Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Biogeometry Conference in Geneva by Kris Attard Sunday 
March 9th at the Palais de l’Athénée 6:30-8:30pm
In English

For whom is this conference?

For everybody: Health professionals, Architects, Energy workers and anybody interested in balancing its own energy, living following the laws of nature and contributing to a more harmonic world.

How to harmonize and heal your living and working place as well as your body through BioGeometry?
BioGeometry is a Science based on the resonance of geometrical shapes, numbers and colors invented by Dr. Ibrahim Karim, an Egyptian architect based in Cairo, Zurich and Montreal. He rediscovered the secrets of the pyramids of ancient Egypt and applies the knowledge of this science to the contemporary world. 

The conference consists of three thematic, as follows:
  • Electro Magnetic Field (EMF): how BioGeometry can detect and transmute the quality of EMF and protect from high-tensions towers, cell phones, wifi and harmful earth grids and more that are affecting our immunity system and our energy.
  • Introduction to tools necessary to transmute harmful energy into healing energy. BioGeometry is based on Physics of Quality, which is the study of the underlying energy-quality information exchange within the resonance and harmonic relationships of energy and shape affecting all living systems.

  • BioSignatures are precisely constructed linear diagrams which have the same exact geometric configurations as specific vital energy patterns within the human body. They are similar to the Chinese peripheral energy meridians of the body, but are related to the energy flow within the geometric configurations of the organs in the human body. BioSignatures help to create balance and help healing on various levels.

The speaker

Kris Attard is the first certified BioGeometry Instructor in Europe, having trained with and been personally certified by the founder of BioGeometry, Dr. Ibrahim Karim in Cairo, Egypt. Kris has been teaching worldwide as a personal development trainer and teacher of holistic subjects for many years. He has trained people in over 17 countries, ranging from public and specialised groups to top businesses. He specialises in teaching the fields of BioGeometry, Sacred Geometry and MindScape intuition training. His fascination with the enhancement of inner potential started in his teens when, as an award-winning magician, he discovered firsthand what the trained mind could accomplish. His involvement in phenomena research also gave him a glimpse of the untapped potential that exists in ancient wisdom, and he has been a keen student and researcher of metaphysical studies for many years. He is living in Malta and will give the lecture in English.

Practical Infromation
When? Sunday March 9th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Price: CHF 18. - or 15.- Euros An aperitif will be offered at the close of the event. Biogeometry items will be available.
For more information please contact:
Graziella Zanoletti on
+41 79 202 50 06 –

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Monitoring & Evaluation Report # 1 : Nigeria

To ensure the follow-up of its projects, Friends of Humanity is used to send Monitoring & Evaluation reports  that the organisations we support have to fill in in order to measure the advancement of the project.

We operate using a form of participatory evaluation - members of the community play a leading role in the evaluation process. It is essential that all beneficiaries, direct or indirect, are involved in this process. Obviously, the project site is also involved in this process. To measure the outcomes of a project, we use both quantitative and qualitative data.

Here, we would like to share with you the results of the first report sent by Olayinka Adeleke, director of Rosy Touch, our partner in Nigeria after the Advocay training on women's rights in rural communities that they carried in Eruwa, Nigeria.

50 women from 20 to 50 particpated to the training.

Friends of Humanity contributed to the purchase of materials for the training up CHF 1'000.-

The program of the training was the following : the Meaning Of Right; Right To Education; Reproductive Right and   Right To Economic Independence.

The main difficulty encountered was on the social and cultural side. In fact, some of their husbands had negative perception that their wives might know more than what they should know and might become rebels or competitors at home. The training team solved the problem by explaining to them that the training would improve their wives and would make them contribute to the household income, we also invited the husbands as observers during the training session.

The team also carried individual interviews to measure the impact of the training on women. They founded that women have a better udnerstanding of their rights.

However, the project includes 5 more locations. Funding remains the last barrier for the next trainings. Please donate to enable Rosy Touch to carry the other trainings planned. 

