Come to the edge; it's too
Come to the edge; we might fall.
Come to the edge, and they came.
He pushed them, and they flew.
- Guillaume Appolinaire -
Timmissartok is a Greenlandic word that means
“to fly like a bird.” The most reliable form of transport in the dark cold
winters of northern Greenland is the dogsled. For survival in these harsh
conditions, the Greenlanders have a saying - “the hungry dog pulls
The Timmissartok Foundation was founded in 2000 to assist individuals with adventurous projects that will take place in a foreign country. The foundation believes that one individual with a dream can be more powerful than a string of committees. Albert Einstein showed us that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Ideas inspire people. The Timmissartok Foundation wants to invest in the people with the big dreams - “the hungry dogs” - who have a strong enough heart to make their dreams come true.
Passion is the fire that makes us do the things that are not possible - “La passion a toujours raison.” It is also this same passion that can reward us with the wisdom from experience. The Romans called this experior. The Timmissartok Foundation supports people who are not afraid to take a risk and who realize that if you stay away from risk in your life, you are staying away from precisely those areas where the greatest achievements are possible.
Languages, even at a very basic level, are the key to understanding different cultures. There is an Arabian Proverb - “the hand you cannot break, you kiss” - which means a strong enemy can be a strong friend. The foundation is interested in projects that will allow exposure to foreign languages because with every different language you learn, you acquire a different soul. Saudade is an untranslatable Brazilian word - a deep yearning, in which the ‘absence’ becomes the most profound ‘presence.’ The Africans believe, “you live by your face.” These expressions enable you to see the world through different eyes.
The Timmissartok Foundation will partially support projects that involve “travel with a purpose” in which a particular passion is to be explored. Travel is one of the world’s greatest teachers, and the German saying “Der weg ist das ziel” is very relevant, because the journey is more important than the destination. The foundation looks for projects which embody the philosophy of Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar - "The greatest adventure is still the voyage of the human spirit.”
We look forward to reading your project application.
Open to: Individuals seeking adventure in foreign lands - all nationalities, all ages.
Grant Amounts: Small.
Application: Apply anytime. We read all applications. We cannot reply to every email. Recipients posted when granted.
Directors: T.Claytor, R.B.Claytor,MD, W.I.Claytor, B.K.S.Ingersoll, L.B.Norton, P.F.Cooke,Jr., S.L.Robinson, D.B.Smith, R.Parker, C.E.Leonard, M.Ramirez, N.Sato, R.J.Parfet, M.M.Sheikh, P.Brabeck-Letmathe, Khenpo Chimed Rinpoche.