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Категория : Добри хора, Добри дела
Дата : 2021
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YouCare: The “Good Deeds” Search Engine, Part 1 of 2

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YouCare: The “Good Deeds” Search Engine, Part 1 of 2

On today’s program we’ll meet Thomas Moreau from Levallois-Perret, France, the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of YouCare. “We specialize in doing good deeds around the world thanks to our charitable search engine. We were only two partners in the beginning and today we are a team of five that run the project. Youcare was conceived with a very simple mission -- the goal of the company is to make the world a better place.” “There are seven different good deeds in Youcare, which have different themes. One of the good deeds is, for example, offering meals to animals in shelters, in order to defend the animal cause. After 45 searches on Youcare, you will be able to offer one meal to animals in shelters. Today, it’s been two years and we have managed to give more than 900,000 meals to animals in shelters. There are over 100,000 people who use Youcare on a daily basis, about 70% of the community will be involved in this good deed.” “Among the other good actions that exist on Youcare, there is the fact that we can remove plastic from the oceans. So, we’re going to help associations that will carry out missions to collect plastic waste, especially on the beaches.” “We also work with nurseries that will replant trees throughout the world, that will reforest entire parcels of land that have been deforested. For example, we have a French partner association called Forest Calling, with whom we work and who buys forests to make sanctuaries, to be sure that they will never be deforested again. At the same time, we will help them to reforest the whole area that was deforested.” Our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai also uses internet technology as a vehicle to uplift the world. “But things are different today. There are Internet, e-mail, Skype, telephone, and other ways to communicate so the whole world knows. The whole world knows if you’re a tyrant or an inept leader. Not only does your country know, the whole world also knows if you’re an incompetent bureaucrat or official. So, you’d better check yourself. Our time is different from the olden times. It’s wonderful and I’m very happy about it.”
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2021-11-15   579 Преглед
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2021-11-15

Nemonte Nenquimo: Amazonian Environmental Hero

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Nemonte Nenquimo: Amazonian Environmental Hero

Nemonte Nenquimo is an Indigenous Waorani woman and champion of the environment. She was named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, one of the first Amazonians ever to be featured on the list and the only Indigenous woman nominated that year. In the same year, Ms. Nenquimo also appeared on the BBC 100 Women 2020 list, was given the Goldman Environmental Prize, and was honored with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s “Champions of the Earth” award for Inspiration and Action. Oil companies have released waste into the Ecuadorian waterways and polluted the land, causing Indigenous Peoples to be displaced. Witnessing such devastating effects from the oil companies’ activities, Ms. Nenquimo has dedicated her life to defending her ancestral land, ecosystem, culture, and way of life. The same year, Ecuador decided to hold an auction for oil extraction rights spread over 2.8 million hectares of primary Amazon forest. Ms. Nenquimo, serving as the plaintiff, co-filed a lawsuit against the Ecuadorian government for violating the Waorani’s right to free, prior, and informed consent as it did not seek permission to auction the oil rights of their land. In April 2019, the judges ruled in favor of the Waorani people. Indigenous Peoples own or manage one-quarter of the world’s land, and their land rights should be respected and recognized. The oil projects in the Amazon not only threaten the lives of Indigenous Peoples but also destroy wildlife, biodiversity, and thousands of unique plants in “the lungs of the Earth.” Ms. Nenquimo asks the world to stand with native inhabitants to defend their rainforest from oil drilling. “If we don’t do that, life will be cut short for future generations. There will be no more trees, clean water, or air left. We, the Indigenous People who live connected to the forests, will disappear first, and then the planet as well.” Ms. Nenquimo also helped her people stay away from oil company subsidies by installing a rainwater harvesting system and solar panels. Similarly, she has supported women-led organic cacao and chocolate businesses to help the Waorani maintain independence from the oil industry.
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2021-09-03   661 Преглед
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2021-09-03

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 14 of a Multi-part Series: From Syrian Refugee to Olympic Athlete – Yusra Mardinii

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 14 of a Multi-part Series: From Syrian Refugee to Olympic Athlete – Yusra Mardinii

