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

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SAVE THE DATE!     SAVE THE DATE!     SAVE THE DATE!     

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.

penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com

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

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director- Pennies for Partnerships’ People Feeding People Outreach

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

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

TCIA/ PfP

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

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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.

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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.

MODEL TIBETAN ORGANIC FARMING PROJECT

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.

Introduction

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.

Challenges:

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.

Conclusion:

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 penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com 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.

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

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey- Director

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We Stand with Tibetans

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

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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

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

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.

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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.

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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)

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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).

Gender

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

Hunger:

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 AM CERTAIN YOUR GENEROSITY MADE A DIFFERENCE! 

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:

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

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

www.artibet.com 

November PFP Distribution Finds Surprise News

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you near and far.

Today I write with true gratitude and thanks for the opportunity to serve others. This past year in India provided me the opportunity to engage with different people of different cultures. I want to acknowledge all who have made it possible for PFP to make a difference in the lives of others. Much gratitude goes to the Compassionate Givers of Pennies for Partnerships and the Tibetan Organic Farmers of Mundgod.

On November 19th the Tibetan Organic Farmers distributed the rice to the 20 families in Mundgod. Much to my surprise they found most of the families in their new housing complex.

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The quality of life for these families has substantially gone up over this past year with moving into permanent structures, with water and with the subsidized organic rice donated by PFP.

I was moved to tears today while looking at the photos of their new homes. I am anxious to return to India someday to conduct an evaluation/impact report on the benefits of the Pennies for Partnerships community outreach. Additionally, there are a number of other families we would like to reach who currently live under plastic with no electricity, water and experience food insecurity. We would like to believe the savings generated by the rice outreach has helped the families to curb hunger while at the same time offering financial benefits through saving the necessary funds to get into permanent structures; we seek to determine the outcomes though an evaluation process and expansion of the program.

Once again I give immense Gratitude to all the Pennies for Partnerships Compassionate Gift Givers for making this past year, a time of addressing hunger in the lives of those who experience food insecurity, and for supporting the ethical farming practices of the Tibetan Organic Farmers.

This next month brings lots of excitement to the Tibetan community of Mundgod as His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to give teachings in December. We are continuing the project in Mundgod with the Tibetan Organic Farmers and hope you will join us this holiday season by giving to those who face extreme poverty and hunger.

A 25kg (55 pound) bag of Tibetan Organic Rice costs $15.00 and will help to feed a family of 5 for approximately  2 weeks. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping to address hunger and poverty, while at the same time supporting Tibetan refugees and environmentally conscious farming practices, PLEASE donate organic rice.

100% of your donation goes directly for the purchase of rice.

Pennies for Partnerships – People Feeding People is a 100% volunteer outreach of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, a 501C3 nonprofit.

You can contribute to PFP by making donations through paypal (please make sure to note donation for PFP)

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

or you can mail a check to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc. (PFP)
PO Box 269
Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 USA

Please feel free to contact me by posting a comment to the blog or send an email to penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com

Also, a way to give is to share our information with others. You can share this blog with your social networks.

Again, I thank you ALL for allowing me to be your messenger of giving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Leann Halsey

Director- Pennies for Partnerships- People Feeding People

Tibetan Cultural  Institute of Arkansas

http://www.artibet.com/

Featured Family – People Feeding People

Hello, Namaste and Tashi Delek.

Hello from India!

People Feeding People/Pennies for Partnerships prepares for the September delivery. My time in India is coming to an end for the 22 month journey abroad; although, I anticipate a return visit in the future to continue the growth of the PFP project. We are however in need of fund raising and expertise in greenhouse cultivation to expand the pilot program developed this past year. As always, sustainability of a program is essential for long-term success. Therefore, my efforts in the coming months will be to resource partnerships, fund raising events, and annual support programs.

In July and August the Tibetan Organic Farmers continued to deliver the rice donated by Pennies for Partnerships/ People Feeding People to the sponsored community in Mundgod.

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Thanks to all who made it possible to reach the twenty families with the 25 kg bags of rice, providing 2 weeks of a staple food item to families who experience hunger, are at risk of mal-nutrition, and live below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day.

Featured Family

To better understand the recipient families this month we will start by featuring monthly blogs of family assessments, in hopes to obtain annual sponsorship for the family in need.

