Updated: Jul 28, 2021

Equally together -We Move Forward

It was at the tender age of eight that Rama Arya discovered the lesson of the Bullocks cart. Although there is nothing tender about being born into the Dalits in North-Central India. The Dalits are the lowest caste in the pervasive, yet outlawed Hindu caste system. Dubbed “untouchables”, the Dalits are relegated to a life of menial jobs; scavenging through waste, skinning animals, and cleaning streets and sewage systems. They are identified by their dress, denied access to services and better jobs, and are frequently disparaged by those in India’s upper-caste society.

As an intelligent and curious young boy, Rama struggled to understand why the people in his village were so poor. Why the caste system existed - why all were not equal.

In India, bulls have been used to pull heavy wooden carts for over 5,000 years. Rama remembers the Bullocks cart that belonged to a family friend in his small village of Mauranipur, in the Jhansi district state of Uttar Pradesh.

The skilled neighbor handled the Bullocks cart effortlessly, it looked like fun. Young Rama asked for an opportunity to drive the cart. The owner agreed. But try as he may, Rama was not able to coax the bulls forward, not even an inch. As he pleaded and prodded the team, the bulls stood staunchly together in defiance of the small stranger holding the reins. This made the neighbor laugh. It was an embarrassment for young Rama, but a teaching moment too – a gift from the universe.

Rama asked the owner why the bulls refused to carry him. The man explained that Rama was a stranger to his experienced team. For the bulls to trust Rama and choose to help him, he would have to win each of them over. He had to earn their trust, equally together.

Rama eagerly committed to connecting with the bulls; to build a relationship of support and love. It took several weeks. The boy would come every day and bring the bulls food and water. He spoke to them in a soft joyful tone, as if he were telling secrets to his best friend. The result of his dedication to the bulls was astounding. Over several weeks, the team learned to obediently respond to Rama’s gentle direction.

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Barbara Berryman

Due to financial constraints that frequently plague the elderly, a spunky senior named Barbara had moved from mid-town LA to senior housing in Compton about 3 years ago. Then the pandemic hit. Her church and meditation classes shut down for a while, then moved online through Zoom. Barbara who lived alone, now struggled to maintain her connection with her friends and community through the internet. The building where she lived had only been wired by a single internet service which was too costly for her meager budget. The provider bundled it’s services, and Barabara who couldn’t pay for cable TV, she just needed a landline and wi-fi for an out-dated computer. Without internet, she had no access to the church’s zoom services and could no longer virtually attend her meditation group. Barbara kept trying to access Zoom through her cell phone but it was old and lacked bandwidth so it kept timing out while trying to connect.

In her frustration, Barbara reached out to a cell provider that had opened up across the street. They were advertising new customer specials and claimed to be affiliated with her current cell phone company. Barbara had hoped to get an updated phone with a good camera for Zoom and maybe a hotspot. The store’s representative made promises to Barbara if she purchased a new phone and changed service – including paying her current bill to T-Mobile. Not only did they take her monthly cell bill allotment (which was due the same week) they added fees they never mentioned and didn’t pay off her T-mobile account at all.

Elevated Life Solutions learned of Barbara’s hardship, and reached out to help. Rama was a friend that she had known for many years. Through ELS, he was able to provide her with an updated refurbished computer, and he even came to her house to set it up and show her how to use it.

Next ELS was able to provide Barbara with a new cell phone that came with a hotspot. She could use the hotspot to connect with her community via zoom on her new computer. Rama also ensured Barbara that he would be able to provide her with phone service for the new phone that would continue at a lower rate to accommodate her limited budget. Barbara was overjoyed by the love and support provided by Rama through Elevated Life Solutions.

From Barbara - “When Rama says that he really cares about people - he really does.” Lot’s of people say that, but they don’t act on it. I’ve seen him do so many charitable things.” She went on to share that years ago when they first met, Rama had a meditation group. At the end of meditation, Rama would cook for the whole group! He made lots of wonderful Indian dishes.

In south-central Los Angeles underserved communities were hit hard by the pandemic, and struggling families found their struggle greater than ever before.

· Elementary school children whose classes had moved online due to COVID-19 couldn’t participate because their families couldn’t afford a laptop.

· A young woman in a wheelchair who lacked technology found herself more isolated than ever before.

· A local gentleman without the means to buy a computer was driven to find a way to start his own non-profit to provide support in his hard-hit community.

Rama Arya, CEO of Elevated Life Solutions has always known that knowledge is power. He believes that with knowledge anyone can change their life condition. Somalie Inez shares that viewpoint. Somalie is an old friend of Rama’s who started a charitable organization of her own - Point of Love foundation, about a year ago.

Point of Love aspires to support the education of underprivileged people in the community. Somalie believes that teaching financial literacy to young people and minorities who never had any guidance or education in how to build a life is vital to changing their living situations.

When the pandemic hit, Somalie needed to move her message online via Zoom, but the fledgling foundation was short on funds for things like technology. Elevated Life Solutions was there for her. Rama provided Point of Love with tech support which included securing and paying for a discounted Zoom subscription for

“Rama is committed to providing technology through Elevated Life Solutions and Point of Love,” says Somalie, “because he understands the importance of reaching and lifting up underserved communities.”

With their goals aligned, Rama and Somalie decided to work together to distribute much-needed technology to the neediest community members they could reach. It was important to both Somalie and Elevated Life Solutions that the computers get into the right hands – where there is the greatest need. To that end, Point of Love created an application process for local people to request laptops. The process includes determining each applicant’s specific technology needs and also their level of computer literacy.

Through his non-profit, Rama was able to purchase and refurbish 55 laptop computers which have already been distributed to families in South Central Los Angeles.

To date, these computers have reached:

· Several Elementary school children whose classes have moved online due to Coronavirus

· The woman in a wheelchair (in her 30’s) who has been isolated, without a computer to connect to people

· The gentleman who had no computer, but was interested in starting a non-profit of his own so he could pay-it-forward

When the laptops are distributed, each person receiving one has to sign in. The recipient is shown how to set up and use the laptop then they are asked if they need further instruction or education on computer use. Rama is always there to provide any support. Somalie is grateful to have Rama and Elevated Life Solutions as a partner. She says,

“Rama is a beam of light and has the heart to want to make a difference. To be of service – in any way. Our hearts are aligned to help people.”

To help more kids and underserved community members get a laptop, please donate here.