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Humanitarian action 2024

Humanitarian action 2024

Despite the difficulties and the economic slowdown that we are all feeling, we continue to strive towards a fairer world, by sharing our resources.

This year we are supporting the fight against precariousness in India and Nepal. It's via the humanitarian association Karuna Shechen, founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard that we act. We chose this organization for its low operating costs and its targeted field actions.

In May 2024, we made a donation of €1000 to support this humanitarian organization.

The different Humanitarian Actions

Health and hygiene

Save lives, alleviate suffering and preserve the health of the most vulnerable. In India as in Nepal, the regions in which we operate are faced with significant lack of access to care, both materially, geographically and financially.

  • 73 patients listened to and treated
  • 17 women made aware of menstrual hygiene
  • 22 animals treated

Education

Strengthen access to quality education for all. Education is not only a means of improving living conditions, but also a tool for the overall development of the individual. It is a key factor in promoting equality and autonomy.

  • 8 children in kindergarten class
  • 14 students supported in their education
  • 700 adults in literacy classes

Food Safety

Fight against malnutrition through environmentally friendly food.
Food security is defined by physical, social and economic access to sufficient, quality and nutritious food that supports a healthy and active life.

  • 256 villagers cultivate a vegetable garden
  • 636 households equipped with drip irrigation
  • 10 wells and 12 ponds provide better access to water

Economic development

Empowerment to be actors of change. People in rural or mountainous regions of India and Nepal lack suitable training, job opportunities and support.

  • 498 financial aid for the creation of a micro-enterprise
  • 591 young people in computer class
  • 474 women trained in crafts

Environmental

Promote practices that respect the environment and living things. . The effects of climate change are already at work in our regions of intervention: severe droughts and torrential rains follow one another, strongly impacting the most vulnerable populations, without the means to adapt.

  • 9 trees planted and maintained
  • 17 jute bags distributed
  • 23 people made aware of eco-responsible attitudes
Natural turquoise ring - protection stone

Natural turquoise ring – protection stone

The natural turquoise ring, the timeless jewel!

The natural turquoise ring, stone of protection and appeasement is one of your favorites, it is quite normal, and we explain why in this article.

Turquoise is a blue-green colored gemstone that has long been used for decorative and medicinal purposes. In lithotherapy, turquoise is considered a protective stone that helps strengthen positive energy and ward off negative energy.

When worn as a ring, turquoise is believed to help calm the mind and improve communication. It is often associated with the throat chakra, which is related to self-expression and communication. By wearing a turquoise ring, women can boost their self-confidence and their ability to express themselves clearly.

But the turquoise ring also has a unique aesthetic aspect that inexorably attracts. Its bright, shimmering color makes it a popular piece of jewelry for any occasion, from casual wear to dressy nights out. Turquoise pairs well with other gemstones, such as coral or onyx, to create elegant and timeless ring designs.

In short, the turquoise ring is a versatile jewelry choice that combines both beneficial lithotherapy properties and an attractive aesthetic appearance. If you're looking to add a splash of color and style to your jewelry collection while enjoying the benefits of crystal healing, the turquoise ring could be a great choice for you.

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Turquoise through the ages

Turquoise is a gemstone that has been used for thousands of years by different cultures around the world. The Mayans believed that turquoise had magical powers and considered it a sacred stone. They used it to create jewelry, mosaics, and carvings to honor their gods. North American Indians also considered turquoise a sacred stone and often wore it as an amulet to protect against evil spirits. They also believed that turquoise had healing properties and used it to treat stomach aches and headaches.

Tibetans also have a long history of using turquoise. They consider the stone a symbol of protection and good fortune. Tibetans believed that turquoise had the ability to protect against negative forces and diseases, and often used it to make amulets and talismans. Turquoise jewelry was also very popular among Tibetan nobles. Even today the Tibetans wear the turquoise ring as a signet ring or even on several fingers, they also wear the turquoise in the form of Dzi (pronounced zee) this oblong pendant.

Turquoise has also been used by other cultures around the world, including the Egyptians, Persians and Greeks. The Egyptians used turquoise to create jewelry and ornaments for the tombs of the pharaohs, while the Persians considered turquoise a symbol of wealth and power and often used it in the jewelry of nobility. The Greeks also used turquoise to create jewelry, but also considered it a protective stone that could help dispel negative energies.