Family 1:

The family consists of husband age 45 (not in photo), married with 4 children. The children are three females age 22 (not in photo), 12 (stopped school at 2nd class), and 10 (attending class 3). There is one boy age 17 with 7th grade education. We were told the 12 year old girl is no longer in school because her duties are to look after the home and prepare food, since her father is away for work and the mother is away during the day collecting plastic for recycling; therefore, there is no one to look after the simple hut which is not able to be locked.

Family work mo  mo food expense
Male m=45 1 calendar sales Rs. 600.00
Wife n/a 1
Child f=22 1
Child m-17   (stopped 7th class) 1 plastic recycling Rs. 600.00
Child f=12     (stopped 2nd class) 1
Child f=10     (in 3rd class) 1
Rs 1400.00 Rs.1600.00

The family has an Indian Ration Card which provides a small amount of discounted food although it is only about a 2 week supply; therefore, leaving the family with food insecurity and feelings of hunger. When asked what their monthly food budget is the family answered they plan and try to prepare 2 meals a day. The weekly food expense is rs400 ($ 8.00). This totals rs 1600 a month, exceeding the monthly total income of the family which at best is rs 1400 ($28.00). During an evening visit with the community I observed the young 12 year old girl enthusiastically prepare dinner, which consisted of four very small minnow like fish.  Each bowl served consisted of a small amount of broth with two very small pieces of fish accompanied with two roti, made from the rice provided by PFP. The young girl told me that once a week she prepares a very special meal which is either the small fish or chicken feet and heads.The husband/head of household works selling calendars which consists of selling posters purchased for 6 rupees each and sold for 10 rupees each. This type of work is common among the community and brings many days of travel to surrounding villages for festivals. The father is away from the home most of the time and brings in approximately rs600 – 700 ($12 – $14) monthly.  Other members of the family work collecting plastic for recycling. Recycling plastic consists of very long arduous days walking and carrying large bags of plastic and brings in approximately rs 600- 700 ($12-$14) monthly. The family’s total monthly income is approximately Rs 1400 ($ 28.00).

PFP aspires to assist the families with the opportunity to lift their nutritional intake by offering subsistence of a staple food item, opening purchasing power for other food items such as vegetables, protein pulses and meat. Additionally, PFP chooses to support the Tibetan Organic Farmers in an effort to sustain the organic farming ethics and offer economic benefit to the farmers in need.

At this time PFP would like to thank you all for your compassionate giving and continued support. Your generosity continues to support Tibetan Organic Farming Methods with economic development along with supporting families in need who experience hunger due to food insecurity.

To help continue the support for the families and farmers we are starting an annual family sponsorship program. If you or anyone you know might be interested in sponsoring a family for as little as $15.00 a month, only $ .50 a day please email me at penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com or post a comment here on the blog. You can also make a one time paypal donation for an annual family sponsorship for $180.00.

Also please help share the information to build the program by helping our grassroots project get exposure; share on your facebook page our link.  A little goes a long way and sharing is caring. Please consider sharing these links:

www.indiasocialwork.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennies-for-Partnerships/200854716618673

We are always open to creative input and energy and are looking for volunteers.

People Feeding People – Pennies for Partnerships is a volunteer based outreach under the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas (TCIA) a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. If you wish to make a contribution- a bag of rice is $15.00 for 25 kg (55 pounds) and will provide a family of five at least 2 weeks of a staple food item and ensures continuous meals throughout the month.

Contributions to PFP can be made through PayPal – see the donate button in the left sidebar or visit the official website of TCIA www.artibet.com

If you wish to mail a check please send to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas

c/o Pennies for Partnerships

PO Box 269
Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 USA

Thank you again for your compassionate giving.

Kind Regards,

Leann Halsey (MSW)

Director People Feeding People/ Pennies for Partnerships

People Feeding People (PFP) – India’s Inflation and Food Insecurity

Hello, Namaste and Tashi delek from India.

A month of posting was missed due to technical difficulties so I apologize for the delay.

On June 26th the monthly distribution was made to the 20 families sponsored by PFP.  I would like to thank all the PFP members who continue to make compassionate contributions for those in need; as well, I would like to thank the Tibetan Organic Farmers for their work in distributing the rice each month.

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As we prepare for the July delivery I would like to provide you with recent data regarding food insecurity, mal-nutrition and issues of inflation of food costs in India over the last decade.

