Our tribe: Vol. 2
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: Jeremy, Elise, Ginny, and Julia. 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.
Jeremy Weber | Palmer, Alaska
Name Jeremy Weber
Occupation Mechanical Engineer
Location Palmer, Alaska
Favorite food Thai food
Favorite place you've traveled Chamonix, France for snowboarding
Book you’re currently reading Sand by Hugh Howie
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you? Travel as much as you can, right away.
What is something you like about Priyam?
I know what I’m helping. With a lot of organizations, you get emails later and you find out they’re not totally honest and that what you give doesn't go to the cause. But with Priyam's updates I can see where my money goes and that it is helping.
Why do you think Priyam’s work matters? It’s important what you’re doing. There’s not a lot of infrastructure [for moms and kids with disabilities in India], from what it looks like.
Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) Go to space. My background is in engineering and it would be cool to see the different parts of the shuttle and how all of that works. And being able to see earth from that viewpoint just puts things in perspective.
Elise Hanna | Falls Church, VA
Name Elise Hanna
Location Falls Church,
Favorite food Fish tacos
Favorite place you've traveled Aleppi, India
Book you’re currently reading Hold Still by Sally Mann
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you? Travel. Explore your world.
What is something that you like about Priyam? I like that I can actually see Priyam doing things and making changes. It’s action and it’s refreshing. I feel like I understand what you’re doing. I know when I give money, or I buy something [from the shop] I know exactly where it’s going and exactly who it’s helping.
Why do you think Priyam’s work matters?
Because you give a voice to children and families that wouldn’t otherwise have one.
Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) Deep sea diving, because it feels like you could explore more. And also because water is terrifying to me, but those are the things that are most exhilarating. Because it scares the hell out of me, that’s why.
Ginny Winston | Carmel, Indiana
Name Ginny Winston
Occupation Retired preschool teacher, mother, grandmother, great grandmother
Location Carmel, Indiana
Favorite food Blueberries
Favorite place you've traveled Alaska
Book you’re currently reading The Light of Eden – Karen Hancock
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you?
Oh, I don’t know if I have any advice. I just try to take life as it comes. Each part of life has its own meaning and things you accomplish and things you do. It’s different. It’s an adventure.
What’s something you like about Priyam? I like the way you’re helping the disadvantaged and all the little children that need—oh, you told us about that little guy who finally smiled [after you spent a few weeks caring for him].
Why do you think Priyam matters? We should help one another to make this world a better place.
Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? (and why?) I think I’d like to go to the moon.
Julia Denison | Nashville, Tennessee
Name Julia Denison
Occupation Teacher and Artist
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Favorite food Anything in salad form…bean salad, chicken salad, fruit salad
Favorite place you've traveled The El Camino in Spain.
Book you’re currently reading I’m reading three books right now, and one of them…I don’t know how I feel about it, it was recommended to me by a friend who said it was her favorite book. I’ve been reading it, but there’s a lot of rage in it. But it’s a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It’s called A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Another book I'm reading is Food Triggers and I actually think it’s been really good. And the other book is The Collective Poems of Octavio Paz.
What advice would you give to people who are younger than you? Don’t fret it. Don’t stress so much about trying to get to the perfect thing right now, because God has this incredible way of bringing things together and somehow redeeming things and making it all work out to get to where you need to be. Regardless of the choices of you make, nothing is wasted.
What is something you like about Priyam? I trust the leaders so much. I know their hearts and know they operate from a place of humility and passion. I trust the vision because I know the hearts of the people who created it.
Why do you think Priyam’s work matters?
You have discovered this issue that is so underrepresented. Any steps towards supporting kids who are in this situation is important. The fact that you are trying to look at the whole picture and trying to work with people who know the issue well and who are there. You provide support in a very holistic way. And you’re open to learning, you're trying to study the causes and trying to study what’s happening so that you can make choices that are truly transformative, rather than just coming in with this formula or method that you have decided solves everything.
Would you rather go to space, visit Antarctica, or go deep sea diving? Visit Antarctica. I just think that sunlight is really important to me. And so when I think any of those places I picture yes it’s maybe cold but the beauty is astounding because of the sunlight.
Thank you so much to everyone who has invested in us since Priyam began in 2014.