Friday, October 16, 2009

Found a cause?

Hey everyone,

So I was just talking to my friend Kate Ryan who is currently living the life and traveling around asia for the semester. i'm jealous. HOWEVER, she has helped me out a lot and just provided me with an email to an orphanage in phnom penh and I have just emailed him hoping to set up a contact and hopefully making a trip there in the near future :) :) :)

Lets get this rolling!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall Break :)

So Bridgette is in DC right now for the march for equal rights and the green fest (yay environment!)and promises she will update the blog when she gets back to school. But I keep getting yelled at for not updating the post and keeping people informed and all. So right now I am thinking of focusing in Cambodia. Thanks to Nancy, I'm reading the book The Road of Lost Innocence. The book is about a Cambodian girl who was forced into the life of an indentured sex slave- unknowingly of course- and she shared her story with us. So I'm thinking of doing a trip to Cambodia to get a personal story of a female over there. If not I will do the next best thing, see if there is a group in the US who sponsors Cambodians to move into the states and get away from the world of sex slavery. For now it is Fall Break so I will be relaxing for a little bit, reading my new book, and talking more with Bridgette about our plans. Also, my mother, dearest Jude, wanted a shout-out, so here it is Jude: Thanks Mom for becoming a follower!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Introduction Part 1: Jeff

For those of you who don't know myself or Bridgette, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves. Bridgette will be posting on the blog tomorrow sometime. But for me: My name is Jeffrey Thomas Howell (as it appears on my birth certificate, but that is only a piece of paper anyways so call me what you want). I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and love my hometown, and the Steelers of course. I went to Catholic schools my whole life, have some regrets, but eh it was good so far. I am currently a Junior at Mount Saint Mary's University majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Biology and Chemistry. Currently, I am Vice President of the Environmental Club on campus, a student representative on the ESSC committee, a Resident Assistant, and Mount Ambassador (aka I sell the school). So yeah, busy busy schedule, but I guess thats what I get for being a science major. However, I did get to travel and spend a semester on the other side of the world in Sydney, Bali, and SOUTH island New Zealand (shout out to my aussies). I love to travel and have seen some insane amounts of injustices and inequality throughout the world. I have been inspired to do what I can to change the world. My thoughts for this organization is to inspire others. If I am able to bring out the emotions in individuals, then they will follow the cause and the movement will start itself. Like I said in the first post, what makes us so different? WHY CAN'T WE!?

The Beginning

Hey guys,
So tonight Bridgette and I had our random text session and we developed plans for our lives. We are starting a non-profit organization. Right now our idea is to focus on child slavery, especially that of the use of children as sex slaves. So Bridgette and I will both be writing on this blog periodically. Right now we are in the planning stages and have our hopes set nice and high :). I have never been so excited about an idea. We both have exciting mindsets and high expectations and are thinking: what makes us so different from other individuals who have changed the world. WHO SAYS WE CAN'T?!