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Chiefspants
12-19-2011, 10:31 PM
Update 12/31/13

Hey, everybody! My charitable organization is making a big push for New Years, and it would be great if you were involved! You have all done so much for us in the past, and your support continues to mean so much to our organization.

http://i.imgur.com/587ebFV.jpg?1

http://www.cafepress.com/openworldcause

Open World's Website -> http://www.openworldcause.com

Open World's Facebook Page -> http://www.facebook.com/openworldcause

Open World's Twitter -> https://twitter.com/#!/OWProject

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Original Post:

Hey, Chiefsplanet! As some of you are aware, I helped begin a mission called "The Open World Project" over the last year. I am thrilled to inform everyone that the project was successful in sending two laptops and internet access to a rural school in Nepal, (known as the SAV School) and have skyped the classroom on several occasions over the past year.

However, while we were successful in that ambition, we were dismayed to learn that due to a complication with a leasing agreement, the school we were working with lost half of their buildings and some of the students that previously attended the school.

After a wide array of conversations, we decided to launch a second phase to the project that would bring entirely new buildings to the school, but unlike before, these buildings will be in sole possession of the SAV school. We are in the beginning phases of this mission, but we are hoping to drop the "project" aspect of our cause and become a fully fledged organization known as "Open World."

We are currently in the process of establishing our own 501C3, so we are unable to accept donations at this time. All we are searching for are new supporters for our cause, any new followers on Facebook or Twitter would be absolutely incredible.

Update 10/14/12: We are now officially partnered with a non-profit known as the Foundation for Leadership and Learning and can now officially accept donations, we also have established our own store on Cafepress. (And our open for requests/suggestions ;) )

We also just completed a six minute documentary that covers the struggles and success of the first phase of Open World while laying the foundation for the second phase of our mission.

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Fritz88
12-19-2011, 10:53 PM
Wow. Amazing work. I will try to help and spread the word.

Great job.
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Chiefspants
12-20-2011, 01:45 AM
Wow. Amazing work. I will try to help and spread the word.

Great job.
Posted via Mobile Device

Thank you so much, your help is incredibly appreciated!

Jive Ass
12-20-2011, 07:41 PM
Great! How have the children used the laptops so far?

JD10367
12-20-2011, 08:10 PM
Great! How have the children used the laptops so far?

Joined CP and surfed for porn, of course. What other use is there?

I vote that you take up a collection to send them Matt Cassel. Maybe he can be useful building schoolrooms.

Chiefspants
12-21-2011, 01:23 PM
Great! How have the children used the laptops so far?

Well, other than surfing Chiefsplanet, (As another member has pointed out), they're about to begin projects with schools in Pakistan, Lithuania, India, and potentially a school in the United States. Govinda, (The teacher of the school) has also fully implemented the laptops into his curriculum.

Jive Ass
12-21-2011, 01:31 PM
Joined CP and surfed for porn, of course. What other use is there?

I vote that you take up a collection to send them Matt Cassel. Maybe he can be useful building schoolrooms.

Spot on, bud.

listopencil
12-21-2011, 02:06 PM
Why isn't this thread stickied to the top of the page yet?

listopencil
12-21-2011, 02:07 PM
I mean it, I'm just going to keep bumping the living shit out this thread until it gets a sticky.

Stewie
12-21-2011, 02:30 PM
Why isn't this thread stickied to the top of the page yet?

Maybe because food pantries in the KC metro are clamoring for food donations because they can't meet demand of the unemployed, poor, etc., to just get the basics... much less a laptop with an Internet connection.

Ugly Duck
12-21-2011, 02:55 PM
Another good organization helping kids in Nepal is http://nepalyouthfoundation.org/

I contribute to a fund that buys girls back after they get sold by their impoverished families. A piglet & 5 gallons of kerosene is enough to buy a kid back from servitude. Unfortunately, they go back to a family that sold them.

