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The Arachneed and Dennis Barbion Charity: Rice Bucket Challenge


The Arachneed Journal and Karma Dondub Dennis Barbion from Belgium are organizing a new Rice Bucket Challenge in February 2015 in Hyderabad. They launch a warm appeal to give some money to donate rice to poor families in India. Even a small amount can make a big difference!



As an alternative to the Ice Bucket Challenge (in which buckets of water and ice poured over people’s heads, with the video posted on social networking sites to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association), in August 2014 a new initiative was started in India by Manju Latha Kalanidhi, a 38-year-old journalist, in the southern city of Hyderabad: the Rice Bucket Challenge, Indians donating a bucket or a bag of rice to their poor neighbours, and inspiring others to do so too by posting pictures or videos on the social media like Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag #RiceBucketChallenge.

Manju Latha Kalanidhi stated: “Hunger is a disease anybody would connect with.”

The challenge aims to help the country’s vast population of poor and hungry people, and the movement’s Facebook page has so far clocked up more than 66,450 likes.

The Belgian Dennis Barbion (whose Tibetan name is Karma Dondub) was one of the first westerners to support and promote the Rice Bucket Challenge and according to Manju Latha Kalanidhi he’s an important part of this solidarity movement.



In the beginning of September 2014, Karma Dondub Dennis contacted The Arachneed Journal in order to set up a Rice Bucket Challenge. On 7th September 2014, 125 kg rice in total was distributed at a place where they are doing construction works. 100 poor Indian people received one or more packages of rice, most women and also children. Arnav Anjaria, Chief Editor of The Arachneed, has done the coordination of the Rice Bucket Challenge on the spot and he had a whole team of volunteers to help.
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The Arachneed Journal and Karma Dondub Dennis are organizing a new Rice Bucket Challenge in February 2015 in Hyderabad. They launch a warm appeal to give some money to donate rice to poor families in India. Even a small amount can make a big difference!

Karma Dondub Dennis: “We start the fundraising now in the Christmas period, when presents are given to family members or friends with Christmas and New Year, in the hope that we can also give a present in the form of necessary food to needy Indian families. We also want to raise more awareness about the fact that one third of all the food worldwide is wasted. Worldwide, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up in the garbage. The population in India is 1.2 billion people, and half are younger than 25 years. 350 million Indians live below the officially defined poverty line. According to the standards of the World Bank (an income of 1 euro per day), 42% of Indians are described as extremely poor. According to a report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 40% of all malnourished children in the world are living in India, and 21% of the population in India is malnourished.”

Karma Dondub Dennis has visited India already six times, so he knows the problem of the poverty in India very well.

Arnav Anjaria: “We are organizing a new Rice Bucket Challenge in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana in the South of India. Telagana is a part of Andhra Pradesh, one of the three most poor states in whole India, besides Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. We are going to distribute packages of rice to:
1. migrant construction workers who are living in temporary settlements by the roadside, they live in the worst conditions. Many of them are part of several communities which are displaced.
2. those who sweep the streets and clean the toilets who are called contract workers.
3. the small scale private security workers, who are also migrant workers. Many of them live alone, and its an incentive for recognising the work they do for the protection of women and their safety in offices and universities.
If we raise enough funds, we might also be able to donate rice in nearby poor villages.”



People who are interested can send a donation to The Arachneed Journal by the buttom Donate on the website:

People in Belgium or Europe can transfer an amount to the bank account of Dennis Barbion: the IBAN is: BE25 9795 9253 2282, the BIC code: ARSPBE22. Please mention “Rice Bucket Challenge”.

A money transfer by Western Union is also possible. Please contact Karma Dondub Dennis for this.

Any amount is welcome! We guarantee that all the money raised goes entirely 100% to the purchase of the rice. We can not deliver a tax certificate.

Thanks for your solidarity.

Arnav Anjaria and Karma Dondub Dennis Barbion.

Arnav Anjaria is the Chief Editor of The Arachneed Journal, an international multidisciplinary journal. He is also a research scholar at the Centre For Human Rights, University of Hyderabad. He has been associated with the Women’s World Congress 2014-India as the official social media interface for the event. He has presented his research at some of the most prestigious forums like the Womens World Congress and the conference of International Associations of Media and Communications Research.

To contact Arnav Anjaria:

The Arachneed Journal:
Twitter (The Arachneed):
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Dennis Barbion (Karma Dondub) is a human rights activist, practicing Buddhist and a writer based in Belgium. He is engaged in several philanthropic activities to contribute to the acts of compassion globally. He has also been the President of Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends and has significantly organised activities for the empowerment and development of refugee communities in South Asia.

To contact Karma Dondub Dennis Barbion:

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