Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are awake
What makes you come alive? What makes your spirit soar, your heart pound from your chest, and your mind, body, and soul feel awake? Many would say passion or love. I say fear. Through my experience, I have come most alive when faced with the unknown . I will never forget the day my father told me he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, or where I was when my sister called to tell me my 4 ½ year old nephew was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, or the moment I landed in London only to find out there had been a bombing in Casablanca where I had only left just a few hours before, or the time of the black out in New York City when I witnessed a man attempting to rob an elderly woman and I punched him in the nose, got her bag back, and ran screaming out of the store, or the moment I stumbled upon the dirt filled run-down orphanage off the Indian ocean in Sri Lanka. It is the scariest moments in life that define us, where we either rise to face our darkest fears or become paralyzed by them.
I am perpetually asked why are you assisting Sri Lanka? Why not the USA? Why so far away? My answer is, visit Sri Lanka or a developing country and your questions will be answered. There are no words to describe the danger, poverty, and grief I have encountered in my travels from Asia to Africa to South America. I thank God everyday for being an American, for living in a nation where I have clean running water, toilets, and can receive the same education as a man. I will never take these gifts for granted and I will continue to assist, fight for, and educate those who seek my help. I know international volunteering and Models Doing More will not end poverty but it’s a good start. I believe through movement and action we find health. In just a few days, I return to Sri Lanka. While there, I will be assisting the orphanage that I have been working with the last 2 years. We are still in great need of donations for food, art supplies, and gardening tools. Models Doing More is a 501(c)(3) so any monetary donation is tax deductible. You may make a donation via http://www.gofundme.com/modelsdoingmore where 100% of your donation will go directly to the orphanage. We are also teaming up with the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society and I will be staying on their campsite learning, observing, and assisting the endangered elephants. So if you would like your donation to go directly to the SLWCS please contact me and I will make sure your donation goes to the elephant conservation. Only 600 wild elephants remain in Sri Lanka and if we do not work to protect, preserve, and live in harmony with them they will be extinct in 10 years. I will be documenting my volunteer journey with the go pro, so if there are any specific items you would like purchased with your donation for the children ages 8-16 please let me know and I will be sure to share the gift exchange with you via photos and video on social media.
If anyone in the tri-state area would like to drop t-shirts, games, or art kits with me please contact me via email. If you have already donated I thank you and I ask that you continue to follow Models Doing More on the journey of giving, learning, and growing… I thank you in advance for supporting Models Doing More and our mission to assist impoverished children and endangered animals. Hopefully some of you will join us on our next mission trip.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that Models Doing More is officially a 501 (c) (3). MDM is classified as a Public Charity. I received notice of this from the IRS on February 06, 2015.
Please note, that any individual or organization who has made a contribution or donated, the effective date of exemption is backdated to January 29, 2013.
I would like to thank all who have supported and believed in the MDM Mission of assisting impoverished children and abandoned animals. We will be returning to Sri Lanka with a team of Model Ambassadors in the Spring of 2015.... which is just a few weeks away.
We were unable to get a team together last fall, so we will finally be able to deliver a rickshaw, tuk tuk to the orphanage from our fundraiser we held last summer and fall.
I will be writing a separate notice with a list of items we will be bringing to Sri Lanka and purchasing once on the ground. We are still in great need of donations. Your contributions will go toward purchasing used laptops, farming tools, food, and supplies.
This recent news is a big step. But now the real work begins.
I look forward to continuing a relationship with each of you and working toward making an impact for the greater global good. :)
Please feel free to contact me, should you have any questons. Thank you, Lauren
The fresh crisp autumn air hits my face as I leave my
apartment in New York this morning and I’m reminded that every minute is a chance to start anew….
Since returning from Sri Lanka in June, the summer months have been an interesting study in humanity. Models Doing More hosted 4 fundraisers in order to reach our short-term goal of providing the orphanage with a tuk tuk (rickshaw). In the last 3
months, as I organized, planned, and executed the events I realized the importance of relationships… All relationships… the ones we hold with friends,
colleagues, parents, strangers, past partners, family members, and most importantly the one we hold with ourselves.