In summary, turquoise has been used for thousands of years by different cultures around the world. The Mayans, North American Indians, Tibetans, Egyptians, Persians and Greeks all considered it a gemstone with protective, healing and magical properties. Even today, turquoise is highly valued for its unique beauty and its soothing and protective properties.

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Humanitarian action India OMYOKI

Food/Water Support in India

This year we are supporting food security and better management of the water crisis in India. It is via the humanitarian association Karuna Shechen, founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard that we act. We chose this organization for its low operating costs and its targeted field actions.

In August 2022, we donated €1250 to support this project.

Malnutrition in India

Malnutrition in India in 2022

It mainly affects children under 5 and women. Karuna Shechen's project operates in two states in the north of the country, Bihar and Jharkhand. Malnutrition is almost irreversible in children and transcends the stages of adolescence and adulthood. Severe lack of food is the cause of high mortality and morbidity in these two states.

India's water crisis

Since the early 2000s, the state of Bihar has experienced significant water crisis. In Jharkhand, about a third of the surface and ground water comes out of the region. The consequences are wells and water reserves completely dried up, from November to February, in both states.

The actions of the association

Malnutrition actions

To ensure the food security of the poorest, Karuna Shechen deploys several micro-programs to install:

  • vegetable gardens,
  • nutritional gardens,
  • drip irrigation,
  • well,
  • retention ponds,
  • small dams,
  • culvert construction

Farmers receive drip irrigation kits, including a 500 liter water tank, as well as vegetable and fruit seeds and seedlings with unique registration. They are also trained in mushroom cultivation and organic compost management.

Water actions

To boost water harvesting Karuna-Shechen installs rainwater harvesting systems, a traditional technique that turns rain into a reliable source of water for families' domestic and non-drinking needs. Teams in India are installing 1000 liter water tanks in schools and villages, as well as 500L domestic tanks next to homes for families, for laundry, sanitation and watering vegetable gardens. To help farmers during the dry season, drip irrigation systems have been introduced, so they can use water efficiently while growing more crops (65-75%), less weeding (80% savings). A suitable solution is offered to each farmer, depending on the layout of his land (well, reservoir).

In 2021, 320 people benefited from this program!

Lapis lazuli properties and virtues

Lapis lazuli, properties and virtues

Lapis lazuli, properties and virtues

Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone with a deep blue color, sometimes mottled with white (calcite) or golden glitter (pyrite). The use of lapis lazuli dates back more than 6500 years! Loved by the Egyptians, Babylonians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans, this deep blue stone has been used in the finest works of art throughout the ages. One of its most famous uses is in King Tutankhamun's death mask. One of his successors, Cleopatra, used ground lapis lazuli as eye shadow. Marco Polo wrote about lapis lazuli mining in 1271.

In the Middle Ages, painters ground lapis lazuli to make the dark blue paint known as "ultramarine", the blue used to paint the dresses of Mary of Nazareth on the walls and ceilings of churches, including the Sistine Chapel. In South America, pre-Columbian cultures, including the Incas, carved, traded, and fought over lapis lazuli from the mines of Argentina and Chile.

lithotherapy

Since the dawn of time, lapis lazuli has been associated with strength and courage, royalty and wisdom, intellect and truth. In ancient Egypt, lapis was powdered and worn around the eyes to improve eyesight. Today, it is considered by some to help balance the brow chakra (which influences vision and hearing). Imbalances of the frontal (or blue) chakra are said to cause headaches, anxiety, and skin disorders.

Lapis lazuli is also a symbol of cheerfulness and harmony. It is a stone of love and friendship, which creates an aura of tenderness and sympathy around its owner. Lapis is particularly recommended for nervous people, on whom it has a calming action.

Anecdote

The two-part name for this stone comes from two different cultures: lapis is a Latin word meaning "stone", while lazuli comes from the Persian word lazhuward, meaning "blue".

Stones and chakras

Lapis lazuli can be used on the third eye and forehead chakra. Applied to the 3rd eye chakra, it solicits intellectual properties and intuition.

