ATMA SEVA officially launched our new website at the end of March 2012 (www.atmaseva.org). Our Partners were excited to see our hard work come to fruition but we all soon realized how much more work lay ahead. We referred to this as the end of Chapter 1 (completing the website and launching) and we feel we are now on Chapter 2, which consists of running the business and getting this venture off the ground. To do this the three partners decided to plan a mini PR tour starting off in Bangkok, specifically to attend the 2012 Rotary International Conference.
Anu Bhardwaj was a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar and orchestrated a Matching Grant from Rotary District 7770 with the help of Past District Governor John Ramsey. This is how ATMA SEVA’s grassroots programs were funded and how our initial projects were launched. (click here for more details about our past work) We feel we have an exciting platform and worthwhile projects, so what better way to gain exposure than to network with over 30,000 like minded people from all over the world. Another reason for attending this convention is David Poppe is exploring options to apply for the World Peace Fellowship program at possibly Uppsala University in Sweden, which is an all expense paid Masters degree in peace & conflict resolution with extraordinary connections within the Rotary network.
The ATMA SEVA team is also becoming more focused and targeted on our sustainable development work. The communities we work with consist of monastic, indigenous, and various ethnic groups. We have been brainstorming and thinking of ideas and concepts to elevate and assist these communities to become self-sustainable. Unfortunately, our plans are not finalized yet but we will publicize our news very soon!
Enjoy the gallery below to see pictures from our time in Bangkok and stay tuned for updates from the rest of our meetings in Chiang Mai, Bhutan, and a few more days in Bangkok to finish off!