Side note: Some khukri-making Kamis were raising funds to put a Nepalese dude through med school in India by holding a raffle for some beautiful, hand-forged khukris that they made. He's working as a doctor in Nepal now. I bought spots for both raffles & won both knives. Serious good luck. Here's a pic of one of 'em. 22 inches long, forged out of 5150 spring steel by the former Royal Kami of Nepal:


http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp348/UglyDuck2/hansheebura.jpg?t=1242078462

bevischief
12-21-2011, 04:05 PM
This explains some of the new trolls...

listopencil
12-21-2011, 04:13 PM
Maybe because food pantries in the KC metro are clamoring for food donations because they can't meet demand of the unemployed, poor, etc., to just get the basics... much less a laptop with an Internet connection.

Maybe if you'd read the OP you'd see that he's not asking for donations. And that this is more than providing laptops and internet connections.

mikey23545
12-21-2011, 04:20 PM
I mean it, I'm just going to keep bumping the living shit out this thread until it gets a sticky.

Just in case you need a hand.

listopencil
12-21-2011, 05:40 PM
Just in case you need a hand.

Why, thank you. I did.

listopencil
12-21-2011, 07:22 PM
B...ump.

listopencil
12-21-2011, 08:43 PM
I should probably mention that my oldest daughter's biological father is from India. Thanks to her biological father's drive, and the American school system, she's a nurse. A damn good one.

listopencil
12-22-2011, 11:25 AM
Just a reminder. Chiefspants isn't even asking for a donation here. He's just trying to spread the word, to get his story out there.

Chiefspants
12-22-2011, 02:21 PM
The SAV School says hello! :)

http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/11/05/56/42/screen10.png (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=139&u=11055642)

Iowanian
12-22-2011, 02:32 PM
Caption this pic?

"So that's a number 2 without onions and a large coke, 2 kids meals with chicken strips, apple slices and chocolate milk and extra napkins. That will be $16.98 please pull up to the 2nd window"

vailpass
12-22-2011, 02:34 PM
Nepal. Is that where they make all the hash?

listopencil
12-22-2011, 02:38 PM
Nepal. Is that where they make all the hash?

I don't know all that much about the economy of Nepal, but this wiki entry alone should make the Nepalese like brothers in the hearts of Chiefs fans:

"Nepal has used a series of five-year plans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-year_plans_of_Nepal) in an attempt to make progress in economic development."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Nepal

BigRichard
12-22-2011, 02:46 PM
Joined CP and surfed for porn, of course. What other use is there?

I vote that you take up a collection to send them Matt Cassel. Maybe he can be useful building schoolrooms.

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vailpass
12-22-2011, 02:53 PM
I don't know all that much about the economy of Nepal, but this wiki entry alone should make the Nepalese like brothers in the hearts of Chiefs fans:

"Nepal has used a series of five-year plans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-year_plans_of_Nepal) in an attempt to make progress in economic development."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Nepal

LMAO Dammit Rajah Carl!

Stewie
12-22-2011, 04:21 PM
Maybe if you'd read the OP you'd see that he's not asking for donations. And that this is more than providing laptops and internet connections.

Really? Yet they're working on a 501C3?

PunkinDrublic
12-22-2011, 04:35 PM
Couldn't get a soda at the driving range today. All I had left were some nepalese coins.

listopencil
12-22-2011, 04:46 PM
Really? Yet they're working on a 501C3?


We are currently in the process of establishing our own 501C3, so we are unable to accept donations at this time.


All we are searching for are new supporters for our cause, any new followers on Facebook or Twitter would be absolutely incredible.

Chiefspants.


http://www.immedium.com/images/pr/rif.jpg

Jive Ass
12-23-2011, 10:03 AM
A 501C3 is also probably beneficial for them to legitimize themselves instead of funneling through other programs, as well. If they've done this much so far, I think it's pretty important to establish something like that. Where does the OP say, "If you could all donate that would be awesome!"? He's just trying to spread the word.

Slainte
12-23-2011, 10:08 AM
Posted the clip on my FB page...

Chiefspants
12-23-2011, 12:22 PM
Really? Yet they're working on a 501C3?

We are indeed working on a 501C3, but, the main purpose for establishing a 501C3 would be to legitimize ourselves as a non-profit organization. There will be a time where we will accept donations, however, we will always be more interested in establishing connections over contributions. We would always prefer to find someone who is interested in supporting and spreading the word about our cause as opposed a person who would donate five dollars and walk away forever.