Maintenance of lapis lazuli

Lapis lazuli has a hardness of 5 to 6/10, 10 being the hardest stone, diamond. It is a natural stone quite sensitive to shocks.

To maintain your lapis lazuli stones, simply wash them with clear water. Professional ultrasonic cleaning from jewelry stores is not recommended for this semi-precious stone.

Lapis lazuli has a medium hardness, which makes it harder than many other popular stones, but more fragile than many transparent gemstones. Lapis is sensitive to pressure, heat, and household cleaners. Clean the lapis with warm soapy water. Wipe dry with a soft cloth and store dry, in a bag or box where the lapis can't get scratched or scratched by other jewelry.

Lapis lazuli jewelry & fair trade

Omyoki offers handmade lapis lazuli jewelry, created in collaboration with our artisan-partners in India. Original creations, in limited editions, and sometimes in unique pieces. This video puts in image, this history of know-how and craftsmen.
Each workshop was visited, to check the working conditions, the quality of life and the fair remuneration of the craftsmen. A personal relationship has been established with each artisan, around countless teas and spending hours chatting, as it should be in Asian countries.

Some of our lapis lazuli jewelry

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Support for Nepal - covid 19

Support for Nepal - covid 19

This year we have decided to donate €1000 to the humanitarian association Chay Ya. This donation helps finance an effective and direct “field” aid program to deal with covid 19 in Nepal. Chay Ya has a main antenna in Nepal, with Nepalese staff and volunteers and several fundraising antennas in Europe, the USA, etc.

Until 2020 we supported the Karuna Sheshen association but unfortunately many projects are suspended because the association employs several Westerners who were unable to continue their actions on the spot. The Chay Ya association has a network of local volunteers in the seven Nepalese provinces, which makes it possible to act in an emergency and to face an evolving situation.

Chay Ya is our choice for this year because she has excellent field actions, because these operating costs are extremely low (2% administrative level) and because she works with serious partners like UNICEF Nepal or national hospitals. on large-scale projects.

Here's a very simple pdf table allowing you to see how the funds of the aid project in Nepal are used - covid 19.

To find out more information about covid-19 actions in Nepal, you can click here and on ongoing covid-19 actions in Nepal, click here.

Tourmaline virtues

Tourmaline virtues

Tourmaline virtues

Tourmaline is a magnificent gem with colors as varied as that of a rainbow. Its wide range of colors: black, green, brown, yellow, red, pink, blue, yellow, colorless or multicolored, comes from the different chemical elements that compose it: iron, manganese, nickel, cobalt, titanium… Its name is derived from Sinhala word (language spoken in Sri Lanka) "tournamal" which means "stone with mixed colors". Tourmaline, although present on all continents, is widely imported to Europe, by Dutch sailors bringing it back from the Kingdom of Ceylon.

The majority of tourmaline comes today from Brazil. The other main deposits are located in Afghanistan, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Burma, Russia and Thailand.

lithotherapy

Tourmaline is known for its electrical properties that give it a role in protecting the body against static electricity and radio waves from all kinds of electrical devices. In lithotherapy, tourmaline is known to act as a detoxifying agent. These crystals promote relaxation of the body and mind.

Anecdote

It is believed that the first tourmalines were discovered by the conquistadors in Brazil in the 1500 years. At the time, it was assumed that these green tourmaline were emeralds. It was not until the nineteenth century that scientists realized that these stones actually had their own kind of mineral.

Maintenance of your gemstones

Tourmaline has a hardness of 7. It is a note on 10, 10 being the hardest stone, the diamond. It is a semi-precious stone very ure and resistant to shocks.

To maintain your tourmalines just wash them with clear water. It is a fine stone that does not need to be cleaned. To recharge the tourmaline it is enough to expose it to the light of the sun or the moon.

Fair trade jewelry

Omyoki offers tourmaline jewelry, designed in France and handmade by talented artisans in India, Nepal and Tibetan communities. Original creations, in limited editions, and sometimes in single piece. This video puts in image, this history of know-how and craftsmen.
Each workshop was visited, to check the working conditions, the quality of life and the fair remuneration of the craftsmen. A personal relationship has been established with each artisan, around countless teas and spending hours chatting, as it should be in Asian countries.

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