Letters to the Editor

Helping Tibetan refugees in India

My name is Paula Piperata. My colleague, Patricia Bryan, and I are founders of Global Community Volunteers, a nonprofit volunteer organization to help international communities in need.

On April 28, we are holding an event at the Himalayan Chutney Restaurant in Poulsbo, which will include a silent auction to help raise funds to provide the necessary materials for our programs.

After spending a month volunteering in India — in Bir, Himachal Pradesh —  this last year, I discovered what little curricula the children in the area have. There are no visual aids, no basic classroom necessities, no libraries, etc. My experience in Bir brought home to me the need for such basic materials so that young people in under-privileged communities will have more than just hope on which to build the educational experience they so desperately desire and need.

GCV’s programs will start in Bir. We will be visiting this Tibetan refugee community this summer with our first group of volunteers. GCV will purchase and provide extensive curricula in English, Math, Science, Art and World History/Social Studies for the local students. We also want to provide our teaching volunteers with all the tools they will need to make their volunteer efforts there a success.

The April 28 event will be the launching point for GCV. In turn, once GCV is up and running, all profits will be donated back into the communities that we serve.

Building partnerships within local communities in Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa, GCV will not only be developing educational programs but will also provide services in health, animal welfare, recycling, environmental, agricultural and small-scale construction to these communities.

Our auction will be held at the Himalayan Chutney in Poulsbo on Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $25 and include a dinner buffet provided by the Himalayan Chutney, live entertainment and a silent auction. We also plan on having a slideshow explaining what our new organization is all about.

Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/355485.

We are also holding an online fundraising campaign to help raise much-needed curriculum and supplies for our volunteer programs. We have until May 19 to raise at least $2,000 in order to receive any of the donations. Currently we’re at $807.

Thank you for your consideration.

Paula Piperata
Global Community Volunteers
Kingston

Editor’s note: Readers may contact Piperata at globalcommunityvolunteers@gmail.com.

 

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