Also, the more we talk about our mission, the higher the odds that someone will hear about it and know how to make a difference. For example, our project was just discovered by an individual heavily involved in Nepalseeds, or, one of the largest non profit organizations currently in Nepal. That connection was not established through a cash donation, but because individuals were spreading the word about our project.

Posted the clip on my FB page...

Thank you so much, your involvement means so much to us!

listopencil
12-23-2011, 12:55 PM
Posted the clip on my FB page...

I hit "like" and "share" so their updates get posted on my wall. I don't put all that much on there so it's not a big problem for me.

mikey23545
12-25-2011, 03:36 PM
Bumperooni...

Chiefspants
12-25-2011, 09:17 PM
If anyone's curious, Chiefsplanet is now the fifth highest external referrer we've had to our page.

http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/11/05/56/42/screen12.png (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=141&u=11055642)

listopencil
12-25-2011, 11:01 PM
If anyone's curious, Chiefsplanet is now the fifth highest external referrer we've had to our page.

http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/11/05/56/42/screen12.png (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=141&u=11055642)


That's great!

listopencil
12-26-2011, 11:20 AM
I wonder if those kids are still surfing the Planet, and how many of them grow up to be Chiefs fans?

mikey23545
12-30-2011, 04:21 PM
If they are taught correctly, all of them...

Micjones
12-30-2011, 04:46 PM
Viva Nepal!

(Sorry, had to.)

Dartgod
12-30-2011, 04:56 PM
As newly appointed ambassador to Nepal, I will see what I can get President Rain Man to do.

listopencil
01-01-2012, 01:43 AM
As newly appointed ambassador to Nepal, I will see what I can get President Rain Man to do.

Sounds good.

Chiefspants
10-14-2012, 04:33 PM
This is quite the bump, but for anybody interested, Open World is up and running and now has the full ability to accept donations. Today my partner and I were interviewed about the cause by an esteemed educator who published it on the examiner.

http://www.examiner.com/article/student-project-with-global-impact

I want to again thank the Chiefsplanet community for their continued support of our efforts, you all have been truly wonderful.

lewdog
10-14-2012, 04:34 PM
Can any of these kids play quarterback?

Chiefspants
10-14-2012, 04:41 PM
Can any of these kids play quarterback?

We can always ask, I know a few of the students dream of becoming soccer players, a fact that could catch the interest of Clark Hunt.

Phobia
10-14-2012, 05:22 PM
Why don't you just go to nepachiefs.com?

Jive Ass
10-14-2012, 08:06 PM
The article for anyone not wanting to leave Chiefsplanet for a second.

When Ben Honeycutt and a friend decided to try to raise $2,000 to purchase laptop computers for a small school in Nepal called the SAV School, they never thought their project would continue past high school. Since successfully raising the funds, Honeycutt and another friend, Connor Janzen, realized the school can continually benefit from their efforts, and created an organization called Open World Cause to raise awareness of the school and their hope to provide a more stable environment for the students and teachers.

Currently, the school needs approximately $50,000 in order to purchase land so that they will have the security of owning the school property and buildings. Open World Cause is working toward raising the funds for the purchase, as well as creating opportunities for classrooms across the country to connect with the students in Nepal and make a real difference in the world.

Honeycutt and Janzen recently agreed to answer some questions about their project. These well-spoken, responsible young University of Kansas students have a clear vision for the school. Their dedication to the school is evidence of the sense of responsibility they feel for making a difference in the world, whenever possible. Following is a transcript of the interview:

Q. Give a brief history of the project - how did it start?
Ben: Open World began as senior legacy project at my high school. Started by a close friend and I, our mission was to raise $2,000 to bring two laptops and Internet access to the SAV School, a school with limited resources in rural Nepal. After an array of setbacks and breakthroughs, we far exceeded our initial expectations and raised $5,000 for our cause, enough to bring two new computers, Internet and a new library to the SAV School!

Q. What is the current goal of the project?
Ben: We're now focused on bringing school buildings with running water and electricity to the SAV School. Though we initially suspended the cause to focus on our newfound collegiate obligations, we were inspired to rekindle our efforts upon discovering that the school lost half of their buildings due to a leasing complication. After they were forced to say goodbye to a portion of their students, Open World became determined to give the school new land, school buildings and above all, a stable learning environment.

