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Each year, Us Foundation co-sponsors several projects on issues that pertain to our mission. The following is a very brief outline of a few of the highlights of some of our work throughout our history. We hope that this may help you understand one of the main ways in which Us Foundation facilitates more awareness of the inter-connection between all of us. Us Foundation also offer consultant services to companies interested in being profitable and socially responsible. We invite your comments and participation.
Us Foundation and Rotary eClub of World Peace are supporting Rotary International's emergency support for the besieged people of Ukraine. The Rotary Foundation is allocating all funds given to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund up until April 30th 2022 to support disaster response grants for Rotary districts in Ukraine and the surrounding countries affected. The disaster response grants will be expedited to quickly help supply water, food, medicine, shelter and clothing. With local chapters on the ground in Ukraine and the surrounding countries, Rotary Foundation, a well-established charity founded 117 years ago, is well prepared to make a positive difference now. It has a 4-stars rating, the top rating by Charity Navigator for the past 14 years. Please make your donations online at Disaster Response Fund | My Rotary Your donation to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund means we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.
Beneath humanity's surface desires, they all boil down to each person wanting to be happy and to be living their life purpose. For World Unity Week, Marilyn Tam, director of Us Foundation shared excerpts from her Happiness and Meaning of Life video interviews series with accomplished and happy people and her insights on happiness. This presentation was part of Rotary eClub of World Peace's contribution to World Unity Week and was sponsored by Us Foundation. All humanity share common goals of happiness and fulfillment of their life purpose; there's only us here - so let's live in peace and collaboration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCGgakXSoTA&t=5s
To view the full shows with each guest please go to Marilyn Tam's youtube channel https://tinyurl.com/24uw44h2
Marilyn Tam, executive director of Us Foundation, hosted and presented on a panel, "Peace, it's up to Us" with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Rudy Westervelt, cofounder, Rotary eClub of World Peace, Convener, Rotary International World Peace Conference 2020. The panel was scheduled for June 27, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter to commemorate UN's charter's pursuit of peace and equity for all. Us Foundation partnered with the nonprofit, Unify, on the event, and the panel was the closing session for World Unity Week.
Us Foundation's continuing work with Bhutan's Tarayana Foundation in supporting rural communities and especially the children, to gain education, health and happiness is growing. We have joined with Love Peace Harmony Foundation and another long-term partner, Vitamin Angels to add more means of support. Love Peace Harmony Foundation have raised funds and matched the donations to support 308 remote villages, in which many have to hike a day or more in the Himalayas to access education, and healthcare. The funds will do a lot to provide them with more resources when they arrive. Vitamin Angels is supplying vitamin A, and de-worming supplements for young children and multivitamins for pregnant women and lactating mothers. To launch this program Us Foundation and Love Peace Harmony Foundation members will be traveling to Bhutan in April to collaborate with the local teams and offer training on how to self heal in addition to supplying funds. Please follow our progress by reading and watching our blogs, photos and videos of our journey.
Vitamin Angels is a long term partner of Us Foundation. The recent ALS ice bucket challenge is another example of how they collaborate with other organizations. Howard Schiffer, the founder and president took the ALS ice bucket challenge using water from a fountain so as not to waste water and then challenged other charities to join in supporting other charities. Yes, there is only "us" here on this planet. You can watch the video of the ice bucket challenge here.
Us Foundation has partnered with American Renewable Energy Day on their 11th Annual AREDAY Summit to accelerate solutions for renewable energy, sustainability, and climate change.
Joining in the Summit conversation this year are president Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, Tom Steyer, Sylvia Earle, Laura Turner Seydel, Teddy Roosevelt IV, Susan Reilly, Amory Lovins and many other leaders in renewable energy, sustainability, and climate change solutions.
Please participate in America's premiere renewable energy Summit and networking event with world leaders from both the public and private sectors in technology development and deployment, science, finance and investment, education and government. See you there!
