Rocky start!

So a bit of a crazy start to the trip. Last night my flight from Greenville to Newark for today was cancelled five minutes after I printed my boarding pass. The travel agent was finally able to book me out of Asheville to LaGuardia via Chicago for this afternoon!

I am so glad I am leaving a day early to catch my flight to Delhi.

My fellow team members at Wholefoods surprised me with a giant card!

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Wildest India

A friend recommended this 5-part series by Animal Planet. Thought I would pass it along….  Wildest India is available on Netflix, Amazon and two or three of the episodes are available on youtube. I think it is a very well done, positive overview of India, its animals and people. My India journey takes me to many of the regions shown in this series!

“Animal Planet takes viewers on an exotic journey through India, from the epic Himalayan Mountains, down the mighty River Ganges, and across to the lost world of the North East, to explore its iconic wildlife, secret locations and grand terrains. They will follow the flow of The Ganges, from the glaciers of the world’s highest mountains, the Himalayas, to the largest bay in the world, the Bay of Bengal. Find out why this river is a lifeline to an array of wild animals, including India’s rare one-horned rhinoceros, as well as eight per cent of the world’s population. Viewers will then head high into The Himalayas to find out how its hostile terrain, powerful winds and sub-zero temperatures support one of the largest and most diverse collections of creatures on the planet, including man. Then travel into a lost world, home to head hunting tribes, tiger-infested forests, unclimbed mountains and pristine rivers. They will visit India’s Thar Desert and discover how this harsh environment supports both humans, and some of the toughest and rarest creatures on earth. Finally, journey into the Western Ghats, a spine of mountains stretching for a thousand miles along India’s west coast, thought to be one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. On one side  tropical rainforests thrive, and explode with life, including the endangered lion-tailed macaque, whilst on the eastern side; tigers and wild dogs compete for prey in its dry forests. Viewers will experience all this beautiful country has to offer in this amazing expedition through Wildest India.”

Update – India Trip

 

I thought it was time to give you all an update – just 50 days until my departure.

As I was purchasing my plane tickets I was truly humbled by the generosity you have all shown – honestly this trip could not happen without you!

Yesterday I got the last of my vaccinations – some were updates but I got a new one this time – Japanese Encephalitis. This was one of those just to be safe ones. It is costly and only good for a year – but there has been an outbreak in northern India. While it is a few hundred miles from where I will be, I figure getting the vaccination – one less thing to worry about!

I will depart Asheville on Sept 25th – flying out of the Greenville, SC airport to Newark. I get to spend the night in Brooklyn – I plan on filling up on real pizza & real bagels!

Sept 26th I will fly out of Newark and 24 hrs later (Sept 27th) arrive in Delhi. There I will meet up with the rest of the Whole Foods Team Member Volunteers.  Whole Foods Team Member Volunteer Program

We will only be getting a few hours sleep – we have a 4:00am wake up call so we can all get to the airport to catch a flight from Delhi to Kolkata, change planes and then fly to Agartala, Tripura. With just time for a short rest at our hotel we will venture off to the Anwesha Children’s Home to meet the kids when they return from school.    Anwesha Children’s Home

Sept 29th through October 4th we will be working at the Home – cleaning, painting, planting gardens, building a safe playground and simply playing with the kids!

The climate will be tropical – hot & humid. On the morning of October 5th we will say goodbye to the kids and head off to Varanasi. There we will have two days off – one being my birthday. Honestly I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday!!

On the morning of October 8th we will travel outside of Varanasi to meet with micro-credit clients of the Whole Planet Foundation — The Whole Planet Foundation

Then the afternoon will find us back in Varanasi at the offices of CASHPOR Ltd – a microfinance non-profit providing micro-credit to below poverty women in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. – CASHPOR Ltd

October 9th we are on a plane back to Delhi where we will spend the night. The morning of the 10th we board another plane and head west to Rajasthan. We will be met at the airport in Jodphur by cars from Traditional Medicinals – Traditional Medicinals to make the 6-hour drive to Bapp. For the next three days we will be doing service work at the Revive Village in the Bapp area. Traditional Medicinals, US is one of several organizations supporting the Revive Project, focusing on supporting farming and water harvesting in the Thar Desert.

The 14th we make the drive back to Jodphur and have a bit of time off late in the day to see the “Blue City”.

The morning of the 15th the team flies back to Delhi and here we go our separate ways.

My journey in India continues….

I will fly to Chennai, spend the night at a little Bed & Breakfast and in the morning a car will take me to The Colours of Nature in Auroville. – The Colours of Nature I met Jesus Ciriza Larraona, the Founder of The Colours of Nature, a few years ago at a natural dye conference in France. I am so looking forward to my visit.