Q. How do you maintain communications with the students and teacher at the SAV School?
Ben: We keep frequent contact with the school through Skype and Facebook conversations with Govinda, the principal of the SAV School.

Connor: We have also attempted to use some different solutions past and present. For example, usually Govinda is able to send us videos through a program called WeTransfer – something extremely helpful due to bandwidth limitations. E-mail is, of course, essential as well.

Q. Who is managing the project?
Ben: Open World is primarily operated by Connor, myself, and another University of Kansas student named Nikki Richardson (a recent addition to our team!) Another vital team member is a man named Nicolas Lal, Nick has been a crucial addition to our cause, as he has traveled to the SAV School and provided pictures and videos to the Open World team. Our donations run through The Foundation for Leadership and Learning, a nonprofit run by the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK).

Q. How can people donate?
Ben: Individuals can donate through our website, by buying a product from our Cafepress store, or by sending a check directly to ESSDACK (with Open World in the tagline).

Q. Are donations tax-deductible?
Ben: Since our cause collects donations through the Foundation for Leadership and Learning and their 501C3, all of our collected donations should be tax deductible.

Q. What do you think the biggest challenge is for the Open World Project?
Ben: After being involved with this effort over the past two years, I would say that the greatest challenge has been learning how to move on from failure. Throughout life it seems that everyone is told and retold that failure is never an option, but, with a cause like this, temporary failure is almost inevitable. I honestly believe that the biggest growth I've had as person over the past two years is rooted in my involvement with Open World. I now never look at a failed idea as justification to abandon an element of this cause. Instead, I'm now driven to try, try and try again until we've fulfilled our deepest aspirations.

Connor: I joined the cause about 6 months into its existence. As an outsider and someone who had always had some kind of indirect involvement, I know that a particular challenge I took on from joining the cause came in the form of becoming a leader and taking on responsibilities I had never experienced before. Our greatest lessons have been learning how to become diligent and accountable entrepreneurs. Of course, we do not make actual profits, but we learned how to manage professional and effective web presence. Build numerous websites and learned to appeal to important and crucial audiences for our cause. We were forced to acquire skills that would make us successful. Without them, we’d be struggling in so many ways.

Q. How do you think the Open World Project has impacted the lives of students?
Connor: The most important aspect of what they have now is rooted in the possibility of learning about the world around them. We’ve been able to give them a more global view of their surroundings and connect them with classrooms in countries thousands of miles away. Their dreams of becoming professional athletes, doctors, nurses and teachers – dreams we’re all familiar with – are so much closer than ever before.

Q. Are there opportunities for collaboration with other schools in the U.S.?
Connor: Absolutely. Our current mission to build a new school is premised in connecting the students with a classroom in Inman, Kansas. The SAV School will be drawing their dream school ideas, and a sixth grade class at Inman Elementary will recreate models using Google Sketchup and a 3D printer. This is just one of the opportunities we have, and we believe there are so many possibilities.

Q. Are there any future plans for expansion to fund projects in other schools?
Connor: Our grand goal for the cause is to create numerous educational collaborations around the globe. It’s sort of like Pen Pals 2.0. We want Open World to become an organization that catalyzes these relationships between classrooms, so there’s really no “end” in sight!

Ben: With everything Connor and I have learned and experienced from our involvement with the SAV School, we know that these types of relationships could benefit a countless number of classrooms all around the world!

Follow the progress of Open World Cause by liking them on Facebook.

Spott
10-14-2012, 08:09 PM
There's some real disturbing avatars in this thread.

Braincase
10-14-2012, 08:35 PM
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Chiefspants
10-14-2012, 08:54 PM
Why don't you just go to nepachiefs.com?

We would have if their last update not been four months before this project started.

Chiefspants
12-31-2013, 07:06 PM
Update:

My charitable organization is making a huge push for New Years day. Chiefsplanet has done so much for our cause in the past, and your support continues to mean so much to us to this day.

http://i.imgur.com/1yq6Kuv.jpg

http://www.openworldcause.com

http://www.facebook.com/openworldcause

Jive Ass
12-31-2013, 08:21 PM
Do you send items to the school?

