The mission of this research and culture preservation organization is essentially to build social capital by first documenting dissolving cultures, and then to communicate publicly the importance of our varying cultures and the intrinsic value of our heritages
This media, or general community development work projects, is then used to cultivate and channel support to small and poorer village communities — particularly in SE-Asia, and to those trying to live more traditional lives but may be having challenges to do so for various reasons.
We likewise wish to assist people with countering the socioeconomic effects that modern development (i.e. the global market system) continues having on their communities, for this is creating a myriad of socioeconomic problems that are essentially dissolving the traditional cultures of these communities.
The primary goal is not to provide direct monetary support (although this will be done if necessary) but rather to acquire goods or facilitate services that villagers need to cultivate community based development initiatives.
We aspire to work particularly with the women and youth in their self-empowerment.
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.