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The PEPY Ride is an educational bike ride across Cambodia raising money to build a rural school. PEPY stands for “Protect the Earth. Protect Yourself.” Beginning at the Vietnam border, the riders will spend one month zig zagging across Cambodia and ending in Thailand. The ride is aimed at education through action, bringing environmental and health issues right to the most rural areas and raising funds along the way. Learn more and make a donation at www.pepyride.org. Contact Daniela or Greta if you want to support the ride:teamleader@pepyride.org.


On February 19, come on out to Step Above in Nagasaki City and support children`s education in rural Tibet! Tickets cost 1000 yen in advance (1500/door), and 500 yen from every ticket goes directly to the kids! The event is timed to coincide with the Lantern Festival in Nagasaki city, so you can make a weekend of it! For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.ajetnag.com. Or email Allison Graboski at alchoyang @ yahoo.com.


“I didn’t now quite what to expect at the House of Joy orphanage, but when that first child came up to me and sat on my lap, I knew exactly why our group of 33 volunteers had come to Sanglaburi, Thailand. With over 80 children at the House of Joy, our volunteers had come to make a difference, giving time and friendship to the children and to in turn gain from the experience.

It was an amazing experience to volunteer in such a positive environment, around such wonderful people. I will always remember the people at the ‘House of Joy’, especially the children who filled our days with laughter and kept us all smiling. Such a positive experience.”



A call for relief to Sri Lanka from the founder of Go M.A.D., Angie Peltzer. (Japanese translation included!)

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest of Indonesia on Dec. 26th, generatingtsunami which has killed tens of thousands of people in at ten countries. The death toll continues to rise rapidly.

Hardest hit are Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India. People were also killed in Thailand, the Maldives, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. Hundreds, possibly thousands, are missing and millions of homes have been destroyed.

Victims in all of these countries need our help desperately. YOU can make a difference.

Organize a relief effort in your hometown, put up posters, hand out fliers, write letters to your local newspapers with a call to help. Collect your friends and collect funds by going door-to-door or marking out a space on a busy street corner.

If you are organizing a relief effort, please send Go M.A.D. your details (location, dates, activities),. so others in your area can take part: contactgomad@gmail.com

For JETs in Japan who’d like to donate to relief operations, you can simply drop your donation into a cash registered envelope (genkin kakitome futo, 20 yen at the PO) and send it to:

Donations c/o Dominic Butcher
201-8-17 Shinmachi,
Tagawa, Fukuoka-ken
825-0016 Japan

Mobile: 090-9561-3369 (after January 5th)

Please contact Dom at contactgomad@gmail.com with the date and amount of your donation.

Together, we can make a difference!


A homeopathy medical camp was held at Baan Unrak orphanage in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand from Oct. 13th to Oct. 31st 2004. It was organized by Didi Devamala, founder of Baan Unrak, with the active help and support of Dr. Somenath Mitra, a homeopathic physician from India.

The ‘Baan Unrak Homeopathy Medical Camp’ was an ambitious and highly feasible project of Dr. Mitra that offers an alternative and cost effective solution to the different acute and chronic health problems of the poor and needy villagers of Sangkhlaburi, Thailand.

Dr.Mitra wishes to conduct a series of regular homeopathy Medical Camps in the year 2005. His dream project is to set up a permanent Homeopathy Health Center at Baan Unrak approved by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, much of which is already in process!

Lindsay Marsh, a volunteer with Go M.A.D., had the chance to visit the Homeopathy camp. “It was bustling with villagers seeking to alleviate their various aches and illnesses, with Dr. Mitra, Ms. Tisha Sharan, and volunteers from Baan Unrak listening and assisting their every need. It was a great to see this trial in progress, and I can even testify to the fact that the all-natural medicine does indeed work! I hope that a Homeopathy Health Center will be able to open soon at Baan Unrak, for the benefit of the local villagers, Baan Unrak children, and many international volunteers.”

>> A Brief Report of the Baan Unrak Homeopathy Medical Camp


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The new Go M.A.D. site amalgamates the old Go M.A.D. SIG site and now-defunct VSIG (Volunteer SIG) site into one shiny package! Of special note is the inclusion of VSIG’s wonderful Go!En Project.