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Where did the idea come from?..

Ceila: In 2010, whilst visiting Ladakh, in the Himalayas, we found ourselves caught in a dramatic flash flood, caused by an unusual and sudden cloud burst. The torrential rain precipitated massive landslides throughout the region, which badly destroyed homes, bridges and the airport. We were extremely fortunate, the people we were with from Ladakh were incredibly kind, they put our safety before even theirs and helped us evacuate through Kashmir. In the midst of this daunting disaster, we: Sabine, Philipp and I vowed ” if we made it to safety, we would come back, and return the LOVE these warm people gave us ” Instigated by Sabine, that’s exactly when -From You With Love- was born, high in the mountains of Ladakh – as a wish to reciprocate the generosity given to us.

Tell us about the bracelet?

Sabine: As I am a goldsmith/ jewelry designer, it felt natural to me to create a meaningful bracelet that could be sold to help children in need. I especially wanted it to reflect our beautiful, yet traumatic journey – The Tibetan Dorje inspired me to create this bracelet.  Just as we experienced a sudden change, in time the “cross” and the beads may eventually change color too, simulating as in the Bhuddist tradition, the impermanence of life. My hope is that the bracelet reminds the wearer, the importance to look out for one another every day … whilst feeling a kind of protection.

“ONE BRACELET supports ONE CHILD for  ONE YEAR with EDUCATIONAL TOOLS ”

What are your long-term goals?

Phillipp: Our project continues to support children with Education at the Phukthal Monastic School in Zanskar. Currently this school sits ominously on the face of a steep mountain, which is also a tiresome one day trek from any road. Following a recent tragic incident, construction for a bigger school began this year, which is within easy reach for the children and on safe ground. We want to help finish build this school by summer 2014!! At the same time, we are honored to be starting to work Isha Vidhya foundation movement to boost education in Rural India, giving thousands of disadvantaged children from remote villages, who barely have access to water and power, a chance in Education, to be inspired to learn, create and transform themselves and their communities.

- creating a sense of hope and unity – FROM YOU WITH LOVE

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With Love “Classic”

 With Love “Classic”

Description

The “classic” Bracelet is inspired by the Tibetan Dorje. It represents spiritual power, which means ‘thunderbolt’ – thought of as a spiritual weapon to banish non truth and bring in the truth. When worn it reminds the wearer just like a diamond, the indestructibility of knowledge. With time the brass Dorje will naturally change color, symbolizing as in the Bhuddist belief; the impermanence of life. The Bracelet will arrive inside a Tibetan Flag cotton pouch, printed by and to support a Bhuddsit community in India.

“We wanted to create a bracelet, which reminds the wearer, the importance of looking out for one another” – Sabine Roemer

DETAILS

- easy pull on/off adjustable string Bracelet

- fit’s any size wrist (girls+boys:)

- Dorje 20mm x 20mm is made of brass ( alloy of copper+zinc)

- beads are 5mm made of wood

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Giving Back

AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH ….. to stop us GIVING BACK!

Zanskar Valley is one of the most remote valleys in the Himalayas, due to the snow that blocks the mountain passes, it remains cut-off from other parts of the world for more than seven months of the year. In August 2010, within a few days of a much anticipated adventure in the Himalayas, we were suddenly caught in an alarming situation – a torrential downpour caused catastrophic destruction throughout the Ladakh region.

Owing to an unusual dramatic flash flood ‘cloud burst’ landslides resembling mini earthquakes annihilated the roads surrounding us, whilst villages, homes, bridges and the airport were all badly destroyed. Fortunately, we were very lucky to be in the company of immensely caring and warm people from Ladakh, Zanskar Valley; it was their exceptional kindness that helped us evacuate to safety through Kashmir – and that is exactly when and where ‘From You With Love’ was born; high in the mountains – as a wish to reciprocate the warm assistance we were given.
Once safely home, we thought the most valuable gift we could offer the people of Ladakh, would be to support their children with an education; so that it may bring hope and transformation into their arduous life.
We want to give back the generosity they showed us, by helping their children to go to school.

Our team chose to focus on “EDUCATION” because we believe it is the essential basic start in life – no matter what race , girl or boy.
Our feeling is that education gives children a chance to learn, it teaches children how to learn, and if they can learn anything, then, they can then learn to create a new World- and transform not only their lives but also their community.
In our heart of hearts we want to reach out to as many children as we can, especially the children that as a result of the floods, became orphans. We are fiercely committed, and our intention is to champion education throughout the remote regions of the Himalayas and India, most particularly now The Phuktal Monastic School – it is perched high on the face of a steep mountain in the Himalayas, to reach it involves an incredible tiresome quite dangerous full day trek from the nearest road. Unfortunately not so long ago, a significant and heartbreaking incident happened; whilst playing on the rocks during school hours a little boy tragically fell to his death. This fatal event, triggered an urgency to build a safer school on flat ground in the valley.

We are delighted to announce “construction of the new school has begun!” Nonetheless, we are aiming high and ultimately hope with your generosity and magnanimous support, to finish building the new Phuktal Monastic School by July 2014!