Us Foundation has partnered with Airline Ambassadors International to provide desperately needed support for Japan in this horrific triple disaster - earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant breakdown. We have chosen to focus our efforts In this time of overwhelming need initially to one group so that we are able to make a positive impact. Some of Japan's first line responders are the airlines industry's personnel - they are needed to support others while they and their families and loved ones are equally affected. Please join us in helping these valiant women and men to deal with the myriad of personal challenges they are facing while they are helping others. Please help in all ways that you can, from supplies, medical expertise, financial donations and prayers.
Please see the attached flyer for further information and check on Airlines Ambassadors's International's website for further regular updates www.airlineambassadors.org
For financial donations, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
Please indicate "Aid for Japan" on the check
Daniel Susott MD, Medical Director of Airlines Ambassadors International, Us Foundation?s partner in Haitian relief left for Haiti on February 6th to further coordinate the relief efforts there. Airline Ambassadors has sent over 500 medical personnel and tons of aid already. AAI is running a hospital and setting up a long-term base there. click here to read an AAI volunteer account of the situation. Please click here for regular blog updates on the aid relief progress.
Us Foundation is supporting Airline Ambassadors? humanitarian relief work in Haiti www.airlineamb.org Yéle Haiti, Federal Express, AmeriCares, and Airline Ambassadors have teamed-up to bring medical supplies, food, and emergency aid to Haiti Earthquake victims. As of January 17, 2010 160 medical doctors (60 of them Haitian American M.D.s), 120,000 pounds of medical supplies and thousands of Meals ?Ready-to-Eat have been landed in Port Au Prince. We are coordinating with the US Military and local authorities for escort, transportation and distribution. All the doctors are already working in immediate need areas and developing triage for ongoing needs.
United Airlines have allocated 20 seats per day for our volunteers on their daily mercy flights for the next 30 days to Port Au Prince. If you are interested in volunteering and supporting this meaningful effort, please contact Airline Ambassadors International for coordination or visit their web site. For financial donations, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
Airline Ambassadors International
Please indicate "Help for Haiti Campaign -- Earthquake, January 2010" on the check
Us Foundation is expanding our ongoing work in India to prevent blindness and to promote the
mental and physical health and wellbeing of an additional 100,000 young children. We are delighted to lead and facilitate this program in
Varanasi, India and thankful for the generous and able assistance of Vitamin Angels and many national and local India organizations. We are launching this
program on February 20th 2008 at the MK Gandhi Vidyapeeth University in Varanasi. We will then go to
medical clinics, schools, villages and outlying areas to distribute the anti-parasitic medicine,
vitamin A and to educate the children and care givers on proper nutrition and hygiene.
For more information please check Vitamin Angels Alliance's website
www.vitaminangels.org. To view a 9 minute video of the vitamin A and de-worming medicine distribution and program
in India please click here.
For a journal of the trip please click on these links:1, 2.
|Us Foundation is the organizer of a students? cultural exchange program between sixth grade students in Thimphu, Bhutan and Marina Middle School, San Francisco, USA. This ongoing program is creating more understanding of the richness and diversity of cultures and heritages between the youths in the USA and Bhutan. The students exchange letters, art projects and videos detailing their lives and surroundings, and in the process they gain greater appreciation of their own culture as well as their counterpart?s in the other country. Us Foundation is working in collaboration with Bhutan?s Youth Development Fund www.youthdevfund.gov.bt/ and with Airline Ambassadors International www.airlineamb.org in the USA.
Us Foundation is the organizer of an ongoing humanitarian mission in Bangalore. This is a collaborative effort between Us Foundation, Airline Ambassadors International www.airlineamb.org and Vitamin Angels Alliance www.vitaminangels.org to save the eyesight of young children, and to improve the health and welfare of the people in 11 poor villages in Nandi Hills close to Bangalore, India. We are distributing and educating the people in this impoverished area in the use of anti-parasitic medicine to heal the widespread parasite and worms related illnesses and the vitamins needed for normal growth and vision for the children and lactating mothers. School supplies, hygiene kits and new born kits are also distributed. We share hygiene and nutrition education posters and handouts so that the people gain the skills and knowledge to maintain and improve their health.
