Re: [holistichelping] Marc Gold and DIY Philanthropic Travel
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.
--- On Wed, 5/27/09, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
> From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
> Subject: [holistichelping] Marc Gold and DIY Philanthropic Travel
> To: leon@..., firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, "help group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, marcgold@...
> Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 1:15 AM
> Hi Leon,
> Thank you for alerting us to the work of Marc Gold.
> I've made a note at our wiki:
> and I send him this letter.
> Marc, I alert you to Edward Cherlin of Earth Treasury
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> 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 --
> 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
> * Become a non-profit [this is actually more affordable
> than you might
> realize -- check out the National Heritage Foundation] or
> 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
> * 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
> * 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
> 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
> 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
> planning to visit. Visit the World Organization of
> Organizations (WANGO), Taking It Global or the Journal of
> for resources and listings that can get you started.
> How do you avoid imposing your ideas about what people
> * 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
> * 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
> 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:
> 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
> * 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.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.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
> Judy has also written a sample fundraising letter
> for those who want to start their own project:
> Leon Benjamin wrote:
> > http://www.100friends.org/
> > Warm regards,
> > Léon
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> > Blog: http://winningbysharing.typepad.com/
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