Benefit Dinner – Help Tibetan Organic Farmers to End Poverty and Hunger




The first live event for the People Feeding People Outreach is planned and is sure to be an event you’ll want to attend (and we really want you there).

October 17, 2013  

Location: The Garden Room 215 West Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR  72701

Menu: Indian Feast featuring local farm fresh foods prepared by Chef Jasson Henderson and Greenhouse Grille Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop

Live Music featuring: 3 Penny Acre, Cutty Rye and Don’t Stop Please

In addition to good food and music we will have raffle items and a silent auction.

All proceeds will benefit the India project to continue our support for economic develop of Tibetan Organic Farmers while we address food insecurity and feed hungry people. If interested visit the EVENTS page (link on left side menu).

SEE the Early bird special now until September 1st. Sign up now and get your tickets for $20.00 per person.  Just fill out the Comment Form on the Events Page and let us know you are interested (names for the guest list) and donate through paypal $20 for each person who plans to attend. Early ticket sales will help us tremendously with planning as you all know we are grassroots and run on a very very tight budget.

Help us to help others:

July PFP  Distribution was successfully made on July 31st to the sponsored families as we again delivered lentils, a more nutritious protein enriched option. Currently the rains have been heavy during monsoon season so farmers are not able to work the fields.

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Our current activities have been to express interest in a USAID grant which we will hear the end of August if our project is shortlisted and invited to apply for the grant. Our plan is to support Tibetan Organic Farmers with hoop house/high tunnel production in order to advance their production. As well, my part time employment with the Farmers Market is providing me the opportunity to advance my network with movers and shakers in the local food network. I have been collecting information on programs that we can share with the Tibetan farming community to empower them to adopt farm to table programs, and farm to school programs. All this in an effort to help their community to become more self reliant and sustaining. The program also has a component to help Indian families to develop small sack gardens to help develop their ability to be more self reliant with more nutritious options.

We are happy to have awesome sponsors for our benefit dinner which will help to establish the first Hoop House/High Tunnel and sack gardens which is referred to as Phase II. Thanks to the following sponsors and we hope to add more:

The Garden Room, Fayetteville Farmers Market, The Fayetteville Roots Fest, Greenhouse Grille and NWA Local Harvest.

Your compassion and generosity is always appreciated. As we prepare for the Benefit Dinner we are in need of support in many ways:

Volunteers, Promotion (sharing our pages), food donations, pre sale tickets, and items for auction/raffle.

Please keep in touch and don’t forget the early bird tickets are available NOW until Sept 1st.

Thank you all for everything you have done to support the project.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director- Pennies for Partnerships’ People Feeding People Outreach




Justice for ALL

Happy Belated Independence Day to ALL and Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dali Lama

July 4th- I am writing today as I reflect on what this day means to me personally. After my long stay in India I have come to realize more and more that this day has greater significance than I ever realized. I sit and ponder with full gratitude the idea of freedom to make choices so inherent to development our own identity. I consider what it must be like to live with oppression in each day; what it must be like to have your freedom restricted or your liberty taken from you. On this day I consider the many Tibetan refugees and all refugees who live displaced from their families and homelands due to the powerful who impose oppressive policies that restrict freedom. My wish is for all people to have happiness and with that comes the basic freedom to choose personal paths in life which I believe is all encompassing of the values in the Declaration of Human Rights.

On this day we celebrate our Independence but we do not forget all those who continue to strive for freedom.

July 5th- I am also reminded of the reasons behind the commitment to this project Pennies for Partnerships and how it is generated through the practice of compassion for others. In the fast paced prosperous society we live in it is common to overlook the needs of our brothers and sisters in distant places whom we have not met or encountered; yet it is important to maintain that compassionate quality which doesn’t forget those who may be faced with struggles unique to our own experiences.


All sentient beings deserve happiness….. this is the compassion message of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Pennies for Partnerships was initiated in 2008 as a fund raiser to support the development of Tutors for Tibetans, a TCIA initiative, and Tibetan Women’s Association. I was privileged to travel abroad in 2008 with the first University of Arkansas TEXT:Tibetans in Exile Today project.  The initial introduction to the Tibetan community involved interviewing and recording the stories of the elder population, activists’ and religious leaders’ stories of strife due to the struggle for basic human rights.  Over the years your generosity and contributions to Pennies for Partnerships has supported educational programs, economic development programs, human rights publications, along with food and clothing assistance for both Tibetan and Indian families.