Back to Chennai for a good nights sleep & off in the morning to the airport to fly to Kochin. A car will pick me up at the airport for the 3 to 4 hour drive to the beautiful hills of Munnar.

This is truly a dream come true – I have always hoped to return to Srishti where I had the privilege of working in 2009. – Srishti Welfare Centre

Please check out the website – ‘cause I could go on for pages about all the good work they do. Here is a link to an article about Srishti– Caterpillars to Butterflies

I worked at Aranya – the natural dye unit, teaching the folks how to work with Cochineal (a red dye from insects – not native to India) and with superfine Pashmina shawls and not damage them in the dye process. They learned quickly and now those  shawls sell in Taj Hotel Gift Shops!

I will arrive in Munnar on Fri afternoon – giving me time to say hello to everyone. Then two days off to recover both emotionally and physically from my travels. On Mon & Tues I have been asked to once again work with the very special men and women at Aranya and of course I said YES!

Oct 22 will find me getting up early for the drive back down to the Kochin Airport.

From Kochin I fly to Mumbai, back to Newark and arrive in Greenville, SC on the morning of the 23. It is just an hour’s drive up to Asheville and my journey will come to a close!

Phew!!! It is going to be a very busy month!

I will be posting updates during my travels when Internet is available.

Check the Indiegogo site –  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india

& my blog – Madderlane

Thank you all for making this possible – you will be touching so many lives!

With much Gratitude,

Linda

Success!

You did it!

The campaign has reached its goal!

Thank you everyone for going on this journey with me, for believing in me and what I do!

I am on cloud nine right now!

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Thought you might like to see where I will be going. Here is a map showing the state of Tripura, it is the tiny purple one to the right of Bangladesh.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

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Final Appeal – Just Hours to Go – Let’s Do It!

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Okay this is my final appeal – with only hours to go to meet my goal the campaign needs to raise just $365.00

First, Thank You to everyone who has donated (some of you more than once!), helped spread the word and sent me wonderful e-mails!

Sometimes I think the hardest part of what I do is to ask people for money – but the reality is I, and many people like me, cannot do this kind of work without the generosity of others.

When I am on one of my trips I feel the presence of all of you, especially when things get rough – I think about all of you, your generosity, how you care about helping others less fortunate and I am able to draw strength from that.

So in these last few hours please get the word out –

Let’s raise that final $365.00!

Here is the link to my Indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india

Thank you,
Linda

Just 40 hours left to raise $925.00

Just 40 hours left to raise $925.00 –

That is all I need to reach my goal of $3500.00

I can’t believe that the campaign is almost over and the goal is so close!

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I have been asked why do I go on these trips – I can only answer by saying it feels right to me. I have been given so many opportunities through my life and career – it just feels right to give back.

How can I ask people for money? Well I honestly could not afford to do this work without the kindness of others. There are many people who dream about doing what I do but for many reasons cannot – this is a way for them to share in my journey. This is a way for them to make a difference!

So today with just 40 hours left I am asking for you to help me reach my goal.

If 10 people donate $100.00 I will reach my goal

If 19 people donate $50.00 I will reach my goal

If 37 people donate $25.00 I will reach my goal

If 93 people donate $10.00 I will reach my goal

Why should you donate?
Your donation will help a child rescued from child traffickers and violent abuse have a much better chance in life. We (the team of us) are going to clean, paint, build – but we are also going to play with the kids and give them big hugs – to let them know that there are good people in the world.

At the Anwesha Children’s Home these children are taught many of the basics we take for granted – which can be as simple as personal hygiene – they are given an education – something a lot of the rural children living in poverty do not get. There is a counselor living on-site to help them through the rough patches.

These children have been given a second chance – a second chance to have a childhood, a second chance grow up and become strong and productive adults.
Who knows what they will accomplish?

If you cannot donate – please help me by spreading the word – tell your friends, family and co-workers.

Here is a link to my Indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india

Thank you,
Linda

Campaign ends soon!

My Indiegogo campaign – Stories of Hope Varanasi ends in 66 hours

Thank you to everyone who has donated – the campaign has reached $2200.00 – 63% of the goal!

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india#home

Won’t you help me reach my goal?

If 13 people donate $100.00 I will reach my goal

If 26 people donate $25.00 I will reach my goal

If 130 people donate $10.00 I will reach my goal

Why should you donate?

Your donation will help a child rescued from child traffickers and violent abuse have a much better chance in life. We (the team of us) are going to clean, paint, build – but we are also going to play with the kids and give them big hugs – to let them know that there are good people in the world.