The first mission to serve 25,000 people took place in mid November 2006. Subsequent trips are scheduled for every six weeks. Please participate and contribute to this ongoing effort to enable people to live healthy independent lives. You can help people from being disabled by easily preventable illnesses and blindness which renders them dependent on society to care for. For information on how to join a future mission to Nandi Hills, please check on www.airlineamb.org.
To see the press release on the project launch, please click here.
To read about the launch of the first mission please click here.
All the above organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations - and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Us Foundation is again co-sponsoring the SYMPLE (Spiritual Youth Mentoring
Program for Leadership and Enlightenment) Summer Youth Retreat. This retreat is designed to support and empower youth
to step into self-mastery. We feel it is our responsibility to assist the next generation into being Masters for
themselves and for the world. Youth from 17-25 are invited to participate in a fun and enlightening two week summer
program at Crestone, Colorado, August 3-16, 2006.
During the retreat the youth will learn:
For more information, to register or to sponsor youth to participate in this worthwhile program please go to www.SYMPLE.info or call 719-256-4176
Relief Efforts for Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Us Foundation is supporting the victims and survivors of the natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. The recent tragedies suffered by the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have left thousands and thousands, hurt, homeless and without resources. Us Foundation is partnering with Airlines Ambassadors http://www.airlineambassadors.org/ to help the people with supplies, funds and in coordinating efforts to move needed aid into areas that are housing the many who cannot return to their homes.
Please join us in this effort to alleviate the pain and suffering of our fellow human beings whose lives have been so abruptly overturned. You may donate directly to Airlines Ambassadors International http://www.airlineambassadors.org/news_item.php?nid=80 who is coordinating our relief efforts, to Humanity in Unity or to Us Foundation. For a list of supplies needed, how to post housing offers or for volunteer opportunities please click here.
If you are a hurricane survivor looking for housing please go to http://KatrinaHousing.org for free housing information.
For an update on the hurricane relief efforts, please click here.
Please note on your donation that it is for Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. All funds donated will be given to the relief effort, there is no administrative charge. All three organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations - and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Airline Ambassadors International
SYMPLE (Spiritual Youth Mentoring Program for Leadership and Enlightenment) Summer Youth Retreat
Us Foundation is co-sponsoring a summer camp for youths to appreciate nature and to learn to balance the inner contemplative and the outer world of doing. From July 6-17th 2005, youths age 14-21, are invited to spend ten days in Crestone, Colorado experiencing the wonders of the Sangres de Cristo Mountains, a variety of activities including hiking, camping, music, art, meditation, yoga, tai ji, native American sweat lodge, and outdoor survival skills. The program will teach through practice, leadership, collaborative skills and a deeper sense of balance.
For more information please click here.
To support these humanitarian efforts,
please make a tax deductible donation to the following organizations:
Tsunami Relief: A personal journey
Us Foundation has partnered with Daniel Susott MD, Medical Director of Airline Ambassadors, http://www.airlineamb.org/ and Sarvodaya USA http://www.sarvodaya.org/ to support the rebuilding of the devastated lives and areas of Sri Lanka, one of the most severely damaged regions in the tsunami.
Dr. Susott was scuba diving off the coast of Thailand when the tsunami hit and miraculously survived. With no thoughts of personal safety, he chose to fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka to help organize the relief efforts. Us Foundation is supporting Airline Ambassadors' efficient and timely transport of essential supplies and Sarvodaya's extensive network of local rescue workers in Sri Lanka. Please click here to read about Dr. Susott's personal account of the disaster and the local conditions in Sri Lanka.
Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004
Us Foundation was a co-sponsor of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004 (UFCB). Universal Forum of Cultures is a UNESCO, Spanish Government, Catalan Government; City of Barcelona funded not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating ongoing world dialogues and world events on the topics of world peace, cultural diversity and sustainable economic development.
