March 8, 2014
Blind students, caregivers, Education, eye care, Global Roots, Sedona International Film Festival
Blindsight, Sedona Film Festaval, Waiting for Mamu
I attend the Sedona Film Festival each year to learn more about our world, our environment, etc. So many very good films to open my mind, make me more aware and to to make me think about how I can help humankind.
This year, I had the good fortune to spend a couple of minutes talking with the woman who the movie “Waiting for Mamu” is all about! Pushpa Basnet was the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year. I remember watching the TV program when we all heard the stories of the top 10 winners from 45,000 nominations, and Pushpa won the GRAND prize! I know she will put the monies to excellent use so more children can be part of her program and not imprisoned with his or her parents as they are in prison. (Crazy to think that a child is imprisoned with the parent if the family has no place to send the child…anyway, just saying.) All children need an education, a healthy and safe place to live, and a chance at to create the future of their doing and choice.
Pushpa was very pleasant, very kind with her time spent with me, and I can certainly see how her children simply love her! I did let Pushpa and the other woman with her know that I will be on my way to Tibet later this year. I hope to connect with them again before the year is out.
It is amazing that through film we can become so easily involved in projects around the world. I watched a film: “Blindsight” about blind children in Tibet years ago at the Sedona Film Festival. That led me to my Tibetan visit in 2010 and meeting Kyila, now director and founder of Kiki’s Kids! Want to know more about her? Please read my blog from the very beginning…and learn how you can help Kiki’s Kids with me!
A blind woman director helping with the first Tibetan kindergarten. A Nepali woman helping the children who have imprisoned parents. There is a big world out there needing our help. Can you help? Appreciate you doing so….stay connected with my blog.
And, by the way, watch the film!
March 6, 2014
Blind students, Global Roots, Handicap International, National Federation for the Blind, Sedona International Film Festival, Tibet
Monk With A Camera, Nicholas Vreeland, Sedona International Film Festival
Thanks to the Sedona Film Festival, years ago I watched a film: “Blindsight” about blind children in Tibet. That led me to my Tibetan visit in 2010 and meeting Kyila, now director and founder of Kiki’s Kids! Want to know more, start reading my blog from the very beginning…and learn how you can help Kiki’s Kids with me!
This year I saw the movie “Monk With A Camera” and truly loved learning the story about Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland who becomes a Dalai Lama-appointed abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India. He is the first Westerner to achieve such a position; therefore, it is a worthwhile documentary to see. I loved Nicky’s photography and the story of how his photography had helped raise funds for Rato Monastery. Of course, I loved seeing the Dalai Lama, his laugh and I always enjoy his humor.
March 2, 2014
Blind students, caregivers, China eBay, Education, Global Roots, Handicap International, Kindergarten, National Federation for the Blind, Tibet Disabled Person's Federation, Uncategorized, Women Initiative Network
I recently heard from Kyila and was glad to hear she took some holiday time. As everyone knows when working with young people it is a full-time task, and especially so since she has residential responsibilities.
I was expecting to hear that she truly had a holiday time of relaxation; however, Kyila was also traveling the rural areas of Tibet and had discovered twins with major physical disabilities. Yes they were blind, and also unable to move around; therefore, the family had kept them often in one place. When that happens leg bones do not grow as they should, especially in the growing years of ones young life. Everyone needs movement! Leg bones and muscles to grow and take shape….from birth to old age, so do not forget this information!
Kyila made connections for the family to have the young children see a doctor in Lhasa, and if there was hope then they would travel to a Shanghai hospital. BUT, the children are with bodies so deformed there seems to be no hope to help them with their physical disability. When I receive an additional update, I will keep you posted.
February 28, 2014
Blind students, breakfast, Education, nutrition, Tibet, Tibet Disabled Person's Federation, Uncategorized
blueberries, Global Roots, Kiki's Kids, kindergarten
I was washing my latest batch of blueberries from Chile for my future breakfasts. And then I noticed, “Grown with care” was the phrase on the container’s label! Why so much “care” for a blueberry? It is not feeling the “care”, yet we appreciate that the lowly blueberry was “grown with care”.
