I am inspired I need to do this NOW. I just came out of a magnetising and manifesting session and it was suggested I do this and I can’t put it off any longer. It’s been on my mind for months but now I need to put it out there. No holding back..
Do you remember the story from Think and Grow Rich of the preacher who suddenly was inspired to write his speech about what he would do with $1,000,000? Well this is mine, only with the cost of rising inflation since TAGR was written, my mission is to attract $20 million in tonight’s lottery if at all possible! Why? What would I do with it?
Well here goes… I don’t meant to be greedy but $1 million just doesn’t cut it any more… that will just about take care of my debts and pay off my house leaving me debt free… the remainder is the exciting bit that lights me up when I think of the good I can do with it.
I decided to write this as if the lottery came through tonight…. Ask and It is Given after all and I have been asking for some time now so very soon I KNOW IT SHALL BE GIVEN.
It’s August 2011 and I am STOKED… my charitable foundation has been working for a year now and it is amazing to see how much good we have been able to achieve in various parts of the world. This time last year I was struggling to pay my own commitments and yet one year later I am just so blessed to be me! (Not that I wasn’t before but that $20 million gave me so much leverage to go out and make a real difference and I LOVE that).
Our Secret Millionaire project is the part that gives me the most pleasure as you can do good without having to be in the limelight. It was an idea I got from watching a TV show of the same name and saw a woman giving money away to utterly destitute families in Mumbai. I’ve lived in India and know how hard it can be…. whole families living on the sidewalk because they borrowed $200 US to pay for a daughter’s dowry and now 15 people are living on the street because they have no hope of paying back the debt. The SM program helps people like that the world over; and yes, they are only some of the many impoverished people who really need help but it just starts with one.
We use a model that I learned from Tony Robbins that when that person receives the assistance, they are given a letter that simply says “from a friend” and asks them to pay it forward if and when they ever get the chance. Many do. We are changing the world one gift at a time.
Children rummaging around on garbage heaps sifting through muck and filth to glean a few paice from the rubbish they can gather. Stinking, rotten filth… should never be allowed. What are we doing as a world to our brothers and sisters? Half the world lives on less than $1 a day and many of those are starving while the other half eat so much they’ve developed disease through over eating. I can’t sit by and watch that anymore… we started a school and a crèche in the same city, only because India is such a spiritual home for me but the model is being adopted the whole world over as more and more people are joining the Foundation and getting on board. It makes my heart sing to see I can help to do something to redress the balance.
When the money came through in August 2010 the first thing I did was pay off my own ‘outstandings’ and then gave some money to my good friend Jim Labelle who certainly deserved some help. Last year, Jim, who was the electrician who worked on my house renovation, had the misfortune to fall of a roof on another job and came so close to death it’s a wonder he can still walk and talk let alone think about how he is going to earn a living in the future and be the shining happy gentle soul that he is.
Jim is a sweetheart and was struggling to pay his bills and came very close to losing his home. The Secret Millionaire foundation was able to pay off his mortgage so now he has one less thing to stress over. And in this instance he knows who came to his aid as we have talked about winning the lottery for months now so that I could help him start again in a new venture importing maple syrup from Canada to Australia of all things!
I have a few other pet projects that started when I began using Social media and connecting with people all over the world…some old friends and some I met before.
I reconnected with someone called Dhwarba who runs a project in India (again!) called Ramana’s Garden.
“I am Dr Prabhavati Dwabha, the director of a small grassroots Rural Development Assistance Project dedicated to the Empowerment of Women and Children living in remote mountains, living below the poverty line, in the villages of the Garhwal, Uttaranchal, India.
In 1991 a Spiritual Teacher in India suggested that I move to a small Ashram on the banks of The Ganga in the foothills of the Himalayas near Rishikesh. “Just be with the river,” he said, “and everything will be revealed there.”
As days flowed into months what revealed itself was a large population of beautiful tribal people living in severe poverty and malnutrition, with no medical assistance available to them. The children bore this burden and many didn’t survive the harsh winters.
Their situation weighed heavy on my heart and made it difficult to” just be” there without wanting to do something to help them in some way… but which way?? …I didn’t know how to help and I felt incapable of making any contribution that would make a significant change in their lives, and yet uncomfortable to remain there among them without doing so.
In the end, I left India, traveled abroad to resume my work teaching Transformational Therapy and Alternative Healing.
But try as I might, nothing could replace the memories of the children’s laughter and their joy at the simplest things like learning to write their own name or sew a button on their torn dress. Within 3 months I returned to India, this time with the assistance of Spanish N.G.O.
