Our work: rebuilding community
#WomensMarch Spoken Word
Meet Shyam: A Coffee Farmer from Nepal
UC Davis Alumni Volunteers
Youth Empowerment: Reproductive Health
Reflections by Alyson
The Beginning of Conscious Impact
GROW - Grace Refuge Outreach Worldwide
Our work: rebuilding communitySince September 2015, Conscious Impact has been working in the community of Takure in the Sindhupalchok district of Nepal, a region where the April and May 2015 earthquakes left devastating effects.Our mission is to inspire, mobilize and train volunteers to serve others with compassion. We create cross-cultural collaborations and a diverse environment to encourage selfless service. We share. We live and learn, together. We partner with local organizations to ensure that our programs are truly helpful, relevant and driven by local leadership from within the community. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and supporters from around the globe, we have completed the reconstruction of a local primary school, and are currently in the process of building a community center, a building for the local women's microfinance cooperative, as well as a family home - all with labor and materials that are locally-sourced and environmentally sustainable while being earthquake-resistant. Follow along, learn more, and participate our website (http://www.consciousimpact.org), Facebook (http://www.fb.com/ConsciousImpact), Instagram (@ConsciousImpact), and Vimeo, and use hashtags #ComeToNepal and #RebuildTakure to see our journey.Videography and Editing: Jonathan H. Lee (@subtledream)Original soundtrack: Scott Hanson with Jose Whelan
#MoreThanATree CampaignJoin Conscious Impact in fundraising for our #MORETHANATREE campaign. For every $1 donated, one tree is planted. Our agriculture program has been working hard every day to bring benefits to the lives of farmers in our community. We're so excited to watch as these 10,000 trees bring secure livelihoods, climate change mitigation, and reforestation to Nepal. Join us in fundraising or donate now: https://www.classy.org/campaign/more-than-a-tree/c118678. We are so thankful!Big thanks to the agriculture team Narayan Bhattarai, Greg Robinson, Jose Whelan, Bryce G. Tanner, and Renée Dyke. Video concept and production by Bryce G. TannerVideography and editing by Jonathan H. LeePhotography by Rebeca SegalMusic by Scott Hanson, Christopher Mains, Iftach Mier
#WomensMarch Spoken WordIn collaboration with the extremely talented and empowering Alyson Noele in solidarity with the #WomensMarch happening all over the globe. ✊✊ Share the love, empowerment, and unity with those you love and stand with too. 💛Words and performance : Alyson Noele Sagala (http://www.alysonnoele.com)Music : Chris Zabriskie - "Cylinder Nine" via FreeMusicArchive.org#WomensMarch #WomensMarchGlobal #WomensMarch2017 #WomensRightsAreHumanRights
Meet Shyam: A Coffee Farmer from NepalConscious Impact sat down and interviewed Shyam Katuwal about farming organic coffee. He discusses rural agriculture development, poverty reduction, and community development. #MoreThanATreeVideography: Jonathan H. LeeInterview & Translation: Bryce Tanner, Sunita Pandey, Alyson SagalaEditing: Alyson Sagala
UC Davis Alumni VolunteersNotes from video editor Alyson: "Honored and excited to present this video highlighting the amazing Davis alumni that have come all the way out to Nepal to support Conscious Impact's rebuilding efforts. Whether you've been here for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months -- the contribution and love you've left will continue to impact this project for years to come.More importantly IF YOU are a current UC Davis student or alumni interested in volunteering with us, please visit our website or fill out our volunteer interest form at https://www.consciousimpact.org/volunteerformThank you to Jonathan H. Lee / Subtledream Photography for shooting all the footage! This little number was edited by yours truly :)"
