On June 23, I am turning the big 50!!
My journey of the past 50 years has been amazing. Despite many obstacles, thanks to the support of my family and friends, I feel I have been able to make a difference, both through my regular job (HIV research) as well as through the nonprofit work.
As founder of Sahaya International, I have been blessed to receive so much support and love from so many friends across the globe. Together, our Sahaya family has been able to make a difference in the lives of many people in developing countries.
For more information about our programs, visit www.sahaya.org, or click the video link on this page.
I am eager to continue this journey the coming decades as long as I can.
Therefore, at this milestone of 50 years, I want to celebrate life, and reflect upon the opportunities to make a difference by paying it forward.
Your presence and friendship is the most precious gift. If you like to give something, instead of giving something to me, I request you to pay it forward by by making a tax-deductible contribution to two of the charities that are close to my heart. You can give something at the event itself, but you can also make a donation to Sahaya International via this page (click on the DONATE button) and/or to International House Davis (For I-house, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/koen/internationalhouse ). These two organizations make a positive difference in the lives of so many people.
I am also on the board of directors of the Myanmar Childrens Foundation (http://www.myanmarchildrensfoundation.org) and Koom International (www.koominternational.org), so feel free to also support those charities by going to their respective websites.
If you prefer to donate via check, mail your check payable to "Sahaya International" with mention Koen's birthday, to:
1504 Portola Street
Davis, CA 95616
You can also donate non-cash items such as old vehicles and other certain goods. Go to http://www.sahaya.org/idonate.html to learn more or get started.
Regardless of whether you are able to donate, you are all invited to my upcoming birthday party:
When: Saturday June 27, from 6:00 pm to 10 pm.
Where: International House Davis (10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616)
Many thanks for all your support!