108 Lives Project


The 108 Lives Project connects global communities through unconditional giving. The 108 Lives was established by Three Jewels President Hector Marcel in 2008 as an offering to 108 beggars in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hector took portraits of each beggar to create a photo essay on the unifying act of unconditional giving. The local connections  Hector made germinated over the years, yielding a rich network of opportunity to give. Now, each year, 108 Lives volunteers return to Kathmandu and nearby villages to serve schools, monasteries, and orphanages by conducting trauma workshops and teaching lessons on English language, hygeine, art and yoga.  Funds raised also contribute to rebuilding community infrastructure, providing technology, and other essential resources.

Now, various 108 Lives Projects around the world serve as a platform for emerging social entrepreneurs to build, lead and deliver on project goals that include, education, shelter, food, children’s activities and self-sustainability. This is a perfect practical application of traditional Buddhist teachings for students studying with the Asian Classics Institute to develop bodhichitta and wisdom. The trips are immersive, colorful, and lively. If you're interested in attending the Spring 2018 trip to Kathmandu, please email info@threejewels.org.