I have experienced many emotions as I welcomed the commentary, of the highest officials to the lowest echelons of society, that MDM’s initiative is pointless or a waste. There have also been rewarding moments, when I see an individual's eyes light up as I share the story of our journeys throughout Sri Lanka, the joy the children exude when they are given attention and direction, and as I speak of my dream to teach impoverished children entrepreneurship. I have entered each fundraiser like a voyager in uncharted territory, observing the actions of others and my own intentions. I chant a silent mantra to myself... I am not perfect, we are all souls having a human experience, life is messy, relationships are complex, outcomes are uncertain, promises are meant to be broken, people are irrational… but I believe in myself, in the MDM mission; I believe in the goodness of others, and I love the adventure of being alive.
Being in a state of gratitude and grace, even when being told you cannot, should not, or will not accomplish something is a true gift. I would like to thank my Mother for being the epitome of class, grace, love, and diplomacy… my parents for teaching me the importance of being compassionate and
sensitive to others from a young age… my partner for being a man of true faith, for loving me fully in the present moment, despite my colorful past, sleepless nights, and demanding ways…
Michaela Horvathova, my dear friend, and PR behind MDM, who humbles me with her altruistic outlook on life and accompanies me every step of the way…. Didier, a stranger, who hosted an event at his home even though he hardly knew us… for welcoming MDM into this home and assisting us in raising awareness and donations for the
children… and lastly, sincere appreciation to His Excellency, The Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona,
permanent representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, for his friendship, for hosting a lovely fundraiser at his residence and for advising
& supporting my efforts, no matter how big or how small.
I am thankful for my friends, model ambassadors, and even those who are skeptical and question MDM’s motives. I am a student in the
school of life, and my character is developed not by being at peace everyday or by being praised. True character is defined by challenges and adversity. I look forward to the next test on the MDM journey…
For those who missed our fundraisers, we will be posting albums on our FB and social media from the July Pookie & Sebastian shopping benefit, the French Wine tasting at the home of Didier Rosenfeld, the
Shopping Benefit during NYFW at Pookie & Sebastian, and The Fashion Preview by Sheena Trivedi at the residence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka on 9/11. All photos of the preview were captured by Moon Baby Photo, so check out their page to see more as well… www.facebook.com/moonbabyphoto
MDM plans to return to Sri Lanka in late fall with a team of ‘Model Ambassadors’ consisting of artists, bankers, business women, models, yoga
instructors, and officials to deliver the rickshaw, tuk tuk, and to teach the virtues of entrepreneurship.
September is my birthday month, so if you wish to do something for me, please donate and contribute to the orphans. Thank you!
Please keep in touch with us and join our mission:
This past tuesday evening MDM held a private event at The Silver Towers featuring an evening of french wine tasting. It was a lovely turn out!
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr. Palitha Kohona, was in attendance at both events.
We are planning a dinner party in a few weeks as well as a fashion week event, please stay tuned...
Also contact MDM if you wish to host a 'party for a cause' or an 'evening of giving' this summer of fall.
Lastly, MDM has added an addition to our team of power women! We are honored to announce that Fazillah Durante of Scotia Capital will be the Treasurer of the organization and will be assisting at the upcoming fundraisers in New York City.
Both Fazillah Durante (Treasurer) and Michaela Horvathova (Public Relations) announced that they will be joining MDM on their next volunteer mission to Sri Lanka in fall of 2014
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Please like and follow our 'Model Ambassadors' on social media as well!
It's that time of year again... As Models Doing More gets ready to embark on a new adventure of giving... I want to thank family and friends who donated to the orphans in Sri Lanka.
So much has transpired in a year... I am beyond blessed to be surrounded by rays of light, beings that humble, and challenge me to my core.
3 exciting announcements I must share...