Similarly, we feel a deep obligation to assist these children from the Zanskar Valley to help keep their culture intact; practiced for thousands of years, passed from one generation to another.
For more details please read Tanzin’s story and learn more about the many days he had to walk, over the high Himalayan passes in order to get an education.
Our long-term vision is to continuously surge on to help children in need with an Education, and from You with Love continue to serve other remote parts of the Himalayas and India.

“ONE BRACELET supports ONE CHILD for  ONE YEAR with EDUCATIONAL TOOLS ”

FROM YOU WITH LOVE , we thank you!!

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The Phuktal Monastic School

where are we helping?. ..

The Phuktal School is in Zanskar (often transliterated as Phugtal), in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, Northern India, built high on the face of a mountain around a natural cave, believed to have been visited by important sages. To reach it is a long day’s walk from the nearest road which is in Padum, all supplies are still brought by horse or donkey. Students attending the school pay no fees, most are from the surrounding farming communities of the Lungnak valley, whose families are some of the poorest and least educated in all of Zanskar.  Room, board and all educational materials are provided by the monastery with the help of ongoing supporters.

We are supporting the The Phuktal Monastic School, in Zanskar. Our goal is to help them with building their new school in the valley, where the children can be educated and play in a safe environment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phugtal_Monastery

Link to school
http://phuktalmonastery.com

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With Love “Silver”

With Love “Silver”

DESCRIPTION

The “silver plated” Dorje Bracelet is inspired by the Tibetan Dorje. It represents spiritual power, which means ‘thunderbolt’ thought of as a spiritual weapon to banish non truth and bring in the truth. When worn it reminds the wearer just like a diamond, the indestructibility of knowledge. With time the brass Dorje will naturally change color, symbolizing as in the Buddhist belief; the impermanence of life. The Bracelet will arrive inside a Tibetan Flag cotton pouch, printed by and to support a Buddhist community in India.

“We wanted to create a bracelet, which reminds the wearer, the importance of looking out for one another” – Sabine Roemer

DETAILS

- easy pull on/off adjustable string Bracelet

- fit’s any size wrist (girls+boys:)

- “silver” Dorje 20mm x 20mm is made of brass, (alloy of copper+zinc) and, silver plated

- beads are 5mm made of wood

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CLOUDBURST August 2010

71 towns and villages were damaged
234 persons died and over 800 were reported missing.

On August 6, 2010, in the middle of the night a dramatic natural disaster occurred. A‘CLOUD BURST’ hit the entire Himalayan region of North India including Leh, Ladakh. The torrential downpour – 14 inches within 2 hours caused FLASH FLOODS throughout the area causing massive destruction – many perished. Homes, Bridges, Roads and the Airport destroyed.

We were there. We are extremely grateful and fortunate, that the people we were with from LADAKH were caring and warm, they put our safety before even theirs and helped us evacuate through Kashmir – the only route left open.

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Tanzin’s Story

My parents decided to send me to the village school. We used to call it a school, but there wasn’t actually a school building. Whenever the teacher came he used to teach us under a tree next to my parents’ house. There were only ten students in the school and I was one of the youngest. After no more than a few months the teacher started to prepare for another long holiday. We were happy, because it meant we would not have to go to school anymore. School was boring and the teacher was too hard.

As soon as the teacher left, my friends and I decided to go to the highland pasture with my mother’s uncle. I called him grandfather. We were excited and ready to go when my mother’s cousin, who I called aunty and who lived in Manali, came to my parents’ house and asked them if they wanted to send me to Manali for schooling. She said she would be happy to take me with her and that she was leaving for Manali the next morning.

My father agreed immediately, but my mother was not happy. She pointed out that I was still only seven, and said I was too young to go to Manali. “It’s five days walk and one day by coach from our village. The passes are too high and the crevasses on the glacier are too dangerous for a child”. But my father was determined to send me to Manali. “You have seen that the teacher has already left and he will not come back for another seven or eight months. If Tanzin stays here he will learn nothing. We must send him away to study.” And he asked my mother to prepare some food for me to take on my journey.

Then my father looked at me and said, “You will enjoy it there, it is a beautiful place and there are lots of cars and buses.” I had heard about buses but I had never heard of cars, so I asked my mother what a car was. My mother said it resembled a beetle. “Some of them are black and some of them are white and people sit in them and one man drives.” I had no idea what she meant.

First, I had never seen a white beetle in my life and second, it was difficult to imagine how people could fit inside one. Nevertheless, I was excited to hear all these things about a new world and I told my mother that I was really looking forward to seeing beetle-cars in Manali, and also a train. My grandfather had told me about trains. He had said they were as big as our house and there were hundreds of them joined together and they moved with the help of a ‘mother’ train, which pulled them like a snaking rope as fast as the Testa River outside our house.

