Fundraiser to help re-settle Tibetan refugees

The Canadian government has recognized the difficult situation the Tibetan refugees are in and has permitted a number of them entry to Canada as sponsored refugees.  This means that, unlike other immigrants who are ‘sponsored’ by the government and thus get support from it to help them settle, the sponsors of these Tibetan refugees are the ones responsible for all.

Now, don’t get me wrong – they sponsors are quite happy with that!  And charity delivered directly from those who want to help to those who need the help is always kinder, more human-touch as well as more efficient than any help government would provide!

Yet, the more of us are helping, the more of us will feel great – and the more people will benefit, become happy Canadians, and lend a helping hand in their own turn.  I know, because earlier in my life, when I first escaped the persecution in my native land, I was so grateful for all the help I received from individuals first in Austria, then in Canada that now I am doing well, it makes me very, very happy to lend a helping hand in my turn.

So, please, help if you can – you’ll feel better for it!


Update:  For those for whom the above graphic does not show up (my apologies):

Come celebrate Tibetan New Year

February 21st, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa

Suggested minimum donation is $30.00

RSVP Jose 613-263-2388,

Good things happening in Zamboanga

It is so awesome when the religionists get along with each other!

And not just lip service, ‘outreach’ and photo-ops:  actually helping each other in practical ways.

In Zamboanga, Philippines, that is exactly what happened:

“We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) head.

But to the surprise of the mostly Christian residents, the Muslims, a number of them residents Zamboanga City who returned home from abroad recently, announced they had come to Santa Catalina to rebuild the Christ the King chapel.

“We have not heard of any Muslim helping build a chapel before,” Villaflores said.

But before the Christians could say anything to the Muslims, they went to work, sawing lumber, driving in nails and doing other things to rebuild the chapel.

“We are very happy about it. Santa Catalina residents are deeply touched by their efforts. We really appreciate how our Muslim brothers and sisters are helping us,” Villaflores said.

Retired police Chief Superintendent Sukarno Ikbala said he was listening to a live-streaming radio broadcast in the United States one day when he heard a  fellow retiree, Senior Supt. Julmunier Jubail, rallying Muslims to help in the rebuilding and relief efforts in the city.

Ikbala said he immediately came home, met with Jubail, retired Senior Supt. Bensali Jabarani and several other Muslim professionals and formed a group they called “Esperanza” (Hope).

“Esperanza stands for Environmental, Socio-Psychological, Economic, and Religious Advancement of Neo-Zamboangaenos’ Aspirations,” he said.

Ikbala said from that meeting, they raised P120,000 from the Asia Foundation and from fellow Muslim Abdurahman Nuno. The money is now being used in rebuilding of the Christ the King chapel.

It is awesome when people help people – without waiting for the governments to come and meddle, without religious leaders (really just another breed of politician) foaming at the mouth at the thought that members of different religions are actually getting along and helping each other!
And when it happens, we need to let everyone know that it is possible, so that those who have hate preached at them just might get to see that there is another way.

MSMF: Annual Indian Food Picnic in Ottawa

If you like Indian food and you’ll be in Ottawa next weekend, Saturday, 22nd of June, 2013, Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa.

This is a fundraiser for the Manjari Sankurathri Memorial Foundation – and the food is always ECXELLENT!!!
This is what’s on this year’s menu:  Indian Vegetarian Food (Served from 11am – 2pm)

Entertainment is from 2pm – 5pm.
MSMF Facts to date:

  • Children educated – 1,930
  • Eye surgeries performed – 178,805

For more information, please check or contact

MSMF Annual Picnic Flyer 2013(1)


24 hours for MSF/Doctors Without Borders – 8/9th September 2012

Ok, this is a bit of an advanced notice, but the largest amount of funds has, in the past, been raised by the online auction – and this is a call for donation of items to that auction.

Thus, the very advanced notice.

But, why don’t I let DPR Jones say it – he is much more eloquent than I:

I don’t quite know what – yet, but I plan to donate something…  As I have already promised to donate my painting of Aisha to the Free Thinking Film Society fundraiser, I’ll have to think of something else:  suggestions for the subject of a painting are welcome!

Do Science, Tanzania

So much in our world is messed up, it sometimes leaves us feeling powerless to do something about it.

Well, don’t give up!

A singlr person CAN make a difference!

Which is why I’d like to tell you about ‘Do Science, Tanzania’.

This is the brainchild of an Ottawa Physics teacher, Diana Hall, and her efforts are supported by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Vernier Software and Technology, Valley Microscope, her current and former students with their families and other caring individual people.

The aim of the program?


The best way to get kids interested in science is to make it possible for them to DO science.

Do Science, Tanzania, aims to do exactly that by building a lending library of science equipment and making it available to science teachers in Moshi, Tanzania.  This will permit the equipment to reach, educate and inspire many more students than if it were sent to one single school…

Looking at their ‘Wishing Well’, one can see their requests are humble – yet have the potential to have a tremendous impact, a truly big bang for the buck.  In addition to asking for donations of any science classroom equipment, they still need:

  • 3- Microscopes – 3 x $250
  • Glassware (beakers, cylinders, test tubes etc.) – $200
  • Microscope Slides – $25
  • Power Supply – $250
  • Electronic Balance – 2 x $10
  • Wave Generator – $250
  • White Boards – $50
  • White Board Markers – $50
  • Calculators – 25 x $5 (used calculators also useful)
  • Slinkies – 5 x $15
  • Baggage Fees for Shipping Science Equipment – 3 x $200 per bag

Ms. Hall is heading to Tanzania soon, hopefully with her lending library of science equipment bursting at the seams.  If you’d like to find out how to help, click here to find out more.

Or, come to their dinner/social on Friday 11th, 2011.


A delicious way to help others

If you will be in Ottawa on Saturday, June 19th, 2010…

If you like to help others…

If you love delicious food…

Then you just might be interested in the MSMF India Food Fest 2010!

It starts at 11 am, and takes place at the Andrew Haydon Park – and, from past experience, I have to say the food is fantastic.

On the menu:

An enjoyable way to spend a Saturday!