Poverty and Food Insecurity in India:

According to the World Bank, India is the second most populous country in the world with approximately 1.22 billion people.

In 2010, the World Bank estimated India’s population to have 32.7% below the International Poverty Line of $ 1.25 per day purchasing power parity (PPP) and 68.7% live on less than $2.00 per day.  India’s poverty line however is much less than the International Poverty Line and was recently lowered to Rs 28 (rupees) per day; depending on the currency rate exchange Rs 28 is approximately $ .56 per day.

Additionally, the 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) provided by the International Food and Policy Research Institute identifies India to have SERIOUS levels of hunger; classified as ALARMING. The highest GHI is found in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. A concern at this time is how the rising costs of food will impact the poor in India because the data provided in the 2011 Hunger Index does not include data beyond 2005. This is a concern as the inflation of food costs in India more than tripled since 2004.

May 28, 2012 the Times of India published a graph comparing India’s rising food costs.

Items May ’04-’09 May ’09- April ’12
Food Articles 44 45.6
Cereals 59 18.4
Pulses 66.8 27.4
Vegetables 52.9 68.3
Fruits 31.9 31.9
Milk 34.7 51.3
Egg, Meat, Fish 25.1 80.7
IMFL: Blend 16.8 80.7

Cereals, pulses, milk, fruit, eggs, and meat doubled in price. Dairy, salt, and sugar increased by 75%. Most alarming is the rising cost of nutritional vegetables which are 3 times more expensive and have tripled in cost. The greatest inflation is seen in the last three years from May 2009-April 2012 more so than in the five year period of 2004-2009.

As mentioned above, this is relative in that with the rising food costs the hunger index is yet to report any factors related to inflation at this time since the data was collected prior to 2005.

India is reported to have very high levels of mal-nutrition. A recent article in the Times of India reported percentages of underweight, undernourished, and hunger deaths under 5 years of age. The work of PFP is reaching some of those who are noted in the report. Karnataka State is listed as the second state to have the highest percentage of undernourished, listed at 28.1 % of the states’ population. Karnataka is also listed as the fifth highest in underweight at 37.6% and the fifth highest state for deaths associated with child hunger; 5.5% of children under the age of five die from hunger.

In an effort to ensure we are reaching those who are within the category of the GHI, we assessed PFP recipient families to establish if they fall under this category of ALARMING and below the International Poverty Line.

Community Assessment Results:

Sample Population: Recipient Families: n=15 a mean (average) 5.13 persons to each household; there are 77 individuals in the Bus Stand Community. An additional 5 families have yet to be assessed.  The median monthly income of the community is Rs 1500 (approx. $30.00) which is approximately $1.00 a day; therefore, the community certainly falls below the International Poverty Line of $1.25 per day (PPP) and is recognized as those who are most likely to have food insecurity and are at health risk of underweight, undernourished, and at risk of child hunger deaths.

In the assessment of the families we discovered that for most families 100% of their monthly income goes for food and at least half of the families ration the food supplies they have, often experiencing occasional days with little to no food.

The questionnaire asked the families what is the most difficult situation your family faces and the top three responses were 1) Not enough money to feed the children regular healthy meals 2) poor housing conditions with no water and no electricity 3) and health complications.

In January 2012, PFP started consistent deliveries of 25 kg (55 pound) bags of rice to 20 families reaching 102 individuals monthly. The 25 kg bag of rice costs Rs 700 (approx $15.00) which is a 2 week supply of a staple food item. The cost of the 25 kg bag of rice is more than half of the monthly income for most the families. The families qualify for the Indian Ration Card which provides discounted food prices but they are only allotted monthly a 2 week supply of food at distributor prices.

People Feeding People assists families with the staple food item (rice) allowing them the opportunity to purchase more nutritional foods like pulses, vegetables and proteins such as meat and dairy. Additionally, the rice they are provided is Tibetan Organic Rice which is a higher quality of rice with more nutritional value than the basic rice they are able to purchase on the Indian Ration Card. Our goal is to provide ongoing assistance to the families in an effort to address hunger and health complications by offering the families the opportunity to increase their purchasing power for nutritional foods. Additionally, we aim to develop Phase II of the program which will implement a self reliance model teaching the community how to grow their own vegetables in sack gardens; a model which has proven to be results oriented in Africa.

