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A medical fund forOwen Geiger

$5,232 given of $30,000 goal

Help Owen Geiger Live Healthfully

Started by: Kelly Hart

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Owen Geiger needs our help. He was in a hospital in Sakhon Nakhon, Thailand, the town where he has made his home for the last dozen years, but now he is back home. Owen fell ill in mid August, 2018, while traveling in Cambodia in order to comply with visa requirements. He became very weak while treating what he thought was intestinal parasites and eventually had to be transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The Thai family that Owen had been living with immediately responded by helping him return to his home town via several other ambulance trips.

Over the first couple of weeks Owen was sustained by tube feeding and artificial breathing, as he seemed to have an infection in his lungs. Now he is breathing and eating on his own, but is still quite weak and can barely talk. He does seem to be slowly improving. All of this medical attention has cost Owen and his Thai family several thousand dollars.

Unfortunately the clock is ticking with how long Owen can remain in Thailand under his current visa situation. Even though Owen has found his home in that country and has created a homestead with an amazing food forest with a caring family, the government still considers him a tourist. What he needs in order to become a resident with a retirement visa is about $25,000 in his personal bank account.

So we have set up this crowd funding opportunity to help Owen obtain a retirement visa and help defray his medical expenses. If we can raise at least $30,000 we will accomplish these goals!

Owen has devoted his life to helping other less advantaged people obtain their dreams of having a proper home, wherever they live around the world. When living in the United States he worked with Habitat for Humanity and then was Director of Builders without Borders. He has designed emergency shelters and freely given these plans to those in need. He was actively assisting folks in Haiti and in Nepal after their horrendous natural disasters. He worked with Good Earth Global to educate governmental agencies about sustainable building practices, especially earthbag building. He has helped promote these ideals through the Natural Building Blog for nearly a decade, freely providing information and advice. Owen is definitely a force for GOOD and deserves some good help in his time of need.

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I just finished a long talk with Owen on Facebook messenger. He seems more coherent than the last time I talked with him, but he is still quite weak physically. He said improvement is very slow and sometimes seems to be going sideways. Mostly he was very philosophical, talking about massive changes in consciousness that are in the works. He definitely appreciates all of the help we have been giving him, in terms of money and encouragement. He deeply loves his Thai family and relies on them for everything. He says the Thai people are wonderful. He has no desire to be anywhere else. He would love to get a retirement visa to more easily remain there, but realizes how complicated it might be to accomplish. A lot of the intricacies of this are kind of beyond his comprehension right now. I said goodby with a good feeling about his emotional state, and the realization that he still has a very long way to go before he is physically able to move in the world.

Posted by Kelly

October 20 at 9:42am

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Owen's friend Samy just sent this update: I talked with Owen yesterday. He is looking a lot better: more alert, more vigor in his speech and eating better. Even though he gets tired quickly, I have a feeling he will start walking exercises soon. He has expressed multiple times his many thanks to our support and our many prayers. It was a very encouraging call and I hope to reconnect with him in the next week to 10 days for an update.

Posted by Kelly

October 11 at 11:58am

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The news from Thailand is that Owen is continuing to improve. He is more vigorous and eating more. His mind seems sharper too. A special thanks to all of you who have contributed to Owen's well-being, both with your generous donations and with your loving thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kelly

October 2 at 8:16am

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Owen was taken home from the hospital yesterday! He is stronger now and is eating more.

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September 28 at 8:24am

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I am pleased to announce that Owen has been granted a 90 day extension to his tourist visa, which takes some of the pressure off the timing of his recovery.

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September 25 at 8:33am

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  • mitsieno olivier1 hour ago Best wishes from Eco-logis. Thanks for your helped when we came to thailand. We are doing on our small scale all we can to continue the work you dedicated your life for ! Thank for everything Olivier
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  • Kateryna Zemskova5 days ago Owen, wish you fast recovery.
  • Martina Sommerhoff6 days ago Best wishes.
  • Annette Ochs1 week ago Best wishes.
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  • Kerstin Rieger1 week ago Dear Owen, I was fortunate to meet you in Nepal in 2016 for a Earth Bag building workshop and to work on a school project close to the Chinese boarder for 2 weeks. You are an inspiration for anybody. I hope you will get well soon! Greetings from beautiful Nepal! Kerstin
  • Ann Marie Olson2 weeks ago I love reading and watching all your posts about natural building - they give me inspiration and hope for the future. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
  • Austin Drill2 weeks ago Wishing you a quick and healthy recovery! Thank you for all the important and impactful work you have done and continue to do. Best regards. Austin
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