have to ask yourself, Is it better to sit
      > around doing
      > nothing, or to do something, however imperfect?
      >
      > How to get involved in "adopting a village" while living at
      > home:
      >
      > * http://www.globalvillages.info/index.php/GlobalVillages/AdoptAVillage
      > * http://www.thaitourism.com/humanitarian.asp
      > * http://www.themessageprogram.org/adoptvillage.html
      > * http://www.myglobalvillage.org
      > * http://www.myglobalvillage.org/Q_A.html
      > * http://www.earthfuture.com/adoptavillage
      > * http://www.adoptavillageregistry.com
      > * http://www.morningstardevelopment.homestead.com/AdoptAVillage.html
      >
      > Here is information on starting your own website:
      >
      > * http://www.webspawner.com/
      > * http://www.havingmyownwebsite.net/
      > * http://www.virtuallyignorant.com/
      > * http://www.zoomshare.com/
      >
      > Here is information on applying for IRS 501(c)(3) tax
      > exempt status:
      >
      > * http://www.ncstac.org/content/materials/501c3.pdf
      > * http://www.ewildagain.org/nonprofit/demystifying.htm
      > * http://www.atlasusa.org/toolkit/incorporating.php
      >
      > The 39-page application packet (IRS Form 1023) can be
      > intimidating and
      > overwhelming. attorney Anthony Mancuso's How to Form a
      > Nonprofit
      > Corporation (Nolo Press) is an excellent resource that
      > helps the
      > applicant work through these forms, line by line. The book
      > costs less
      > than $50 and includes a computer diskette containing many
      > of the forms
      > needed for the initial corporate organization and filing:
      >
      > *
      > http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1413300391/qid=1116657987/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-3696824-8280064?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
      >
      > You can try to find someone in your community knowledgeable
      > in the
      > process who might be willing to help fill out the IRS
      > paperwork. The
      > only guidance here is to truly find someone who knows the
      > ropes on
      > nonprofits and especially knows the 501(c)3 application
      > process. This is
      > a very specialized area and just as you would not seek out
      > a foot doctor
      > for brain surgery, neither are all attorneys or accountants
      >
      > knowledgeable in this area. Be selective on who you pick to
      > help you.
      >
      > Here is information on starting your own nonprofit agency:
      >
      > * http://www.mapnp.org/library/strt_org/strt_np/strt_np.htm
      > * http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/znpbib.htm
      > * http://www.ctnonprofits.org/pages/NonProfitResources/StartNonProfit.asp
      >
      >
      > Here are some links from other "Global Ambassadors" that
      > are very
      > helpful to those who want to change the world while
      > travelling:
      >
      > * http://www.ethicaltraveler.com/guidelines.php
      > * http://www.ethicaltraveler.com/profiles.php
      > * http://www.intentional-traveler.com/index.html
      > * http://www.theculturedtraveler.com/Archives/Nov2004/Lead_Story.htm
      > * http://www.ethicaltraveler.com/links.php
      > * http://www.responsibletravel.com/Copy/Copy100061.htm
      > *
      > http://www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/ecodirectory/responsibletravel.html
      > * http://www.adventure-life.com/travel_details/sustainable.html
      > * http://www.itg.be/itg/Uploads/MedServ/RespTrav.pdf
      > * http://www.flidgrp.com/responsible_traveler.shtml
      > * http://www.lonelyplanet.com/columns/traveller_archive/2003jul30/index.htm
      > *
      > http://www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/ecodirectory/philanthropy.html
      > * http://www.sustainabletravel.org/
      > * http://www.sustainabletravel.org/programs_philan.htm
      > * http://www.sustainabletravel.org/case_studies.htm
      > * http://www.imaginative-traveller.com/planet/projects.asp
      > * http://www.backpacknation.org/
      > * http://www.studenttraveler.com/mag/05-04/scoop.php
      >
      >
      > Copyright (c) 2004 Judy Wolf
      > www.judywolf.com
      >
      > Judy has also written a sample fundraising letter
      > for those who want to start their own project:
      > http://www.judywolf.com/resources/100friends_tips-n-hints.html
      >
      >
      > Leon Benjamin wrote:
      > >
      > > http://www.100friends.org/
      > >
      > > Warm regards,
      > >
      > > Léon
      > >
      > > Twitter: http://twitter.com/ixtlan
      > >
      > > Blog: http://winningbysharing.typepad.com/
      > >
      >
      >
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