Announcing VIDA to Honesdale!


Many thanks to the Honesdale community and HI guests and residents who attended last night’s Fiesta Benefit for VIDA at the Himalayan Institute! Also, congratulations to the support team who pulled it off behind the scenes. This dinner event raised the funds necessary to sponsor 40 people in the VIDA program for a full year!

Jeff Abella, HI Humanitarian Projects Manager, provided an exciting update on the VIDA project and answered questions after a lovely fiesta dinner of enchiladas, salsa, guacamole and chips, salad with cilantro dressing, fresh fruit and lemonade.

Chelsea Abella impressively coordinated and cooked the meal, serving smiles and homemade enchiladas. Special thanks to the entire kitchen staff for showing such support!

Salsa verde preparations…

Enchiladas rolled by hand…

Everyone was impressed with the documentary video (we will share it shortly) which introduced our HI Mexican manager, Geovanni, and the VIDA project staff. Our guests were equally moved by Jeff’s comments about activism for a worthy cause. The crowd that gathered after dinner focused their amazement on the immediacy and relevance of this simple but profound project. Jeff encouraged everyone to get involved in their own way to make a contribution to VIDA, from spreading the word about the project to raising awareness, to sponsoring an event of their own.

We look forward to hearing from you, learning about the events you organize and hearing what happens when you share the details of VIDA! Send us an email

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