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The seed and the bloom

 

 




The 
Eye of 
Shiva Shell
Shiva is the Lord 
of the Cosmic Dance 
representing the creation, 
preservation and destruction 
of everything, the flow of life, the constant change of the universe. The Eye of Shiva is the third 
eye in the middle of the 
forehead symbolizing 
spiritual knowledge, 
power & creative 
visualization.

 

The seed was planted. So where's the bloom?
Music took me where I needed to go. After putting Give and Live together in the USA, I came back to Thailand with deep but nebulous dreams for its direction. Help was required in countless areas and many organizations were indeed helping. I didn't want to recreate the wheel.

Constantly I ran into the devastation HIV/AIDS creates for the victims' families left behind. This issue inspired new songs, which I performed at a couple benefits and eventually met Frank and Becky of the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC).

A match made in heaven...we even saw it!
At our first meeting, I learned how FERC provides educational materials, general living supplies and scholarships for rural kids, and works together with the Netherlands-based Samsara Foundation, which actually builds the schools. An amiable, efficient, symbiotic relationship. I had the concept of taking an educational, entertaining, musical concert to the kids, the hill tribes, the folks that need to hear it the most. But how do I start, where do I go, who translates, what, when, why? FERC has helped build the schools; they have a network; they need this message as part of their vision. As our vision together became clearer, we noticed a stunning rainbow in the afternoon sky. We all raced out on the balcony, 20 stories high, and "it looks like the end of the rainbow is in that field across the street." "No, it curves across those buildings and through the trees."  [Unison gasp] "The rainbow is a circle! An entire, perfect circle!" I had never seen one, nor did I even know it existed. (I was too close to get a photo. You can't back up a half mile when you're 20 stories up.)

These people give and live and move.
The next meeting: they ask me to join their board, we planned a benefit - FERC's Give and Live Benefits. When? 30 October. Who benefits? Chairman Marc says, "Children's Garden needs help. Let's go visit them." (These people don't just sit around, talk and dream. Decisions are made and then you talk while you're moving toward your goal.) During our visit, when the children were singing to us and I could see them on stage at the benefit and I could understand what we will give to them and them to us, tears filled my eyes. There was no separation between the dream I had for Give and Live and the reality of that moment.

It's time for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
Our official application for tax-exempt status will be submitted in July and we should get our ruling within a few months. There's no salaries, no conflict of interest, no gaming and a clear set of goals, so we feel confident we'll be granted the tax-exempt status. Donations made after the application date will qualify for personal tax deduction once the application has been submitted.

There are many projects in the works which will be propelled by this classification, allowing folks to deduct their donations from their taxes. Give and Live is sprouting new wings with an expanded board of directors and a variety of new projects. Join us for the journey!
 

"To love means to live....
just give all you can
if you really want to live."

(January 2004) These are my father’s words. A very festive man, his two favorite words were “TA-DA” and he’s enthusiastically proclaiming them in the photo to the upper right. Kenny Jones wasn’t an official philanthropist but he was definitely a serious giver. When you were with him, whatever he had, you had. A loving tribute to him and his indomitable spirit, Give and Live leaps enthusiastically into 2004.

Last year was particularly gruesome for me, but I grew some. (Click here for the blow by blow.) The universe spoke succinctly, “Go in another direction. Now.” So I packed all my things away and took my self to the other side of the world. After a couple of weeks in China, two choice months in Vietnam and six more in Thailand, the direction became clearer. Live. Give.

Upon completion of a certification course for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in Chiangmai, Thailand, I wanted to volunteer and hone my new skills. As I considered the options, it became apparent there was more to be done. Teach in a hill tribe village? There’s no school! Why not build one? Four walls, a roof, a white board and some books -- you’ve got a school. And a dollar goes a loooonnnng way in Asia. Consider the average per capita income in Vietnam: $365. One dollar a day. For a whole family. 

Give and Live came to life in November of 2003. Incorporation in Minnesota completed, board of directors selected, logo designed, IRS tax-exempt status on the horizon. Soon we’ll need your help to turn the dreams into reality. To those of you who have already offered your support: We’ll be in touch soon. Let us find projects worthy of your investments. We want you to know where your money will go.

In 2003 I found a hundred Eye of Shiva shells on the shores of Thailand’s islands. I love the infinite spiral outward from one simple starting point. During my life I’ve found a thousand four-leaf clovers and shared the luck by giving away most of them. At a sweet Karen village near Mae Hong Son, there were only four-leaf clovers. A good sign. I left them there for their good luck. Now I’d like to find a few good people...some who love to give, some who need to receive...and all who want to really live.


Scott Jones,
CEO / Chair / Human Being
(Not necessarily in that order)

 

 

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