-We have partnered with some pretty amazing organizations. MDM has teamed up with Balanced Guru and we have created an organic skincare line made in Boca Raton, FL. Everytime a donation of $50 or more is made 22 children will be fed a weeks worth of food at the orphanage and the individuals donating will receive an organic raw sugar cane & coffee body scrub.
Currently we are offering 4 different organic wellness products ranging from $50-$85. Collaborating with such a talented team at Balanced Guru has been a dream come true.
The Line is called the Inner Bodhi Sri Lankan Collection by MDM
If you wish to read up on our new teammates please check out: www.balancedguru.com and be on the look out to purchase the wellness products on balanced guru website, through go fund me, and on the models doing more website
-MDM had the incredible privilege of being invited to the United Nations by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka for the Vesak Celebration. It was a joy for me to experience the celebration honoring the birth, death, and enlightenment of Siddhartha. Some of you may recall that Models Doing More was in Sri Lanka for Vesak last year and it is a beautiful time and festival of light. We are working hard to get support from the UN for our efforts on the ground.
-Perhaps the best part of this update is that Models Doing More has several Model Ambassadors who are joining us on our journey to Sri Lanka. We have collaborated with Volunteer Forever and the Ambassadors have fundraised their volunteer trip.
Our mission this trip: build a farm stand for the children at the orphanage so they will sell their produce.
Continue to teach English, bring food, and supplies. Our long-term goals are to teach the children entrepreneurship and provide them with a water sponsor. We are hopeful that we can collaborate with a solar paneled laptop company in the near future.
Models Doing More welcomes your donations and suggestions. We will be updating our journey via social networking, Facebook, twitter, and instagram... as well as via Go Fund me and Volunteer Forever.
Thank you to all who believe in our mission, our commitment to service, and providing hope for those who have been abandoned and forgotten.
I hope this note finds you well and embracing the coming days of Fall! My favorite time of year! Most of you are aware that September is my birthday month.
My birthday wish this year is to help the orphanage in Sri Lanka. Rather than sending me gifts, cards, or spending money on postage to send me something, PLEASE donate to my non-profit, Models Doing More
If you do not wish to make a donation, please consider sending bedding, art supplies, used cameras, or mosquito netting... as I will be bringing the children as much as I can on my next journey in November. I send an endless supply of love to all of you! Thank you!
Please watch our newest video from our trip in May. This video is more indepth than the previous one we posted and showcases the conditions the children are living in and what they are most in need of... besides love, attention, and education
Hello family, friends, and strangers... I hope this Sunday finds you enjoying family time, relaxation, prayer, meditation, and summer travel. Please watch, share, learn more, and view our recent video, footage, from our trip to Sri Lanka.
The orphanage is in need of everything... and it feels as though all 44 boys have been forgotten. I go to sleep at night seeing their faces. I look forward to sending them more donations so they will have access to food and nutrition.
MDM will be bringing a team of 'Model Ambassadors' to Sri Lanka and India in the Fall. Our goal is to bring clean water to the children at the orphanage and sponsors. We are always looking for creatives, artists, and like-minded individuals to assist us as well as our mission. We are excited with the about of volunteers who would like to take such time off to travel and help the children as well as animals.
Thank you again to those who donated before and or during our trip. Please continue to help us raise funds for the fall 2013 trip and most importantly please help us feed the children. Thank you! Sending abundant love and blessings...
I write to all of you from Sri Lanka and my heart is wide open... Sorry for not being able to update much. I have limited internet on the coast and the dial up is so slow... it takes a lifetime it seems to post an image of the children or elephants from dial up in the evenings when we return from our days work.
