Rice Distribution Planning

Hello and Tashi Delek from India

I am writing today to provide the update as to the planned distributions for the coming year.

At this time the February Distribution has been delayed due to the new construction of the Tibetan Organic Outlet which will be located in Mundgod Tibetan Settlement in Camp 3. All Tibetan Organic Officers are working diligently to establish the outlet making available to the Tibetan community and surrounding Indian communities the opportunity to purchase Tibetan Organic Products. Unfortunately, due to the busy schedule and demand on the agricultural officers we are pending the date for the February distribution and look forward to reporting to you soon.

At this time we are scheduling a planned distribution for 20 bags of 25 kg of rice to be delivered monthly for the next 6 months, which will now start in March. Therefore, at this time we are able to commit to approximately 3 tons of rice to be purchased as well as consistent delivery of rice subsistence provided to the families designated as recipients. Obviously with the fluctuation of the dollar and market price of rice this is an estimation based on current donations received.

We would however,  like to generate funding for the remaining 6 months of the year in order to provide a full year of scheduled purchasing from the Tibetan Organic Farmers as well as deliveries to the communities in need. With one entire year of consistency we will be able to provide an effectiveness report with regards to economic development for the farmers and a review of how the food subsistence has assisted the families in need.

The current planning phase is made possible from the donations received over the last several months. Thanks to all of you for your generosity and compassion in considering the needs of others.

If you or anyone you know is interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Pennies for Partnerships Outreach please see the donate button on the side bar or visit us at our official website for Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas.


Also please share and spread the message of the Pennies for Partnerships project as this is also one way of giving to others by being an advocate for those in need.

AND PLEASE always keep in mind the concept of Pennies for Partnerships –

it only takes a little to give and the generosity of pennies adds up to less hunger in one child’s day. 

A 55 pound bag of rice (25 kg) costs approximately $15.00 (one pound costs approximately $ .28) and this feeds a family of five for one month.

Thank you for your consideration in addressing the very important global issues of poverty and hunger.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey




Making a Difference

Hello, Tashi Delek and Namaste from India

Today I would like to feature one man who is making a difference.

Thomas Lenzen is a medical student from Germany who I had the pleasure to meet February 2011  in India just following the period when Pennies for Partnerships started working with the Tibetan Organic Farmers.

Thomas was in India for a medical internship with St. John’s medical College in Bangalore. During his time in India he had exposure to the issues of rural Indian villages where mal- nutrition and poor heal care are a concern to those who live with the struggles of poverty. Thomas’ accomplishments are immense which also include a distinguished position as a Research Fellow in 2010 for the Mind and Life Institute, and a medical intern position in New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2011. Additionally Thomas is accomplished in his research which is noted by his three publications in neurological studies.

Thomas returned to India this past holiday season to visit friends. While here Thomas used his creative energy and network to establish a rice drive among his social network. He sent out a facebook message and asked if anyone was interested in participating in a rice drive with a goal of 1 TON of rice. In his efforts Thomas successfully garnered enough support to purchase close to 2 TONS of rice. It was my privilege to accompany Thomas on a visit to the Tibetan community. Thomas took time to visit with members of  both communities involved with our project and we look forward to a long relationship and return visit with our Golden Partner of Compassion.

Today I would like to honor Mr. Thomas Lenzen for his compassionate outreach to address issues of hunger and destitute poverty. Additionally, I would like to thank him for his time and efforts in creating a network of others who generously gave to the Pennies for Partnerships Outreach. Additionally, Pennies for Partnerships would like to thank all the parties involved with Thomas’ outreach.

To start the outreach for 2012 we delivered on what was Pennies for Partnerships’ 1 year anniversary, January 26th, a total of 25 bags at 25 kg (55lbs) each.

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We are in the process of conducting a needs assessment with those who have now received 3 deliveries. It is necessary for purposes of best practices to establish the criteria for those in need and determine the appropriate outreach. At this time we know that in the community a family of 5 has been able to sustain on the 25kg bag of rice for 1 month. Therefore, we are developing an ongoing program to sponsor a specific number of families within the community in order to lift their nutrition and quality of living. We plan to establish a level of evaluation so that in one year we can analyze the impact. At this time the 25 recipient families will receive ongoing monthly deliveries of rice as funding permits.

It takes people like all of you who have participated to make this work.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible contribution by donation or to continue your contributions please see the PAYPAL button option on the side bar. If you would prefer to NOT do paypal a check can be mailed via POST to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc.
PO Box 269
Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 US

Also remember participating does not mean just giving monetarily but with creative energy and effort to show loving kindness and compassion in action. This can come in many forms of giving, be it through donations, sharing the link and telling others, sharing knowledge and wisdom in areas of development and using your creative forces like Thomas to think of ways to spread the message and opportunity to give.

AND remember, the initial start of Pennies for Partnerships was all about people giving their penny jars; often “an out of site out of mind amount of money” that can really make a difference. Won’t you Please consider donating your penny jar today?

Everything Pennies for Partnerships has achieved thus far has been through the efforts of networking using technology and crossing boundaries of difference to bring together our global community.

If you or someone you know is interested in our project, please give our contact details.




As we enter phase 2 of  project development with plans to pilot a greenhouse project and sack gardening we are in need of knowledgeable support about permaculture for sack gardening, greenhouse construction, and nutritional evaluations. So if you know anyone who you feel is an expert in these areas please, please share with them our project information or connect us via email.

Thank you again to you all for your support.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director – Pennies for Partnerships (TCIA)



May No man, woman or child go hungry in a world of plenty!