At the Anwesha Children’s Home these children are taught many of the basics we take for granted – which can be as simple as personal hygiene – they are given an education – something a lot of the rural children living in poverty do not get. There is a counselor living on-site to help them through the rough patches.

These children have been given a second chance – a second chance to have a childhood, a second chance grow up and become strong and productive adults.

Who knows what they will accomplish?

If you cannot donate – please help me by spreading the word – tell your friends, family and co-workers.

Here is a link to my Indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india#home

Thank you,

Linda

Returning to India – Need a Little Help!

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Returning to India – need a little help!

I have had the opportunity to travel and teach in some pretty amazing parts of the world. Often I have to raise the money for the trips. I volunteer my time and the monies raised cover travel expenses and materials. In the past few years I have traveled to Mexico, India, Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to teach natural dyeing, weaving, and entrepreneurial skills such as marketing and bringing a product into the 21st century marketplace.

These trips are only possible with the help of people like you!

Well, I am about to embark on another trip – but this one is a little different – I am volunteering at a Children’s Home (orphanage) in India for 3 weeks, where we will be cleaning, painting, building and making a safe playground for the kids.
These children have been rescued from child traffickers and violent abuse. At the Home they are safe, well cared for and receiving an education.

Won’t you help to make this trip possible!

What will this money be used for?

The funds raised will help to pay my expenses to travel to India to volunteer at the Anwesha Children’s Home (orphanage).

What are my expenses?

Airfare

Travel Visa

Ground Transportation

Art Supplies for the children

Who is this trip through?

As a Whole Foods team member I applied for and was awarded the 3-week volunteer trip to India. The Whole Foods Team Member Volunteer Program will cover my food and lodging while in India – I must raise the money for the remaining expenses.

For the India trip Whole Foods has partnered with The Miracle Foundation.

http://www.miraclefoundation.org

Originally we (the team of volunteers) were scheduled to travel and volunteer at a Children’s Home near Varanasi. The Miracle Foundation asked that we instead travel to Tripura to a Home that has greater and more immediate needs. The Anwesha Children’s Home has 51 orphans – rescued from child traffickers and violent abuse.

Here is a link:

http://www.miraclefoundation.org/childrenshomes/anwesha

My Indiegogo campaign has reached 39% of the goal or $1370.00 of the $3500.00 goal.

Here is a link to the campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india#home

With 10 days left…..

If 213 people donate just $10.00 each I will reach my goal

If 85 people donate just $25.00 each I will reach my goal

If 43 people donate just $50.00 each I will reach my goal

Thank you to those folks who have already donated, helped to spread the word and wished me good travels. While I still have a long way to go to reach my goal I believe that with your help it will happen!

Returning to India – need a little help!

I have had the opportunity to travel and teach in some pretty amazing parts of the world. Often I have to raise the money for the trips. I volunteer my time and raise money for travel expenses and materials. In the past few years I have traveled to Mexico, India, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan to teach natural dyeing, weaving, and entrepreneurial skills such as marketing and bringing a product into the 21st century marketplace.

Well I am about to embark on another trip – but this one is a little different – I am volunteering at a Children’s Home (orphanage) in India for 3 weeks, where we will be cleaning, painting, building and making a safe playground for the kids.

And I need your help to make this trip possible!

My Indiegogo campaign has reached 17% of the goal or $590.00 of the $3500.00 goal.

Here is a link to the campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india#home

What will this money be used for?

The funds raised will help to pay my expenses to travel to India to volunteer at a Children’s Home (orphanage) for three weeks.

What are my expenses?

Airfare

Ground Transportation

Art Supplies

Who is this trip through?

As a Whole Foods team member I applied for and was awarded the 3-week volunteer trip to India. The Whole Foods Team Member Volunteer Program will cover my food and lodging while in India – I must raise the money for the remaining expenses.

For the India trip Whole Foods has partnered with The Miracle Foundation.

www.miraclefoundation.org

Originally we (the team of volunteers) were scheduled to travel and volunteer at a Children’s Home near Varanasi.  Just a few days ago The Miracle Foundation asked that we instead travel to Tripura to a Home that has greater and more immediate needs. The Anwesha Children’s Home has 51 orphans – rescued from child traffickers and violent abuse.

Here is a link:

http://www.miraclefoundation.org/childrenshomes/anwesha

If 300 people donate just $10.00 each I will reach my goal

If 200 people donate just $15.00 each I will reach my goal

If 150 people donate just $20.00 each I will reach my goal

Thank you to those folks who have already donated, helped to spread the word and wished me good travels. While I still have a long way to go to reach my goal I believe that with your help it will happen!

Anwesha

Thank you,

Linda

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