It is an exciting time as once again the TEXT students have returned from India and while traveling to Mundgod Dr. Sidney Burris, Ven Geshe Dorjee and the students had an opportunity to meet with the Tibetan Organic Farmers and the Settlement Representative to discuss Pennies for Partnerships’ collaboration with the University of Arkansas Horticulture Department and the Tibetan Organic Farmers. The development of possible programs with the U of A will take time but for now we will continue to support the Tibetan Organic Farmers with the purchase of their goods at fair market value and distribute them to the sponsored families.


on June 25th the farmers distributed to each sponsored family the monthly gifts of  a 15 kg bag of organic gram (lentils) made possible with your compassionate donations. We have July delivery scheduled for the end of the month and will soon be faced with the need of generating additional funds for the coming months to purchase the organic foods for the families in need.


Fund raising benefits and activities are in the planning phase for the future development of Greenhouse or High tunnel technology but at this time we are also asking for donations to cover the $15.00 monthly food supply per family. If you or anyone you know may be interested in making a donation for $15.00 or more it will feed a family of five for close to a month, and support organic farming practices at the same time.


Pennies for Partnerships-People Feeding People is a volunteer outreach and 100% of your donations go to support Tibetan and Indian families, in India, who grow the food, distribute the food, and receive the food.

Please know how much the food assistance is appreciated and please donate to the cause to help fight poverty and hunger while supporting ethical environmental practices. Your support is greatly needed.

Donations can be made through Paypal (button on left sidebar) or through Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas (501c 3) website

If you wish to mail a check Please remit payment to:


PO Box 269

Fayetteville, AR

72702-0269 US

Thank you again for all your generosity and compassion over the past years. I enjoy being your messenger of giving and hope to continue in the years to come, as long as the support is there and people feel to give to the project.

With gratitude,

Leann Halsey

Director – PFP



Pennies for Partnerships- People Feeding People Outreach

Hello, Tashi Delek and Namaste,

Pennies for Partnerships started in 2008 as a fund raiser to support existing programs in the Tibetan Exile Community in India. We currently contribute to the economic development of Tibetan Organic Farmers in South India with an outreach to address hunger in the surrounding community. Over the last two years Pennies for Partnerships has focused on raising funds to purchase organic rice direct from the farmers at a fair market value to distribute through the outreach People Feeding People to communities in need that experience food insecurity.


In 2011, upon my visit to India I discovered the concern for the Tibetan Organic Farmers; they were falling deeper into poverty each year due to an underdeveloped organic market in India and climate change. Issues such as 60%  of all fields in the community went fallow due to monsoon rains coming too early and farmers faced the loss of their entire annual income. The Tibetan Organic Farmers have taken the initiative to start agroforestry which combines forestry cultivation of fruit and nut trees along side the normal crops.  Fruit and nut trees can take up to five years to bear fruit; therefore the Pennies for Partnerships project will be pushing forward with the development of sponsored greenhouses to offer the farmers a secondary source of income growing organic vegetables  to be sold at local markets.

The Tibetan Organic Farmers are working as agents of compassion in the People Feeding People project as they themselves work towards sustainability. Tibetan Organic Farmers distribute rice purchased by PFP to the doorsteps of families who live on less than a dollar a day and struggle with food insecurity. PFP sponsors 20 families and over the past year each family was gifted a 55 pound bag of organic rice monthly in an effort to support Tibetan Organic Farming practices and eliminate hunger for the sponsored families.

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Due to the slow development of the organic market distributors have been paying the same low market rate to the organic farmers as for conventional produce. This inherently has over the years caused an annual decline in the farmers income forcing them lower into poverty. The Pennies for Partnerships project purchases direct from the farmers in order to increase their profit.

Recently we were notified that the farmers have a surplus in pulses such as Red Gram, Black Gram and Cow Peas.  We agreed to purchase the Red Gram because the farmers have the largest surplus and the risk of loss is very great if the product is not moved. Red Gram is high in protein (22%) and another important staple food item in India.

