'Small Planet 100% Cotton T'. Shop and Give Back to Karuna Shechen!
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100% Organic cotton T-shirt. A limited edition with an original design and slogan created by us exclusively for ZEFYR LIFE.
The slogan: 'Small Planet. Voir Grand Parce Que Le Monde Est Petit' (Small Planet. Think Big Because The World Is Small') aims at promoting this important idea that we must increasingly think big to address the many challenges faced by our very small and fragile mother earth. The great news on the other side of the coin is that in a shrinking world where technology and new transportation means allow us to connect at break neck speed with our human brothers on the the other side of the world, whatever big dreams we nourish are achievable now more than ever before if we work hard for them together, and keep faith in mankind.
10% of all the proceeds will be gifted by us to our beloved ZEFYR LIFE Family member Matthieu Ricard's Association Karuna Shechen.
About Karuna Shechen:
Karuna-Shechen began its work in the mid-1980s when Matthieu Ricard (its founder) and Rabjam Rinpoche (co-founder) initiated a number of small programs to improve the living conditions of the Himalayan people.
The programs were designed to address the inequalities and suffering they observed in the region. They were a natural progression of the founders’ dedication to these communities and an expression of altruism in action.
It took perseverance to complete the first projects in Tibet due to the general lack of resources and the political situation. However, in 2000, their first school and clinic in Eastern Tibet were built. In the same year, they built the Shechen Medical Clinic in Nepal. In India, they opened a small medical dispensary in the city of Bodhgaya and started a mobile clinic to serve surrounding villages.
As more communities reached out to them for assistance, they created a branch of Karuna-Shechen in France in 2004 to help fund these projects. Friends and benefactors in the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and later in Belgium, England and Monaco opened regional branches and affiliates. Today, all of these branches work together to support Karuna Shechen's teams and local partners in India, Nepal, and Tibet.
In the field, they have established an effective collaborative team of trained workers from the local population and qualified foreign volunteers. They also work with local NGOs and their clinics in India and Nepal now serve as hubs for their projects.
Karuna-Shechen’s activities concentrate on four sectors of intervention: health, education, community development and cultural preservation. Their work continues to expand in all these sectors.
Over the years, Karuna Shechen's vision has remained unchanged. It is based on community engagement and empowerment, grassroots cooperation and respect for unique cultural identities. Karuna Shechen strives to create projects that are sustainable models so that they can be duplicated and continued in the future.
More on: www.karuna-shechen.org