Happy New Year!!

As we end the year and begin the countdown to 2016, we wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year and thank you for standing alongside the men, women and children at Upasanti Village Children’s Homes.
With your generous support, you’ve paid for school fees. You’ve fed and kept a roof over the heads of 120 young people at any one time. YOU made them feel safe.
Upasanti Village Founder, Ms. Jody Williams says, “You are the change-makers. Our heartfelt thanks to you for strengthening our hands and standing by our sides in crucial circumstances.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Upasanti Village Director of the Board, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, says, “Children are one of the most vulnerable populations. Help us work towards the day when children are NOT exploited!
Director of the Board, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama says, “When we develop love and compassion, first within ourselves, then extending it to our families and then towards others, we find that peace is natural consequence. It is a well-founded state of tranquility based on the deep sense of security that arises from mutual understanding, tolerance for others’ point of view, and respect for their rights. Peace if not something which exists independently of us, which is why peace in the world depends on peace in the hearts of individuals. Therefore, it is apparent to me that those who have helped Upasanti Village, in whatever capacity, to help the needy, innocent and suffering children of our world, have generated the mind of awakening, Bodhicitta, and are Bodhisattvas. Unlike ordinary beings, who think of their own advantage, Bodhisattvas consider how best to benefit others.
‘For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.’”
~“A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva
Please join us in 2016 as we expand our campaign against Human Trafficking…..as we join forces with larger agencies and governments to enforce harsh prosecution of captors and those found guilty of human abuses and harboring with mal intent!!  And join us as we work for the voiceles millions who everyday, endure abuse, starvation and forced labor….and who are thought to be lost to a violent underworld.   Your voice matters and everybody makes a difference!
With love to you all,
Venerable Upasanti and The entire Board of Directors, staff and family of Upasanti Village


Here’s some of what we have planned for 2016

Upasanti Village will be introducing several new programs in 2016!!
Here are just a few:

  • Online Donation Capability
  • Representation in your local city (local business ambassadors, concerts, sporting events, festivals, etc.)
  • United Nations presentations and Webinars
  • Shut out US Trafficking initiative across the United States and Canada (affiliated with 7 top Universities)
  • Global Trafficking Education Fund and Programme (supported and funded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Trust)
  • UN Webinars
  • Updated/Live Upasanti Village website
  • Federal and INTERPOL training for local US authorities
  • Volunteer abroad program at an Upasanti Village Home (open to Medical professionals only at this time)
  • New University intern program. Interns will serve to answer your questions, assist in “back of house” tasks and work with case workers to place children in appropriate homes, all while receiving valuable university/intern credit toward their degree
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