November 28, 2013
My intention has been to raise dollars for a greenhouse. It would be constructed and maintained in Tibet for Kyila’s 3 – 5 years olds to enjoy smelling flowers and eating fruits and vegetables. I continue to have this goal so they can have fresh and varied meals each day and enjoy touching different flowery textures.
Today, is Thanksgiving Day, in the USA. And today my heart has been touched by an individual who has offered to match the dollars I raise, up to two thousand dollars ($2000), with her donation. This is a wonderful challenge and a most gracious gift from a person who is doing so in remembrance of a dear partner in life. I knew the individual, but I have learned more: this individual loved an herb garden and would have appreciated the gardening benefits of a greenhouse, and thus this challenge in my fundraising.
I am thankful for so much and moments like this warms my heart more than anyone can ever know. When I first met Kyila in Tibet, Kiki’s Kids was a simple dream/goal for her. A person of my word, I promised her I did not know how I would help, but I would do so….and here we are now raising money for a greenhouse! Kiki’s Kids is a successful place for children who needs warm and big hearts.
If you are able to donate any amount in this month of November, as you know from previous blogs that is the timeline, Kiki’s Kids will appreciate it. If you know me, please let me know you’re dropping off a check payable to Global Roots and I will send it on with other checks next week. Or you can go to the Global Roots website, www.globalroots.org and use PayPal to send in a donation. Either way, please designate the donation for the greenhouse in Tibet. Thank you!
November 28, 2013
Blind students, Education, flower planting, Global Roots, master gardeners, Tibet, vegetable planting
I had set the month of November aside for fundraising time and it is almost to an end. Thank you to those of you who have donated to help raise monies for an expert to travel to Tibet, help build and start the greenhouse which will eventually allow Kiki’s Kids to enjoy some fresh fruits and vegetables. This is quite a change from their usual diet.
The very young and blind children will enjoy the smell of flowers and the opportunity to explore the various textures of the flowers. And this will be true of the vegetables that will be grown also. But with them, the extra benefit of eating strawberries or tomatoes or whatever they finally have grown!
If you have not donated and wish to do so, please connect with me today or donate via Global Roots.
November 26, 2013
Blind students, Global Roots, master gardeners, nutrition, Tibet, Uncategorized, vegetable planting
I have much to be thankful for each day. I often take time to remind myself of all I am thankful for because each day seems to fly by quicker than the day before. My parents were correct when they told me: time will fly ever faster as you grow older.
But today I am thankful for people such as Kyila in Tibet. Here is a young woman who is doing work I could never imagine myself doing. Thank goodness there are people different than me who do the work she does with the 20 three to five year old children. Otherwise, what would happen with these children who are challenged; some with no home or parents and some who are blind.
I am also thankful for humanitarian organizations such as Global Roots. People are taking time to fundraise so monies get to organizations such as Kyila’s Kiki’s Kids and most recently we want to help build a greenhouse. (You may have read previous blog posts about that from me.)
I am thankful for the food I eat, the bed I sleep in, my family and friends who support my individuality. I end each day thankful for what has happened in my life. Today, I am most thankful there are individuals united in our efforts to help the children at Kiki’s Kids.
Huge thanks to Kyila, her staff and teachers at Kiki’s Kids. Huge thanks to Rick at Global Roots.
You are all gratefully appreciated as you touch the world and make things better for many human beings! THANKS!
November 24, 2013
farming, feeding the world, fruit, green thumb, Greenhouse, Tibet, vegetables
I was just reading an article about a Tibetan farmer who grows fruits and vegetables in his greenhouse which is located on the outskirts of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. The article was part of a Human Rights web article. It explained how Ah Nu, the Tibetan farmer received help, from a Hans Chinese greenhouse technician, and learned more about greenhouse techniques. As a result, food production increased enough to also be of value to his neighbors and a larger market of buyers.
Yes, Tibet is at a high altitude with sudden fluctuations between night and day temperatures and strong winds where vegetables are not typically grown. Global Roots will be sending in an expert to build and set-up the greenhouse for Kiki’s Kids so it is productive from the start. Much has been learned since 1989 when Ah Nu had first begun his greenhouse. Now we wish to add to the variety of food Kyila’s children will be eating at Kiki’s Kids. Hopefully they will enjoy more cabbage, strawberries and tomatoes in the future!
November 5, 2013
The video, I wish to share with you, is in Chinese; however, you will still easily understand the activities the students at Kiki’s Kids do accomplish each day and see the caring love Kyila, Kiki Kid’s founder, has for her children. It is a video just short of 15 minutes.
While I watched it, it brought back memories of when I had visited Kyila and seen the children in action. They are so capable and only because caring adult individuals have taken the time to educate young people.
Click on the link below to view the video.
September 26, 2013
Blind students, Global Roots
A few years ago I met Kyila in Lhasa, Tibet. She shared her dream with me to have the first kindergarten in Tibet and for it to include blind 3 – 5 year olds, with any sighted child too. She has accomplished that goal and if you wish to know more, please see my previous blog postings of my travel in Tibet and the process of her program taking shape. Now our goal, with the help of a humanitarian organization, Global Roots, is to have a greenhouse at Kiki’s Kids so the students can enjoy fresh vegetables and smell aromatic flowers.
Kyila, Global Roots, and I wish you to consider a donation, even a small one, to help offset the six thousand dollar cost of the greenhouse. Our USA dollars go very far in Tibet! As a matter of fact, that dollar amount will cover the cost of building the greenhouse, the soil and irrigation and for a gardener/security person for an entire year. Please consider helping.
You can either contact me directly and I will get your donation to Global Roots, my fiscal partner, so the dollars get to Kyila with no administrative fees taken out, or donate directly to Global Roots via their website….and note your donation to be specifically for Kiki’s Kids. Their website is: www.globalroots.org
Spread the word! Namaste, from Kyila and me!
September 17, 2013
Blind students, Education, flower planting, Global Roots, master gardeners, vegetable planting
flower planting, Global Roots, Master Gardener
As I mentioned in the previous blog posting, we have hopes for a greenhouse to be constructed at Kiki’s Kids. A team to be hired to construct it, a local “Master Gardener” to be sure the garden is producing vegetables…..but also, FLOWERS!
No doubt the children will have enjoyed touching and smelling the vegetables as they grow, but to smell flowers…that will be wonderful! Can you imagine….well, let us….close your eyes and what do you smell right now? And then, recall the wonderful smell of the last flower you experienced. Now that was a positive smell….I am gambling on the fact the last flower you smelled was not skunk cabbage!
Anyway, here’s my point….greenhouse being built, vegetables being grown, why not flowers too? Yes they will grow flowers also for the students to discover the various scents of flowers as they come into bloom.
Please help make this project a reality. You can do so by donating to Global Roots so monies go to this project directly. It is Global Roots organization that is over-seeeing this project. Click on Global Roots to donate. Whatever you can give will be of great help.