I really can't believe that I took a photo of a house in Los Angeles, emailed it to my pal in Indonesia and said, please make the community center this color--I then get the photos of the paint job my funny friend Tindih did and whaddya know...they matched the color. That is round about the coolest thing I have ever seen.
So, the community center is now painted--inside and out--English classes have begun, and it's a mere four months til I can head back over and begin to implement Phase 2 of 4th World Love's first big Indonesian project; a free-for-all community center on the remote island of Lombok.
When I see these pics of all the peeps studying away, it blows my mind (they're all locals in Sembalun, and mostly porters and guides for Mt. Rinjani, the 2nd highest volcano in Indo). I mean, I guess you can pretty much do anything you set your mind to if your heart is in the right place. I don't have a ton of dough--all I did was care enough to see the light and then figured out a way to make it all happen.
And--on a small side note, it was bananas on Tuesday night...all my pals in Indo were texting me every hour on the hour wondering if their fave guy, Barak Obama, had finally won the presidency. They were as tuned in as we were here and straight delighted when he won. It changes their world--not necessarily in the immediate--but, over time. Just like free English classes do.
If you'd like to donate, please go to 4th World Love (every donation is a 100% write-off); and if you donate $100, you'll be entered in our contest to win a free trip to Indo to volunteer with us this spring. It's gonna be the funnest/best trip ever--volunteering, snorkeling, secret waterfall excursions, volcano trekking.
What's a hundred bones for the opportunity to do all that good stuff?