Bangladesh is known for a man who has created a system to help alleviate poverty based on the idea that the poor can work to make positive changes in their lives and that half the population should not be excluded from the economic marketplace. Professor Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and “world’s banker to the poor” by pioneering micro-credit loans which gives small loans to the poorest of the poor without requiring collateral. What began in 1976 with a $27 loan among 42 families has grown to providing almost 8 million poor Bangladeshis, 97% of them women, with loans to start their own businesses. Read more »
The city of Dhaka has a river that runs through it. A river that is so dark that it is safe to say that what goes in it should not come back out. A river that must leave you feeling dirtier after washing in it then when you entered it, yet children call this river their playground and families call this river their washing machine. It is a source of life for the people, yet it is filled with dead, decaying, rotting contents. Read more »
Our team reached Bangladesh and stayed in the highly populated capital city, Dhaka. Dhaka is the 9th largest city in the world and one of the most densely populated. It was here we began to document the next story for the book. In doing so we followed a lead that an NGO provided us to a local sweatshop to take an inside look into the lives of the workers.
The workers were all women and undeniably hard working women at that. Read more »
Peru, Spring 2011
Through The Forgotten International’s Fellowship Program, I volunteered for two months at a shelter and school for women and children called Mama Victoria in Lima, Peru. The school and shelter is located in a district of Lima called Chorrillos, which has the highest rate of domestic abuse in the city. The organization, Mama Victoria, provides a safe environment for women escaping domestic violence and gives refuge to their children as well. The shelter was started by a local woman and is maintained by local volunteers. Read more »
In the late the afternoon of October 13, 2010, TFI escorted His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto. His Holiness offered a blessing and words of hope to the children and families currently staying at the House while receiving treatment for critical illnesses. Ronald McDonald House worked with us to create an emotional, but healing experience. It was an unforgettable afternoon for all who were there. (Photo by Renée Byer)
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited the San Francisco Bay Area the week of October 11, 2010. On the afternoon of October 13th, TFI brought His Holiness to Costaño Middle School in East Palo Alto where he met with almost 500 young people and answered 10 questions which the students from Ravenswood School District, Peninsula Boys & Girls Club, College Track and Spark had prepared after receiving instruction on the life and work of the Dalai Lama. It was a once in a lifetime educational opportunity for these kids, as well as for the adults at this unique event. Read more »
On September 16, 2010, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée Byer presented her recent work at The Annenberg Space for Photography. In a lecture for the Iris Nights series entitled, “The Storytelling Power of Photography.” Renée shared some of the stories and photographs she is chronicling as part of the Living on a Dollar a Day book project along with The Forgotten International. The book will feature the daily lives of some of the “billion at the bottom” – the one billion people at the bottom of the economic ladder who live on less than one dollar per day. Read more »
Living on a Dollar a Day is a book and documentary project which will, in words and images, tell the stories of the women, children and families around the world who work long hours, sometimes under dangerous conditions, to earn not much more than a dollar each day.
Through this project, The Forgotten International’s (TFI) hope is to bring awareness of the struggles of the poor and of how more than one billion people at the bottom of the economic ladder work so hard just to stay alive. Read more »
India, Summer 2010
Living and working in the Dharamsala area during the summer of 2010 was truly an unforgettable experience-extremely rewarding both personally and professionally. Each morning I was filled with awe at the beauty of the Himalayan landscape, as well as the resilience of the people, around me.
I served as a fellow at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (“TCHRD”), which is located on the grounds of the Tibetan Government in Exile. I was immediately accepted as an integral part of the TCHRD team. Read more »
Tom Nazario was interviewed for Season 6 of the long-running PBS series, Roadtrip Nation, which originally aired in 2009. Tom was interviewed by three young people who traveled to the U.S. from Australia to talk to inspirational leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds as they seek to “define their own road in life”. Camilla, Mariana and Su-Yin spent some time with Tom at the University of San Francisco School of Law where he teaches courses in Children’s Rights and Education Policy, as well as runs a youth outreach program called Street Law. Read more »