PFP would like to continue the commitment to the families in the bus stand community as well as the five families chosen by the Tibetan community. At this time we have kept the commitment minimal to only 20 families as we work towards a sustainable project with proper funding to continue the future development of the program. As with all social work projects we aim for a sustainable project which will be completely self reliant run by the Tibetan Organic Farmers in the future; although, in the development of the full mission to establish self reliance much outside assistance is needed.

PFP is looking for monthly sponsors for families. For only $15.00 a month or $180.00 a year you too can make a difference in the lives of others who suffer from the difficulties of extreme poverty, hunger and lack of resources. If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please send an email to penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com  or send a comment to this blog and I will contact you in a private message. I have compiled family profiles and each month we will feature a family until all the families have been sponsored. Thank you for your consideration for family sponsorship of only $.50 a day/ $15.00 a month.

In addition to providing for those who have food insecurity and hunger the PFP Outreach assists Tibetan Organic Farmers with an economic development opportunity to offset losses they experience due to the slow growth of the organic market in India. I have no data on the Tibetan Organic Farming community with regards to their annual income but have been told of the concerns from the Tibetan agricultural officers of how climate change and slow development of the organic market continues to create economic hardships for the organic farmers.

At this time we are perceived as a consumer, purchasing Tibetan rice from the Organic Retail shop in Mundgod.  Currently in India the distributors pay Rs 11 ($ .22) per kg. PFP purchases Tibetan Organic rice directly from the Tibetan Organic Farmers at a fairer market value of Rs 28 ($ .56), offering an increased economic benefit to the farmers.

In the past months I have had many discussions with the Tibetan agriculture officers about sponsored greenhouses for the Tibetan Organic Farmers to provide a secure secondary source of income which would not be at risk of climate change and would truly fit the model of an economic development plan for the Tibetan Organic Farmers. Unfortunately, the development of Phase II- Sponsored Greenhouses has been very slow. I lack the expertise in greenhouse construction and cultivation. We are in need of a cost estimate for construction of the greenhouses in the Mundgod, Karnataka climate for year round growing as well we are in need of a greenhouse cultivation plan. This information is critical to the development of Phase II for funding purposes and for outcome analysis. At this time the Tibetan Agricultural Officers have not supplied me with the details due to their heavy work schedules. I am requesting any assistance offered from those who may have knowledge in this area. I will provide you research materials I have located online which offer an example of the documents needed to provide funders for the sponsored greenhouses. We currently have a funder interested in supporting the first pilot program but the details are necessary for implementation. If you or someone you know is interested and has knowledge of organic greenhouse gardening please contact me at penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com

My time in India is soon coming to a close therefore, timing is critical if we plan to implement Phase II and further the ongoing support to the Tibetan Organic Farmers.

Thank you all for your continued support to People Feeding People and Pennies for Partnerships. Your compassion and generosity is appreciated and please keep in mind sharing is caring. We ask for your assistance in spreading the blog post to your social networks on FB, Twitter and any additional ways you can help spread the word throughout the International Community.

We are open to any and all suggestions as well as any energy you have to give in the development of the grassroots project People Feeding People. If you are interested and have ideas it does not take only monetary giving to make a difference in others lives. Your creative ideas and energy are always welcome.

To date your compassion giving has resulted in the purchase and distribution of 320 bags of rice = 8000 kg or 17,600 pounds which is 8+ tons of rice. There are more families in the area we would like to reach beyond the 20 families we are currently serving. With your assistance we can expand our program to reach more people in need.

In keeping with the PFP model please remember a little giving goes a long way. To donate please see the PayPal button on the left or visit our official 501c3 nonprofit organization TCIA at: http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

If you prefer to donate by check please denote donation is for PFP and mail to:

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

Thank you sincerely for the opportunity to be your messenger of giving.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey (MSW)

Director of PFP

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Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas (TCIA)

Tibetan Organic Farmers and You- People Feeding People

Tashi Delek and Namste from India.

Pennies for Partnerships continues with success as Tibetan Organic Farmers see that the program  management is in place.

On May 26th PfP Program manager in Mundgod, Sonam la, once again sees to it that the families we have made a commitment to are served. The PfP team in Mundgod distributed 20 bags of Tibetan Organic Rice weighing 25 kg each (55 pounds) to those who have been identified as recipients of your gifts due to their suffering from hunger and poverty.

Here are a few photos of the delivery made by the Tibetan Organic Farmers PfP Team.

