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SAN JOSE � Thomas Nazario said he remembers walking through the streets of his Spanish Harlem neighborhood in New York City as a young boy and seeing a mother and child scavenging for food in a trash bin. It was Thanksgiving Day. The image left a deep impression. Today, the University of San Francisco law professor has made putting an end to human suffering an integral part of his life’s work. Nazario, who teaches a children’s rights course and supervises the law school’s Street Law program, is taking a brief break from academia next month and heading to India with a local group of wealthy humanitarians interested in helping the poor. “It has always been so hard to come back from places where people have absolutely nothing to places where we so quickly spend several hundred dollars on dinners we can’t finish, and things we don’t need,” Nazario explained. Upon their return, Nazario is hoping the members of his traveling entourage will start putting their cash to good use � by helping the impoverished residents of India lead better lives. This is the first time the professor has attempted a mission like this, and if all goes well, he is hoping to lead other groups abroad. He said he is already in preliminary talks with Google to do something similar with its employees. Nazario, who has visited India numerous times over the years, befriended the Dalai Lama in connection with work he did for the United Nations. His goal is to “get people out of the comfort zone and out of their Mercedes” and have them “put their money where their mouth is.” In that vein, the folks who have been invited on this trip, which begins Oct. 18, “either have money or have access to money,” Nazario said. The two-week trip will include a visit to an after-school program and a water purification planet. The Dalai Lama will also be speaking to the seven-person group.
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Harjit Khaira is planning to go. Her husband is a surgeon and she has a master’s degree in education and a law degree from Golden Gate University. Together they are hoping to focus on health care and education. “This is an initial trip to assess what needs to be done,” Khaira said. “We are looking for a village that we can adopt.” Cherlyn Medina met Nazario while she was an undergrad at the University of San Francisco. When she heard he was heading to India, Medina jumped at the opportunity to go along. “I am going to keep this memory close to me and have it affect what I do in the future,” said Medina, who is planning to pursue a law degree and work on an international level. Nazario is trying to raise money for the trip. He set his goal at $85,000. As of last week, he said he has raised about $48,000.

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