Published November 19, 2013 in STU NEWS LAGUNA
R Star Foundation collecting old cell phone donations protecting the environment and helping its Top of the World – Nepal school
R Star Foundation –“Women Helping Women & children in Nepal…therefore the world” is conducting a fundraiser. There is nothing to purchase. They are looking for you to donate your used and unwanted cell phones.
Your donation will also help to protect the environment. If only one cell phone is disposed improperly, it can pollute up to 35,000 gallons of water! Your donated, unwanted cell phone will be recycled in accordance to EPA standards or refurbished and sold. The company used is State DOD Certified to delete all previous data. (You can go to Google, enter your phone series and do it yourself if you feel safer).
Data removal is guaranteed.
Items donated are a tax deduction. The proceeds from the collected items will help fund building and furnishing the World Knowledge Communication Lab for the children in R-Star Foundation’s highly successful rural school, Top of the World – Nepal, now in its fourth year.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Call or email for a drop off or with 15 or more phones you will be given a label for mailing. 949.497.4911. firstname.lastname@example.org
These photos are from the wonderful Art Show this saturday 17th November 2013, with the lovely Amy Jackson, a local Laguna Beach artist of several represented for the gathering. They have donated a percentage of the sales from the show to our work to build the World Knowledge Communication Lab at our primary school, Top of the World – Nepal. These profits will of course be used to develop our education system and pay the women teachers.
We have 60 children ready to take on learning in a mode not available in rural villages. With a generator, computers and other supplies, we will create the best of educational opportunities for these children. 3/5’s of the students are females, the ones usually not given the opportunity to get an education because the distance to available schools takes them at least one hour from home to three depending on where they live. Considered too dangerous to allow their girls to leave home for anything. Beaware, an educated female changes a nation!
Thank you to all involved, it was truly great and the spirit and passion of people towards our cause is great.
Dont forget to like us on Facebook @rstarfoundation and twitter #rstar
from, all of us here at R Star.
What a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who was involved, who contributed, helped out, who donated, who just came and had a lovely time! Without you none of this would be possible.
The event was held at Illeana’s home, a long term supporter and more importantly friend of the charity organization. We can not thank her enough for her passion, support and enthusiasm.
The speeches, the dances from sweet Gita and her 2.5 year old Subham, the beautiful violin playing and the great food and tea helped make the fundraiser a great day for all. For more information don’t forget to like our page on Facebook
An article about my latest trip to Nepal has just been published in the Laguna Beach Independent.
Greetings to you again with more stories of our success in Nepal,
All our goat passing has been completed. We gave out 248 goats, 4 males in the gifting along with micro-financing. You have given so we can give. I do not have the count on how many goats were passed forward (pay it forward), during this trip, but well over a 250.
Our peace flags are about teaching peace to more than the children of our school. Some of you have joined us by making flags I bring with me, to immerse the kids with great peace quotes. Peace has not been in Kavre for nearing 20 years, so in truth, we are teaching the parents via their children by the lessons the children have in their daily school curriculum which they share at home as all children do. Nearby schools participate with us by making peace flags for me to bring home to share. All the teachers at the schools understand the purpose and the need for peace. You know we have them on our website streaming for you to see, right?
We also have also given Readers to our school, which were generously given to us by some of you. What totally surprised me was how no one in Nepal we have met even knows what a Reader is… a Kindle, a Nook. Often I have had to open the eyes of Rabin to understand my ideas, in this case the incredible LIBRARY we brought the children on the Readers. When I realized Rabin didn’t know a word of what I had been talking about for months on the great Readers, I Googled it while we were at the hotel; I left him to learn. I told him I wouldn’t release them to him for the school children until he understands. He actually had no interest, and I could tell he felt put upon with my request to learn about the Readers. When he was done, his eyes were big and wide in amazement; now he is anxious to work with the Readers; now he understands the innate value of these marvelous items for the children. He will teach the teachers how to use and protect them, gladly, I add. Daily reading will be done in English by the teachers initially. When we have enough Readers, each child will ‘earn’ the privilege to take one home for the night to read to her/his family. The Readers have the classics, (Moby Dick, Black Beauty and more, all in English to advance them in our world). Previously I stated nothing is easy in Nepal? Even great ideas like Readers! (Our youngest intern Tessa has uploaded our Readers under the guidance of her mom, Betsy, a teacher).
Cheryl Russell, not my relative beyond kindred spirits, gave us her wonderful book The Story of STARHEARTS where gratitude is taught clearly in her colorful book. We have gifted them to our school and other schools as the message is needed everywhere. Seldom do people say ‘thank you’ in Nepal. The book will step them up grandly to gratitude, kindness, even to peace. This is grand, local talent from Laguna… plus a goat she gifted us! Once again, our teachers are excited for the books as so of the children. See why our children are exceeding levels of education in the government schools? We do make a difference, a lasting difference.
Take a good look at the photo of a typical toy for a child in a village. This is actually creatively made from a discarded plastic bottle and other debris. It is ‘dump truck’ which the little one is filling with dirt from the path. There are no TOYS R US stores, let alone funds for toys as we know of the poverty stricken villages. Village children continue to use wheels and a stick to run with a rolling wheel. Are they deprived? Not a bit. They are glad for what they have; not sad for what they do not have; and they do not know what they do not have. We do.
Thanks for letting me share more with you on our incredible work in Nepal you support. By all means, share our stories and photos as you can. We need help to be visible to others who will join us to continue our great successes!