100 Friends began in India in 1989 when I discovered a Tibetan woman with terrible ear infections. I took her to the doctor and a $1 antibiotic saved her life and a $30 hearing aid restored her hearing. I was amazed to learn that you could make such a big difference to a person’s life with so little money.
When I returned to the US, I made a decision to return to India in order to help other needy people in a similar manner. I contacted one hundred of my friends in order to share this experience with them and gather donations to put to use on my next trip and I succeeded in raising $2,200.
Since then, the project and its supporters have expanded dramatically. I have been able to help thousands of individuals, families and small organizations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Last year I raised $184,168. The ultimate goal of the project is to give away one million dollars (but why stop there?).