Archive for May, 2010

kaberamaido stay alive programme


Here is Polina Ateme. she is in Primary seven class in Abirabira primary school .

This is what she had to say about stay alive classes.

– Stay alive is  avery interesting , life saving program.

It has taught be how to work hard at school and home.

It has taught be how to live ahappy life , by having good friends and to avoid to be infected with the dangerous HIV/AIDS.

It is making develop the attitude of self respect, both at school and at home.

It has given me hope for tomorrow, i can now think of ahappy life after my studies. i will be adoctor in future.

Finally stay alive programme must continue to be taught in all schools in kaberamaido district.


May 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm 1 comment

A CHOICE Humanitarian Volunteer Shares Inspiration from Nepal

Recently a volunteer with CHOICE Humanitarian returned from Nepal where he was living in Puronokot, one of the Trivani Foundation’s partner villages.  After a six-month stay in the village, Zach returned home to Utah with amazing stories and pictures of this powerful community.  In the following letter to the Trivani Foundation, Zach recounts how these villagers inspired him with their ability to overcome many odds to drastically change their reality – increasing their access to higher education and health care with one very critical road construction project.

Namaste Trivani,

My name is Zach.  I have been volunteering in Nepal for the last 6 months with CHOICE Humanitarian and lived in your partner village of Puronokot for a time.  I will never forget this village. Out of the multitudes of villages I traveled to and the hundreds of homes I stayed in, some of the most memorable times were in Puronokot.

Zach with friends in Puronokot

Most of all I will never forget the children. Dillmaya, my favorite 10 year old villager, and her six friends, would come and drag me and a friend into the jungle.  They would take us to pick flowers in their secret garden or fruit off the trees. Most of all I loved that somehow we were able to communicate even though the only English words they knew were “yes” and “no”.
The Gurung people of Puronokot have had a very deprived past, with a long history of chronic male drinking and gambling. It has kept them from developing their community. This has all been changing. Since the time Puronokot decided that they needed to change in order to grow they have been moving forward. They found CHOICE Humanitarian on their own and with CHOICE’s help created their own proposal, written in pencil on paper, and outlined the programs they felt they needed to develop. This type of energy and proactivity is uncommon.

One of the most amazing parts of their proposal was a road they designed and began to dig. With the help of CHOICE, they were able to broaden their vision and create a proposal for the government. They were able to procure needed capital from the government to fund an excavator to complete much of the work. The villagers have organized themselves and are now donating some of their own money, working 6 days a week to raise additional funds and to dig rocks out of the mountain under the mentoring of CHOICE staff.
At first I didn’t understand why the villagers spent so much money and time on this road and why it was such a big deal.  Then, I learned that this area is the only area of Lamjung that isn’t connected anywhere by road.  They are only 25 km from the district capital but because of the mountains, it is a 4 hour drive. Once this road is complete Puronokot will be 30 minutes away from the capital. This will make travel to the university much easier. Sick individuals and pregnant women will be able to receive quality health care; villagers will be able to receive mail, food, and electricity that otherwise wasn’t possible. I asked one of the villagers, Phul Maya Gurung, what he thought about the road and he rejoiced saying, “Our children now can go to college from Puranokot because of the road. They don’t have to rent a room in Besishahar anymore.”

Most importantly they created this all on their own! People without formal education, some illiterate, were able to create a proposal, acquire an excavator and organize this whole project. They are learning so much about self-sustainability from CHOICE and that is the part that makes it so fascinating for the field staff to watch.

Thank you, Trivani for supporting the work and the training that is taking place in Puranokot. With your support they are moving forward and making a lot of progress. 


May 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Improving Lives and Communities – One Surgery at a Time in the Philippines

One of the most rewarding partnerships in terms of immediate and dramatic changes to the quality of life for individuals and communities at large is that between the Trivani Foundation and the Deseret International Foundation (DIF).  DIF not only provides amazing life-changing surgeries, including those that remedy cleft lip, cleft palate, cataracts and club feet, but it has also reshaped the standard medical aid model employed by many organizations.  DIF realizes that shipping doctors into countries for quick fixes leads to lack of follow-up and potential complications down the road.  To address this shortcoming, DIF focuses on developing strong in-country medical teams and improving local health initiatives – including increasing local financial investments in healthcare, improving local facilities and encouraging local support for quality healthcare. 

In their own words, the Deseret International Foundation explains how they are different from most organizations providing medical charity around the world:

We have year-round programs, simplified follow-up procedures, minimal problems with language and customs. Local doctors are trained on new medical procedures they can continue to perform throughout their careers. Deseret is welcomed by local colleagues and government agencies, avoiding the “Ugly American” image.

We strive to have a local sense of ownership and control, help in securing local funding, effective means of importing and distributing supplies, and the constancy of local program management.

We attract dedicated people who are caring and internally motivated. Our overhead is a fraction of the usual, with all donations going towards patient care. We are able to maintain the true ideals of a charity with an extremley low overhead.

With the help of funding from the Trivani Foundation, the Deseret International Foundation is working with Erwin Boiser, our in-country director for the Philippines, to provide surgeries that give people the opportunity to be more engaged in their community and contribute to the livelihood of their families.  This partnership has thus far resulted in around 2,000 surgeries for the villagers in Erwin’s area. In addition to these surgeries, DIF and Trivani have constructed a cataract clinic on the island of Davao which will enable 3,000 people per year to see for the first time! (more…)

May 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Empower 5k Trail Run – A Race for Education

Nonprofit organizations are constantly being created by individuals who have passion for a cause and see a way to make a difference, but haven’t found the perfect medium through which to impact change.  Prior to creating a nonprofit organization, wise individuals search for existing nonprofit, for profit or governmental organizations that might be working in a related field.  For example, if you want to be involved in your local community to raise awareness about breast cancer or improve the lives of women with breast cancer, you might first turn to the Susan G. Komen Foundation – an enormous, globally recognized organization dedicated to research, raising awareness and improving the lives of women who have survived breast cancer or who are fighting to beat it.  If, however, the organization is not taking on new projects or your mission deviates, then you may have to turn to your own devices – which is what I’ve done.

I was introduced back in February.  My name is Rai Farrelly and I am the blog coordinator for Trivani Foundation.  This week, Trivani is letting me tell my story and promote my first ever attempt at fundraising for my cuase.  Two years ago I traveled to Tanzania to work with an organization that was building a school of environment and society education.    Unfortunately, as the plan was to engage in language teacher education and there were no teachers available to train, I found myself in a village (having prepaid for lodging and food) with no work to do.  I made the most of my time – getting to know the villagers, the languages, the culture and exploring the area.  

Visiting Lucas' mom and meeting a kid

The connections I made during this first year drew me back for another visit in the summer of 2009.  During this trip, I met the chief of Mgaraganza, a village next to the one I had lived in the previous year.  In conversations with this chief and the community council, I offered six scholarships to children who excelled in primary school, passed their secondary school entrance exams and have a strong desire to go to secondary school – but couldn’t due to extreme poverty.  Additionally, I offered to raise funds for a year to build a primary school classroom for their overcrowded primary school.  This is when they informed me that for the five incorporated villages that this chief was responsible for, there was no secondary school.  Students who go to secondary school walk up to an hour each way to go to a school in the neighboring municipality.  Instead of a classroom for their primary school, they asked if I would consider helping them with the monumntal task of  building a secondary school. (more…)

May 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment


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