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At this time I would like to thank all of you who make this possible. The needs of the families are perpetuated by rising food costs and extreme poverty. I am currently working to sustain this program to assist these families who suffer from food insecurity and mal-nutrition by asking for family pledges to sponsor a family for one year with food subsistence. The program will provide a staple item for 2 weeks in which the family is provided an additional 2 weeks supply through the Indian government Ration Card. With your commitment the families are ensured the opportunity to eat each day and use any savings from the gift to purchase more nutritional food. The 25 kg bag of rice is equivalent to some families entire monthly income.

If you are interested in sponsoring a family I will send you photos and a family assessment identifying the family income, number of children and other aspects of the family. On average these families live on $1.00 to $2.00 a day.

For as little as $ .50 a day, $15.00 a month you too can help a family in need and see to it that the children do not have hunger in their days.  Annual commitment is $ 180 A YEAR  and you can determine if you wish to make the full commitment in one donation or monthly.

Please send a comment on this blog, or email if you are interested in this opportunity to give.

penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com

or you can directly make a donation through paypal or by check.

For paypal options please see the side bar.

Also if you wish to make a donation payable by check you can mail it to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc.

Attn: Pennies for Partnerships

PO Box 269
Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 USA

You will be provided a receipt for your generous donation from TCIA 501c3 Nonprofit organization for tax purposes.

June 4th is the most auspicious day of the year for giving in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. It is Saka Dawa and Buddhists believe that the karmic merits of giving on this day a multiplied by 100,000 times.

June’s blog will feature a family bio identifying those most in need.

Thank you for your generosity, compassion and loving kindness which makes it possible for PfP to continue to serve those in need in the Tibetan Organic Farming Community and their surrounding neighbors.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director- PfP (TCIA Initiatives)

www.indiasocialwork.wordpress.com

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

WINNERS PfP- Bangles for Bucks Online Raffle

Hello, Namaste, and Tashi Delek!

I am happy to post the results of the Pennies for Partnerships’ Bangles for Bucks online raffle.

It was great fun to take the gift from our donor, Franz from Austria, and make the online raffle a way to generate funds to purchase Tibetan Organic Rice for the PfP sponsored families who experience food insecurity due to destitute poverty.

The raffle was a huge success and together we turned the gift from Franz into a wonderful future opportunity to address poverty among Tibetan Organic Farmers and to offer subsistence for those who experience hunger.  Together we turned what was originally about $200 worth of jewelry into a great deal more. Not only does the jewelry provide for the purchase of rice from Tibetan Organic Farmers but offers additional commitment to those we serve. The remaining  jewelry donated by Franz was contributed to one family in lowest economic status of the Indian community we serve; a single Mother with two beautiful children. I look forward to being able to report to you how she may have turned the jewelry into an economic opportunity for her family.
Over $600 was brought in for the Bangles for Bucks online raffle which is not including the sponsor match. ALL raffle participants will be receiving a little something as our way of saying thank you for your generosity and compassion in the giving of what we have for others and also for taking Pennies for Partnerships into the future.
“It’s the little things we can do to try to make a difference in the lives of others that makes it so meaningful.”
Franz we appreciate you, as well we truly appreciate ALL the donors who played in the Bangles for Bucks online raffle.
Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the International participation; we had participating members from USA, Singapore, and Austria; great PfP (People feeding People)! We ARE a global family.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and the WINNERS are:
Diana Suber
Audry Herbert
Choon Hiang Chung
Liz Shearer
Sharon Halsey-Hoover
Deb Halsey
Becky McCoy
Bill Symes
BUT you are ALL WINNERS and every size gift if extremely important and appreciated that is why the listed contributors above will receive the gifts donated by Franz but all who participated will receive something.  Tashi Delek and Congratulations!

Thank you all again to all for your continued generosity and compassion in supporting the PfPBangles for Bucks online Raffle.

Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities to pledge to sponsor a family for a full year. I will send photos and bios of each family and you can choose the family you wish to sponsor. At this time we have 7 pledges and are looking to sponsor 20 families at this time. By getting pledges for sponsor of the existing 20 families we then can start distribution to an additional 20 families.

Slowly slowly together we can create change! 

Keep in touch and please remember sharing is caring. Feel free to share our blog with your friends and families as this is our only way to get the word out through social networks.

www.indiasocialwork.wordpress.com

and visit our official nonprofit Organization Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas at:

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

Also donations are accepted online through paypal (see left side bar) or checks can be mailed to:

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, Inc.