We thank you for all your contributions.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Stories from Alice School in India

Friends of Humanity received some testimonies from girls who are living in the hostel fully supported by us. This hostel enables fifteen young girls from Chakma minority to attend Alice School Project in Arunachal Pradesh in India. They are telling us their daily life in the hostel.

We are so pleased and proud to share it with you.

"My name is Monda Chakma. I am 12 years old girl and have a family of 6 members. My parents are both uneducated and my two brothers are studying in our school. My younger sister is still very young and she plays with the books of my brothers. I think she likes to go to school. My parents work hard in the field to survive and agriculture is only the source of feeding the lives. My mother expects a lot from me and my poor family shows great satisfaction about my improvement.                                                                                                                                                                        In our hostel I am living with my few friends who are also very poor like me and having free education, lodging, accommodation, health care and the daily necessities provided by the school. I was never happy as I am today. I have good time to study and learn many new things."

"Every morning we start our day with prayers and meditations which help us to begin the day with positive energy. I like to admire walking on dew drenched grasses with naked legs in early morning in our play ground. We have tasty and delicious breakfasts prepared by our warden, our elder sister. Few weeks ago some of my friends were sick but they were soon recovered by the earnest treatment and medication provided by the school. I and the school staffs took care of them and when they started walking in the hostel courtyard after their recoveries, smiles manifested their happiness.
Few years back, in my village, around ten children died of malaria and jaundice which still remaining the horrible nightmares for the parents who can’t stop their tears rolling down to mouth compelling them to taste the bitterness of their helplessness. The nearest medical store stands more than 25 kilometers far from my village and we can’t expect better remedies there and the road connectivity is an another hazard. But now that the school has the storage of some useful medicines many people are being benefited when needed. The villagers are much thankful for this availability and feel the gratitude for the school."

"Sometimes I look back to my past life and compare those days with the time of today and then I find a big difference in my thinking, attitudes, feelings, nature and my life. I required many changes in my mentality and now I am more touched with the spirituality. I still feel the need to improve a lot and am sure I will do so if I stay here. The teachers are very kind and friendly with the students and teach us sincerely in the classrooms. Yoga and mediation is being taught here every day and we are taking the profits. We go to the village temple to pray in the evening together. We light candles there. I really like it very much and I feel peace inside me while being in temple reciting the prayers."

"We all always pray for the long life of our sponsors and their families and relatives. We pray for their continued good health. WE ALL LOVE YOU."

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nepal Expected to Reach Drinking Water MDG

Community water filter in Nepal

A joint press statement released by the United Nations Development Program and the government of Nepal announced that Nepal is slated to reach its Millennium Development Goal target of improved drinking water facilities. Nepal has made remarkable progress over the last 12 years; however, there is still some way to go. Safe drinking water is closely linked to sanitation, yet one third of people in Nepal still do not have access to sanitation facilities. Those without access often live in poor, rural communities, isolated from modern facilities. 
In order to improve progress in drinking water access and sanitation nationwide, several groups are committed to bringing tools and knowledge to rural villages. RIDS Nepal, a partner of Friends of Humanity, outfits rural communities with its “Family of Four” initiative, which installs solar power, smokeless stoves, pit latrines, and drinking water systems in all of the village homes. RIDS works with local communities to carry out the installation processes, and trains community members in maintenance and repairs so as to ensure self-sufficiency should something break. While there is still a long way to go in ensuring all of Nepal has access to safe drinking water, the efforts to close the gap have had significant success in water access and other areas.
Nepal is also slated to meet MDG targets for reducing the proportion of people below the national poverty line, achieving 100 percent enrollment in primary education, and reducing child and maternal morality. While other MDG targets, including achieving full and productive employment, reducing hunger, and improving the environment, are further from reach, there are still 1,000 days remaining to accelerate action before the deadline for the MDG Goals in Nepal.
To learn more about Friends of Humanity’s contribution to improving drinking water access in Nepal, click here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ulaanbaatar May Run Out of Water By 2015