On May 1st the red gram was delivered to the sponsored families. A few days later the agriculture officer, Jamyang visited the families to speak with them about the change. They were pleased with the red gram and so we will continue to work with the Tibetan Organic Farmers  to rotate throughout the months between pulses and rice.

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Below is a recent report from the Tibetan Organic Farmers which provides more details to the farming community.


Back ground:

This settlement is one of the settlement proposed by Central Tibetan administration in early 1960’s to the Government of India .Thus the Government of India consultation with state government of Karnataka agreed to provide 4,000 acres, mostly forest land near Taluk village in North Kanara district. Doeguling Tibetan Setttlement in Mundgod was established in 1966 and at the beginning the Settlers were provided with tents and bamboo huts for temporary shelter along with free dry rations, and all the settlers worked together on cooperative basis.

Settlement Location

This settlement is situated in Tattihali in Mundgod Taluk of Karnataka state, India .The nearest airport and railway station is Hubli which approximately 45 kms away. The altitude at Mundgod is approximately 1800 ft above sea level and the temperature ranges between 78 degrees – 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average rainfall of 42’’ to 45’’ annually. This settlement is one of the largest Tibetan refugee settlements in India.


For many years the world saw rivers and underground water contaminated and unit for drinking as an immediate consequence of green Revolution and through reckless use of chemicals by farmers. Worse still, such practice is also responsible for rapid deterioration of the climate condition and unpredictability in climate in the world at large. In view of many reports of large scale destruction devastated by the extremities in natural phenomenon like flood , storm etc , responsible citizens of the world are now taking initiative towards reversing the trend by way of encouraging people to gradually switch over to organic farming – farming free from chemicals.

Tibetan Exile Government Policy on Organic Farming:

*Our main purpose of the organic movement is to encourage our farmers on organic farming as a sustainable alternative in reviving Indian Agriculture, especially in areas where the indiscriminate usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has resulted in loss in soil fertility and productivity with adverse effects on water quality, soil, plant and human health.

*Recognizing the importance of organic farming in Indian Agriculture: our Tibetan government in exile has taken various initiatives to promote and support organic production in order to sustain self reliance which we can enhance our soil fertility where we have been practicing chemical farming that proves very harmful to our mother earth and its biosphere.

* Over 60% of Tibetan population in India subsists on agricultural occupation. In 2002, Tibetan exile govt in India adopted a new policy on organic farming in the interest of Tibetan farmers switching to organic farming. Since the inception of new policy there are 978 farmers practicing organic on 4050.98 acres of land in twelve major agricultural settlements based in India.

* In order to convince such alternative agriculture farming practice to farmers in large we need to assure them premier price on farmers produce and of reposing trust that farming is economically viable to them. Though our farmers are producing different types of organic crop they are unable to get premier price on organic produce.  To date Mundgod settlement has 393 farmers who have started organic on 1298.30 acres of land. Mundgod has the largest number of organic farmers compared to other Tibetan settlements. The total size of land allotted to the people of the Mundgod settlement including the two monasteries and nine camps is 3055 acres, out of which 1298.30 acres are under organic and remaining 1756.7 acres of land is gradually expected to come under organic farming in the next few years.

Awareness program on Organic Faming

Ever since the inception of organic farming policy set by the exile Tibetan Government, the farmers have shown great zeal , enthusiasm and interest in organic farming. Since the initiation of organic farming activities in the Mundgod settlement, the agriculture extension officer has played a vital role in providing many basic training on organic farming methods. Constant field visits and direct interaction with farmers have encouraged the farmers to follow appropriate techniques of organic farming practice.

The whole settlement area was fully treated with soil and water conservation project supported by Australia, by constructing bunding, waterways, farmpounds, gully check, percolation pond , eathern dam and check dam are some of the methods implemented in the settlement. Tree plantation on bunds and hedges was part of the projects initiated by Representative office.

To educate the organic farmers of Mundgod, with financial and moral support from Department of Home – CTA Dharamsala, Doeguling Tibetan Settlement Representative’s office has organized various trainings, presented demonstrations on making ideal compost manure and agriculture extension officer visited every household to offer guidance on their practice and at times guests are invited to share their knowledge and resources to the interested trainees.

