Archive for January, 2010

Teresa Lindsay collects 35,000 books for Trivani sponsored schools!

Teresa Lindsay, a Trivani Distributor from Orem Utah, has collected almost 35,000 books to equip libraries at Trivani sponsored schools! Here’s her account of how she did it:

I was first introduced to Trivani in October of this year. I was in awe and amazed that such a company existed. I signed up immediately without hesitation. The ability to change a child’s life empowered me. I wanted to step outside of the box and do more. I put a phone call into Megan, Trivani’s Foundation executive director to see what I could do to help her.

She had mentioned that she was in need of books for the children and villages. I immediately stepped into action. I made several attempts to collect books but had little success. My philosophy is “Failure is not an option” so after contacting Megan for more insight, she suggested that I contact local libraries for books. I went right to work. I did collect several boxes but felt this was not enough. I then started connecting with other local librarians in the area and asked about other foundations that might be collecting books for the same purpose. Through my contacts with other foundations I was led eventually to the World Wide Book Organization. Upon building a re-pore with Jake the Foundation President he agreed to give us 21 pallets of books. I then proceeded to ask him exactly how many books that was and was astonished to learn that it was between 30,000 to 35,000 books.

Don’t ever give up (especially for the children) because what your mind believes you will achieve. Set a goal or a promise to yourself and go to work. I have since become a double guardian because I have a passion for these children as I hope all of you do as well.

-Teresa Lindsay, Trivani Distributor

On behalf of Trivani Foundation, thank you Teresa for your work and dedication!

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Teresa’s mother-in-law, Sue Ann Lindsay, who has gotten involved and is helping to coordinate the sorting of the books. It will happen later in February with the help of some local Eagle Scout candidates, their troops, and members of the public. Stay tuned for more about their volunteer efforts and information on how any folks along the Wasatch Front can help as well.

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January 30, 2010 at 12:12 am 1 comment

Grassroots Technology Initiative Thrives in Kenya

A new grassroots technology initiative inspired by Rebekah Sosa and supported by CHOICE Humanitarian and Trivani is taking off in Kenya!  The CHOICE-Trivani Kenya team worked closely with Rebekah Sosa for four months in 2009 learning how to document the projects of several rural villages.   The village projects vary widely from a focus on education and leadership to establishing local NGOs and income-generating businesses, such as the Mariakani Dairy Co-Operative.  Given the importance of these projects, it was critical that they be documented in a way that gives voice to the local community, acknowledges the significance of the development work and calls the global community into action.  

The 2009 technology initiative had a clear objective, which was to train the CHOICE-Trivani team to utilize technology for the purpose of documenting the progress of the projects and highlighting their significance.   According to Megan McMillan of Trivani, the key to sustainable projects is ensuring that they are community-run and community-driven.  This includes empowering those involved in the projects with the ability to share their story using their own voice, rather than relying solely on the reporting abilities of in-country directors and expedition participants.  For Rebekah, the obvious change agents for strengthening the local voice and inspiring the global community to get involved are photography and video.  The following video segment, shot by the Kenya team and Rebekah, shows how video allows the community to tell their own story!

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January 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm 2 comments

Introducing Rebekah Sosa and her Grassroots Technology Intiative!

I am so excited to introduce Rebekah Sosa to the Trivani team!  Rebekah’s journey of exploration and crossing cultures began as a young girl in Bluff, Utah where she participated in song and dance competitions with her Navajo classmates.  After high school, Rebekah moved north to Salt Lake City where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.  It was through this language program that she found herself living in Spain for two years exploring the language, the land and the culture.  From Spain, Rebekah moved to Scotland and earned a Master of Science degree in European Studies and Translation Studies, which led to a critical internship with the State Department and United Nations in New York City. 

For Rebekah, the choice to take this internship signified the birth of a new awareness and a turning point in her life.  She came to realize that there was a large disparity between the top-down approach to the development work of the larger organizations and that of the grassroots movements that she had researched.  In her view, the top-down approach, wherein development ideas are funneled down from headquarters, didn’t seem to have enough input from the communities that would ultimately be affected by the top-down decisions.  Rebekah notes that billions of dollars have been spent on development efforts over the years and yet poverty is still on the rise in much of the developing world. (more…)

January 22, 2010 at 5:54 am 4 comments

Update from Uganda: “African Child survives by Nature”

From Jane Agolo, Uganda In-Country Director, Trivani Foundation

In Kaberamaido, the season is for mangoes, this is the time when a Kuman child will thank nature,  from morning to evening the child is happy with free mango juicy.  A mango, mangoes is a song, a school children sings. This is a time when parents are relieved from the burden of feeding the children. This is because early in the morning, the kuman child is satisfied with mango juicy. But this kuman child is exposed to poverty, Aids and hunger. This is why Trivani is working hard to have these children get to know how to stay in AIDS FREE SOCIETY, through the STAY ALIVE Program and to have them benefit from the trivani’s empowerment programs. (more…)

January 20, 2010 at 8:02 am 1 comment

Rita Lugogo, CHOICE-Trivani In-Country Director for Kenya visits Utah

Rita Lugogo is the CHOICE Humanitarian In-Country Director for Kenya and a key player in the CHOICE-Trivani partnership.  Recently, Rita traveled to Utah to present on the work she and her in-country staff are doing in Kenya, which to date has impacted over 42,000 villagers through various self-developing initiatives in the sectors of health, education and politics.  Through her dedication and commitment to the people of Kenya, Rita has cultivated a sense of empowerment and ownership in the communities with which she has established relationships.

Rita’s involvement in Kenya dates back many years.  She met her husband, Juma Lugogo, when she was in Kenya with the Peace Corps. Even though Rita is originally from Italy, and received her college degrees in the U.S., the Kenyan people still consider her a member of her husband’s tribe. The Kenyan people have also embraced CHOICE Humanitarian and consider the CHOICE team to be part of their community. According to Rita, “They know that we are sincere, and that we want to work with them.” (more…)

January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm 2 comments

Meet Rai Farrelly, our new blog coordinator!

Meet Rai Farrelly, Trivani Foundation’s new blog coordinator. We’re excited for Rai’s help to share the latest news and events with our friends, supporters and in-country directors! By way of introduction, here’s a little bit about her:

Trivani Foundation first came into my life because of our shared passions. I was happy to find that Trivani Foundation also worked to increase access to education for children in Sub-Saharan Africa.  My organization, Project Wezesha is dedicated to empowering students in western Tanzania through increased access to education.  Our first big project is building a secondary school for five incorporated villages neighboring Kigoma, Tanzania.  In addition, we currently assist 12 students in the area to achieve higher education goals through scholarships, which cover secondary school fees and other associated costs. (more…)

January 12, 2010 at 3:29 am 2 comments

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots

Jodi Bauman first visited Oaxaca (Pronunciation: \wä-ˈhä-kä\), Mexico on vacation. She was charmed by the city’s intricate architecture and the dramatic landscape, but disturbed to see young children, clearly living in poverty, selling trinkets and candy in the streets day and night. Jodi feared that these children would never be able to break out of poverty’s vicious cycle without an education. Wanting to do something, Jodi started by sponsoring individual children, helping them enroll in school and paying for school supplies and uniforms. She persuaded others to do the same, and in 1996, the Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots child sponsorship program was created.

Jodie moved to Oaxaca and chartered a sister organization, El Centro de Esperanza Infantil (the Center of Hope for Children). (more…)

January 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

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