Friday, June 16, 2006
Bernie's Busy Building
Last evening at the home of Nancy and Tom Vendetti, many Maui folk had the distinct pleasure of listening to the lifestory of a dynamic man, Bernard Krisher. Bernie's a man with a passion and a mission: he's built hundreds of schools in Cambodia and STILL building. As the fundraiser for this enormous and much-needed project, he keeps quite active, even at the age of 75 when many men are retiring. Named by Time Magazine as one of the 2005 "Asia's Heroes", you can read more about Bernie here.
Another excellent article about Bernie's Cambodia project by CNN is here.
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Here's a brief bio on Bernie:
Moved to Tokyo in 1962 and began his career as a journalist... was the first journalist to interview Hirohito, Japan's wartime emperor... founded the Cambodia Daily (an independent press) in 1993... raised more than $50,000 to ship rice, corn and medical supplies to Korea after their devasting 1994 floods... resides in Tokyo with his wife...travels around wheedling and cajoling others to fund the Cambodia School Project.
Check out these articles and Bernie's project. I'm sure you will come to the same conclusion as did Time magazine. After he worked out a deal with the famed, wealthy British author J. K. Rowling and convinced her to allow a "cut-rate, Khmer-language version of Harry Potter", Time magazine wrote, "Today, Cambodian families can buy their child Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone for 50 cents--thanks to Bernie Krishner's wizardry."
Once you meet Bernie face-to-face, you meet a modern-day Merlin alright, for he has all the elements: charm, humor, compassion, vision, drive, and intelligence.
And if you're in the mood for shopping, be sure to look at these Cambodian products here. Just another of Bernie's many projects, natch!