So….I thought. Why not create a t-shirt for the children in the kindergarten that states on the front of the t-shirt “Grown With Care”. Yeah, why not? It would be perfect! Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, and her staff spend a tremendous amount of time and energy caring for the young children in the program…yes, great idea!
If you do not know about Kyila’s program for her blind 3 – 5 year olds who receive an education and learn daily living skills to be ready to work on their academic education, then you need to get with the program! It is an unique program addressing the needs of this age group, 3 – 5 year olds, and on top of that, they are predominantly blind children with some sighted children also enrolled in the program.
The goal is to educate these children, yet to also educate the world about the abilities these blind children have to succeed to their future goals. Their perceived disability will not hold these children back thanks to the support received from the program they are in: Kiki’s Kids.
Get involved! Support Kiki’s Kids and with the help of Global Roots your donation can get to Kiki’s Kids too. Click here to know more about each program, and when clicking on Global Roots with a donation, please specify your dollars to go to Kiki’s Kids in Tibet.
February 21, 2014
Blind students, China eBay, eye care, Global Roots, Handicap International, Kindergarten, nutrition, Tibet, Tibet Disabled Person's Federation, Uncategorized
Well once again I noticed a roadside sign board, again in the USA. This one: “It takes just one person to change one life.”
Ah yes! Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, shared with me she was taking the usual January-time holiday break….much needed time for herself, teachers and staff as they all have round-the-clock responsibilities with their 3- 5 year olds at the kindergarten. When Kyila returned from holiday, she shared with me that during some of her holiday time she had been in the very rural areas of Tibet visiting families. (Quite honestly, all of Tibet seems rural to me so I am almost wondering which direction very rural!) Once again, I know Kyila is dedicated to the cause and always seems to be focused on it…year-round.
Anyway, she visited a family with 2 blind children. Blindness is just the tip of the concern. Since they are not moving around they are becoming physically handicapped. They are the only 2 children in this family and so fortunate for Kyila’s help. She is working to get the 2 children to a doctor in Lhasa, and then if there is any hope for the children they will continue on to a hospital in China.
In this case, it is one person making a change in the life of TWO children…and their parents.
My hope is there to be less blind young children with the additional handicaps.
Thanks Kyila for your work!
February 19, 2014
Blind students, caregivers, China eBay, Education, eye care, Global Roots, Handicap International, Kindergarten, National Federation for the Blind, nutrition, Tibet, Tibet Disabled Person's Federation, Uncategorized, Women Initiative Network
It was simply stated on a roadside sign board in the USA, “Their future is determined by their first 5 years.” As I read the statement my mind snapped to the children I had seen in Tibet in 2010, and what had also become the start of my journey to help a young woman realize her dream. She too knew the importance of the early formative years of every child needing a safe environment, good health, safe food and water, and a supportive loving family.
This young lady is blind and knew how fortunate she was to develop skills early on in life thanks to The Center for The Blind where she attended school…and it allowed her to learn at other institutions too. But most importantly she knew that some children are literally tied to a location in their home so they do not get hurt, yet with no social interactions and no movement, they also have not much of a life. Family members go on with their responsibilities but they have no way to care for the blind baby. Even if they knew how important the first 5 years of life are for a child, they have to eke out their own living to be able to provide their child with something!
Fortunately, Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, is most interested in helping the 3 – 5 year olds who are not getting all the necessary support they should receive from their own family. We who are interested in helping Kyila’s children and who know every childhood is precious, try in our own way to support her efforts. Through donations to Global Roots, earmarked for Kiki’s Kids, much success has been happening to have these children have safe, healthy, and happy childhood! Please donate what and when you can to support Kyila’s efforts. All is greatly appreciated. If you can too, follow this blog to learn more about what is happening at Kiki’s Kids.
February 15, 2014
Just wanted you to know the January holiday time is over and everyone is back to Kiki’s Kids kindergarten. It will be an exciting spring as they eventually move from Shigatse to Lhasa…. to the BIG city! Well it is not really that big; however, it is closer to any medical need …that is so very important at times for the children. Nothing worse than an ill child and a long distance to travel to visit a doctor.
So, remain connected via the blog and you will know what is happening!
Have any extra spare change after your holiday shopping? Do not forget to throw it all in a savings jar. I may be asking for your help with an upcoming project. Till then happy times are ahead!