In the Summer of 2009, TFI delivered about $500,000 worth of shoes, clothing, toys, and medical supplies to schools and clinics in Delhi and Dharamsala, India. All items were collected and donated by our partners Peace Builders, Inc. and MedShare, without which this work would not have been possible. Our local guide David Ngone also provided invaluable help. The article is from the Tibetan Delek Hospital Newsletter, July 1 to December 31, 2009.
India, Summer 2009
Living in Dharamsala, India, for two months was an incredible experience. It was very inspiring to see how the Tibetans have developed their thriving community-in-exile, and I was honored to be warmly welcomed within that community during my brief stay. Dharamsala itself seems to have been literally carved into the side of the Himalayas, and it was amazing to see how the community successfully co-exists with the harsh natural conditions imposed by the monsoon rains, remote location, and soaring altitude. Read more »
The Forgotten International was honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and three Bay Area philanthropists in a moderated discussion entitled “The Joy of Giving” on April 26, 2009. You may view the event in it’s entirety here. Over three hundred guests enjoyed breakfast at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, California, while His Holiness and fellow panelists shared their views on the importance of philanthropy in our global community and the personal happiness that comes from giving. Read more »
Uganda, Summer 2008
In the summer of 2008, I was sent to Uganda on behalf of The Forgotten International to continue some work at the Zinunula Omunaku Education Centre originally started by The Rotary Club of San Jose. While there, I was asked to do two things: work with the children at their primary school to teach, among other things, English and Social Studies. Also, with part of the funds provided to me, I was to supervise the building of the roof to their newly constructed Educational Centre, as well as look into how best the school could get clean water, build cement walkways, repair and install new windows and doors, and supply the residence and some of the school with electricity. Read more »
On April 5, 2008, Tom Nazario was the opening presenter at a day-long conference entitled “Global Solidarity, Human Rights, and the End of Poverty.” The Aurora Forum joined with Stanford’s King Institute to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program on the struggle for economic justice around the nation.
Tom Nazario was invited to speak at The Rotary Club of San Jose on December 5, 2007, about children around the world who live in poverty and the work of The Forgotten International. He often gives presentations to community organizations and foundations in the Bay Area to bring awareness to the problem of global poverty, in particular how it affects women and children.
India, Fall 2007
It was my dream for quite some time to take a leave from being a lawyer and go off to see India. In the Fall of 2007, The Forgotten International gave me the opportunity to do just that.
Originally, I thought I would stay for two months, but I ended up staying for five. I was placed with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), and there I worked through the end of the year, finishing their work on their Annual Report. Read more »
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This blog, “Villager in the City“, was written by one of the team members who journeyed to India with Tom Nazario in the fall of 2006 as the idea of creating a charitable nonprofit called The Forgotten International was starting to form in his mind. Tom took a group of friends with him to introduce them to projects in need of aid in different areas of India to see how they, as a group, might be able to help. Read more »