Market for Organic Product:

Based on policy and guidelines by the Department of Home –CTA, the organic products are primarily consumed by the farmers themselves, whereas the organic surplus is marketed through FTCI and local Tibetan Co-Operative Society. All the farmers who are practicing organic farming are registered under organic certification through IMO Control Pvt .Ltd.

In year 2011, with kind support from Department of Home-CTA Dharamsala, Mundgod settlement opened an Organic Retail Outlet to sell organic produce direct from producer to customer. The initiative focuses on creating awareness of organic food consumption for better health, and provides a facility for farmers to sell direct farm to table. Presently, the organic outlet is managed by the organic committee under the supervision of the settlement office.

Being registered as organic farmers, the farmers have Organic certification. The organic outlet sells certified organic goods to the Tibetan settlers, tourists, and other clients who buy on bulk demand.  One aspect of organic farming where we must work harder is the avenue for better marketing for organic produce and educate people about benefits of choosing organic not only for one’s own health but for the larger context of environmental reasons. This awareness has been done through organizing exhibition and food festivals focusing on organic.

Some of the common organic crops grown at Mundgod:

Some of the most common seasonal crop grown in Doeguling Tibetan Settlement are paddy (rice), white maize (corn), millet, Tor Dal (Red gram), cow pea, pulses, mango, sapato(fruits) and green manure , while in Rabi some of the crops that grow well in dry season are green gram, black gram, horse gram and different kinds of vegetables are grown in one’s yard.

Buy back agreement with potential organic buyer:

One of the most immediate problems is no assured buyers for their produce. Though we have taken an initiative to settle the problem with opening an outlet but still it has not entirely found a market to sell their surplus produce. The Pennies for Partnership continues to provide a great support by buying our organic rice on a monthly basis since Sept’2011 and they are one of our supporters in terms of our market. Last year, we have been approaching prospective organic produce buyers as they could contract with larger herbal or organic companies on condition of buy back agreement on economically viable crop and other normal practicing crop. At present, a few select medicinal herbs are grown on trial on 0.10 acres of land on a contractual farming with Himalaya Drug Company, Bangalore. The company will facilitate and provide maximum input for cost of seed and transportation.  Additionally, they have cost assured the farmers they will purchase at premier price on certified produce.


Farmers of Doeguling Tibetan settlement are working so hard to be successful in organic farming and to create an awareness of the environmental issues as well as the healthy and nutritional option of consuming organic foods.  We still need support to our farmers to get good production and in marketing our valuable products produced by the farmers.

Farmers need a huge amount of Manure to get good yields. They are preparing the manure in their farm yard but still it is not sufficient and need in-kind support.


We would like to thank all our supporters for promoting this organic farming project in Doeguling Tibetan settlement.

Prepared by:

Agriculture Extension Officer,

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If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved to support the Tibetan Organic Farmers in India please contact me directly at or send a direct comment to this page.

The continued effort to support Tibetan Organic Farmers will focus on the development of Phase II with greenhouse cultivation once we locate our experts with knowledge to share. Until then we will continue to deliver the products to the sponsored families as long as funds permit. At this time we have funding for 3 to 4 months of delivery. If you would like to donate a bag of organic rice or pulses to a family in need please donate $15.00 through the paypal button on the left.  100% of your donation will go for the purchase of food as we are a volunteer outreach grassroots project.


Thank you for your continued support to the Pennies for Partnerships- People Feeding People outreach.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey- Director



We Stand with Tibetans

On this important day March 10th we stand with all Tibetans who have for 54 years requested basic Human Rights!


We especially stand with the exiled Tibetan community as the long struggle continues.

Over 160,000 Tibetans have fled to India since 1959 and numerous settlement camps continue to be temporary residence for thousands as they wait to return home.

The Tibetan Organic Farmers of Mundgod have taken an important initiative to adopt organic practices with the wish to return back to India the pristine lands they have resided on since the early 1960’s. Tattihali Settlement Camp of Mundgod, India was the second settlement camp to be established in India.  There are currently 9 camps and several Buddhist monasteries which make up a population of 20,000 or more  Tibetans in the Mundgod area. The Tibetan farmers have been returning the land to the rich minerals of organic soil as the ethical practices of organic farming are implemented.