This huge global undertaking scope's can be understood if you compare it to the Olympics. UFCB's mission is to use the richness and diversity of cultures and art globally to counterbalance the tensions of globalization through dialogue, debate and celebration. This Forum offers us a powerful ongoing means of global cross cultural communication with specific action plans to be developed from the events.
The first world event was held in Barcelona May 9th through September 26th, 2004 with expected attendance of 3.5million people to the forty-four symposium and conferences and the hundreds of entertainment and cultural events being held. Through television broadcasts throughout the world as well as web casts and ongoing interactive web sites at least 500 million people participated at some level in this unprecedented world event to bring attention to the most pressing issues of the Twenty First century.
The Universal Forum of Cultures will be an ongoing project, with Monterrey Mexico being the next site in 2007 . UNESCO is the holder of the mark and the lead organization in the development of the ongoing Forums. Please review the proceedings and ongoing work from the 2004 inaugural Universal Forum of Cultures, Barcelona 2004 at www.barcelona2004us.org
Us foundation is supporting Terma Foundation's efforts www.terma.org to improve the health and welfare of Tibetan children, women, and elderly who reside in Tibet and the surrounding Chinese territory. The Tibet Child Nutrition and Collaborative Health Project initiate collaboration between American and Tibetan health workers, village elders, and women's groups, teaching sustainable methods to reverse the growing threats to child survival in Tibet. Fighting malnutrition and preventable disease among the bearers of Tibet's future--it's children.
invite you, as a member of our global community to help, with a financial
contribution, and by building awareness of our chance to make a positive
Alternatives to War
Us Foundation is part of an AD Hoc group started in Santa Barbara in January 2003 that is now global. Our intention is to gather forces to urge our government to consider alternatives to war. We have 41 Nobel Laureates already on board and we are building a very powerful coalition that is growing daily. This patriotic AD Hoc group formed as a response to our discomfort with our government's strategy of a preventive war on Iraq. We welcome your support of our position on a preventative war on Iraq. Click here for the full text and how you can sign on the statement.
Women for Women
On January 13th 2003, Us Foundation co-sponsored a dialogue and short film with Zainab Salbi, founder and president of Women for Women International. www.womenforwomen.org This event was held at our co-sponsor La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center's, Ladera Lane campus in Santa Barbara, California. Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty into a civil society that promotes and protects peace, stability, and self-sufficiency.
Us Foundation supports this work to create a world where no one is abused, poor, illiterate, or marginalized; where members of communities have full and equal participation in processes that ensure their health, well-being, and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their lives, their future and to strive to achieve their full potential.
Managing Change in Life Transitions
Us Foundation in collaboration with La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center sponsored a workshop on Managing Change in Life Transitions in September, 2002. It was a valuable opportunity for the participants to interact and learn from business, education, spiritual and public service leaders who have successfully accomplished a rich variety of lives and careers.
Participants had the opportunity to learn how to transition between life changes while maintaining balance. They were energized and rejuvenated in the interactive workshop. The participants came away with action plans for creating their future in harmony with their life missions.
We continue to do this work with corporations and non-profit organizations to help them establish or to recommit to their mission, to develop action plans and to re-energize and leverage their human resources.
World Family Foundation and Cambodia World Family Foundation
Us Foundation supports the World Family Foundation (WFF) and Cambodia World Family (CWF) in their work "to provide medical and educational opportunities for children and to help every orphan in the world to be part of a loving family."In July 2001, Us Foundation joined these organizations when they organized a heart-warming reunion for many of the families that adopted Cambodian orphans. HRH Prince Chivan Monirak Sisowath and Princess Kanthireth Sisowath of Cambodia attended this reunion, which was held in Hanalei, Kauai Hawaii. It was an inspiring and healing time for all concerned.
The focus is now on preventing people from becoming orphans and refugees by working to help create a more peaceful and healthy country. We are working to support World Family Foundation and Cambodia World Family to educate the women and girls of Cambodia. Many families in Cambodia are headed by women who have never gone to school and cannot read or write. WFF and CWF programs can bring literacy to one woman for only $25. To find out more and to help please check on their website www.wfamily.com for more details. For more pictures from the reunion, click here.
