Welcome New Board Member Therese Strum

Therese StrumInsight World Aid is pleased to welcome Therese Strum to our Board of Directors.

Therese Strum JD, is an Investigator and has over 25 years of experience in the field of Social Work. She has practiced meditation for the past ten years and has traveled abroad as a member of the Insight World Aid 2013 medical mission in Cambodia.

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Feed the Homeless in San Francisco

Join us on Sunday, July 14, 2013 when we participate with the Saranaloka nuns monthly walk through the Tenderloin handing out food and coffee to the homeless.

Volunteers prepare meals consisting of sandwiches and soft fruit the night before on their own and bring them to distribute.

The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Starbucks at the Whitcomb Hotel at 1231 Market (between 8th and 9th). If you are interested in joining this local service mission please RSVP with our coordinator Judith Ross–JudithRoss7 at gmail dot com–who will be organizing a carpool from the Daly City Bart station.

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CHPAA Medical Mission to Cambodia—February/March, 2013

By Christine Bitonti

It is 6:30 in the morning. Already it is warm, the air heavy around us as we walk from our guesthouse to the Takeo (pronounced “Ta-kow”) Referral Hospital in southern Cambodia to begin the first day of clinic. I am in a group of six or seven members of the Insight World Aid contingent of this mission. There are 26 of us in all and more than 170 total on this mission, including over 40 Cambodian medical students who are to be our interpreters. There are medical, dental, vision, and surgical teams included.

Beneath our feet, the ground is uneven with rocks and loose bricks and tree roots presenting obstacles along the way. At street intersections, motorbikes laden with riders (sometimes as many as four) whiz past, heedless of pedestrians—even foreigners wearing identical blue medical scrubs.

Everyone in this town knows who we are—the Americans who have come to offer free health care. We see the line of potential patients stretching along the wall that encloses the hospital, and then we catch sight of the swarm of people clambering for entrance at the main gate. They are kept in some order by monks in their colorful orange robes using bullhorns to contain the crowd. The moment is surreal, and I ask silently, “What have I gotten myself into?” Continue reading

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Welcome New Board Member Bonnie Goodman

Bonnie Goodman Insight World Aid welcomes Bonnie Goodman to our Board of Directors.

Bonnie Goodman, MA, CT is a grief counselor, with over 30 years of counseling experience in both private practice and non-profit agencies. She has practiced Vipassana meditation at Insight Meditation Center since 1989. Bonnie has traveled extensively around the world, and volunteered at a children’s center in Cambodia, during Insight World Aid’s first medical/humanitarian mission.

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Insight World Aid Volunteer Meeting

at Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch Street, Redwood City, California

On Sunday June 30th
12:30 to 1:30 pm
(after the monthly potluck)

Please join members of Insight World Aid in a discussion about our local and international projects and find out how you can get involved.

No experience is necessary. All are invited to attend.

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Peru Mission Postponed Until 2014

The IWA mission to Peru has been rescheduled for 2014. We are currently developing this trip, so please stay tuned for further developments. Visit http://www.volunteer-voyages.com for further details on their service missions.

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Presentation on the Cambodia Mission

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Insight World Aid will give a presentation on the 2013 Cambodia Volunteer Mission and a Sneak Preview of the Peruvian Trip Plans on

Sunday, April 14
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
At the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch Street in Redwood City

Join members of the Insight World Aid Cambodia Volunteer Brigade for a moving slide show presentation of our first overseas mission. We will be sharing stories and images from our heart-opening two weeks serving the poor in Cambodia, visiting the stunning Angkor Wat and practicing meditation.

We will also discuss our developing plans for a second mission trip to Peru which will occur August 21 – September 6, 2013.

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