Calling The Delight Makers of the World …. Our Mission Begins
Please help us to build this Gift of Love for the World’s Children. Our goal is to capture the hearts of amazing grandparents & wisdom keepers, and unite them in a global out-reach to the souls of beautiful children everywhere.
There are many ways that you can help :
Today we are launching our fund raising campaign with Indiegogo to raise money for A Thousand Grandparents & Bed Time Stories http://www.indiegogo.com/A-Thousand-Grandparents-Bed-Time-Stories-1
This project started as a small idea, where children (old and young) can connect and hear tales of wisdom and enlightenment from voices from all around the world. A thousand wise grandparents providing inspiring stories to: soothe them, fill them with wonder, awe and sense of mystery, and of course to blow their hearts and minds wide open to magic of life.
We asked the question “What gift would we give to children who are orphaned through whatever circumstances, whether physically, emotionally or culturally, and therefore have very little access to emotional and spiritual nurturing?”
The answer was: “A Thousand Grandparents, all different: some gentle, some empowering, some silly, and all with different insights, experience and wisdom to share”.
The vision for the project is that it will provide a platform for global unity, being multi-cultural, with stories translated across nations and languages. We will be creating mobile cinema packs to take to impoverished areas, orphanages and to agencies working with street children, where the films can act as a bridging point to create safe contacts and connection points.
The project also brings to light the growing absence of grandparent presence within many societies today, as more and more elders become isolated from families and a growing gap between the old and the young is becoming more evident and alienation stronger.
The Need for Funding
This initial funding request will cover filming and editing costs for the next 120 stories plus the costs for some enhancements to the website to ensure high-traffic quality. Our aim is to have at least 200 stories ready for the public launch with a solid number of high quality stories for each age group, forming a base from which to grow the library.
To reach a grand scale and provide a robust web service, providing stories in multiple languages, will take a few years and some concentrated fund raising. However, once fully developed the maintenance of that system would be relatively low, easily managed by the Foundation, and freely available to all.
The beauty of this project is that we can start small and build into that service; we do not need to wait for the whole sum to get underway and start making a difference. Also it is more likely that as it builds it will be easier to attract the finance to help manifest the full vision for the project.
In the event that we manage to exceed our funding goal the additional funds will be used to continue expanding the project and record more stories. During 2012 we will start seeding the project in non-English speaking nations and we may invest the funds into the development of the international branching out of the project.
Our current funding sources are made up from private finance from the founder, public donations, foundation membership and we will also soon be offering sponsorship.
Our goal is to provide the projects as a free service to young people in as many nations as possible.
Funds are just one aspect of what we need at this point. We also need people who resonate with the concept of A Thousand Grandparents and who would be willing to support the project through participation.
We are also looking for Grandparents, or Elders; Elders in terms of life wisdom, age doesn’t really matter. We need great storytellers, entertainers, wisdom keepers, spiritual warriors and elders, from all cultures who would be willing to share on film, a story for the library.
The subject matter must be open and not impose belief, but instead open the mind and heart, creating curiosity, excitement, peace and wonder. The topics envisaged are as follows, and we are open to more ideas:
- Nature, respect for nature, magic of nature, love of the planet
- Unity, judgement, assumption, prejudice
- Self Inquiry
- The power of laughter, smiles, joy and celebration
- Creativity and imagination
- Freedom & enlightenment
- Empowerment & self belief
- The values of the heart
- Self Realisation
The project so far ….
The first 40 stories have been recorded. Storytellers include well known authors and teachers of enlightenment, artists, actors, indigenous leaders, musicians, environmentalists along with everyday people with amazing spirits who have something of value to share.
- Partnership with children’s agencies
- Other forms of media beyond the web
- Multiple languages
Benefits of the Project:
Provide inspiration for the human spirit through fun.
- Develop and encourage a sense of universal wonder.
- Encourage a love of the natural world and magical connection to it.
- Break down barriers between different communities by showing and sharing wisdom from all cultures.
- Encourage honour and interest in the voices of elders, celebrating their wisdom and experience.
- Help create a young global conscious community.
- Provide a safe and trusted place to seek wisdom for those who do not currently have such blessings.
- Open up a sense of abundance consciousness.
- Deliver tools for self realisation.
- Bring joy!
Ways You Can Help
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