First 'Moved By Love' Newsletter :)
Posted by Nimesh Patel on Feb 7, 2011
[At the moment, MovedByLove.org is the portal of gift-economy activities in South Asia. Below is our first newsletter. --Nimesh]
Dear Moved-By-Love Friends,
We're excited to have our new website up and running -- movedbylove.org -- with lots of information about various "radical generosity" projects in India.
Uday-bhai, who runs the gift-economy rickshaw six days of the week, has been making news everywhere from Times of India to Divya Bhaskar. After six months of running Wisdom Crafts sustainably at Gramshree, the project has expanded to another store at the Gandhi Ashram. What started as a rupee-a-day collection drive from kids at bus-stands, is now generating Rs. 10K/month which are redistributed to underprivileged communities through youth groups of that very community! Some beautiful stories of generosity there. Nimesh just hosted a hip-hop group in the slums, where he is working with 16 kids to produce a show to raise international awareness around "Ekatva". Raghu, who famously inspired former president Abdul Kalaam in December, continues to visit troubled homes to offer Tulsi plants -- he's given over 500 plants!
Lots of our friends from the Ekatva Retreat (have you seen this video produced by our lovely friends at MAM?) continue to serve selflessly as well. Ragu and Nisha in Coimbatore have planted thousands of trees and are working on gift-economy naturopathy these days. Many others like Chandni were featured in this popular article -- Don't Show Me The Money Sheetal in Pune, Madhu-Meghna in Ahmedabad and Sachi in Bombay are hosting Wednesday meditations every week. Abhishek continues to do kindness drives with the BRG groups in B'bay. And so many are helping each other simply by staying connected.
Thank you all for creating this "Moved By Love" movement. Just this week, we heard that Deepak Chopra even Tweeted about our new site! Fun times. :)
We hope to send out regular updates to everyone, so if you have any generosity-driven inspiration to share, do let us know so we can share with others.
Moved By Love Coordinators
(Madhu, Meghna, Nimesh, Anjali, ...)