Models Doing More (MDM)
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.
Please email us if you have more questions: email@example.com
Posted by Lauren Lalla Deckert
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.
Founder of Models Doing More
we are more than models...we are a movement
Posted by Lauren Lalla Deckert
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
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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…
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:
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We have had 2 fundraisers since returning from Sri Lanka in June.
We have almost reached our fundraising goal for the used Rickshaw, tuk tuk, for the orphanage.
We hosted a shopping event in July at Pookie & Sebastian where 20 percent of the sales went toward MDM.
If you wish to read more about our event at Pookie you may do so here:
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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