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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
Since December 2006, I have been a nomadic volunteer: no home, no car. Traveling by bicycle or public transportation and the occasional borrowed car, doing volunteer work. I focus on the poorest of the poor in the world, and the people in my life at the moment. I have kept a blog of my travels and volunteer work,, and have recently created a website to share information on my favorite charities and inspirational quotes I have collected in my travels.
I will be volunteering in Kashmir for 3 months in 2009, so joined this forum because of what I have read here.

My Passions:
Being a blessing to others

My Challenges:
I know I am still capable of violent words and acts in some situations

My Vision for the Future:
A huge global peace force that is trained in nonviolent methods, and goes in to help, without any guns or weapons. See

My Areas of Expertise:
Business, photography, organic gardening, traveling by bicycle, making free web sites that people can update themselves, public speaking, computers


JaniceW's picture

Kia Ora

Hooray, a fellow kiwi voice from down under. Welcome. I am so thrilled that you have joined our online community and know that you will find it to be a positive experience. How exciting that you are heading to Kashmir for three months and we can't wait to hear all about it. You might be interested in reading the article from the most recent issue of our magazine, titled My Life, My Kashmir. You can find it at:

You might also want to join the group, Hope in Kashmir:Sharing our Stories, which will be a wonderful way of connecting to members in the area. You can also pose questions and get some background information before you head out.

Again, welcome and I know that you will find PulseWire to be engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking.
PulseWire Community Director

Diane Emerson's picture

Thanks for the welcome!

Thanks for the warm welcome, Janice. I signed up because I read there was a Kashmir Group, and I wanted to be part of it. I have now figured out how to join the group, and am now a member. And I have thought of a question I can ask the group. Diane

ila's picture

kiwis rock.


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suzanne's picture

Hope Centre

Hi Diane,
Do you have a direct email address? I have read your blog and it's fascinating. You sound like you are having an idyllic time. I wish I was there too. I am interested about your idea for the Hope Centre. I'm wondering if I can help. I have just started a travel business, called ExSplore with has social and environmental responsibility underpinning it: Expeditions Supporting People and Land Responsibly and I'm wondering if we can connect into the Hope Centre by sending volunteers there under the arrangement you are thinking about. I think you said $500US people could volunteer ther for a certain length of time. I'm not sure if $500US is too much for Kiwis but may be we can work through that.
When do you think you might be back in Auckland? I would like to exchange ideas with you. I would really love to zip over to India but realisticly this would be November at the earliest and would depend on gettings ome cheap flights.
In the meantime, have a look at my website
I would be interested in any feedback.
Also my good friend and Kashmiri guide Mushtaq could come and visit you if you are in Srinagar or if you would like to meet him elsewhere he could probably arrange that. His village is near Anantanag, but he mainly works out of Shimla. He is in Kashmir at the moment, with a group of travellers until the end of the week.

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, Applause.... I

Hey there,

Applause.... I salute you for your amazing work and your compassion:) I can't wait to read your blog! Keep us WorldPulsers updated on the situation in Kashmir!:)

Diane Emerson's picture

Update from Kashmir

Hello everyone! I apologize for not keeping you updated here. It is all I can do to update my blog once a month about my experiences and observations of village life in Wayil, Kashmir. I was here last year until July 1, when I left to be with my father who was seriously ill. I returned to Kashmir in November 2009. This time for a year, to volunteer with the Hope Disability Centre again. Since returning, I have been focusing on making the major joint project with Handicap International a success for both parties. And fundraising has become critical, because the Hope Centre needs to come up with matching funds in some cases, as part of this project. I do like a challenge, and I like to work. Good thing! Here is the link to my blog:

I have to leave the country for 2 months now, during this year, because of the tourist visa changes. I will be heading to Nepal, and finding a place to stay that has Internet access, so I can continue my work for the Hope Centre as best I can from afar. I am leaning towards Pokhara. I will be in Delhi the 2nd week in May to meet with potential donors, if you know of anyone who would like to meet me then. And then off to Nepal. I would love to travel overland to get there, but don't want to go alone, so am looking for a travel partner to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

I found myself in the middle of a stone pelting incident in Sopor this past week, when trying to drive through the town, but no damage done to the car or me. Life goes on.
Kind regards,

JaniceW's picture

Nepal group

It's wonderful to hear about your work. I am a Special Olympics coach and so am warmed by your work with the Hope Center. I encourage you to post this again in Resource Exchange, in your journal as a new entry, as well as in the Falcha group, a place where Nepali women gather. They may be able to help you in your quest to find a companion to accompany you to Pokhara, as well as place you in contact with people working with disabled people. Best wishes with your work and keep us posted,

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