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Thomas Mattivi Wednesday, 16 January 2013

By bicycle

The beauty of that Land and the fascination of the Tibetans won’t let me go. That’s exactly why the project of the Costa Family Foundation
impressed me so much and it was for that reason that I contacted Michil Costa.
By bicycle
 
 
 
Everywhere we met happy and smiling faces and we literally could feel the gratitude of all the children, who have find a new home in the TCV.
Since years already I feel attracted by far lands, Asia in particular. Already after my Vietnam trip in the far 2000, I have organized some visual presentations and fund raising activities for different charity projects.It was by coincidence that I got to read an article about the Costa Family Foundation. I was just preparing my slide show on my bicycle trip through the East of Tibet. The Tibetan nation and its destiny since years have caught my heart. The beauty of that Land and the fascination of the Tibetans won’t let me go. That’s exactly why the project of the Costa Family Foundation impressed me so much and it was for that reason that I contacted Michil Costa, the founder. We got along very well since the beginning and I decided to support the foundation through my coming fund raising slide show. The conference cycle which I started had a great success and I was proud to contribute to the important project of the foundation.
In the following year, my partner and I decided to make a bicycle trip through the North of India and to take the chance for visiting the Costa Family Foundation project in the Tibetan Children’s Village of Dharamsala, which we had contributed to sustain. Our trip started from Delhi to Shimla and from there we began our adventure through the Spiti Valley. On our bike we lived wonderful landscapes. The more we went up, the more we felt the influence of the Tibetan culture, as a matter of fact the Spiti Valley is on the boarder to Tibet. Here Tibetans can openly follow their religion as well as living their culture.
After two intense weeks through the Spiti Valley we arrived to Manali and then over high snow bounded passes we continued towards Dharamsala. Here we spent intensely emotional days in Mc Leod Ganj, where the exiled Tibetan Government and the residence of the Dalai Lama are based. In this corner of the world the exiled Tibetans have built their second homeland, and are not persecuted for their religion.
The visit to the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) has been the clou of our trip to India. We have visited the House 13, which has been built thanks to the support of the Costa Family Foundation. Everywhere we met happy and smiling faces and we literally could feel the gratitude of all the children, who have find a new home in the TCV. Rarely a project has convinced me as much as this one did. The Costa Family Foundation indeed, operates where the help is necessary the most.
We are proud and happy to be part of this Family, and to give our contribution.
Tashi Delek
 
 
 
 
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Joe Wednesday, 16 January 2013
HOUSE 13, a home for children in exile
 
At the Tibetan Children’s Village of Dharamsala, in Northern India.
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Joe Wednesday, 16 January 2013
SPONSORING A CHILD
 
You need 350 Euros per year, for a more certain future.
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Elide Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Machete in their hands, bare feet and deep eyes
 
It’s in the middle of the night, I can smell Africa, sweet and intense.
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