Youth Empowerment: Reproductive HealthOn Friday April 28th, 2017, Conscious Impact’s Youth Empowerment Team held another meeting of the Girls’ Empowerment Program at Nawalpur Secondary School. The program has reconvened with the start of the Nepali school year.We hadn’t been able to meet for almost 4 weeks as school was out on holiday, which gave the team ample time to plan for this extra informative session. The meeting focused on knowledge surrounding sexual reproductive health — reproductive organs, sexual health, and the science behind menstruation. The girls who participated in the meeting ranged from the ages of 12 to 17. Even though visiting NGOs had previously done presentations on the same subject at the school, they did not describe in detail the scientific processes behind sexual intercourse or menstruation.The session started by asking the girls what they knew about their bodies, how they managed their periods, and misconceptions regarding why menstruation happens in our bodies. The girls seemed a bit shy at first, but the reality was they actually knew so little about their internal anatomy. It was intensely rewarding to have the girls slowly become more inquisitive and engaged as they began to ask questions, and gave input about what they thought was happening when they experienced their cycles each month.We were amazingly lucky to have access to educational materials (in Nepali!) provided by Days for Girls Nepal, an international NGO that focuses on providing sexual reproductive health education and menstruation hygiene materials, such as eco-pads, to women around the world.We ended the meeting by having the girls chant in a circle, “I love my body,” in Nepali and cheer as we celebrated the beauty and power of ourselves as women.The team is excited to continue meeting as many times as possible until the end of the season.Class facilitated and post written by Alyson Noele Segala / alysonnoele.comPhotography and videography by Jonathan H. Lee / @subtledreamConscious Impact - consciousimpact.org / @ConsciousImpact / #ComeToNepal
Reflections by AlysonAlyson Noele Sagala, our education lead, reflects on her past 7 months living and working in Takure, Nepal. Conscious Impact is looking for more volunteers to come help teach primary school students in rural Nepal, so if you are interested please contact us through http://www.consciousimpact.org.Videography by Jonathan H. Lee (@subtledream) and editing by Alyson herself.
The Beginning of Conscious ImpactMore than 50 volunteers joined Conscious Impact from September 1st to October 15th, 2015 for an unbelievable experiment in grassroots social change. This video to showcases our work in the first 6 weeks of programming in Takure, Nepal. From cutting bamboo to carrying stones, planting trees to building walls, Conscious Impact Nepal is now in full swing! The training center is up and the rest is yet to be seen. Namaste!
The ProposalA short video of the surprise proposal on Friday March 25, 2016 at the Monrovia Farmers Market where Mr. Steve Liu proposed to my long-time friend Angela Du. Shoutout to Steward for assisting with my GoPro, and an extra special shoutout to Angela's dad for taking the initiative to move one of my cameras right into the action as friends and family gathered moments before the proposal. Major props to everyone - musicians, coordinators, and close friends/family especially - in orchestrating this amazing evening. I do believe this is a surprise she'll never forget! :)
GROW - Grace Refuge Outreach WorldwideVision: To rescue at risk children and youth who are targets of the sex trade industry, by supporting, educating, and providing them with a safe place to live, grow, and learn about Christ. http://grow-worldwide.comFilming, editing, and (new) portraits by: Jonathan H. Lee | http://subtledream.com | http://fb.com/subtledreamPersonal note: This is a story of FeenFaa Sumitra and her adopted children in Thailand. A story of compassion and of greed, of love and of neglect - the widespread issue of physical and sexual abuse of children are far too often untold, and to say that the short as well as long-term effects are serious would be an absolute understatement.I crossed paths with Faa and her friends in Thailand 2 months ago while hitchhiking at a national park just outside Chiang Mai. Their fascinating upbringing in a native Ahka hill tribe village and equally inspiring personal stories made it impossible not to visit their rural homes, nestled in the cloud forests of northern Thailand, off the grid, and more self-sustaining than any "civilized" western cities I have come across. I later had the opportunity to meet the children and staff of G.R.O.W., and spent several days living, playing, laughing, listening, and documenting the tremendous progress, vision, and love they have for one another, and for God.Special thanks: Faa - for her dedication and unmatched perseveranceGnetahn - for his videography tips and sound conditioningthe Studers - for their quality company and constant life inspirations
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