Meet an intercontinental non-profiteer who digs blogging, the Far East, and has a soft spot for Elvis.
Stage name: Veena Rangaswami
Friends call her: V., Veeno, Veener, Vienna (i.e., she’s too friendly)
Daily script: “Connecting international travelers with a sponsored miracle bank – donations fund miracles around the world.”
Really? “Yes, if travelers find a need, then they can help fund it.” Veena mentioned a friend of the founder’s who was passing through Nepal and learned that power outages were preventing children from doing their homework at night. He sent word to Wandering Samaritan who subsequently sponsored a solar panel installation for that family.
Your inspiration? “After college, I worked in India and taught English at a home for working street children in Bangalore for four years. Child laborers, runaways, those begging…anytime you see a child alone, you can call a helpline that sends the police and a social worker who bring them to a transitional home.”
Behind the scenes of blogging: “I like to issue challenges to myself. It started when I was applying to grad school. It was a way to keep my friends everywhere updated on what was happening.” See Veena’s “Wonderful World.”
And the King? “I love going to Graceland. Whenever family would visit from India, they would always want to see Elvis’ house. I bribe people to come to Memphis so I can go; I like to share it with other people.”
Personal best? A conservative estimate of 27 visits.
(Thanks for introducing us, Dylan Perry!)