"Should I save or savor the world?"

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world.

This makes it hard to plan the day.

E.B. White

Monday, January 5, 2009

Who You Are and How You Help

There will be a numerous amount of people following this blog, and I'd like to highlight each group in order to address their purpose and involvement. This will change as the preparation moves forward, and this certainly is not an exhaustive list.


Regardless of which category you fall in to, any support you can provide will be immeasurable. Whether you send money, books, academic supplies or simply remain in touch through the blog or email, your support means that you care about this international initiative and the furthering of education everywhere.

If you would like to send money, make your check out to the Omprakash Foundation so that your donation will be tax deductible. The priority for the allocation of funds is as follows:

1.) I still need $400 to complete my travel costs.
2.) After I have raised the $400, all other donations will go to the benefit of the home. Whatever is raised beyond the $400 will be generously matched by the Omprakash Foundation, up to $1,500.
3.) If you prefer to donate specifically to my travel costs, Golok Sengcham Drukmo, or the scholarship fund, please indicate that in the "Memo" of the check. Make all checks out to "The Omprakash Foundation" so that you can claim your tax deduction.
4.) Mail all checks/donations to:

Geneva Wilgus

21 Main Rd.
Phippsburg, ME 04562


Participating in this project:

-Elementary School Students: Susie Knowles' fifth-grade classroom of Longfellow Elementary will not only be participating in the book swap project (full description under the "Project Narrative" posting) but they will be following the path of their books as they influence these 30 school girls in Tibet. As with all participating schools, this will build a bridge from one classroom to another as we proceed with the ideal that the potential for education is not bound by international borders.

-Pacific Ridge School Students: This new, progressive school located in Carlsbad, CA will be following the journey, as some students complete independent projects associated with the trip.

-Brunswick High School Students: The members of Rick Wilson's Service Learning classes at Brunswick High School will be following the blog, and perhaps gearing their required service hours and/or Independent Service Project towards the benefit of the home.

-Curtis Memorial Library is excited to begin moving towards partnership with GSD, and will stay in touch with the home long after I am back in the States. This blog will serve as a supplement to what I'm sure will be a long-lasting relationship. I will be able to report on the uses and benefits of the partnership, in every capacity.

-Individual donors who have given either to the scholarhip fund, to my travel costs, or to Golok Sengcham Drukmo, will remain interested in my particular experience, the details of how their donations are used, and how the education of these girls proceeds.

-The Omprakash Foundation will be remaining in very close contact with me, as I am now a happy representative of the organization. I am responsible for maintaining the good name of Omprakash and will be the eyes and ears of many different people groups across the world as we take a look in to the life and education of another culture.

-Friends and Family will be intently following my journey simply because they know me and care about my well-being. To them, I say thank you for your interest and concern, I will be sure to provide as much detail as I can.


To anyone who has stumbled across this blog, I say Welcome! Stop back in, send me an email, I will always be happy to talk about this project both now, during and after.

1 comment:

  1. This is Tristan at the Pacific Ridge Local Education service Learning group. I am eager to see how your trip to tibet turns out. If you can think of any ways for us to help contact either me at Tsaggese92@gmail.com, or our Service learning group(mr.Le's email). We are always here to help. We will be following your journey through your blog. Thank you for keeping us posted. Have a fantastic trip!