Promising Futures: Educating Disadvantaged Children

December 16, 2013
Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa

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Episode Description

Moved by the large numbers of poor, uneducated children who are vulnerable to human trafficking, illicit labor practices, and exploitation, Naresh Jain co-founded Educare Foundation (, with locations in India and New Jersey, to provide education to poor and marginalized youth. His organization helps to support eleven schools in nine states in India, and will soon open more branches. Youth leadership and Toastmasters programs, and an annual essay contest on compassion, and other important values have been launched in New Jersey. Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King, Jr. are held as the inspirational role models of Educare Foundation. The values of service, cultivating love and respect for others, developing the heart of compassion, and embracing positive principles for living are core to its mission. All officers, Trustees, and administrators of this charity are volunteers, and receive no remuneration for their services.

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Our Sacred Journey will inspire others to share their love, compassion and kindness as a powerful way of actualizing the reality of the Divine in our daily lives. Our fascinating guests are global citizens who live and manifest their values, principles and ideals. You’ll hear the broad spectrum of life experiences that moved these passionate, courageous people through the hallways of such global institutions as the United Nations, to the villages in developing countries. We will discuss what it means to live as global citizens from the foundation of our inner spirituality, values and beliefs. Our potential to create a harmonious, cooperative present and future arising out of our own creativity and commitment to make valuable contributions to humanity will weave a beautiful tapestry of our sacred journey together.

Audrey E. Kitagawa

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Audrey E. Kitagawa, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty years. At the time of her retirement in 1996, Ms. Kitagawa had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession). She is President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical, spiritual community with broad global outreach. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and the former Vice President/Trustee of Council For A Parliament of The World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest conveners of communities of faith. She is currently a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.

She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e.Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School. She has published articles in World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues. She has authored chapters for three books, and has been listed in Who's Who of American Law, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.

Episode Directory

December 2013

  • 12/30/2013: Practical Philosophy and Economics with Justice Listen Now
  • 12/23/2013: Ambiology: The Healing Qualities of Music Listen Now
  • 12/16/2013: Promising Futures: Educating Disadvantaged Children Listen Now
  • 12/9/2013: Economics for Equality, Social Justice and Ecology Listen Now
  • 12/2/2013: Developing Our Higher Calling and Life’s Purpose Listen Now

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