Today, we will introduce another remarkable refugee, Yusra Mardini. She bravely saved her companions during an extremely dangerous escape from Syria in 2015 and became an Olympic swimmer a year later. Now she is also a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, dedicating her voice to speaking up for millions of refugees around the world.In 2015, an unexploded bomb pierced through the roof of the swimming pool where she trained. This was the turning point when she realized she had to leave Syria to live a life beyond strife and swim again. When the Mardini sisters arrived in Berlin, Germany, they stayed in an overcrowded refugee camp at first, and Yusra felt the negative connotations of the word refugee. However, she was determined to pursue her dream to become an Olympic swimmer.In early 2016, the International Olympic Committee announced that a first-ever Refugee Olympic Team would join the Summer Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the same year. Ms. Mardini was identified as one of the 43 candidates to potentially qualify for the team, but she initially hesitated as she wanted to compete in the Olympics on merit, not out of pity. Yet, she agreed to race after her parents convinced her that she earned and deserved the nomination. She realized that it’s not just about herself and thought, “It’s about the community that I’m fighting for. It’s about refugees. It’s about athletes. It’s about swimmers. It’s about being a voice for people who don’t have a voice.”Since her participation with the 2016 Refugee Olympic Team, Yusra Mardini has become a powerhouse for refugee rights. She has spoken on the topic during her meetings with His Holiness Pope Francis, the then-President of the United States, His Excellency Barack Obama, as well as other world leaders. In September 2016, she advocated for refugees to have access to safe shelter, education, livelihoods and training opportunities at the Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis held at the United Nations. “I want to help change people’s perceptions of what a refugee is. For everyone to understand, it is not a choice to flee from your home. Refugees are normal people who can achieve great things if given the opportunity.”
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2021-08-16   960 Преглед
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2021-08-16

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 11: British Platinum-Selling Pop Star Rita Ora

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 11: British Platinum-Selling Pop Star Rita Ora

Ms. Ora is regarded as a distinguished singer and fashion icon, an active philanthropist, and advocate of women's rights. Rita was born on November 26, 1990, in Pristina, Yugoslavia, or what is now present-day Kosovo. At age one, her family fled to the UK because of internal conflict in the nation. In 2009, a talent scout in the UK learned of Rita and told Roc Nation, a prominent American entertainment company, about her.In 2012, she gained her first mainstream recognition when she sang on DJ Fresh's single “Hot Right Now.” This song reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and made Ms. Ora famous overnight. With the support of Jay-Z, Rita released her single “How We Do (Party),” in February 2012. It was soon followed by a second single, “R.I.P,” which features British rapper and singer Tinie Tempah. Both songs debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Ms. Ora’s influence is far beyond the music and entertainment area. She is passionate about philanthropic work, in particular children’s welfare, women's rights, and the plight of refugees. For a long time, Rita has used her reach as a pop star to support and work with numerous charity organizations, such as UNICEF UK, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the British Red Cross, a Shining World Compassion Award recipient, Sightsavers, London Fire Relief Fund, etc. As an international popstar, Ms. Ora has served as a special guest to fundraise for cancer research and the fight against the Ebola crisis. In a speech at WE Day UK in London on March 9, 2016, an event celebrating social activism by London-area students, Ms. Ora talked about her own experiences being a refugee and the issues she and her family encountered as new immigrants. Her most prestigious honor is from her homeland. In 2015, the then-president of Kosovo, Her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga, appointed Ms. Ora as the Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo.
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2021-05-29   1557 Преглед
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2021-05-29

Celebrating Miracles on Supreme Master Ching Hai Day

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Celebrating Miracles on Supreme Master Ching Hai Day

