Global Citizen Journey Kashmir

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My name is Dennis Gaither, a delegate for the Global Citizen Journey October, 2018 project in Kashmir, India.
This will be my third project with GCJ, an organization dedicated to service projects in conjunction with local partners in troubled parts of the world, as well as "grassroots citizen diplomacy."  The service part of this project involves providing funding to several predominantly girls schools in rural Kashmir lacking even rudimentary water or sanitary facilities, much less teaching materials or even flooring.  Our local partner in Kashmir is ELFA (Education and Livelihood for All), dedicated to service for vulnerable individuals, especially women and children regardless of ethnicity or religion.

Grassroots Citizen Diplomacy is really about bringing people of diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds together. Ten delegates from the US and 12 delegates from Kashmir and other states of India will live and work together on the school project, and environmental project, as well as time spent in circle to explores ways of communicating with and understanding one another better. 

I believe person to person exchanges bring grassroots understanding and weave a living, global neighborhood that brings wisdom and healing to us all. When we bring ourselves – with open hearts, listening ears and ready hands –we are deeply touched and transformed by each other’s stories and by the sweetness of essence in every being.

Whatever support you can offer will be deeply appreciated (suggested $50 to $200)– by me and the other participants in Global Citizen Journey of course, but most of all by the women, children and communities in Kashmir.  They are so thrilled to have this offer of support!
Funds are needed as soon as possible, even before we arrive in October to begin work on the project and make advance reservations for our delegates from India as well as the US.
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Dear Friends and Supporters of the GCJ Kashmir project,
We have arrived in India, have been very busily engaged in the work we have come here to do. I have added to the online blog (Journal) that you are welcome to comment upon and share. Link to the latest post: http://dennisgaither.com/arriving-in-delhi/
In gratitude for you support,
Dennis Gaither
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Dear Friends,
As I prepare to depart for Kashmir, India, very soon I am profoundly grateful to all of you who have supported this endeavor, the Global Citizen Journey Kashmir project, with your friendship, assistance and financial contributions. I assure you all of your and my time, energy and resources are going to a very worthwhile cause that goes well beyond providing much needed assistance to several schools, but also this sort of project is very much about inhabiting a more peaceful planet through our shared endeavors and meaningful communication that both honors our diversity and treasures the Love that underlies all of our being. In this way we come to know one another as people, not as anonymous figures on the other side of the world. The possibilities are unlimited when there is surrender to a greater good for all. And as promised, I will keep you posted about events as they unfold. To this end I have started a blog that you may access at this link:
To receive email updates, register as a Member on the blog site!
Peace, love, blessings, Dennis Gaither
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Raised by 27 people in 5 months
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