Summer Camps for At Risk Youth
In 1999, Us Foundation continued to co-sponsor summer camps for at risk youth. The first camp of the year was held in May at La Casa de Maria, El Bosque in Santa Barbara. A group of young people, aged from 17-22, from the Bronx, New York, who are student apprentices at Banana Kelly Community Improvement Inc., of the Bronx, attended. The camp was designed to give these young people practical building construction experience as well as an opportunity to experience another world-view. They also learned consensus building skills, and assisted youth from City at Peace, Santa Barbara, in the production and performance of a play, attend a life skills workshop presented by Steve and Jill Morris of ChoiceWorks, and met up with other local young people from community organizations, as well as enjoyed some sightseeing. They continued their training in construction work as they perform several construction projects at La Casa de la Raza, The Santa Barbara Latino Community Center.
See Press Release
Another camp for 60 Southern California
at-risk youth was held from August 23 to August 27, 1999 at Camp Whittier, near
Lake Cachuma. We are grateful to have more opportunity to share the magic and
power of being in nature with these youth who had a fun and transformative
experience. We incorporated nature
activities, music, drama and practical living skills training, to help youth
who came from violent and abusive situations to express themselves in safe and
We welcome your participation and support in the development and operation of this exciting ongoing project. See Press Release of 8/20/99
Us Foundation coordinated a Summer
Camp for 57 at risk teenagers July 27-31, 1998 at Zaca Lake Retreat
Center in the Santa Ynez mountains. Us Foundation, in collaboration with
Zaca Lake Retreat Center, organized five day summer camps for teens. We
developed in the process, through collaboration with many community
organizations, a working model of alternative lifestyles for at risk
youth. Growing up with the pressures and violence in our culture nowadays
is harder than ever before. The
incorporation of nature activities, music, drama and practical living
skills training, helped these youth who came from violent and abusive
situations to express themselves in safe and productive ways.
Videos of the various summer camps,
lengths of 27 minutes, 16 minutes and 8 minutes are available.
Please send $15.00 (including postage) to this address:Us Foundation
PO Box 5780
Santa Barbara, CA 93150
Gandhi/King A Season For Nonviolence
Us Foundation is on the national steering committee for the Gandhi/King: A Season for Nonviolence," co-sponsored by the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) and the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which began in Spring 1998. Please see the Season for Nonviolence section of our web site. A Season for Nonviolence, A Reverence for Life, was a globally unified grassroots movement in commemoration of the 50th and 30th Anniversaries of the Assassinations of M.K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Also available is a 10 minute video on the Season for Nonviolence. Please send $13 (includes $3 for postage) to this address:
Kenny Loggins with City At Peace
An Explosion of Violence
In February, 1997, Us Foundation co-sponsored a working group of 50 people on "An Explosion of Violence". This forum mapped out the root causes of violence. The working group consisted of leaders from schools, urban environments, businesses, the native American community, religious community and the artistic community, who work with issues impacted by violence in their work and lives. Specific action plans were developed to support each other in dealing with the root causes of violence. We now have an ongoing group to interface with and support each other in the understanding, education and prevention of this serious problem in our society.
New Life Curriculum Forum
We are excited about the results of the working conference, New Life Curriculum Forum. This working conference focused on the development of a curriculum for all stages of life and including all aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, environmental, physical, economical, technological, etc. We invited experts from a diversity of experience, ages, culture, and countries to come together to create a working model that would be universal. Our goal was to have a curriculum for whole human beings; people who are complete, balanced, peaceful, creative, vital, productive and happy. We had experts from many aspects of life participating in this conference, from arts and music, business, economics, ecology, medicine, sociology, spirituality, technology, and philosophy. There is a lot of work already done in this area and we utilized the collective talents of the group to forge a wonderful, flexible working model. Action plans and proceedings may be viewed under the New Life Curriculum Forum.