In our times, Supreme Master Ching Hai came to Earth with the mission to save the planet and all sentient beings. Her boundless love reaches out to beings in all directions offering blessings and enlightenment. Her Love is beyond human comprehension and Her spiritual Radiance expands across universes. Supreme Master Ching Hai’s mission is to save the world and the animals, but also includes saving the souls of all beings. “So, the Buddhas and Christ, any Saint, rescue all the people, all the beings in this world, as long as They are in this world. All beings are or will be uplifted recently because your Master is stronger now. Before, She could not promise, but now She can. I need to go also on retreat more. It’s for other things, to lessen the suffering of the animals and humans. But all will be uplifted, except some exceptions, that I will read to you. All beings on this planet, as long as I live, as long as your Master lives, She will uplift them all to the New Land, but gradually; depends.” “By the way, you know what? Maya is gone! Forgot to tell you. I like that very much. Wow, a lot of work, but I really cannot bear that guy anymore. I know everything is illusion, for me; but for all the beings, they are not illusion. They are in true suffering, pain, sorrow, anguish, untold misery. And another thing, the negative force is also gone. Bye-bye! One more thing, not yet. And the force of karma is? ( Gone.) Gone! Bye-bye! These three things I took care. But still, not like completely clean. It’s the beginning of a Heaven kind of energy. And then I asked Them, ‘Done?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And They’re all jumping and the whole universe, oh, endless of beings that you cannot even see how many. You can only see some in the front, jumping and crying, ‘Maya is gone, maya is gone, maya is gone!’ And they’re just jumping and crying, happy, very much.” Thanks to Her spiritual work and intensive meditation retreats, countless beings were fully liberated from the entanglement of lower realms. “These are only for the dead people who suffer in hell or in some unfavorable realm. If difficult to take care, during retreat, can take care. So, all together, it’s about 731,114,123 souls.”
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2021-02-22   1036 Преглед
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2021-02-22

Cruelty Free International: Paving the Way for Compassionate Shopping

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Cruelty Free International: Paving the Way for Compassionate Shopping

Every year, millions of beings suffer and die in laboratories all over the world from chemical, drug, food, and cosmetic testing. One of the leading organizations working with a singular focus to end animal-people experimentation worldwide, the UK-based Cruelty Free International, is helping to create a planet where no one considers that testing on persons of the animal kingdom is ever an option. Cruelty Free International came to life in the United Kingdom on June 14, 1898, at a public meeting in Bristol, under the leadership of Frances Power Cobbe, who among other things, was a great champion for women’s rights, philanthropist, and caring supporter of people of the animal kingdom’s rights. Let us take a look at some of the strategies this benevolent organization has used to help in ending the suffering of our animal friends. First, it has disclosed and publicized the real life and suffering of animal kingdom persons in laboratories by investigations and organized campaigns worldwide to end experimentation. Also, it has worked with governments around the world, prepared constructive proposals, and connected with politicians, decision-makers, and compassionate people to build support and gain public awareness to make policy changes on testing. In addition, Cruelty Free International has utilized legal challenges to enforce animal kingdom people’s rights laws. Lastly, through research and spreading the latest scientific knowledge, the group is promoting humane alternatives to replace animal tests, and supporting companies and retailers who have adopted a cruelty-free system in developing and selling their products. Michelle Thew, chief executive of Cruelty Free International, has talked about why we should forever be against testing. “You don’t need the animal tests. We’ve replaced all of the really archaic cruel tests that we used to do on animals, and we can do them more effectively now without using animals.” The Leaping Bunny logo of Cruelty Free International has become a trusted symbol of authentic cruelty-free products that consumers can rely on, and manufacturers can use, to show that their products have not been tested on animals. The Leaping Bunny program certifies cruelty-free cosmetics, personal care and household products and is regarded as the global gold standard.
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2021-11-18   505 Преглед
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2021-11-18

Jennifer Stojkovic (vegan): Empowering Female Vegan Entrepreneurs

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Jennifer Stojkovic (vegan): Empowering Female Vegan Entrepreneurs