The children... all 44 boys at the children's orphanage are in need of everything. i know there are many children and animals in the United States that need MDM's help, but our orphanages have access to clean water and toilets. The boys do not have clean running water. The children ages 6 and up lost their parents after the tsunami. They have no mother and no father. They are raised by one incredible gentleman...may God continue to bless him. The boys do not have toilets and use the ground. They have no shower and use buckets of dirty water to bathe. We going to bring sacks of food for them later today. They are in need of pillows, pillow cases, bedding, mosquito nets, cabinets, first aid kits, clothing, the proper nylon to hang their clothing to dry after hand washing.... i could go on and on.... They are in need of so much, but most importantly our LOVE. When I return to the states if anyone has used anything... cameras... equipment... even a lawn mower... please contact me and i WILL find a way to get it to the boys orphanage by shipping. Any monetary donations are most appreciated... We have bought journals and pens and pencils... but the boys do not even have toys to play with. Thank you for your prayers for us and most importantly for these innocent children who deserve love and kindness... I am attaching an image of us all together yesterday... love to all... L
Thank you to my family and friends who have donated and supported our mission at MDM. We are passionate about helping others and giving a voice to those who can not speak for themselves.
We depart for Sri Lanka this week and will be helping build a school for children that are orphans and who were affected by the Tsunami. We are lookng forward to meeting the children and providing our love. We look forward to teaching them dance , film-making, and to express themselves through art.
We also will be working with elephants and learning more about how we can continue to establish lasting realtionships with the locals on the ground and bring more volunteers back to help in the near furture.
If you have not donated, it is still not too late to contribute. Donations are tax-deductable and are most appreciated.
MDM will try to update what is happening on the ground as much as possible while we are there. Thank you again for attention and for joining us on our mission to heal, educate, inspire, and give back to our world!
Models Doing More (MDM) - is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished children & endangered animals in developing countries. 501(c)(3) We are more than Models, we are a movement.
Current Project: Sri Lanka, Sustainable Development for buddhist orphanage & wild elephant conservation.
Our current goal is to raise funds to continue to assist an orphanage in Sri Lanka of 16 boys. The children do not have access to clean water, food, or nutrition. We were recently in Sri Lanka in June 2014 and the orphans are in need of a rickshaw, tuk tuk, to take them to and from the hospital. We are returning to Sri Lanka in the Fall with the Ambassador or the permanent mission of Sri Lanka for the United Nations. Our goal is to teach these oprhans the virtues of entrepreneurship and help them become self-sustainable.
Models Doing More is dedicated to providing education, assistance, and sustainability to our most vulnerable global neighbors. MDM actively partners with grassroots organizations to develop long-term educational, medical, and emotional support for disadvantaged children and animals.
MDM hosts monthly events in New York City and Miami where Model Ambassadors raise awareness and funding for immediate goals. We have partnered with the boutique Pookie & Sebastian hosting monthly shopping events, where 20% of the sales go to the orphanage. We recently hosted 2 fashion week events, one being at the Ambassador of Sri Lanka's residence including a fashion preview from Sheena Trivedi.
Models Doing More is one of the few non-profits that has a team of Model Ambassadors who are ready and waiting to go to any developing country that is in need. There is no place we will not go. Instead of assuming the needs of local NGO's on the ground, MDM takes a hands on approach and places a team of "˜Model Ambassadors' directly into the field where they spend several weeks in the villages. Spending time in the outpost villages helps the MDM Team understand what the locals truly need and creates and implements a lasting friendship of sustainability. The "˜Model Ambassadors' use their notoriety and passion to educate the viewers back home... This way they leave behind a message that resonates long after they finish their volunteer services. MDM continues the on-going relationship and follows up with the communities in the specific location by forging strong relationships with local leaders. A new team of Models may go to the same area, but the approach is simple: it is a lasting evolution...of giving... it is ongoing and endless.
Lauren: I am so happy for the progress you have made in your continual philanthropy to help those in need around the world. It takes a special person to continue to give so much of herself and shape a tangible cause to make a difference. All the best – April
For as long as I can remember, you have dreamed of becoming a model. It has been exciting to see you pursue and accomplish your dreams! In addition, you have always made a point to make people smile, encourage others, and let people know you love them. I will never forget your friendship during high school and how you came alongside me during my first heart break! You wrote me the nicest letter and told me to keep my head up and keep smiling. To this day, I can recall the way you made me feel loved and I am so happy you continue to do the same to others, especially through MDM. God bless you!