Ulaanbaatar in the winter

A recent consultative meeting between the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Green Development (MNEGD), the National Water Authority, and the Tuul River Basin Administration (TRBA) in Mongolia concluded that Ulaanbaatar, is slated to face severe water shortages by 2015. The meeting, titled “The Queen River Tuul and Ulaanbaatar’s Fate,” was held on March 20th and discussed the measures needed to address rapidly impending groundwater shortages, emphasizing the importance of effective water management and the need to enforce limits on water use by households and businesses.
In an interview with the UB Post, Senior Official of the Data Control and Assessment Division of the TRBA, Ya. Boldbaatar, shared details regarding the issue.
UB Post: Officials have reported that Ulaanbaatar will soon face water shortages. How much water is left?
Ya. Boldbaatar: Ulaanbaatar city gets 98 percent of its water from groundwater. The city consumes 330,000 cubic meters (m3) of groundwater each day. At this rate, our city will begin to run out of groundwater in 2015.
UBP: Surface water has also declined. A large number of fish are dying in the Tuul River too. Am I right?
YB: Yes. The Tuul, Selbe and Uliastai Rivers are the biggest sources of surface water. Water levels of the Tuul, Terelj and Khuin rivers have decreased. Worse still, the surface water in our country, especially in the Tuul river, is alarmingly polluted. Massive numbers of fish and fresh water animals are dying.
UBP: It seems that although everyone worries about our drinking water, we are not doing anything to properly manage our use of it. What kinds of ways are there are to preserve our water resources?
YB: There is a way to access more groundwater through additional water well construction. It has also been proposed that we erect a concrete dam on the Tuul River, establish artificial lakes and pools, and recycle wastewater: treating it so that it can be used again. There is also potential to develop the Central Water Treatment Plant of the Ulaanbaatar Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (USUG) into a “Biogas Technology Complex” so as to treat sewage and use it for water supplies (exempting drinking water) and to form a bio-pond with the remaining water, which will support the Tuul River in times of drought.
UBP:How will you control business entities that consume water too much?
YB: The MNEGD and waste sector agencies are inspecting companies and installing water consumption calculators. The MNEGD is also requiring companies to conduct environmental impact assessments. If we introduce advanced technology for water saving into Mongolia, it will be easier to demand that companies contribute to water saving activities.
Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia, and the location of Friends of Humanity’s partner organization, Lamp of the Path, which provides hot meals and medical care to the city’s poor and homeless. Designated as the coldest capital of the world, Ulaanbaatar is plagued by long and harsh winters. Summers are dry and hot, although occasional rain storms are often strong and result in localized flooding.  The extreme climate makes it even more difficult to manage natural resources, as water levels fluctuate dramatically. The current challenges facing Mongolia are dire, and require immediate action to stem consequences of losing groundwater resources altogether. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Arunachal Pradesh Faces Power Crisis

Generator used by Alice School and surrounding community

The state of Arunachal Pradesh has been facing a power crisis for the past two and a half months, as reported by Zee News. The demand for power far exceeds the grid’s capacity, which can provide up to 84 Megawatts.  However, the supply often fluctuates between 34 Megawatts and 84 Megawatts during peak hours, compared with a peak hour demand of 130 Megawatts. The ever-increasing demand can be attributed to small and medium development and infrastructural projects being implemented all over the state.
A solution to the problem is apparent in the many rivers that traverse the state; Arunachal Pradesh has an estimated capacity of 58,000 Megawatts of hydropower. Despite the huge opportunity, only micro hydropower projects are currently generating power to meet localized needs. With many rivers drying up, larger hydropower projects are stunted even before they are implemented.
Thus, attention must be given to environmental preservation, as well as alternative energy sources, to ensure that Arunachal Pradesh can keep up with growing power demands, especially in rural areas.
The village of Boddishata Deban, where Friends of Humanity’s partner, the Alice School is located, is plagued by power cuts and shortages of electricity. In an effort to stem the problem, the school has purchased a generator for community use, which has helped to mitigate the problem, in addition to ensuring the school and adjoining hostel have a reliable power supply.
While small community efforts have success in fulfilling local needs, a larger plan of action is needed to ensure power capacity meets demand across the growing state of Arunachal Pradesh.

