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New Model for Third World Development: Disadvantaged Children as Humanist Leaders (Grand Rapids)

September 9, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Earle Canfield presents A New Model for Third World Development: Creating Humanist Leaders from Disadvantaged Children.

Here is an exciting new way to empower social change from the ground up. Fifteen years ago Earle Canfield, and his wife Mary Jane, began finding sponsors in the USA to support disadvantaged children in schools in Nepal. Their organization ANSWER (American-Nepali Students’ and Women’s Educational Relief) has walked the razors edge between Hindu fanatics and radical Maoists youth, persevered through the 10 year civil war, the assassination of the royal family, the People’s Revolt of 2004 (7 years before Tarrir Square in Egypt), the replacement of the King with a democratically elected Parliament, all the while advancing our cause without ruffling a feather and growing to 650 students.

In addition, our ANSWER graduates are all employed and are beginning to “pay it forward” by sponsoring the education of other ANSWER children themselves. In addition, they are preparing to take over the organization we have built and carry on the work themselves within a decade‰Û_which is how sustainability should be defined.

By 2024 there will be no question that this model works and can be adopted by others. Now is the time to begin presenting the ANSWER model as the new alternative to Fat Cat, self-vested, non-profit organizations which are widely known in the developing world as the NGO-Mafia (because they spend nearly all their funds on themselves rather than village/people-benefiting projects that are sustainable).

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Earle Canfield, P.A.

Founder of ANSWER, ANSWER, an apolitical, non-religious, non-governmental organization (NGO)

Earle Canfield started out with an innate skill for mathematics and the sciences but gradually focused on medicine, where he ultimately became a certified Physician’s Assistant (P.A.) and moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids. During the time that he was deeply immersed in mathematics, his restless mind caused him to look into something as different as he could find from this. That new avenue came in the form of a textbook called Tibetan Cultural History—The Hegemonic Period. Soon he became enthralled with that region and its history. He decided to visit, and was smitten by the culture and its people. But he was also introduced to the dire living conditions of Nepal, which is one of the poorest areas on the globe. He decided to do something about it and started up ANSWER, an apolitical, non-religious, non-governmental organization (NGO), the central focus of which is the education of indigenous Nepali children.