Message from the President
From time to time I plan to drop an occasional thought or two on this continuing blog - like pages of our website. I may also just wish to share a story about someone we have recently met or comment on something that I have heard that struck me. All, I believe, will have relevance to our work, work that involves the giving and caring of others. I hope you derive some pleasure from what I will be sharing with you, and hopefully you will share it with others. Thank you for your interest.
I’m honored to share an article that was written about me and my founding of TFI:
Thomas A. Nazario came from a modest background. His mother was from Cuba and a seamstress, whilst his father was from Puerto Rico and worked as an auto mechanic. From an early age in New York City, he felt empathy for others who were poor – this was the start of his quest to understand why such a large percentage of people in the world are poverty-stricken. Read more »
Check out this short video on our President, Tom, and how he came to found TFI. We think you’ll love it!
I was honored to be featured as Hearts on Fire’s Visionary of the Month for this month. Read my history, my work with TFI, and how I believe we all can create change:
The Cards You’re Dealt
If you read between the lines of Tom Nazario’s story, you may come away with profound life insights.
Tom grew up in Spanish Harlem, a section of New York City where people struggle to make ends meet. But he says he didn’t realize his family was from the poor side of town because all his friends and neighbors were in the same boat. Read more »
Let me begin by saying that I am sorry for not continuing to write notes to you on my page. I guess these days it has become so hard to find a moment. Nevertheless, in this day of email that come with so many agendas and / or hopes that are never realized, I just wanted to share with you a recent email that came to me that in many ways, helps to make the work I do, as well as the work of the Forgotten, worthwhile. Read more »
A question was posed to me: “if I only had a week to live”. Here are my thoughts:
First, I guess when most people think about this kind of dilemma, the first thing that they might think of is what has been called a “bucket list” or those things that they have always wanted to do but just never found the time so they place them in a bucket in the hopes to get to them later. I guess too, if one had a week to live they could begin to pick out those things that would be manageable over a week and hopefully would be high on their list of priorities. Read more »
For some time now, many of you who have followed us in our work have been waiting for the release of our book Living on a Dollar a Day. Thank you for your patience. The book is now on its way to the printers and will be in book stores early next year. On the inside flap of the dust jacket, these are the words that will appear. We wish we had the space to say more, but it should give you a pretty good sense of the body of the work:
Slightly over one billion people on the planet live on a dollar a day. Read more »
As I approach my 64th birthday, I have been thinking more and more about life. The life my mother lost just last year, the life that is now slipping away from my father as he lies in a hospital bed and, of course, my own life and what I have done with it. In doing so, I often think about when in my life I have taken a stand and when I have simply given in to whatever might be happening in and around me. Read more »
In short, in my spare time I have been working on a screen play that’s tentatively called “A Meaningful Life” about a young law student who has spent too much of her time acquiring and not enough time giving until something happens that changes her world view. On Tom’s page, I have inserted a scene from my draft screen play about a discussion Alicia (the main character) has in her law school corporations class with her law professor and another law student. Read more »
One of the things we try to do at The Forgotten International is to search for people around the world who unselfishly decide to give of themselves to others, who are truly honest, hardworking and committed to a mission that is not only sustainable in practice but also sustains them through life. Miguel Rodriguez, who runs La Comunidad de Niños Sagrada Familia in Lima, Peru is just that kind of individual, and all who have met him have said that he is truly a saint. Read more »