Building humane communities one partnership at a time...
To promote grassroots advocacy and youth volunteerism in furtherance of Humane Education objectives worldwide.
Number of animals killed in the world by the meat, dairy and egg industries, since you opened this webpage. This does not include the billions of fish and other aquatic animals killed annually.
Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning “the right or opportune moment”, a moment which occurs when both time and destiny collide to produce a window of opportunity for something truly special to happen....if we choose to seize it rather than letting it pass us by.
The Kairos Coalition strives to bring together stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors in order to advance Humane Education and Humane Advocacy skills-building in developing nations where effective grassroots advocacy has the potential to markedly impact the evolution of consumer choice and public policy in ways that advance the Humane Agenda in rapid and dramatic ways.
Our targeted projects strive to create issue awareness, while at the same time working to recruit, train and mentor youth who have the potential and passion to become future animal rights, environmental and social justice leaders within their own communities. We seek to create a vanguard of grassroots change agents who are willing and able to become powerful forces for compassion and kindness in pursuit of a more humane world.
We aim to help young people develop a heightened respect for the value of all life, both human and non-human; a more profound sense of empathy towards each other; an appreciation for the fragility of our shared environment; a deep and abiding understanding of the power of personal choice to make the world a better place for all; and an ambition to translate these beliefs into decisive action.
The vision for a brighter tomorrow starts with today's youth, but we must seize the moment lest it pass us by...
By intervening now, we seek to offer a better way and to change the very course of history.
If you'd like to learn more, please contact me contact me. This project relies on building the bridges that will allow people like you to mentor young men and women just starting out on their own advocacy journies. What you know about the struggle to make the world a more compassionate and peaceful place...your knowledge, your experience and your wisdom are priceless gems for these young warriors. Please share generously of your time, your expertise, your money and your prayers.
“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand” - Confucius
Humane Edutainment employs traditional arts and innovative theatrical techniques to increase awareness and to challenge young people to critically reflect upon their deeply-held values and how those values inform their lives as responsible and compassionate consumers and citizens.
What if you could really make a difference?
Since 2010, the Kairos Coalition has been collaborating with an amazing group of young Vietnamese volunteer animal welfare advocates. This group, called Yêu Động Vật, literally “Animal Lovers”, has since its founding just a few years ago, rescued and re-homed hundreds of abused and abandoned dogs and cats from the unforgiving streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
More recently, the Kairos Coalition and Yêu Động Vật have collaborated to equip two disabled cats named Moon and Happy with with wheelchairs and to engineer locally-produced, low-cost versions for other disabled dogs and cats in Vietnam.
You can see her try out her new wheelchair for the first time here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0azDS9b9FY8
We have also worked together to implement the first-ever voucher-based spay-and-neuter program in Ho Chi Minh City. We have together published a Vietnamese language “Go-Veg” guidebook and conducted an inspiring national Humane World Poster contest.
Our next joint project involves establishing a communal foster home for abandoned companion animals rescued from Vietnam’s streets and from the city’s dog- and cat-meat restaurants.
Dog Meat Restaurant in Vietnam
Cat Meat Restaurant in Vietnam
The Restored Hope Foster Home will provide a safe, secure and hygienic communal home where rescued cats and dogs can receive veterinary care and the abundant loving care and socialization that will be necessary for their eventual re-homing into carefully-selected adoptive families. Lulu, a dog who tried to escape when her family tried to sell her to a dog meat restaurant after they had grown bored with her is just one of the many dogs rescued and re-homed by Yêu Động Vật.
Lulu on her way to her doom…and after her rescue!
The Restored Hope Foster Home will also provide a final safe haven for those disabled cats and dogs who are still able to live a joy-filled life, but who may still require specialized care and attention and thus may not be as readily adoptable. Every life has meaning and purpose and must be nurtured and safeguarded.
This joint effort builds on previous Yêu Động Vật’s education, rescue and adoption work over the last several years and we believe it is the next inevitable step in their evolution as Vietnam’s first home-grown, domestic animal welfare advocacy organization.
Now is the time to act. Over the last year we have witnessed a dramatic escalation in conflicts between animal lovers and dog thieves operating to supply Vietnam’s Thịt chó (dog meat) restaurants. We are truly witnessing the convergence of two trends: The old way of the dog meat trade, where animals didn’t count for much, is coming up against an emerging new trend of keeping true companion animals that are loved, nurtured and valued for their own sake.
You can read more about these “Dog Wars” here: http://www.thanhniennews.com/2010/pages/20110716165422.aspx and here:
Yêu Động Vật’s intends the Restored Hope Foster Home to be a clear and unequivocal beacon of hope for Vietnam’s emerging animal welfare community and as a symbol of their own commitment to “no more homeless pets”.
Now, the real work begins and they can’t do it alone…they need your help and solidarity.
Real estate in Vietnam, and particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, is particularly expensive especially when you consider that the average annual per capita income is only $1,168. The lease on the Restored Hope Foster Home is a heavy burden to bear for an organization comprised mostly of young adults and teens who have thus far largely covered the cost of rent, food and veterinary care from their own salaries.
In solidarity with Yêu Động Vật’s vision for a more humane Vietnam, the Kairos Coalition has already provided funds to cover the lease through June; however, our goal is to provide security and stability for the project through December 2012.
Fortunately, a Kairos Coalition supporter has generously agreed to match dollar for dollar every single donation made on behalf of this project. But we don’t get a dime unless you give first, so I’m asking you today to consider giving generously to this project.
Every single contribution made on behalf of this Chip-In will go directly to support this project. Every cent will go toward the lease for the home and towards supplies and medical expenses for the rescues.
Will you support them? The young people of Vietnam are making a stand for kindness and compassion…will you stand with them and with the animals?
Restored Hope Foster Home under construction
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In Hanoi, the Kairos Coalition has partnered with IOGT-VN, a domestic youth development NGO, to pilot a Humane Edutainment program aimed at fostering the development of a cadre of youth grassroots animal activists. IOGT-VN has ten years of experience in developing the leadership potential of Vietnamese youth, but had never before been involved in animal protection issues; however, they were intrigued by the Humane Edutainment concept and have quickly become its most enthusiastic proponents.…Continue