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Weekend with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Cultivating Compassion and the Needs of Vulnerable Children

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joined Whole Child International in Los Angeles Feb. 20-21, 2010, to address the emotional needs of vulnerable children worldwide.

During the two days with Whole Child, His Holiness engaged philanthropists, academics, government officials, and the public on how to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children around the globe.

Throughout the weekend, His Holiness compelled audiences with how nurturing children through strong and loving bonds is at the core of a child’s emotional health and well being — and that all children deserve compassionate, loving care. His Holiness spoke of how the love and attention we receive as children enables us to grow into adults who are able to care for others. Loving care during infancy is the strongest root for a compassionate life.

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Representatives from faith-based, policy, philanthropic, and academic institutions met with Whole Child and His Holiness to spur policy action to address the needs of vulnerable children.

His Holiness engaged the audience at a special Saturday, February 20, luncheon with television journalist Giselle Fernandez on the needs of vulnerable children and the connection between nurturing and compassion.

Cultivating Compassion and the Needs of Vulnerable Children

On Sunday, February 21, at the Gibson Amphitheater His Holiness delivered his first public address in Los Angeles since September 2006. Our founder, Karen Spencer welcomed the crowd of nearly 6,000 people before Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow performed a short set preceding His Holiness’ speech.

Whole Child International Humanitarian Award

Whole Child International was honored to recognize His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the inaugural Whole Child International Humanitarian Award recipient. Our Whole Child Humanitarian Award honors one visionary global leader driven by a passion to elevate the lives of vulnerable populations. George F. Landegger (left), Chairman of Parsons & Whittemore and Chairman Emeritus of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, presented the award to His Holiness at our February luncheon. Mr. Landegger is a longtime supporter and an active board member of Whole Child. Karen Spencer, founder and CEO of Whole Child, is at right.

Whole Child International Champion Award

Preceding the public address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on February 20, Thomas Mower, Sr. was honored with the Whole Child International Champion Award. Our Whole Child Champion Award honors an exceptional individual noted for his or her dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children globally. Mr. Mower is a tireless advocate and an ongoing supporter of Whole Child since its inception. He has grown his support by bringing many others onboard to see that the needs of vulnerable children across the globe are met. Mr. Mower is founder and Chairman of the Board of SISEL International, whose customers, employees, and distributors have joined him in supporting Whole Child. Beyond SISEL, his leadership has had a manifold impact, as other generous individuals and corporations have followed his lead.

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