To learn more about the Alice School and its impact in the community, click here.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Infrastructural Development Crucial for Burundi’s Growth

Community efforts to construct new facilities for the Maison Shalom
A recent article in Africa Review states that the only way for Burundi to overcome slow economic growth is to significantly invest in infrastructure. Currently, Burundi’s economic growth rate is at 4 percent, lower than its East African neighbors, and far below other post-conflict African nations, such as Liberia (33 percent), Rwanda (15 percent), and Sierra Leone (13 percent).
With a poverty rate of 70 percent, Burundi’s current infrastructure is not able to meet the needs of its citizens. The country’s power grid has a capacity of 35 megawatts, which cannot keep up with the growing demand. Development agencies, including the UNDP, point to potential power sources in hydropower, solar power, and wind power. However, challenges in raising development funds and recruiting qualified staff have made efforts to research and implement infrastructural advancements difficult. Additionally, corruption, uncontrolled population growth, and political tensions following the 2010 presidential election and alleged human rights violations further hinder productive growth across all sectors. Despite the challenges, Burundi’s renewed coffee production and construction industries are slated to improve economic growth in 2013.
While economic growth is undoubtedly imperative for infrastructural improvement, development takes place outside of the economic sector as well. In terms of sustainable, long-term human development, the education sectors has the most impact, as it provides opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow to sharpen their minds and strengthen their values. By fostering awareness of the infrastructural problems of Burundi and empowering young students to take action into their own hands, quality schools can indirectly influence the sustainable growth of the nation.
Friends of Humanity supports education initiatives worldwide. Our  partner in Burundi, the International School, aims to provide a high quality, value-based education to children in rural Ruyigi in order to strengthen development and progress, both in the immediate community and nationwide. To learn more about the International School or to donate to the initiative, click here.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

100 Years of Nigerian Women: Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration

Women attend community workshop in Nigeria

April 25: As Nigeria celebrates 100 years as a nation, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation held a two day conference honoring Nigerian women. The conference focused on issues concerning women, including gender imbalance, violence against women, and girls’ education. Famous Nigerian women of past and present were also celebrated, including queens Amina of Zazzau and Moremi of Ile Ife; social, political and human rights activists Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Gambo Sawaba, and Margaret Ekpo; internationally renowned writers and artists Chimamanda Adichie and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde; and the country’s first female chief justice, Justice Aloma Mukhtar.
While Nigerian women are faced with numerous challenges—fueled by culture, religion, and tradition—on a daily basis, celebrating Nigerian women and their astounding accomplishment is the first step in empowering future generations to fight for their rights and seek their dreams.
“Celebrating 100 Years of the Nigerian Woman: Achieving 50/50 by 2020,” the theme of the conference, is a reminder of the efforts being made to ensure that women are represented equally in Nigerian politics. While some call for a percentage of elective seats and board membership positions to be reserved for women, others argue that efforts should go beyond affirmative action. An editorial in AllAfrica argues that, “The Nigerian woman has contributed her quota to national development within the reach of her resources and ability. We salute her and reiterate that she deserves much more than she presently gets. Nonetheless, she must make more efforts beyond clamoring for positions and offices.” Indeed, securing equal rights and opportunities for women cannot be achieved solely through gaining political seats; once in office, progress must be made in ensuring institutional and structural elements and legislation are universally applicable. 
Friends of Humanity supports women’s rights in Nigeria through funding programs that educate and empower women at the community level. To learn more about our partner project, Rosy Touch, in Nigeria, or to donate to the cause, click here.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

