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Shining Hope Foundation presentation longer version
Who we are?
Our mission The Shining Hope Foundation is a UK charity registered at the Charity Commission since July2010. It was founded by a French family: Serge, Astrid, Marie and Xavier Saint-Arnoult.It is a grant-making foundation which raises funds online and supports organisations for aperiod of three years. Its mission is to help local communities live in balance with nature andanimals. Since 2012, it has been supporting an organisation called Karuna-Shechen, whichis Matthieu Ricard’s foundation, and will extend its support until 2014. It has humanitarianand environmental projects in Bodghaya, Bihar, India. The key projects focus on health,education, and sustainable energy.Shining Hope previously supported a French NGO called Hutan, from 2010 to 2012. Hutandeveloped local communities’ independence by creating jobs in the environmental andanimal sector in order to ensure a sustainable development in the Kinabatangan region ofMalaysian Borneo. The project’s focus was the study of key species such as the orang-utansand Pygmy elephants. We raised 150,000€ during those three years. You may find the resultsin the progress report in the news section.
Matthieu Ricard In 2000, Matthieu Ricard has founded Karuna-Shechen, with the ideal of compassion inaction. He is a best-selling author, world-acclaimed photographer, scientist, humanitarianand Buddhist monk living in the Himalayas for more than 40 years.Matthieu Ricard is the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne LeToumelin. Matthieu was born in 1946 in France, and grew up among the personalities andideas of Paris’ intellectual and artistic circles. At the renowned Institut Pasteur, he graduatedof a PhD degree in cell genetics, under the Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. In 1967, hetraveled to India to meet great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his doctoralthesis in 1972, he decided to concentrate on Buddhist studies and practice.The Buddhist monkHe has lived in India, Bhutan, and Nepal and studied with some of the greatest teachersof that tradition, Kyapje Kangyur Rinpoche (1897-1975) and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche(1910-1991). He now resides at Shechen Monastery in Nepal.The photographer“Matthieu’s camera and his spiritual life are one, and from this spring these images, fleetingyet eternal.” Henri-Cartier Bresson.
Living in close proximity to Tibetan teachers and its culture has enabled him to capture oncamera the spiritual masters, landscapes, and people of the Himalayas. He is the author andphotographer of Journey to Enlightenment, 108 sourires, Buddhist Himalayas, Monk Dancersof Tibet, Tibet. An Inner Journey, Motionless Journey, and Bhutan. Land of Serenity. His workhas been exhibited in New York (RMA Museum, Aperture Gallery), Paris, Perpignan (Visa pourl’image), Winthertur, Stockholm, and Hong Kong. You may all of his publications on his blog.The authorHe is the author of several books including the dialogue with his father, Jean-François Revel,The Monk and the Philosopher, which was a best seller in Europe and was translated into21 languages. The Quantum and the Lotus (coauthored with Trinh Xuan Thuan) reflects hislong-standing interest in science and Buddhism. In 2003, his book Plaidoyer pour le bonheur(published in English in 2006 as Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill)explores the meaning and fulfillment of happiness and was a major best-seller in France.He has written other books such as The heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on thepractice of a Bodhissatva, and The Spirit of Tibet.The scientistSince 1989, Matthieu has served as the French interpreter for his holiness the Dalai Lama. He isan active member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to collaborative
research between scientists and Buddhist scholars and meditators. He is engaged in theresearch on the effect of mind training and meditation on the brain at various universities inthe USA (Madison, Princeton, and Berkeley), and Europe (Leipzig).The humanitarianMatthieu donates all proceeds from his books and much of his time to humanitarian projects(clinics, schools, orphanages, elder care, bridges, vocational training) in Himalayan areas(www.karuna-shechen.org) and to the preservation of the Tibetan cultural heritage(www.shechen.org). He is the founder of Karuna Shechen and Shining Hope foundationsupports its projects in India.
Our values Every decision taken by the Shining Hope Foundation is enshrined in our fundamentalphilosophy that projects we support must take a holistic approach to their local environment’swildlife, nature and human populations. We are guided by compassion, sustainability andtransparency when we make our choices about the projects we fund. We are apolitical andnot affiliated with any religious organisations.CompassionOur hearts tell us the weakest elements in our global society need protection. In thedeveloped world, we can’t personally aid the most vulnerable people, animals or theirenvironment, but we can express our solidarity with them. We can do this by funding projectsthat will benefit them and by joining us to change our own behaviour at home.SustainabilityThere’s never a quick solution to a long-term problem, so we only support projects that willlast for at least three years with the intention of continuing after our initial support has ceased.We also put in place indices and monitoring systems to ensure that all our goals are beingmet so that improvements in living standards of local people can be achieved along with thepreservation of a viable habitat for endangered species.