I still felt overwhelmed by all that lay ahead of me. I visited the Spiritual Teacher again and shared all that transpired since our last meeting. “Perfectly right,” he exclaimed, “that’s why I sent you there; now continue trusting one day at a time. Remember life is just a series of individual moments.”
I began with 1 small free clinic / dispensary and 1 primary school. I was amazed to discover how much I could do with so little money and effort.
Within a year there were 2 clinics and 5 weekly medical camps in remote villages. Things just seemed to create themselves if I could just trust and thwart my doubting mind and keep saying Yes. Schools blossomed into 13 primary and 2 Jr. Highs going on 4 with hot nutritious lunch for 600 kids everyday.
We provided assistance to 68 rural, below the poverty line, mountain villages, serving a population of 12,000. The project consisted of education, health care, organic farming, woman’s vocational training, environmental conservation and reforestation.
One of my biggest insecurities in the beginning was that I was alone with only two hands. When I expressed this to the Spiritual Teacher, he laughed and said, “Whoever gave you the idea YOU were doing anything? Trust that whatever is needed will be given.” And so it has been since the first day. When help was needed volunteers came from abroad and jumped right in teaching in the schools or helping with the Medical Camps or planting vegetables for the kids lunch, or building, as we keep outgrowing our living spaces. They brought fresh juice and ideas to help us grow and expand our services.
Ramana’s Garden is a home and school for orphans and destitute children. We have 55 children living here and provide a modern, high quality education for 137 children, many who attend from the nearby village of Tapovan and Laxman Jhula.”
Recently Lalita, a young girl of about 15 years of age who has been living at Dwabha’s orphanage was kidnapped for ransom and it was through hearing of their plight in getting her back again that I decided they also needed my Foundation’s help.
Dhwarba has been working tirelessly for these children for YEARS and I wanted to help her, so now we are able to support them on a permanent basis and this has hugely lightened their load. We were able to help them find a new and permanent property for the children, as they have been feeling very insecure due to impermanent accommodation. This alone was a VERY, VERY good thing to be able to sustain.
Another pet project of mine came through meeting a gentleman on Facebook who searches out employment for orphans and underprivileged young people who without him would have little hope of finding employment. We bought them computers and set them up in an office building where they have their own phone and means of communication and they’re now able to help far more people than ever before. It gives me GREAT pleasure and joy.
Here is some info about them from their Facebook page I’d like to share with you.
“We are a Community Based Organization called TWEKEMBE ASSOCIATION, registered and based in Mukono District, Uganda working with widows, women affected by domestic violence, youth and people with disabilities in local communities to help change difficult situations into opportunities and to improve their living standards and wellbeing.
Uganda has been characterized by war, insurgency, disease, indolence, low educational levels and facilities, poor infrastructure, an unfair educational curriculum, state corruption, etc which have all contributed to extraordinarily high levels of poverty. One of the worst hit districts is Mukono where a girl child in particular has little chance of starting out with a decent foundation. This district is characterized by broken homes, orphans, teenage pregnancies and teen mothers who drop out of marriage after a few years but without any other options for their livelihood.
Each year thousands of poor Ugandans drop out of school failing to get even basic paid work, particularly teen mothers and orphans from rural and semi-urban areas. While helping these victims we started a private scheme in the form of an Employment Agency which gives them a bit of counseling and teaches them a few basic skills and then finds them minor jobs like house maids, bar maids and the like, (usually paying less than one US dollar a day).
Since our association continues to monitor the people we help we have noticed that many of them have subsequently been mistreated, tortured, raped, overworked and some cheated of their wages. Many have desperately fled their work places and engaged in lethal activities like burglary, robbery, prostitution, drug abuse ~ all in attempt to survive. As a result many have also been sexually abused, resulting in unwanted pregnancy, and/or contracting deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS. After being rejected by their families and the general public many of these innocent victims of circumstance then return to our centre for our help and moral support.
We’ve certainly realized that this isn’t a permanent solution.
We are seriously overwhelmed by the needs around us given the fact that up to 300 new people report to us in any one month for help in finding work.
Since our Association was formed in 2003, we have had some impact but we cannot accomplish the workload without a helping hand…
Volunteers and Sponsors are WELCOME!”
I know there are thousands of groups like Twekembe Association or orphanages like Ramana’s Garden the world over, but I wanted to help these guys and people like them, so I asked for millions of dollars to get started… and I got it!
For myself I now have a seminar and workshop company that is purely not for profit based.
We hire speakers and trainers and facilitators from all over the world and send them ALL OVER THE WORLD to run events where they are most needed by people who could never afford to pay an entrance fee or who would never get such a chance to learn basic life skills so they get a better start in life. We recently connected with The Twekembe Association and organised some workshops in Uganda and are maintaining an ongoing mentoring program since then…