India Celebrates Global Action Week

Students at the Alice School in Arunachal Pradesh, India

This week in India, schoolchildren are celebrating Global Action Week, put on by the National Coalition for Education (NCE), a national level voluntary organization that promotes children’s rights. The theme of the week is “Every Child Needs a Teacher,” and aims to bring awareness to the critical shortage of qualified teachers in the region.
As part of the campaign, NCE highlights the discrepancy between public and private education. According to the India Education Diary:
While children of private schools go well with all facilities at schools, remaining are those poor kids who are tied with a bad luck in a government school. Children of public school face numerous challenges on the way to their free, compulsory and quality elementary education. Majority of public school face shortage of teachers which impact adversely on those poor kids.”
In order to fulfill the goal of providing universal primary education for all, there must be real efforts to filling the teacher gaps in elementary schools with qualified candidates.
During Global Action Week, NCE will organize interactions amongst teachers, parents, and members of the School Management Committee to discuss quality education and the role played by teachers. Students will participate as well by sending postcards to the Honorable Governor asking for immediate intervention in filling the teacher gaps in their respective schools.
By influencing all involved parties, NCE is highlighting the integrated effort needed to ensure all children have access to a free, high quality education. Moreover, by involving students themselves, they are empowering youth to speak out for their rights and to demand access to one of the fundamental building blocks of a bright future.
To learn more about Friends of Humanity's committment to education, or to donate to one of our education projects, click here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013!

Landscape in Nepal
Today, people across the world will celebrate the 43rd annual Earth Day. This year’s theme is The Face of Climate Change.

Much has changed since the inaugural Earth Day celebration in 1970. For starters, the world’s population has almost doubled—from 3.7 million to over 7 billion—which places unprecedented pressure on natural resources, land, and water.  With the world population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 (with most growth occurring in developing countries), understanding the human impact on the environment is more important than ever before.
John Seager, president of the Population Connection, discusses where we stand on Earth Day 2013:
“One in every eight people are already hungry. Climate change’s effects on the environment are expected to double food prices by 2050. In places where people live on less than $2 per day and spend a large percentage of their income on food, that spike would spell disaster. Water resources are also tight. Sure, our planet may be covered in water, but only 2.5 percent of the water is fresh. Around 1.2 billion people live in areas where water is scarce. By 2025, half of the people around the globe are expected to live in areas of water stress. And we’re not the only human beings on this planet. When human populations expand, they can crowd out plants and animals. Loss of land to development can force animals out of their territories and destroy plant biodiversity.”

So what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of growing populations on the earth, to limit environmental degradation, and to slow climate change? Not surprisingly, suggestions are endless. Seager suggests investing in women, whose education benefits entire societies. “When girls and women are educated and active in their communities, they boost entire economies. And it will help families and communities to be more resilient to the problems that climate change is already causing.”  India battles for sustainability by arguing against the construction of dams that will irreversibly alter the landscape, harm fragile ecology, and potentially cause severe flooding in earthquake-prone areas. Campaigns to personalize the massive challenges of climate change include promoting awareness of alternative and eco-friendly practices, such as recycling, conserving energy, and limiting pollution. While policy is implemented by governments, sustainable practices must be carried out by the population. Thus, demonstrating the real effects of climate change on people’s lives increases awareness and allows for the adoption of sustainable practices—small individual efforts that have meaningful, and lasting, results.

Waterfall in Brazil
While the challenges facing our planet seem ominous, it is inspiring to see how many nations, how many people, are making a commitment to acknowledge what must be done to safeguard the environment. Celebrations of Earth are happening worldwide, each dedicated to their own concerns and solutions. The common thread? An emphasis on awareness and a community approach that shrink concern for the environment from a looming mass of concerns to a manageable list of sustainable practices that can be implemented on a smaller scale. By fostering personal awareness of environmental protection, sustainability becomes the responsibility of all, as citizens are directly involved in contributing to the common good.