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Bob Moncrieff, International Management Consultant, DBI Network

Imagine a room buzzing with energy and ideas, excitement and nerves, a room full of budding entrepreneurs, all waiting for a turn to present their business ideas to a panel of retail industry leaders. In this room, dreams can be realized or sent back to the drawing board. If it sounds a lot like Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den, that’s because the setup is similar, but that’s where the similarities end.

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The following is a first person account from Suman Sapkota of RetailROI Partner Free for Life Since we started partnering with Free For Life, over 552 children had been rescued from human trafficking. On April 25th, the mission changed as a massive earthquake hit the region…here is his story. You can read part 1 of this story here:

A week after we arrived it was a hazy Saturday in the mountain village of Pangtang. This was the first time I had been to this community and we came with earthquake relief aid. The sky had been rainy and cold all morning, so women were sitting in front of fires in their kitchens to warm up. Other members of the village were just returning from the jungle bringing back grass and firewood. The Christians in the community were at church during the 10-12pm weekly service. Local Hindu families were waiting for the local Hindu priest to arrive to do puja (worship).

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The following is a first person account from Suman Sapkota of RetailROI Partner Free for Life Since we started partnering with Free For Life, over 552 children had been rescued from human trafficking. On April 25th, the mission changed as a massive earthquake hit the region…here is his story.

It was 2am here in the US when I was awakened to a call from my sister. She told me that there was a massive earthquake in Nepal and she was not able to get ahold of our mother and Peace Rehabilitation Center (PRC) President, Shanta. I was stunned with fear, because I knew she was traveling to visit a girl PRC had recently rescued from trafficking in India. I couldn’t sleep. The news said named the districts hardest hit by the earthquake. I was sick to my stomach because I knew she was in one of the epicenter districts. I was ready to hear the worst, but after two hours we finally got through. She had left a building that collapsed in the earthquake a mere 10 seconds later. Her voice shaky, anguished and fearful, she explained that those ten seconds saved the life of two PRC board members, one full time staff, and herself. I could not bear to be in the United States thinking of all the Nepalese that needed my help. After praying and seeking wisdom, I decided to return to Nepal and help in the Aid efforts. I contacted all of the male PRC staff and told them to prepare to go into the community to help.

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, has been in the news a lot over the last few days because of a recent shark attack there during a surfing competition. This beautiful town on the Eastern Cape holds many dangers, but believe it or not, sharks are not the most pressing problem.

Earlier this year, I joined several RetailROI team members on the trip of a lifetime to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, and experienced both the beauty of the area and the poverty that threatens its people.

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I’ve gone to SuperSaturday several times. I’ve heard the stories told by people who have been on a trip. How life changing these trips are. Over time, I became friends with Andy Lehman (Vice President of LifeSong for Orphans, an ROI partner). One day over breakfast, Andy asked me, “So, why haven’t you gone on a trip, yet?” And, you know, I didn’t have a reason.

From that point on, the die was cast, and I signed up for a trip to Plan Escalon in Honduras; but I didn’t just sign myself up for the trip – I signed up my 16-yr-old daughter and her friend, too.

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