Global Realities Shared On The Ship!

The transformational trip of a lifetime is starting to set in as a “reality” after being at sea for 6 days on the round the world voyage with Semester At Sea.  Global “realities” are being shared on the ship that have already started to stimulate the consciousness of individuals in our local ship community.

Dominica, was the first port of call and there were some special lessons in the rainforest from a guide who loves and listens to the land.  His bonding with the land made him keenly aware of what “was possible” to those looking on the outside in.

Organic farming and herbology were two other aspects of sustainability we investigated in this emerging Island.  My “take away” from Dominica was to implement a composting plan in my back yard to do my part in making a difference and to ALWAYS remember the lesson of the guide in believing that something is possible when it appears to be impossible. Follow us for daily insight as we learn together how to navigate different situations and “connect the dots around the world. “

Traveling around the world with a group of 605 college students, 66 lifelong learners and 70 TOP EDUCATORS has built up HIGH expectations of a “transformational” voyage. Speaking with new people every day at meal time creates opportunities to learn and share with one another like none other we have ever experienced.  Taking classes, observing in the Field  Programs, listening to speakers who are on the ship to share how they are making a difference in the world one  person at at time and explaining how they accomplished it leaves little time to post on my blog and process all that is going on. Today we had a message that moved me to tears at least three times.

JEFFREY A. KOTTLER, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology was our speaker in Global Studies class today.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Kottler

He  has written over 80 books including a recent New York Times best seller  “The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers”  which is now a movie produced by Clark Peterson who also produced the film, Monster. The film “Dear Mr. Gacy” earned an Academy Award for best actress.

The thought provoking question of the day for me was:

“Would you sell your daughter to avoid starving?”

Most people reading this post will never have to answer that question but there are millions around the world that have to make the decision on a daily basis.

  • The average family in Nepal makes only $210 per year.
  • The cost to buy uniforms and eat at school is $50.00 per year.
  • A family with 4 or 5 children has to decide who can go to school and survive and who will have to be “taken by an employer” to survive on their own.
  • The parent does not know what will become of the girls “taken by an employer” they are simply hoping they can eat.
  • The life span of a girl taken into “sex slavery” by an “employer”  is about 3 years before they die from aids.
  • Many of the girls are raped 10 to 12 times on their first day in service.
  • Men with aids in the culture think that having sex with a virgin could possibly cure them of aids.

Dr. Kottler spoke on “Promoting Social Justice.” His accounts of helping save the lives of two specific girls are an inspiration to all.  Now through his program he is helping over 150 Nepali girls and keeping them from disappearing into sex slavery.  $50.00 initially saved Inu Pavivar from being sold into sex slavery and allowed her to attend school in her village. Her story stimulated a movement called “Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.”  Dr. Kottler ultimately had to go back each year to check on her to make sure the $50.00 was being spent on her education and NOT lining the pockets of some other entity.  This is a true success story and now….

Inu Pariyar, our first student to receive a university scholarship, working in the media and radio studio at Rangsit University in Thailand. She is studying communication and media, fields that are especially impoverished in her own country of Nepal.”

The life of another young girl with a deadly infection on her face was saved for $14.00. Dr. Kottler’s message helped us see how important small donations can be when they are given to the right organizations.   Read more details at Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.

More important facts:

* Facebook group is open to join: Empower Nepali Girls Foundation

* Empower Nepali Girls Foundation is a grassroots in that we have no paid staff and no office.  Everyone pays           their own expenses; that means that 90% of money donated goes DIRECTLY to keep a lower caste girl in               school and prevents her being sold into sex slavery.

* There are 12,000 Nepali girls each year sold into slavery.

*  The foundation visits every girl’s home, every year to make sure she’s okay, has enough to eat, and that her        family supports the education.

*  The group is currently supporting over 150 girls

*  $125 keeps a girl in primary or secondary school for a year!

*  As the girls get older and begin university and technical and medical school, the cost jumps to about $3,000  per girl per year.

*  The group operates in 9 different villages in the most remote, neglected parts of the country of Nepal.

Jeffery Kottler Ph.D. asks introspective questions that when answered might help change the world:

“What is it that leads people to help others, even when they do so at great personal sacrifice?

What is it that motivates you to reach out to others in need?

How are those involved in social justice and altruistic projects transformed by their experiences?”

PLEASE, access all the links in this post and discover how rewarding it is to serve others. and think about how you can make a difference in your own community or around the world.

  • When you give your time and energy you are sharing an integral part of yourself.
  • You are helping people not part of a tribe.
  • It is hard work and a selfless act taking your time and energy to give to others.

Thank you, JEFFREY A. KOTTLER, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Spring 2011Semester at Sea for showing us the way that one person can make a huge difference.

About Carra Riley

Fun loving classic writer who is a life long learner. Helping people connect the dots as a consultant for small business and real estate along with custom workshops and seminars.

Comments

  1. Carra:

    In tears too, after reading this post! OMG! I am blessed with four wonderful, fantastic children here. There are many days when I bemoan the fact that I’m their sole support, but I cannot ever imagine a life so harsh that I would have to face a decision like this one, as a parent. I have three beautiful daughters and to feel trapped into selling one of them into such torment: well I just cannot fathom that!

    I have been SO blessed in our community by so many wonderful people who continue to care for us and keep us afloat here. Even though things were tough, we were never homeless or worried about where our next meal was coming from! And all my children are so lucky, compared to the children around the world, to have a drink of water at their fingertips, a functioning, healthy place to bath, a roof over their heads and four strong walls AND a good education. It makes me feel ashamed at times when I have been critical here!

    I want to contribute to this cause this year! You might not have seen my status that I got the job I interviewed for! So, my finances are going to improve dramatically this year! Aside from knowing that I will have what I need to care for my kids, it is even nicer to know I can afford to bless others less fortunate than we.

    Thanks for giving your time to this very vital topic. We sail on through our particular journeys and have a tendency to forget that others are facing such dire lives and existences!
    Thanks for helping us remember and have higher, universal thinking.

    You’re doing a great job so far!

    Much love,
    R–

  2. I wake up every morning and wonder what I will learn from you today. This is so much fun! So far, I am researching my coffee sources and composting (researching it, not doing it yet!). You are an inspiration!

  3. Ruth ~ Your thoughts are so beautiful.. I just got connected for a few minutes and we are off to the jungle.. so will be back to you on Thursday with more thoughts.. Thank you for sharing how this touched you… you are a blessing to the world!

    Karen… How sweet.. I am learning all of this because of you and your encouragement to come on this life changing adventure.. thank you from the bottom of my heart! Back to you on Thursday!

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