In 2011 we discovered the situation of the Tibetan Organic Farmers with great need for support, as issues of climate change, water problems, and poverty were affecting many farmers. Pennies for Partnerships’ – People Feeding People Outreach aligned with the farmers to show support to the principles of organic farming, we well as to continue to remain in solidarity with Tibetans in exile.

The Tibetan Organic Farmers continue to benefit from the Pennies for Partnerships PfP outreach as we continue to purchase rice from the Tibetan Organic Farmers at a fair market value to show economic support to the farmers, then we gift the rice to those who live with food insecurity and hunger in the surrounding community.

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The last two months, January and February 2013, concluded the 1 year pilot program for the People Feeding People outreach. We will soon be hiring an independent party to conduct the post test evaluation with the 20 families who have been recipients of the rice contributions. The outcome study will provide the opportunity to establish best practices and move the program into phase II development.

Phase II development consists of sponsored Greenhouses/Shade houses for covered gardening with the potential to secure a secondary source of income with sustainability. Additionally, the Phase II Greenhouse/Shade house would consist of a giving forward gardening program to grow a small amount of starters for permaculture gardens in the Indian village where PfP sponsored families can grow their own vegetables and establish self reliance.

We are currently seeking volunteers to share their knowledge in the development of the greenhouse planning.

We also will continue to support the Tibetan Organic Farmers with the purchase of rice to be donated to those who have food insecurity in the surrounding community. The 25 kg (55 lb) bag of rice costs approximately $15.00 and will support a family of 5 for approximately two weeks of a staple food item.

If you or anyone you know is interested in donating or contributing with knowledge please share our information.

Donations can be made through Paypal (see the button on left side bar) or visit the official non-profit site of Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas

or Mail to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc.

Pennies for Partnerships- PFP

PO Box 269

Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 US

The Pennies for Partnerships – People Feeding People outreach is made possible by your compassionate gifts.

We are 100% volunteer 

With great appreciation and gratitude to all who have given over the years and continue to support the project, Thank you!

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey (Director PFP)

Rice Distribution Continues

Hello, Namaste, and Tashi Delek

As 2013 kicks off I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful 2012. The past year Pennies for Partnerships’ People Feeding People outreach delivered 10 months of rice ending the year with a distribution in December on Christmas Eve.

It brings me such joy to see these folks sitting in the doorway of their new homes. I would like to thank all who have made it possible to conduct the pilot program. We have 2 more deliveries to complete the full year pilot program since we started in March 2012 with the 15 Indian families and 5 Tibetan recipients.


We have been notified that as of November 13 of the 15 families were moved into their new homes. We have yet to evaluate the 1 year pilot program to determine the outcome of how the monthly rice benefited the families. 

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I hope to return to India to conduct the outcome evaluation but at this time I do not have the necessary funding available to cover the expense. It is believed that the rice program provided the opportunity for the families to save in order to make the down payment necessary for housing; but without the evaluation we can not make the definitive statement. If I am able to obtain the data for the outcome evaluation it is likely the information would help us to acquire grants to expand the project.


In review below is the original data collected on the 15 families in the Indian community who were less than 2 months ago living under plastic tarps draped over bamboo and were without electricity or running water. I would so love to visit their new dwellings; I can only imagine the difference in their quality of life from when we first met. (photo of community before pilot program began)


Below is the review of the families taken less than 1 year ago.

Demographics (unfortunately this program will not allow the wonderful graphs I have to present the data).


Adult Male= 20   Adult Female= 19   Male Children (under 18) = 13  Female Children (under 18)= 19   Total population 71

There are a total of 32 children under the age of 18. Out of the 32 Children 21 are either attending pre-school or regular school. Others who are not attending are either too young or have been held out of school by the parents to help with supporting the family. This is an area I would like to investigate further to determine if there is a possibility of getting all children into school.

