Rebecca Schaper is an author, filmmaker, philanthropist, and mental health advocate. With Kyle Tekiela, she co-produced and directed the award-winning documentary A Sister’s Call. The film chronicles her mission to bring her brother Call Richmond Jr. back from the depths of homelessness and schizophrenia, all while seeking ways to heal herself and her family from the past. Her memoir The Light in His Soul: Lessons from My Brother’s Schizophrenia recounts the events in the film, supplemented by her intimate personal reflections on recovering from trauma and developing spiritual insight.
NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nations's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to help educate thousands of communities across the United States and to ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
Inca Medicine School - Paqo Shamans Healing Association
Message of the Paqo Masters from Qero- To make a better world, following the values of the Ayni: Reciprocity and love, Inca wisdom, respect for nature and keeping the balance of the energies of the world.
The donation will be:
Creation of a book with memories of the elder Paqo master Alejandro Apasa whose teachings are a big contribution to preserve the Andean Inca wisdom
To organize educational courses in Alto Qosqo neighborhood in Cusco city. To help the community of Kiko (where masters come from) to protect and keep their ancestral practices, empowering people to realize their full potential through the practice of ancestral arts. To fight poverty and migration. To children, teenagers and all natives who want to join.
Rebecca makes frequent public and media appearances as a spokesperson for mental-health awareness and spiritual development, including presentations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Vinfen community-based services, the NYC Mental Health Film Festival, Greenville Mental Hospital, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She is a supporter of NAMI, as well as benefactor of the Great Plains Foundation for African wildlife conservation, a family-assistance program in Kigali, Rwanda, a children’s school at the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Bhutan, and The Healing Center in Bali. She is also facilitating the global outreach efforts of the Last Inca Shamans Healing Association of Q'ero Nation in the Cusco region of Peru. She helped sponsor the film Ram Dass, Going Home by Derek Peck. She makes her home with her husband Jim in Georgia.