My mother did not reply. She was silent for a while, with her eyes full of tears. She kept moving from one room to another, looking for a small sack in which to put salt, tea, tsampa, a matchbox and some sugar. That day she was generous to me. She gave me a pinch of sugar, which was a rare treat. Then she went to look for a bigger sack to carry my goncha. She squeezed my goncha tight and could not hold back her tears. Because my mother was crying I was sad too, and soon my eyes began to fill with tears. A little bit later, my aunty came in and told my mother that she mustn’t worry. “I will look after him as my own son.” She then told my father that we would be leaving tomorrow ‘nema gayang shar ‘ (soon after sun rise). We did not have a clock, so we measured time according to the position of the sun in the sky. “Get him ready and I will come to pick him up.”

It was my last night at home. The atmosphere of the house was not as lively as usual. My mother almost made herself ill. We went to bed quite early, as we had to get up early. Next morning my mother got up even earlier than usual and she prepared thukpa (soup) and salt tea. Just before we left, a group of women from my village came to my parents’ house. They said, to my mother, they had heard that young ‘No-No’ (that was my nickname) was leaving for school in Manali so they had come to say goodbye. They had brought chang (barley beer) and a khatak, a white scarf given to someone about to leave on a journey. One of the ladies said to me, “You are such a nice little boy; we will miss you, work hard and study well. Safe journey and safe return.”

Just before sun rise we finished loading our horses and started to leave the house. My family and the villagers came to see me off, drinking chang and giving me my khatak. My mother and all the ladies from the village were crying again. I was numb and my heart was heavy. My eyes were full with tears. I simply did not know what to do or what to say. Somehow we said goodbye to each other and I started to walk away with my aunty. We walked very slowly, looking back again and again towards my family and friends. After half an hour of walking, I turned once more to look at my parents’ house. My family, my friends and the villagers were still there looking at us.

As we moved further up the valley, my house and the village become smaller and smaller. My family and friends started to fade away as if in a dream. When we arrived at a place called Latho Longpa my village had disappeared behind a hill. I was still sad and I was crying again. I tried to talk, but I could not say anything. Eventually, in a breaking voice, I asked my aunty, “Why do I have to go to school in Manali? Why do we not have a good school in my village?” She did not answer. She just kept walking on the rocky track and held my hand. I think she was sad too.”

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isha VIDHYA – Educating Rural India

“How deeply you touch another life is how rich your life is “ – Sadhguru

” Grieving the destruction we left behind in Ladakh due to the sudden flash flood natural disaster, having hardly slept or eaten in nearly a week we arrived in Delhi from Kashmir, distraught and shattered beyond belief. Sabine and Philipp eager to get started on FYWL immediately, were able to fly back to Europe the same day, whilst my flight was two days later. All I wanted to do was be quiet, contemplate, retreat – and the idea of going to an Ashram somewhere in India felt appealing, but I felt too exhausted to plan it. Yet, during those 48 hours in Delhi, strangely enough by simply following my instincts and incredible as it was, I found myself two days later mysteriously guided to an ashram I had no knowledge about – located in the south of India was Isha Yoga Centre, founded by a yogi named Sadhguru.

Arriving there was an utter surprise, I was excited to discover I somehow managed to stumble upon a little paradise. Surrounded by the Velliangiri lush green mountains was this pristine beautiful place; with everything you expect in a picturesque small town and much more, yes, not at all what one would imagine an ‘ashram’ to be like. Instantly, I was struck by the many happy and bright faces that busily roamed the ashram with the many activities that it takes to run it. I couldn’t help but notice the intensity of their dedication, and the high level of willingness the 1000 or more Isha volunteers went along their daily duties; it triggered an inspiring mental note – to give more of myself than ever before, with a big smile I might add. Steeped in an environment that allowed me to experience inwardly more than I ever thought possible, I stayed for longer than I imagined.

During this time, I attended many celebrations there, one being the opening of the impressive Isha Home School. It was there I learned about ISHA VIDHYA – education rural India , an educational initiative to empower underprivileged children from remote rural villages lacking access to basics like water, power and education, where the majority of the population astoundingly survive on an income of less than $2 a day! I also heard- India’s poorly run government schools comprise of 95% of all schools, with over 40% of class 2 students unable to read even basic words. This is where Isha Vidhya intervenes and provides free education, purely backed by generous donors who are keen to give disadvantaged children a chance to realize their full potential and to free themselves out of poverty. So far 9 schools have been set up in villages across India with approximately 4000 students, impacting 200 villages – all remarkably reliant on community involvement and the support of innumerable volunteers.
We regard our collaboration with Isha Vidhya an immense honor, being a part of this consequential movement to boost education in these much needed deprived communities, allows us the opportunity to keep moving forward in our plight to help children who are in need of hope and an opportunity to create a better life.

http://ishavidhya.org/photo-video/photos.html

As we look ahead – grateful for your generosity, we optimistically hope to help build schools with Isha Vidhya and to keep encouraging many many more children to learn, create and transform.

We support ISHA VIDHYA, INDIA
with some of ours sales of our silver bracelets, for each of those sales
= ONE child will receive a Kit of  INNOVATIVE LEARNING MATERIALS
(which includes Art + Craft supplies, English, Math + Science materials)

…..  coming soon an exclusive ISHA VIDHYA bracelet!

Appreciatively, FROM YOU WITH LOVE -

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