Live to Love International is a secular non-profit serving the people and resources of the Himalayas while improving the quality of life for 1.3 billion people throughout the region.
Live to Love uses sustainable development to tackle those challenges and to build sustainable peace. Our projects achieve many goals at once, such as protecting natural resources, providing medical care and promoting equality. We honor the Himalayas by celebrating its diverse cultures through education and heritage preservation. Live to Love provides the next generation of Himalayans with an appreciation of their culture and a modern skill set to lead their communities.
The Himalayan mountain range occupies critical geostrategic locations traversing through several countries while cradling many cultures, ethnicities and traditions. The Himalayas are a significant source of defense, agriculture, energy, water and tourism for the nations they occupy. Yet the region faces a number of challenges.
5TH CYCLE YATRA FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS
Beginning December 23, 2017, the Drukpa Kung Fu Nuns led a month-long bicycle pilgrimage – or yatra – to empower women and promote awareness around the human trafficking epidemic facing Nepal and India. His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual leader of the Drukpa order, also joined the nuns in leading this journey.
The cycle yatra was the nuns’ fifth in as many years, embarked from Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday, December 23, making stops in Gorakpur, Chennai, Nagarjuna Lake, Odisha, Kolkata, Delhi, and Darjeeling, comprising a 3,000-kilometer route. 200 nuns will make the journey.
“We are excited to once again devote our time and energy to such an important cause,” said Jigme Konchok Lhamo, a Kung Fu Nun who has led numerous environmental and humanitarian projects in India and Nepal. “Through our projects in these villages and our meetings with other leaders in the region, we believe that families continue to struggle to survive and often feel pressured into desperate measures in order to live. It is our duty to change that perception.”
The Kung Fu Nuns, who in August hosted a first-of-its-kind self-defense workshop for Ladakhi women, are now a household name in Himalayan villages, and they have become some of the most prominent and effective human rights advocates in their region as it faces daily violence from border hostilities and sectarian fighting. While meeting with dozens of fellow activists and humanitarian leaders over the last year, the nuns learned from their colleagues that they are one of very few groups working on human trafficking prevention efforts – many NGOs get involved, if at all, only for rescue efforts, rather than devoting resources to prevention and awareness to combat the problem before it starts.
The goal of Live to Love projects is to create sustainable solutions for the future of each region, and create a culture of peace. With a modern challenges such as environmental degradation, educational inequities, and border disputes, there has never been a more crucial time for local cultural identities to flourish and take part in the larger global dialogue.
All Live to Love projects follow simple guidelines. They are all environmentally sustainable, they are all compassionate alternatives to mainstream modern practices, they improve the quality of life, they honor the local culture, and promote the ideals of equality. In doing so, Live to Love has grown a grassroots movement that originated in the Himalayas, into a model system for the rest of the world where similar projects are now being adapted and duplicated.
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About the Himalayas
Historically, the Himalayan Mountains have served as a natural breeding ground for a diverse array of cultures, in part due to the unique geography of the region. Inspired by the multitude of Himalayan cultures that have flourished throughout the centuries, Live to Love celebrates each region for their unique traditions and is founded on the principles of community and indigenous empowerment.
Live to Love’s work spans throughout the Silk Route including India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and soon to include Iraq. These Himalayan projects often serve as model projects for satellite projects in the Americas, Europe and greater Asia.