Chiefspants
01-01-2014, 06:14 PM
Do you send items to the school?

As in physical supplies? It's rather difficult due to the insane tariff Nepal applies to items shipping inside the country.

TribalElder
01-01-2014, 06:27 PM
Since I don't visit coffee shops how could I go about helping?

Chiefspants
01-01-2014, 06:47 PM
Since I don't visit coffee shops how could I go about helping?

There are so many things you could do to help us out!

If you want to give us a straight up contribution, we have donate feature built in to our website's front page. http://www.openworldcause.com/

If you would rather not give us money, it would still help us out immensely if you liked our facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/openworldcause) and then told your friends and family about what we're trying to accomplish.

If you would be interested, we also have a flyer you could post up around your community. While it seems small, these flyers have done so much to expand our mission throughout the country.

http://i.imgur.com/Qk3J8f2.jpg?1

Lastly, if you have any ideas on how we can get the word out, we would be all ears!

listopencil
01-02-2014, 01:28 PM
This is a great program.

Chiefspants
01-02-2014, 02:31 PM
This is a great program.

Thanks a bunch, man. Your support has always meant a lot to us.

Phobia
01-02-2014, 03:11 PM
http://i.imgur.com/Qk3J8f2.jpg?1

Lastly, if you have any ideas on how we can get the word out, we would be all ears!

The graphic is clever. I like it. I suspect it goes over the head of lots of people though. Most people aren't as quick on the uptake as you would like. So maybe less clever on the next one and more direct.

Keep working hard, dude. It takes a lot of time to get established and gain credibility. I'm not talking in terms of months or years either. Most big donors want to see a charity with 7, 8, 9 years of longevity before they're going to throw big checks your way. Keep at it. It can happen. Just got to get in front of the right person.

listopencil
01-02-2014, 05:06 PM
Thanks a bunch, man. Your support has always meant a lot to us.

This is right in my wheelhouse. It's a humanitarian effort to empower children through education. It's a noble effort and I thank you for it.

Mr. Flopnuts
01-02-2014, 07:06 PM
Plan on seeing me as a legitimate, consistent, donor in 2014 and beyond. As my fortunes have grown over the last couple of years, I'm getting to where I'm looking for places to donate. You'll be one of them. I like the project, but also as important, I like the fact that you're a fucking high school kid putting this kind of work, and effort into something clearly near and dear to your heart. I am not trying to put you on front street by advertising that you're a teenager, but I want to make sure people understand the scope of this thing. Not only the progress you've made for these kids, but the progress you're making for yourself.

I admire it. A great deal. And I want to see it succeed on a variety of levels. If you haven't gotten some cash from me by summer time (I'm off work for the next 3 months, so it's not even an option right now) I want you to remind me. I'm not blowing smoke up your ass here. I'll try to start off with $500 so you know I'm serious. Keep it up!

1 more thing. While I agree with Phil that Another brick in Nepal is going to go over people's heads, I personally LOVE it.

ChiTown
01-03-2014, 07:41 AM
Plan on seeing me as a legitimate, consistent, donor in 2014 and beyond. As my fortunes have grown over the last couple of years, I'm getting to where I'm looking for places to donate. You'll be one of them. I like the project, but also as important, I like the fact that you're a ****ing high school kid putting this kind of work, and effort into something clearly near and dear to your heart. I am not trying to put you on front street by advertising that you're a teenager, but I want to make sure people understand the scope of this thing. Not only the progress you've made for these kids, but the progress you're making for yourself.

I admire it. A great deal. And I want to see it succeed on a variety of levels. If you haven't gotten some cash from me by summer time (I'm off work for the next 3 months, so it's not even an option right now) I want you to remind me. I'm not blowing smoke up your ass here. I'll try to start off with $500 so you know I'm serious. Keep it up!

1 more thing. While I agree with Phil that Another brick in Nepal is going to go over people's heads, I personally LOVE it.

:clap:

Is ChiefsPants still in HS?

listopencil
01-03-2014, 05:21 PM
Just a bump to make sure that everyone had a chance to share this on their FaceBook pages.