Pennies for Partnerships

PO Box 269

Fayetteville, AR 72702-0269 US

Additionally please feel free to contact me directly with your interests or ideas.

penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com

or you can comment on the blog and I will reply.

Take care and again Much appreciation to you ALL.

Namaste!

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director- Pennies for Partnerships (TCIA initiative)

www.indiasocialwork.wordpress.com

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

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.  penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com 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) http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

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. penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com 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)

www.indiasocialwork.wordpress.com

http://www.artibet.com/activities/pennies-for-partnerships/

Tibetan Organic Farmers Take to Compassionate Action

Hello, Tashi Delek and Namaste from India.

Today was an incredibly awesome day!

Morning Activities:

It started off at 6:00 am with a sunrise rickshaw ride to the Indian community to conduct profiles of the recipient families. We interviewed 15 families who have now received 3 deliveries of rice. The assessment consisted of profiles of each family to include name and age of all family members residing in the home. Additional data includes, type of work, monthly income, any government assistance and whether or not the children are attending school. More information regarding the assessment will be provided in future posts but it was very interesting to start the day with this community and see their daily activities such as the long distance they walk to retrieve water, the refilling of the kerosene lantern since they have no electricity,  breakfast being prepared on open fires, and best of all, the excitement of the children as they head off to school. I will say however the information obtained on this community notes destitute poverty with incomes ranging from $18 a month to $40 a month which is noted in the hunger index as those who suffer from serve hunger and malnutrition as they live on less than $1.00 a day to $1.50 a day.

Afternoon Action

Tibetan Organic Farmers step up compassionate action with Pennies for Partnerships.

The Tibetan Organic Farmers have been working on the construction of an organic outlet shop in Tattahali Settlement Camp, (Mundgod) scheduled to open to the public March 25th. The outlet will offer the farmers additional exposure and opportunities to sell directly to the local community which will also help increase the direct benefit to the farmers and address poverty among the Tibetan Organic Farmers.

March 14, 2012 Pennies for Partnerships was the first to make a direct purchase from the new outlet shop. The Tibetan agricultural officers invited me to an Organic Farmers committee meeting where I had the opportunity to present to 8 committee members, 3 Agricultural Officers and the settlement officer head Secretary, the Pennies for Partnerships Compassionate Outreach project to address poverty in the Tibetan Organic Farming community while at the same time addressing hunger in the surrounding India communities. The feedback was very positive from the farmers and it appears we have huge support from the leaders of each camp.

Following the meeting the committee members reconvened at the new construction site of the Organic Outlet. Additionally they all showed their support and participation while preparing the next distribution.

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After bagging rice, our past team members and I distributed 20 bags of rice to the families in the Indian and Tibetan communities which we have identified living with destitute poverty and food insecurity. Now having worked with us through several deliveries the team is prepared to carry on the distributions as planned for the months to come. As a social work project we seek to reach self-reliance within the operations of the project as well as move forward with new developments. I feel confident in the team in that when I am not here they will successfully carry on the project with efficiency and compassionate action given to those who have been chosen as recipients of  the rice.

Additionally, we seek to maintain consistency with the program and are looking for contributors who will commit to sponsoring a family for one year for as little as $15.00 a month. More details to come on how to become a Golden Partner of Compassion. I will be compiling profiles of the families  and sending information to those interested. You will be provided details such as number of members in the family, age, income, and type of work they conduct along with photos.

So if you or anyone you know might be interested in helping address food insecurity, hunger, poverty and environmental commitment to organic farming please email me at penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com.

Also, please remember “sharing is caring” and we appreciate your assistance in helping spread the word. All measures for marketing the outreach project is through social networking and the help of you spreading the word.

Those interested can donate directly online through payal and receive a tax deduction. Also, we are currently conducting an online raffle which details are provided in the previous post “Bangles for Bucks”.

Thanks you to all who make this possible as I am only the messenger of your compassionate action and generosity.

More details on our nonprofit status can be found at our official website of Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas (TCIA).

www.artibet.com

and any donations made through the TCIA website please designate Pennies for Partnerships which is also listed under the activities link.

Thank you from the Tibetan Organic Farmers, the Indian community and TCIA for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Project Director – Pennies for Partnerships

Bangles/Bracelets for Bucks $1.00 Online Raffle Tickets

Hello, Namaste and Tashi Delek from India.

