So tomorrow night is the Namibia episode, the highlight of which is my journey up north to spend time with the Himba. Set the DVRs for 9pm E/P on Travel Channel… this is an amazing episode. The Himba are a remote tribe whose existence is threatened by a huge hydro electric dam being built on the Angolan border and the advent of educational opportunities for young tribal members. Send kids to school (good thing) and by the time they are 15 they don’t want to live a pastoral lifestyle any more. It’s a fascinating dynamic.
Then next week we journey to San Francisco for a glimpse of a side of the city you haven’t seen before. As many of you know we are trying to raise 100,000 dollars for the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Check it out at www.travelchannel.com/bizarre for the details, but all you have to do is tune in to make a difference.
People have been asking me a lot lately about other ways I spend my idle hours…well, here are a few other causes that occupy my time when I am not diving for red abalone in shark infested waters.
Feel free to log onto www.theretreat.org and make a donation targeted for the Rishia and Andrew Zimmern Scholarship fund which helps addicts and alcoholics get the treatment that so many need desperately.
I am also a board member of the National Youth Recovery Foundation and our board chair Cathie Hartnett forwarded me these amazing videos from Peter Gaumond who runs the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Here is the link to this great series of stories and accompanying interactive videos featuring three University of Texas at Austin students in recovery.
The ONDCP just posted an entry on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Of Substance blog and they are hoping to gather as much input as possible in response to their ideas. If you want to make a difference, read their blog and chime in on how best to go about changing the conversation about recovery.