We are very lucky to provide the certitude that every donation received is going directlytowards humanitarian goals.Financial Efficiency The Shining Hope Foundation was created in July 2010.The Foundation strives to operate efficiently and to minimize fundraising and administrativecosts. To maximize the impact of each donation, we only raise funds over the Internet. Weallocate 100% of our expenditure to carefully-selected projects.The Shining Hope Foundation also seeks to maintain available cash and reserves to ensurecontinued funding of our field program even in the event of a downturn in contributions.
Helping local communities: Medical Centre and Mobile Clinics, Bodhgaya, India The Shechen Medical Centre and Mobile Clinic in Bodhgaya, India, brings health care to thepeople of the Bihar region, a population made up of Hindus, Buddhists, and the Dalit caste –a very poor segment of the Indian population with limited access to medical help. 75% of thepatients are women and children.Shechen Medical Centre is an allopathic clinic and dispensary where patients of all ages andcastes come to receive care and medications at no charge. The centre’s programs includegeneral medical consultations, a DOTS Program for tuberculosis treatment, family planning,and safe motherhood. Services include a pathology laboratory and electrocardiograms.The medical centre monthly establishes a medical camp for the Dalit people in the heart ofthe town of Bodhgaya so that this underserved population can finally have access to basichealth care and referral services.Shechen Mobile Clinic is an effective outreach program that regularly visits 12 villageslocated between 12 and 60 km from the medical centre. It offers free health services to theregion’s population of 100,000. Each village is visited twice a month by the medical mobileteam (a doctor, a nurse, and a pharmacist).
It provides the poor and infirm with an opportunity to consult a physician, get treatment andadvice, and receive medications. Often, even the most basic medical help can save lives,especially those of young children. Mothers and children represent 81% of the patients. In anaverage month, 3,000 patients benefit from the combined services of the Shechen MedicalCentre and Mobile Clinic.Village coordinators work in the villages to train groups of villagers to integrate safe wateruse, sanitation, and good hygiene practices in their lives. This training and the follow-up homevisits have resulted in a significant decrease in health problems. Patients from 69 satellitevillages also attend these programs.A series of deep tube wells were installed in many villages to avert the spread of water-bornediseases. Another goal of the program is to actively working on finding other ways to providesafe water including rain water harvesting. Recently a program to install solar electricity in thevillages has been implemented.
Sustainable energy by training illiterate grandmothers as solar engineers incollaboration with the Barefoot College Shining Hope’s solar program is based on the empowerment of women and ruraldevelopment.By collaborating with Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College, this unique approach makessolar electricity available to the poorest populations in rural areas.Illiterate women from rural communities are trained for 6 months at the Barefoot College inTilonia, India, to become solar engineers. They learn how to make, install, repair and maintainsolar panels. They set up maintenance workshops for panels that provide five hours ofelectricity a day. The villagers control and manage the initiative community and the usershave ownership of the equipment.When they are back home, they are able to bring solar electricity to 300 houses in their vil-lage, making it possible for children who work in the fields during the day to study at night,thus substantially improving families’ lives.Animals: raising awareness, encourage compassion, change habits Matthieu Ricard has been a vegetarian for decades. He encourages compassion towardsour animal friends. He is writing a book at the moment about animal rights. We will send anotice as soon as it is published.
He will cover different issues inducing animal suffering. He will also relate them to environmentalor humanitarian problems, showing that we are all interconnected.For example, meat production leads to global warming. The production represents 18% ofthe global emissions. Producing 1kg of meat creates 50 times more greenhouse gas thanproducing 1kg of wheat. Pollution is another aspect, farmed animals in the United Statesproduce 130 times more waste than the human population.Secondly, meat production has a negative effect on the poorest populations. Shockingly, 1.4billion of poor people could be fed by the 775 million tons of grain used yearly for raising lives-tock. Meat production is supposed to double in developing by 2050, with livestock alreadyuses 2/3 of the land surface of the earth, what will the earth look like in 2050? Today, 25 millionpeople could be fed throughout the year if the inhabitants of the USA would avoid eatingmeat for one day a week.Finally, is it ethical to eat meat when you know that 120 billion land animals and 1.5 trillion seaanimals (= 1.5 million millions) are killed for human consumption each year?Like Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judgedby the way its animals are treated.”
Wondering how your donation contributes directly on the field? Below are some ideas:$5Two patients treatment at Mobile Camp and Dalit Camp$25One TB patient’s food supplement (Mecobalamin, Iron, multivitamin, minerals) for 8 months$60One month Non formal Education for 30 women$100Solar electricity brought for one house$400 One Kitchen garden at school level for 100 kids for balanced nutrition (6-months supply ofvegetables for lunch)$1000One Dalit mobile medical camp, Bodhgaya (400 people)$1500One hand pump for drinkable water in an Indian village, one-time cost
Contact Marie Saint-ArnoultFounderHill House | 1 Little New Street | EC4A 3TR LondonMobile : +352691221697 | Phone : +442033184558www.shininghopefoundation.org