Many of you are aware of the Tibetan Plight and the current situation inside Tibet as well as the History of Tibetans fleeing  into exile.

March 10th marked the 53rd year of the Tibetan Uprising and the continued situation of Human Rights violations inside Tibet which has forced many Tibetans to make the difficult decision to escape the violent oppressive conditions in hopes of someday returning to Tibet with  basic human rights to include freedom of expression, freedom of religion…..

At this time the Pennies for Partnerships would like to also recognize the needs of those living in Exile in India and the difficulties faced as a displaced population. The Pennies for Partnerships outreach to support the Tibetan Organic Farmers is one way in which we can support those working diligently to create a better environment through their commitment to Environmental consciousness of organic farming practices. Pennies for Partnerships was alerted one year ago to the growing concern of increased poverty within the Tibetan Organic Farming Community due to the slow growth of the organic market in India. In order to show support to the farmers’ commitment to create a healthy environment and remain organic we stand with them during the slow growth period by purchasing rice directly from the organic farmers at a fair market value. Additionally, this is one way of showing support to the Tibetan people as they continue their Human Rights campaign while facing different complications while displaced from their Tibetan homeland.

So today on March 12th Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day we initiate a fund raiser called “BANGLES/BRACELETS FOR BUCKS”.

“Bangles/Bracelets For Bucks” is an online raffle.

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We hope to generate additional financial support to assist the Tibetan Organic Farmers through the opportunity for you to get a little something in return. Thanks to our International friend Franz, from Austria, who recently visited the Tibetan community in Mundgod with me, we now have the option to offer you a little gift from India in return for your support to the Pennies for Partnerships Outreach. This is a true outreach program which is a gift that keeps on giving. There are 15 bangles/bracelets available for the raffle (only a few photos available at this time due to slow internet).

Franz, a true philanthropist, helped an Indian merchant who was struggling to keep his business by purchasing a large amount of jewelry which he has now donated to our project. Additionally, he has offered to support the online raffle by Matching BUCK FOR BUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have 15 bangles/bracelets to raffle.  We have pulled out all the bangles/bracelets for this raffle and the rest of the fashion jewelry will be given to the Indian community in an effort to help them to develop a small business opportunity.

So how about that?  Pennies for Partnerships continues the mission to take something like pennies, aluminum, clothing or anything that one chooses to give and we take the gifts with pleasure in hopes of turning it into something for those in need.

$1.00 Raffle Tickets are now available for a short time so please don’t wait. Buy as many $1.00 raffle tickets as you wish and increase your opportunity to receive an Indian Bangle/Bracelet.  All raffle tickets can be purchased either online through the paypal DONATE button on the left sidebar or you can can contact me directly at penniesforpartnerships@gmail.com if you wish to send check or make direct deposit.

With the funds generated through the ONLINE RAFFLE –  “BANGLES/BRACELETS FOR BUCKS” we will continue our  efforts to support Tibetan Organic practices through the procurement of organic rice which is then distributed in 25 kg (55 pounds) bags  to some of the poorest Indian neighboring communities facing hunger in Mundgod, India. The Tibetan settlement camp close to Mundgod is called Tattihali and was the second refugee camp to be established in India (1962). Tattahali is home to approximately 20,000 Tibetans and is the largest community committed to organic farming. Additionally there are approximately 1000 organic farmers.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Pennies for Partnerships Outreach Online Raffle. We would like to ask for your consideration to the cost of shipping which will be approximately $2.00 for United States donors and approximately $4.00 to other countries. As well the items offered in the raffle range from retail price of  $2.00 to $50.00. The Bangles and Bracelets are brass, metal, silver and some with porcelain details. Nice fashion jewelry and gifts for those sweet ladies in your life.

Thank you again and please spread the word.

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Remember “Sharing is Caring” and we ask that you pass on the link to our site in hopes of generating more partners in outreach to address global poverty and hunger.

Also we would like to thank all the friends from Kudle Beach who have donated clothing and other items such as mattresses, rugs, blankets, books for the children and more. These items will be delivered this week to various people in the Tibetan and Indian communities. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!”

Kind regards,

Leann Halsey

Director- Pennies for Partnerships (TCIA initiative)

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Details of sponsorship for families who face food insecurity and/or Tibetan farmers Greenhouse sponsorship to come.

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