Adults Helping Kids

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Fifteen years ago a highly paid engineer in the Philippines gave up his job to live in a bamboo hut in western Thailand. He is now known as “Dada” to the 40 orphans he takes care of at Baan Dada in Huay Ma Lai, near Myanmar.
Baan means “house” in Thai and Dada is Sanskrit for “brother.” For the past three years, small volunteer groups have visited his home deep in the woods. It’s part of the Neo-Humanist Foundation and is referred to officially as Ananda Vidyadharma

Where is it?
The nearest landmark on a map is the Three Pagoda Pass, which is now a shrine commemorating an attempt by the Japanese tried to build a railway from Singapore to India.

This was the area where it was to have crossed from Thailand to Burma (now Myanmar). Baan Dada is about 45 minutes away from this in a town so small it’s not on any maps.

The nearest well known city between Baan Dada and Bangkok is Kanchanaburi (kahn chan a buu D). Even if you’ve never heard of the city itself, you’ve heard of one of its landmarks, the bridge over the River Kwai.

If you would like to help out with this wonderful story, just log into and make a contribution.

A volunteering stint is on my bucket list for next year.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015


I have been provided some feedback from people who say this blog is too negative. Well, gee. I guess stories about starving and marginalized children are kind of negative. Anyway, just to lighten things up I offer the following;

Sunday, April 12, 2015


My dream on developing the Greanwold brand has always had one main focus. To generate revenue that will flow to the Greanwold Foundation for Kids Worldwide. As with any project, there are investors who expect a return on their investment, overheads to be covered, loans to be paid back and funds to be put aside for growth.

These taken into account, the balance of revenues will go to the foundation. The foundation will be managed by Christy Ellynby, the originator of the little character that became Greanwold. Christy lives in New Zealand and has a lifetime of experience, both work and personal with children and families. Christy will work in conjunction with a board of directors, yet to be named.

How did the idea for the foundation come about? 

Some years ago, my wife and I traveled to several third world countries. In the course of our travels, we came across a number of children living in dire poverty with little chance of an education, no medical care and an uncertain future. One small boy, I would say around the age of 10, was supporting his family by acting as an unofficial guide at the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. His father was injured, he had several younger siblings and lived in a 3 room, thatched roof, for the lack of a better word, shack. 

He asked for $5 to act as our guide but said he had to be careful as the tourist police would take his money and throw him out of Angkor Wat complex if he was caught. We gave him $10 that we later found out was the cost of one month schooling in Cambodia. No free education there.  The average annual income is USD$950.

His English was excellent and had been learned from tourists he guided for. He could also speak some French, German, Spanish and Japanese, all learned from tourists. An amazing little guy.

This was just one incident. There were many others. 

Another introduction into the dire straights of many of the world's poorest children was through a young lady I met several years ago who worked as a volunteer at an orphanage in Thailand at the border of Myanmar at the Baan Dada orphanage.

Most of the children at the orphanage come across the border from Myanmar, either orphaned after losing their parents through the brutality of the military regime or were sent across the border because their parents could not longer afford to look after them. The orphanage relies solely on donations from individuals and the Neo Humanist Foundation.

If you are interested on knowing more, please email me. I would be happy to provide further information.

If you would like to help getting Greanwold off the ground, please click on the Greanwold on Kickstarter image at the top of the page. You will be supporting children, far less fortunate than your own. Thanks.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


I have received some comments advising me it is immoral to be raising financing for a project on the back of a foundation for children. My response to this criticism is as follows: 

My wife and I have traveled to a number of third world countries and have seen the effects of poverty on families, particularly children.  Over the years, we have contributed to charities for children, supported a child from age 3 to teenage years in a 3rd world country through an international organisation, have raised money for an orphanage in Thailand ( and created from scratch, a sailing program for children at a local yacht club that we ran for 8 years where many children from low income families were taught to sail at no cost. 

The idea for a children's character came to me many years ago as a way of providing ongoing income to a foundation that would have a board of directors, independent of the business,  distributing the foundation funds to worthy causes that benefit children, anywhere in the world.

As in any business, overheads have to be covered, shareholders are entitled to a return on their money and there has to be funds set aside for company growth. In this regard, my pledge to persons who support Greanwold's World either through our Kickstarter program or as investors is; I will ensure that it is children who will mainly benefit from Greanwold. Once we are up and running, a portion of every membership dollar, a portion of every Greanwold item sold and a healthy portion of the eventual sale of the Greanwold brand will go to the foundation.

I hope this clarifies matters.

Even though it has taken a long time for Greanwold to develop some traction, in my world, persistence pays off. Thomas Edison got it right. 

Five percent of the people think; 
ten percent of the people think they think; 
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” 
― Thomas A. Edison

Please, comments gratefully accepted.