The premise of the “Global Village Hands research culture preservation organisation is to channel support to small and poor villages in SE-Asia — preferably to those trying to live more traditional lives but may be having challenges to do so for various reasons.
We likewise wish to assist them with countering the socioeconomic effects that modern development (ie the global market system) continues having on their communities, which is creating a myriad of socioeconomic problems that are essentially dissolving the traditional cultures of these communities.
We aspire to work particularly with the women and youth in their self-empowerment.
The goal is not to provide direct monetary support but rather acquire the goods and services that villagers used to be able to provide more for themselves via their natural environment and cultural traditions (ie food, clothing and medicine), and now rely on services provided by mainstream society (e.g. city markets and Western medicine).
The Fundraising Mechanism
The Global Village Hands Project will put to good use my newest book, Indigenous Voices: Glimpses Into the Margins of Modern Development, as this project’s textbook for gaining a foundational understanding of the societal effects of globalization related phenomena. This book, as a fundraising mechanism, is being offered on a gift economy basis.
Funds raised for this project will be used for villagers’ basic living necessities, such as rice, salt, vegetables, chili, lantern oil (for villages without electricity), seeds, and roofing materials, or other and additional community identified needs. If this program advances, we will look to create agriculture development projects that will allow villagers to live a more self sustaining lifestyle, as well as cultivate cultural preservation efforts for reinstalling lost or waning traditions related to food, dress, language, and the Arts.