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Age (years)

Birth -5 = 14,    6-10 years = 10,    11-15 years = 5,   16- 20 years = 8,  21-25 years = 8,   26-30 years = 10,  31-35 years = 4,

36-40 years = 1,  41-45 years = 4,   46- 50 years = 0,  51-55 years = 2,  56-60 years = 2,  61-65 years = 1,   66-70 years = 2

The Average Age of the community is 21.9

Type of Work and monthly average income:

Calendar Sales = 10 people                                                Average monthly Income Rs 1015/ $ 20.00

Plastic Collectors for recycling= 5 people                               Average Monthly Income Rs 690/  $ 13.80

Harmonium Player = 2 people                                               Average Monthly Income Rs 1750/ $  35.00

Blessing Giver = 1 person                                                 Average Monthly Income Rs 1000/ $ 20.00

*Ration Worker= 1 person                                                  Average Monthly Income Rs 2000/  $ 40.00

*Waste Management Worker = 1 person                                       Average Monthly Income Rs 2000/  $ 40.00

Balloon Salesman= 1 person                                                 Average Monthly Income Rs 1500/ $ 30.00

*Laborer = 1 person                                                        Average Monthly Income Rs 2800/ $ 56.00

Fortune Teller= 1 person                                                   Average Monthly Income Rs 1000/ $ 20.00

*denotes contract work and is irregular


When asked if they experience hunger due to no ability to acquire food 14 of 15 families indicated YES there is hunger and days without anything to eat.

Most Difficult Situation:

When asked what the most difficult situation they face other than the lack of food the responses were:

Not proper House:  10

Medical Complications: 6

Money Problems: 2

No Clothes for the Children: 1

Husband is away most time for work: 1

This assessment was taken March 14, 2012 and I anticipate the opportunity to reassess, dependent on funding. One area we will for certain see a change in will be the elimination of the most common difficulty they face which was housing, at least for 13 of the 15 families. I have no news at this time of the other 2 families.

Review of benefit to the Tibetan Organic Farmers:

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We have purchased to date since the start 2011 approximately 11 tons of rice with a direct economic benefit to the Tibetan Organic Farmers of approximately $3500 above what they would have received from the selling to the Distributors.

In 2012 we purchased 205 bags of 25 kg (55 lbs) each of Tibetan Organic Rice in 10 months.

Direct benefit to Tibetan Organic Farmers.

–          Distributors pay rs275 (rs11 per kg) per 25 kg bag

–          PfP pays fair market value direct to Tibetan Organic Farmers rs700 (rs28 per kg) per 25 kg bag  additional rs 425 profit per bag to

the farmers

–          205 bags @ rs425 = approximately $1700 above what they would have received selling to the distributor.

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This past year was a great year for Pennies for Partnerships thanks to all who made it possible. The philosophy of this past year was to take a small community with a manageable number of families, turn the program over to the Tibetan Organic Farmers to oversee all the program management on location and see if we could make a difference in peoples lives.


I would like to thank each and every one of you and encourage you all to keep up the good work. It takes change makers like you to help those who are less privileged. It is with compassion, understanding and outreach that we can all be the change we wish to see for the future.

If you or anyone you know is interested in supporting the continued development of the program please share the link.

Donations can be made via paypal on the left sidebar or through the official Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas website:

or payments can be mailed direct to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas

c/o Pennies for Partnerships

PO Box 269

Fayetteville, AR 72702

Thank you again!

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey (MSW)

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PFP Holiday Gift Giving

Happy Holidays to you all.

This Holiday Season give to others through Compassionate Outreach to address hunger and poverty in India.

Give a gift of Tibetan Organic Rice this Holiday Season

By giving in this way to your loved ones you will offer economic support to Tibetan Organic Farmers in India while gifting to those who experience food insecurity days without hunger.

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A 25 kg (55 pound) bag of Tibetan Organic rice will feed a family of 5 for 2 weeks for only $15.00 ($ .50 a day). When you donate this holiday season we will provide you with a gift card to pass to your loved one.

To Donate/Purchase Gift Cards please go to the paypal link on the side bar or mail a check to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc.

Pennies for Partnerships

PO Box 269

Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 USA

Thank you for your generosity and compassionate giving of an Alternative Gift this Holiday Season.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey (MSW)

Director Pennies for Partnerships – People Feeding People

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas