Krishnammal Coming to the U.S.!
Well, let's start with the most exciting news first. Amma, together with P. Gandhi and Vengopu, are coming to the U.S., with LAFTI having been named finalists for this year's Opus Prize!
Padmashri Krishnammal Jagannathan and Land for Tillers Freedom (LAFTI) has been named as a finalist for this year's Opus Prize, which will be awarded in Seattle at Benaroya Hall on Tuesday evening, November 18th.
She was nominated through Seattle University, which is hosting three days of events. Information about the award and about her work can be found in the following links:
"Currently in its fifth year, the Opus Prize is a $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards given annually to recognize unsung heroes working on the front lines of today's most persistent social problems. Opus Prize winners combine a driving entrepreneurial spirit with an abiding faith to combat social problems, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease and injustice. The monetary awards are granted to organizations in honor of the Opus Prize winner.
Established to honor the innovative humanitarian work of those dedicated to helping transform the lives of people facing a future with little or no hope, the Opus Prize recognizes and supports the winners' extraordinary life commitment to life-changing work. Beyond supporting the humanitarian efforts, the Opus Prize aims to inspire people to pursue service to others."
So we are busy setting up a national tour for in the month prior to the award ceremonies, with events thus far planned for Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Raleigh NC, Greenville, SC, , San Diego, the Bay Area (San Jose/San Franciscio), and finally in Olympia/Seattle. They will arrive in Olympia the morning of the November 13th.
Meanwhle, Friends of LAFTI Foundation has become a 501(c)(3) charity with a very nice website put up by Randa Blanding - www.friendsoflafti.org and we are working to help build 10,000 houses alongside LAFTI's efforts at land reform for Dalit women.
Below are some videos and a Powerpoint about the work - including the housebuilding projects:
Life on Lens put their wonderful LAFTI video back on their website for
us. Here it is:
And the Powerpoint:
LAFTI 2008.ppt (70.5 MB bytes) =>
Did I mention that the awards this year are in Seattle? This year, everyone comes to me! (My house will become an Indian Railway Station!)
More soon -