Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Earthquake in Nepal

Many of you may have met our TPI Graduate Assistant, Preeti Yonjon.  She is an amazing person, student, leader and humanitarian.  She is from Nepal, and has lost many family members due to the earthquake in Nepal.  She has spent every waking moment since Saturday working to raise awareness and funds for those who are most impacted by the earthquake.  Below is some information she has compiled if you would like to know how you can help.

An earthquake of 7.9 magnitude has shaken Nepal and Nepali communities around the world.  Nearly 4,000 people are known dead in Nepal, with more than 7,000 injured. The Government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency and appealed to the world for humanitarian assistance. Many efforts are being made both locally and globally but will need lots of support and assistance. One of our Graduate Assistants, Preeti Yonjon, is working on raising money for a Nepal based non-profit, Aaroh- a non-political, non-religious, non-profitable, non-governmental organization (NGO). It is officially registered under the Society Act with the District Administration Office in Kathmandu (459) and is affiliated with SWC, the Social Welfare Council (affiliation number- 38685). Their vision is to be the primary support for the education and skill development to the underprivileged children and women for sustainable growth. During this crisis Aaroh will be mobilizing their earthquake management skills and support to the people of Sindupalchowk and Nuwakot where much attention and support is needed.
This is a great opportunity to directly support the community of Nepal in crisis. The donations will have a direct impact, since the NGO can work without the usual administrative overhead. There are other organization that you can donate: American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, World Vision, Oxfam, UNICEF, Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision and many more.
 Your donations will be tracked and reported every day. Thank you for the support in advance!

      There are various ways you can help this organization.

1.     Donate money/check at TPI Office EB A232
2.     Go through your bank and donate
·      Account Name : AAROH
·      Name of Bank : PRABHU BANK
·      Address of Bank : Mangalbazaar Branch, Lalitpur/Nepal
·      Account No:  03211 600 38882  4000001
·      Swift code: KISTNPKA
3.     Go through PAYPAL
PAYPAL account-
4.     Send money through Western Union or  Money Transfer
Send money to- Prasha Lama
Address- Kathmandu

If you have any other questions:
1.    Preeti Yonjon , 917-775-4154
2.    Team Aaroh- 01-977-9841297065 / 011-977-19849389334

Friday, April 17, 2015

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators ~ June 15-19, 2015!

Below is an opportunity for teachers to participate in a Native Students Summer Workshop.  Feel free to share with your colleagues!

The Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is designed to increase the knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of Minnesota educators, administrators, and student service providers on the histories, cultures and languages of the federally recognized tribes and bands in Minnesota. This high-quality professional development program will promote a greater understanding of American Indian issues and provide opportunities to critically evaluate educational materials and resources. The goal of the Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is to facilitate learning among teachers, administrators, and student service providers in order to increase the effectiveness of working with American Indian students and teaching American Indian content.

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators
June 15-19, 2015
  Prairie Island Indian Community, Welch, MN
Early Bird Registration $495.00 (if received by May 29, 2015)
                Basic Registration $525.00
More information available at