Our tribe: Vol. 5

As part of our birthday campaign, we called up a few of the people who have gone above and beyond to make Priyam Global into the organization it is today.  From the beginning, the donations and support of our VIPs have helped us solve an urgent problem: children affected by disability in India are living in extreme poverty and very few people know about it. Our VIP investors are changing that.

Today we are featuring four investors: Charlene, Jessica, Kristy, and Sam. We gave each of them the same little personality quiz: their favorite food, favorite places to travel, book they're currently reading, advice they'd give to anyone younger than them, why they think Priyam's work matters, and whether they'd rather visit space, Antarctica, or the depths of the sea.

Here's what they said.

Charlene Brown | Carmel, Indiana

Charlene (left) with two of her daughters

Charlene (left) with two of her daughters

Name Charlene Brown
Occupation Fine Artist
Age 58
Location Carmel, Indiana
Favorite food Anything my husband cooks
Favorite place you've traveled I love the Rocky Mountains
Book you’re currently reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothsuss
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you?

Just to be curious, and always open to learning. Be open to learning about other people and about things you can do. Always be learning something new.

What is something you like about Priyam? It shows the value of every single human being. Because every human has value, no matter what. No human has more value or less value than another. And I feel that the core idea of Priyam is that these children, these forgotten children, maybe they don’t contribute to society in the same way but they have as much value as everyone else. Every person needs love, and you’re trying to make that more possible. To make it a practical reality in these children’s lives.
Why do you think Priyam’s work matters? Because love matters.
Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) All three, obviously. How are you supposed to choose that? I really have to choose one? I guess it would be really cool to visit another planet. I guess space would be coolest as long as when I came back people weren’t gone…if it didn’t take me too long.


Jessica Kartes | Indianapolis, Indiana

Name Jessica Kartes
Occupation Urban planner
Age 26
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Favorite food Fruit, probably pineapple… or, mango. Can I say butter? Is butter an an option? Butter is totally my favorite food.
Favorite place you've traveled. Acadia National Park, Maine
Book you’re currently reading Well I have two, one is called Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our thinking and our lives. The second book is called Letter Press Printing: A manual for modern fine press printers.
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you? Don't be afraid to have multiple interests.
What is something you like about Priyam? I like how authentic it is. I like that you’re so intimately involved in every part of it. And as a donor I feel like I can actually trust where the money is going. And I feel like that is kind of rare these days. Not that I don’t trust other organizations, but there is not as much transparency and as much human connection as I have with Priyam.
Why do you think Priyam’s work matters?

Because I think it’s important to remember that we are human, and that we are connected to other people even though we don’t know them.

Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) Definitely Antarctica because space is really cool but it scares the shit out of me. And same for deep sea diving.
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Kristy Haines | Berne, Indiana

Name Kristy Haines
Occupation Secretary
Age 58
Location Berne, Indiana
Favorite food It would have to be dessert. Fruit pies. Probably raspberry.
Favorite place you've traveled Ireland
Book you’re currently reading Unfinished by Richard Stearns
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you? Probably to follow Jesus with all of your heart.
What is something you like about Priyam? The heart behind it.
In your own words, why do you think Priyam’s work matters?

Because children matter.

Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) They all scare me. Probably deep sea diving, because I did a submarine tour and had a taste of being able to see it and it was a whole different world. 


Sam Bishop | Homer, Alaska

Sam with her husband Huck near their home in Homer, Alaska

Sam with her husband Huck near their home in Homer, Alaska

Name Sam Bishop
Occupation Home Executive
Age 26
Location Homer, Alaska
Favorite food Homemade fresh bread
Favorite place you've traveled Hope, Alaska. They make really great pie.
Book you’re currently reading Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you? Don’t live in fear. Don’t make decisions based on fear.
What is something you like about Priyam? I like that Priyam supports moms. I like that it recognizes the power in motherhood, and from that comes empowerment for the rest of the family.
Why do you think Priyam’s work matters?

I want to support Priyam because I want to be a woman that supports other women. It matters because it’s generational, too—you’re not just helping one person, you’re helping the parents and then the children and their siblings are seeing that as well. It goes further than the individual. And I think Priyam looks at the long-term livelihood rather than meeting short term needs.

Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) Not space. Totally not space. I think about going and not having the option of going back. Basil (my son) and I talk a lot about going to space. Deep sea diving would be really beautiful. We live on the coast and we have mega tides, some of the greatest difference in our high and low tides here than anywhere in the world. We see a lot of sea life where we live and we depend on it for food, too. But to be able to dive and see a different aspect of what I’m living in would be really beautiful. 


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Thank you so much to everyone who has invested in us since Priyam began in 2014.

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