I’m proud and honored to be able to announce that our Himalayan Consensus Institute (HCI) is partnering with the UNDP (to be based in the Nepal UNDP office) to establish a “Crisis and Conflict Mitigation Initiative” to address conflict and crisis in the Himalayan region at its root rather than its effect. Our HCI view is that conflict is not due to clash of civilizations but rather caused by economic disempowerment and identity marginalization. Reduction of these two can reduce conflict. The initiative will focus on early warning systems for climate induced risk, capacity building for local mediators and second track dialogues towards preventing crisis and conflict. This is a pilot program that could provide a model for other UNDP offices to adopt throughout this region. We will be holding our next HCI summit in Kathmandu 23-25 March 2018!
My husband and I are thrilled to have helped fund a small part of this research project to find and observe wild snow leopard cubs in their den. Two Snow Leopard Cubs were located and filmed in their den in Mongolia in August. (there may be only 4,000 Snow Leopards left in the wild and this is only the fourth time researchers have ever been able to observe wild cubs in their den.) If you would like to help support the amazing work carried out by the Snow Leopard Trust, please go to snowleopardtrust.org
We are honored to have the Shambala Cafe (on the ground floor of our Himalayan Consensus Institute headquarters located in the restored Lama’s Residence, Boudha, Kathmandu) dedicated in memory of our parents and my beloved Princess.
We are so grateful to our generous donors who helped make several humanitarian projects come to fruition in Tibet over the past few years. This thank you plaque will hang in the new Himalayan Consensus Institute (HCI) headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal which in itself was a renovation project in a historic building where three generations of Lamas have lived for decades. These monks help refugees, local people (repairing Buddhist shrines, helping with earthquake and disaster relief, etc), store and protect ancient Tibetan texts, etc. And we are honored that these devoted monks will say daily prayers for our donors and their families.
A wonderful Snow Leopard Trust thank you to our Princess, Pumpkin and Pharo for their donation to help send a researcher to visit a wild snow leopard den site in Mongolia this summer. “Little cats helping their big cat cousins.”
To read more about the amazing work and research being carried out by the Snow Leopard Trust:
To start off the year of the Rooster, I’m so pleased to share that our Himilayan Consensus Institute development project in Kathmandu is thriving. The Shambhala Cafe (on the first floor of our renovation project of a historic building that has been the home and cultural center of three generations of Tibetan lamas who protect historic texts and have provided spiritual sanctuary for generations of refugees) is running self-sustainably by the Tibetan family of the lamas. The funds from the cafe support the lamas, their work, and the building that we restored as a Dharma Center. So, the next time you’re in Kathmandu, please visit (our HCI headquarters is on the second floor too!). FYI, in one of the photos you can see one of the resident lamas standing on the building’s roof w/view of the Bodnath Stupa in post-earthquake renovation! Thanks again to Mary Sewell and family for their kind donation towards this project.
We are as ever extremely grateful to the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts for their generous donation of fantastic room prizes for our 11th annual SCAA holiday raffle. And, thank you to all our amazing Second Chance Animal Aid Shanghai supporters. Our fund raising never ends as injured/sick abandoned and stray animals never decrease…..we treat every rescued animal individually and with great love and thorough medical attention. We are up to well over 1,000 animals adopted out (to forever homes in over 60 countries now!) and probably a couple thousand more beyond healing (but loved, medically treated, and held until their very last moments). It’s expensive but worth every moment of trying. We enter year 12 soon; please support us and donate if you can (you can donate by paypal and Wechat now!). If you are in Shanghai, please consider becoming a foster parent too!
Our social media campaign to raise funds towards our record-breaking animal care costs from May – August (over RMB 75,000) has started. Please click on the link below to see how you can donate and help us make a difference to Shanghai’s abandoned and stray animals. Also find out our news on special needs foster animal cases, sponsored raffled prizes for lucky donors, and who’s donated so far.