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Bolivian children

Debbie Rodriguez spoke about her work with underprivileged girls and women in Bolivia. A Peace Corps Volunteer from 1996-99 and on Peace Corps Bolivia staff from 1999-2002, for six years Debbie witnessed magic in the midst of harsh poverty, resilience in the midst of unbelievable odds, wisdom in the midst of seemingly insurmountable political corruption, and optimism in the midst of decades-long oppression. Debbie worked with homeless and underprivileged girls throughout Bolivia to improve their
economic situation. Most in demand were income-generating skills at the micro-enterprise level. Along with a group of artists, she formed VisionArte and traveled around the country teaching business skills, art, music, public speaking, and writing – empowering women teetering on the brink of survival to support themselves and their families. A docent at the Museum of Latin American Art for ten years,

Debbie RodriguezDebbie Rodriguez is married to Bolivian artist and musician, Ramón Rodriguez, whose paintings and sculptures are housed in collections around the, world. Debbie and Ramón share a passion for Bolivian art and culture, running an art business, presenting talks and performing Bolivian music in communities throughout California.


Knowledge is that which Liberates: A New Future for Himalayan Children

Himalayan Children

Marc Alongi, cofounder of the Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) environmental school in the Marc AlongiIndian state of Uttarakhand, presented an uplifting insider’s view on progressive education in Himalyan India. Now in it's 10th year, APV provides a model for mindful and holistic education through community building and music. The curriculum is place-based and relevant to the learning of children in their context. Also a Teacher Training Center, AVP holds government school trainings focusing on student engagement, relevant curricula, mindful school culture and music.

The coffee talk included an inspiring and informative film about the APV School, which now serves over 100 students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The majority of the students come from farming villages one to seven kilometers walking distance from the school. Many suffer from malnutrition. The school provides nutritious meals and clothing for those in need. The children are also privy to a unique educational experience where they are free to be creative and explore their unique talents and interests.


Coffee TalksThe Hunger Project (THP)
is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, South Asia and Latin America, THP seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better future for the children.

Our feature speaker, Patricia Tucker, is the Regional Director of Funding for The Hunger Project.

She spoke about current initiatives including: Microfinance programs • Fostering government accountability • Empowering women as change agents • Mobilizing epicenter communities




Welcome to the United Nations Association, Pasadena Chapter! We have been a part of the Pasadena community for over 60 years.

Our commitment to the ideals of the United Nations: decreasing poverty, empowering women, and promoting environmental sustainability remains as strong as ever. We fulfill this commitment by sponsoring UNA events throughout the year.

Please look at our calendar of events which ranges from Model UN at Pasadena City College, to a speaker series to a film festival! I encourage you to attend our events, become a UNA member, and discover what we are all about. Thank-you!


Co-Presidents: Jon Charles & Chris Fennessy
Pasadena Chapter

Statement of Purpose

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to enhancing U.S. participation in the United Nations system and to strengthening that system as it seeks to define and carry out its mission. UNA-USA's action agenda uniquely combines education and public research, substantive policy analysis, and ongoing U.S.-U.N. dialogue.


The Association traces its founding to 1943 and the birth of the American Association for the United Nations (AAUN), a citizen-based organization led by Eleanor Roosevelt and dedicated to educating American about the U.N. and global issues. In 1964, the AAUN merged with the U.S. Committee for the United Nations, composed of 138 national organizations supporting the work of the world body, thereby creating the United Nations Association of today.