Tibetan Pony

An Adventure in Education

Would You Pay $15 per Gallon for Gas?

November 21, 2015

That’s what the people of Nepal are paying for their Petrol (what us Americans call “Gas”). I arrived in Khatmandu on November 2, 2015 after two weeks in India building a chicken coop in the Odisha state. The taxi cabs were outside waiting for customers to drive to their destinations. Kara, Katherine, Barb and myself […]

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The Trials of Building in Odisha India

November 13, 2015

Upon arriving at the site where we were to begin building a chicken coop that Orphans to Ambassadors donated to Rural Life Development Society in Biswanathpur, Odisha India we were greeted by the local men and women. The local village women were dressed on traditional sarees that were brightly colored with floral patterns and traditional […]

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I’m Being Treated Like an Indian Princess

October 29, 2015

Upon our arrival in Biswanathpur, Odisha India we were greeted by 5 beautiful Indian women. Two were dressed in jeans and a nice top and the other three in traditional Indian Sarees. They each took my right hand in theirs and with one light raise they “shook” my hand, bowed their head slightly and said […]

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India for the First Time

October 27, 2015

Our journey to India took us from Seattle, WA USA through Dubai, UAE with a short layover to Hyderabad, India. Once landed in Hyderabad we grabbed our bags and managed to get through customs with our Visas. In order to get us to our final destination at Biswanathpur, Odisha we still had a short 1 hour […]

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The Importance of Orion

October 22, 2015

While in High school, growing up on the “Eastside” of Seattle Washington I would go out with my friends in the winter time and look up to see the constellation of Orion. Those three stars lined up just perfectly with the four points made from the stars Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Saiph, and Rigel were nearly impossible […]

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Eating the Tuscan Wild

October 21, 2015

We all have our  ups and downs in life. Some years are good, and some go pretty badly. Myself, I have been through a lot, though, I know that no matter what life throws at me, there is always someone going through a worse time than me. It has been exactly one year and a […]

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Childhood Friends on an Adventure

October 20, 2015

During the summer of 2014 I reconnected with a few friends I had known during my childhood, one of the most important reconnections was my friend Katherine. Katherine and I grew up together at our parent’s summer homes on Vashon Island, WA. My Grandmother had originally enjoyed her summers on the Island as a young […]

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Trek to India and Nepal – Our Itinerary

October 14, 2015

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Vashon Youth and Family Services a Great Charity To Donate To

October 7, 2015

Vashon Youth and Family Services is a non-profit organization that has been providing human services to residents of Vashon Island in Washington for thirty-one years. Their mission is to help residents living on the island raise thriving, resilient children and youth by fostering a community of emotionally healthy, resourceful family and individuals. The non-profit offers […]

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The 10 Worst and 6 Top Charities to Donate To

September 20, 2015

As we know it, charitable organizations should be the avenues to reach the unfortunate or those affected by adversities. Since not everybody can reach the affected areas, we entrust them with the responsibility of ensuring that those in need are shown compassion and help them move through the tough times. Do you remember the earthquake […]

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Another Trek – this time Nepal and India

September 1, 2015

Orphans to Ambassadors works with organizations around the world that serve displaced and vulnerable children in developing nations. The volunteers raise funds and work to provide sustainable technology that save money, improve quality-of-life and promote self-sufficiency by addressing critical issues like water reclamation, renewable energy, and sustainable food sources. We will be building a chicken […]

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Aid African Countries in Need

November 23, 2014

It is generally well-known that most of sub-Saharan Africa suffers from abject poverty. The daily struggles of Africans in these countries become all the more tragic when the numbers are examined; in Senegal, for example, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, a meager $1.25 a day. Nearly half of Senegalese […]

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Why Education is Important

October 12, 2014

While there are many factors that play a critical role in determining the quality of life an individual will have, education is probably the most important. Although broadly defined, education can be understood as a type of learning in which the skills, habits, and knowledge needed to thrive in a given society are transferred from […]

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Top Charities to Donate To

February 7, 2014

In a world full of poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, and plenty of other serious problems and social issues, it can often be difficult for ordinary citizens to know how best to help. The numerous charities and humanitarian organizations in existence can be good starting points, of course, but choosing the best cause to support among […]

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Best Charity to Donate to

November 13, 2013

Why do people donate to charities? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have made their intentions clear, and not to diminish their gifts in any way, but they’ve got a lot of money. But what makes the average person write a check? It’s usually because they’re compassionate and they want to make a difference in the […]

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Children Charities

September 10, 2013

The world has not run out of good people to help those in need, and this is evident in the way there are children charities unselfishly sharing time, skills and resources with the less fortunate. However, a good number of charities concentrate on donating food, medicines, clothes, or money. While these are viewed with gratitude, […]

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San Salvador

No Communication

August 25, 2013

I was so nervous about my 4 hour layover in El Salvador than the entire week trek in Nicaragua to build a school. It was my first time traveling outside America aside from my drives from Seattle to Vancouver Canada or the ferry rides to Victoria B.C. and my one trip to Mexico over 10 […]

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An Adventure in Education

August 20, 2013

As Sandra walked into the kitchen the morning of our last day on trek wearing her backpack strutting proudly that’s when it hit me. We weren’t there just to see how other people live, or to experience another country, but to build a school so that Sandra and Maria can get the education that most […]

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San Salvador

Live Blogging During Travel to Nicaragua

August 18, 2013

I have a lot of time to kill while traveling to Nicaragua this very late evening earlier than normal morning. So why not spend some of that time live blogging my adventures? Here’s how this is going to go down. I’ll start with this post and come back and update it as much as I […]

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Build a School in Nicaragua

To Build a School in Nicaragua – Less Than a Week to Go

August 11, 2013

I Get to Build a School in Nicaragua The past several months my Husband has been working with buildOn and the Nicaraguan Embassy to obtain a Visa for one of the students joining us on the trek. In addition, the other student has been working to get her Passport renewed. In the interim, we have been […]

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