PfP Plan Keeps Compassion in Action

Hello, Namaste and Tashi delek from India.

I am happy to announce that theTibetan Organic Farmers have successfully kept the compassionate action going.

On April 26th another 20 bags of Tibetan Organic Rice weighing 25 kg (55 pounds) each were distributed to the recipient families for the Pennies for Partnerships’ Compassion in Action Outreach. The recent developments and progress in the Mundgod Tattahali Tibetan Settlement have brought about the grand opening of the Tibetan Organic Farmer’s Outlet where they diligently packaged the 20 bags of rice and prepared for the distribution, this time fully self-reliant in administering the program.

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Watch Slide Show of the April 2012 Distribution

I feel completely confident about the future opportunity to grow this program with the Tibetan Organic Farmers seeing the diligence and professional efficiency implemented. I would like to thank the Tibetan Agricultural Officers of Mundgod along with the Organic Farmers, especially Sonam, one farmer from camp 3 who has been a part of the past deliveries and acted as project manager and has overseen all aspects in my absence. We look forward to working with Sonam and the Tibetan Organic Farmers in the future as we continue to distribute your gifts of generosity.

The gifts of generosity, 25 kg bags (55 pounds) of rice for $15.00 each are distributed to those who experience destitute poverty and food insecurity, not only address hunger and poverty but also support the continued commitment to protect our earth through organic farming ethics. The rice is purchased directly from the Tibetan Organic Farmers offering them a more fair trade value which assists to offset the loss they take from smaller annual yields and low market rates. Additionally, the gift you give assists in addressing poverty among the Tibetan Organic Farmers. We offer a purchase price direct to the farmers of 28 rupees ($ .56) per kg as opposed to the distributors’ price which varies but has been on average 11 rupees ($ .22) per kg same as conventional rice grown with toxic chemicals. With this we offer a direct benefit to the farmers to assist in economic development as the organic market continues to develop in India.

At this time if you are interested in making a gift/contribution to the Pennies for Partnerships for every $1.00 you donate you will get a raffle ticket with your name on it in the box to win Indian bangles/braclets. See the previous blog post Bangles for Bucks for more details.  The Bangles for Bucks blog will run until May 1st at which point all proceeds that have been generated by the Bangles for Bucks online raffle will be matched by our Golden Partner of Generosity who donated the items. 100% of ALL contributions go to purchase Tibetan Organic rice for those in need.

Also at this time anyone who would like to sponsor a family for 1 year or any length of time can send me a private email making a pledge. I will then send you profiles which include family photos, demographic data such as ages, income and type of work, at which point you can choose the family you wish to sponsor. email direct if you are interested in sponsoring a family for $15.00 a month or more. or feel free to send a comment direct on this blog.

Please remember Pennies for Partnerships originated with the concept idea that if you give a little it will go a long way; therefore NO DONATION is too small and all contributions are welcomed including the sharing of the link to this blog, our website, and facebook. We have accomplished today all that we have through social networking so please keep in mind “sharing is caring” and “One man’s junk is a another man’s treasure” as we have utilized recycling aluminum and various items to generate funds to purchase rice.

Please consider donating today as little or as much as you like towards the purchase of organic rice for those who have hunger. Your gifts will be acknowledged with a receipt from our nonprofit organization The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas offering you a tax deduction. Your donation can be made via paypal (see donate button on left side bar or on our official website)

or by check made payable to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc.

Pennies for Partnerships

PO Box 269

Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 USA

Also feel free to contact me directly with any feedback. We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to generate fund raising opportunities with church groups, school groups, and any creative ideas you may have to offer. or comment directly to this blog and I will contact you.

Stay tuned for more details to come about the future development of sponsored greenhouses and permaculture education which will offer a secondary source of income for the Tibetan Organic Farmers and a way for those with food insecurity to lift their nutritional levels. Thank you again for allowing me to be the messenger of your compassionate giving.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director- Pennies for Partnerships (TCIA initiative)