|…but there is one kind of artist I’d never want to support. So, before signing over my trust, dollars, and handmade goods to an internet acquaintance for a worthy cause, I’d personally want to investigate things a bit further…which I did, when I heard about a small baby’s plight. And I have a few questions as a result, the answers of which might be of interest to many loving, generous people here on Etsy. Because what I found was not only very disheartening, but of such a questionable nature on a much larger scale, that my husband asked that I not post this on a blog, but anonymously (to the extent possible). So I am posting my questions in here, along with links (which have backup screenshots) and am hoping (before this thread is closed) to discover some answers or at least alert many honest, kind-hearted people here to a significant problem:1. Why, when you lived in Oregon with Nicholas and your baby, was your name not Echo Vincent (a Pipl.com search comes up with no results in that state)—and when he wrote those Homestay ads through the Portland Homestay connnection, looking for a place to stay in Turkey, why did he say your name was Brittaney or Brittany (spelling two different ways on at least two different occasions)?
Istanbul — Nicholas & Brittaney VIncent Avirett — 20 June 2008 …. Vancouver and Portland schools for a classic homestay this summer June to August 2008. …
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Underneatb tbat is a link entitled, “Writing Endeavors” which takes one to a page of poetry apparently jointly written by “Echo” and Nicholas:
So apparently Brittaney = Echo Vincent (or = Echo Avirett, as in the case of the baptismal announcement here):
2. Why does that Homestay organization have so much fraud that readers are told:
“Please read before replying to any message or email: Fraud on homestay host using Western Union and Scam Alerts.”
***Scam alert page: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/scamalerts/index.pl.
***Going to that link, one of the common scams listed:
“Fake charity/ministry: An orphanage, pastor, NGO, etc. in an African country needs your cash.”
Well, that’s an interesting coincidence:
3. Why did you stay for such a short time in Turkey with that different name, and how much money did you raise for the plight of ‘the poor Roma peoples whose homes were being razed?’ A cause which you took on and wrote about for media release almost immediately upon your arrival in Istanbul?
30.Aug.2008 02:29 news release:
From the Portland Independend Media—newswire article, with donations/support asked for via the dustcastles gmail address:
“Destruction Sulukule of Roma District in Istanbul: Call to Action!
Call to action to raise awareness of and support for the Roma people of Sulukule district in Istanbul, Turkey, which is currently being demolished to make way for gentrification.
“As I write this, bulldozers raze the partially evacuated district of Sulukule, the home of the Roma community since the Byzantine period, and the first sedentary Roma settlement in the world in the 15th Century. The houses, the streets, the entire district of Sulukule are parts of an extraordinary monument that represents an age and an ancient people: a precious and priceless World Heritage Site.”…
It may be too late to save Sulukule, but we still need to raise awareness and support for the Roma peoples of Istanbul.”…
4. Why do you now go by Echo J. Vincent, the same unusual name as another 29-yr. old young mother who grew up in Montana—but who is obviously not you?
http://www.brucevincentspeaking.com/contact.htm (Listed as Personal Assistant to her dad, “Bruce Vincent”; married and now Echo Venn.)
And who is, interestingly enough, also involved in charitable work with her father Bruce Vincent:
You can’t be this same Echo J. Vincent–you have been attributed Vancouver roots by your husband in the Homestay ads (though again, a pipl search for an Echo Vincent in Canada http://www.pipl.com/search/?FirstName=echo+&LastName=vincent&City=&State=&Country=&CategoryID=2&Interface=1
And when did you change your name? Seems you were still going by Brittany/Brittaney when your husband (who also goes by the name Nicholas Sheram many places online) posted his “New Member” inquiry (on a site he’d been a member of for 4 years) concerning your move to from Turkey to India:
Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:21 am
Nicholas Sheram <strayoff@…>
[Profile info when clicked: Name: Nicholas S, male, from Atlanta, member since June 6, 2004.]
Restoratives-NEW MEMBER ENQUIREY Message List
“My wife and I have recently moved to Kottayam in Kerala from America and are looking for a way to get involved with the community of our newly-found home. We have both been very interested in the ancient religion and culture of India ( hence our decision to move here) and would like to offer our services to the temple restoration group. My wife is a visual artist with experience in the restoration and maintenance of old works of art, and both of us have cultivated a long-standing interest and study of both Eastern and Western philosophy as well as the study of linguistics. We would like give our help in any projects we could be considered helpful in, as well as opening a channel for discussion of topics that are of interest to those who study the culture of ancient India.
We are available for any projects in the state of Kerala ( depending on our working schedule ) and the surrounding states.
We look forward to this chance to participate in the restoration and preservation of Indian culture and heritage.
Brittany (sic) and Nicholas Avirett
“For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure,
5. I’d also like to know how much of my money would actually be supporting Adia, rather than pouring into the Hindu BAP that you and Nicholas are involved in, whether at the Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir in Portland:
or the one in Chicago, or at any of their worldwide mandirs:
According to your forum posts, you don’t want to name the Adia foundation ‘Gifts of God’ because you “don’t really want it to seem to have any particular religious affiliation.” http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6269004 . So, I guess I’d want to be assured of that, in that by the looks of the marble and gilding and new construction plans, (see photos # y080822-19f through 22f in the August photos at this link: http://www.baps.org/download/photo.htm#2008 ) a hungry baby in India could sure use the money more than this organization.
There are many, many more questions, but these 5 are probably an adequate start.