His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is presented with his own copy of our book, Living on a Dollar a Day, by TFI Board Chair, Debra Fischer in Los Angeles, CA. His Holiness wrote the Foreword to our book to show his support of its compassionate message and call to action. We are immeasurably grateful for his blessing of our project and hope he likes the final product! Much of TFI’s work is inspired by the life’s work and teachings of the Dalai Lama. Read more »
Past presentations and events
Tom Nazario regularly makes presentations to community associations, high schools and universities, foundations, and corporations about the work of TFI and global poverty issues.
The “24 for the Forgotten” Charity Bike Ride returned for a second year when Jason Bradeen from Woodside wanted to take action again to raise awareness for TFI’s programs. Jason rode his bike around the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 hours to raise funds for a program long supported by TFI, the Tong-Len Charitable Trust in Northern India. They help displaced families out of poverty through educational and health-based projects. Jason helped raise $2,700 during his 223-mile ride! TFI will make an additional donation and deliver a total of $3,000 to Tong-Len. Read more »
Tom Nazario was invited to speak at Riverside High School in Greenville, South Carolina, and over the course of his visit made three presentations to the student body and faculty about global poverty issues. RHS math teacher, Anne Snow, is the faculty advisor for the Atlas Club, a student group formed in 2009 that has been raising money for needy schools and orphanages TFI supports around the world. Tom thanked the students in Atlas and the RHS community for caring about those less fortunate. Read more »
On September 19, 2012, the global law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP welcomed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to their San Francisco offices for a reception to benefit The Forgotten International. Mr. Kennedy is one of the country’s leading environmental lawyers. He is also a law professor, author and activist. His work as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and as president-at-large of Waterkeeper Alliance has helped restore New York’s Hudson River and waterways around the world. Mr. Kennedy was selected by TIME Magazine as one of their “Heroes for the Planet.” We were thrilled and honored to spend the afternoon with Mr. Read more »
For the month of October 2011, TFI was chosen for Whole Foods Market’s Nickels for Nonprofit program. Shoppers at Whole Foods’ Franklin location in San Francisco donated a nickel to TFI whenever they shopped with their own grocery bags. At the end of the month, over 17,000 nickels were donated, raising almost $900 for our programs and, more importantly, raising awareness about issues related to poverty. We thank Whole Foods for this partnership.
On August 19, 2011, the law firm of Bingham hosted a presentation of the Making of “Living on a Dollar a Day” at their Silicon Valley office. Professor Tom Nazario and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée Byer gave our guests a sneak peak of some the stories and photographic profiles that will make up the book to be published next fall. The Forgotten International will be making several presentations around the Bay Area in advance of the book’s release. Renée Byer and videographer George Rosenfeld returned from their final trip abroad in May, wrapping up travel to 10 countries on four continents. Read more »
Our journey to create “Living on a Dollar a Day” came to a finish out in the field on May 30, 2011, as our journalists returned home from their final trip abroad. As we move to the next phase of the project, the writing of the text and the selection and editing of all the photos and video, we want to look back on the purpose behind all the travels, photographs, and incredible stories. It has been a full year of extensive journeys around the world including 10 countries, 4 continents, and innumerable lives encountered. Read more »
Jason Bradeen from Woodside, California, came to The Forgotten International with the idea of doing a charity bike ride to benefit our programs which help the poorest of the poor around the world. Together we came up with “24 for the Forgotten”. Over Memorial Day weekend, Jason rode his bike for 24 hours across several Bay Area counties to raise funds and awareness for Tibetan Delek Hospital in Dharamsala, India. Delek is a charitable hospital which serves Tibetans, local Indians as well as tourists, regardless of anyone’s ability to pay. 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 »