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. In honor of this occasion, we profile an influential vegan woman who is passionately dedicated to inspiring and empowering businesswomen worldwide who are leading or creating new plant-based ventures. Jennifer Stojkovic, originally from Canada, has established herself as an influential community relations leader for tech companies in San Francisco, United States. Along the way, Jennifer became aware of the disadvantages women entrepreneurs face. In response, she started the Vegan Women Summit (VWS) in early 2020. It is the world’s first “global events and media organization created to empower female-identifying change-makers to bring compassion to their careers.” VWS’s Pathfinder program is the world’s first women founder summit dedicated to plant-based innovation and business development. Over 800 applications from 31 countries were received, 60% of which were from women founders of color. Renana Krebs, the winner of the VWS Pathfinder 2020 competition, is the co-founder and CEO of Algalife, an Israeli startup that focuses on creating bio-textiles from cleaner and greener algae-based fibers and dyes; this production method has enormous potential to resolve the overconsumption of resources by the fashion industry as well as the pollution and waste it generates. Dr. Courtney Blagrove’s Whipped Urban Dessert Lab is the world’s first oat-milk soft serve ice cream shop, offering a full array of dazzling and delicious vegan desserts in New York City, USA. Miyoko Schinner, the renowned vegan founder and CEO of the award-winning American dairy-free brand Miyoko’s Creamery praised the Pathfinder event. While helping to shape this ecosystem for female founders, Jennifer Stojkovic has noticed another positive aspect of VWS’s work. She said, “We have discovered more than one-third of female founders entering the space move towards a more plant-based diet after founding their company. We are eager to explore this opportunity and create a mainstream entry point into the industry for founders coming from all backgrounds."
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2021-03-08   807 Преглед
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2021-03-08

Being Guardian Angels for Each Other, Part 1 of 2

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Being Guardian Angels for Each Other, Part 1 of 2

Today, we are going to introduce a few heart-warming stories that show how people give unconditionally in tough times. Ms. Donna LaMonaca is a supervisory officer working in the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in Pennsylvania, USA. She has worked for the federal agency for 18 years and been recognized by her employer for helping the elderly to make COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Ms. LaMonaca volunteered her time to help the elderly book vaccine appointments by sacrificing her sleep. She has also used her off days to take the elderly to get vaccinated, with her 13-year-old son Geno tagging along to help fill out the required forms. The following story shows that we should always do whatever we can to help each other. Mitchell Couch is a resident of Lemoore, California, USA. When the pandemic forced schools to shift to distance learning, he noticed that many kids, including his own four, were using the kitchen table for online learning, which interfered with family time due to the learning materials being scattered all over. As an experienced carpenter for 20 years, he decided to build desks for his kids so that they each had their own place to study and store their books and supplies. After a few hours, he made two desks and posted them on social media. He then started to get feedback and questions from the community about those desks, so much so that he made a short video on YouTube with step-by-step instructions to teach people how to build the desk themselves. His small action inspired more people.It is often said that we’re blessed more when we give rather than when we receive. Supreme Master Ching Hai teaches Her disciples to follow this principle. “When you give to people who are truly needy, you'll feel so good, and it will be just like receiving a gift yourself. You will feel the happiness of that person. So his happiness becomes yours. But I'm even happier than he is. Do you know why? It's because I can feel his happiness, plus I can feel my own happiness in giving. So I have two kinds of happiness. So I'm happier than him. The one who gives is happier than the one who receives. It's just like this.”
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2021-09-06   669 Преглед
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2021-09-06

Backpacks For The Street: Bringing Hope to the Homeless

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Backpacks For The Street: Bringing Hope to the Homeless

In today’s episode, we will travel to New York City in the United States of America, where we will meet a couple who has been giving out backpacks filled with hope and care to thousands of homeless people. In December 2020, there were 56,849 homeless men, women and children in New York City; this is about 14% of all homeless people in America. Many are using the municipal shelter system, but thousands still live on the streets without adequate protection from the elements. Thankfully, there are many goodhearted people and charitable organizations whose mission is to comfort these souls, help them to feel noticed and bring them love and happiness through material and emotional help. Backpacks For The Street was founded in February 2018 by the couple Jeffrey Newman and Jayson Conner. Jeffrey says: “This is about hope. This is about showing people who feel invisible and forgotten about that they matter and that someone cares.” The first Backpacks For The Street event took place in March 2018. This outreach effort, which was funded within 72 hours, resulted in the distribution of 75 backpacks filled with daily necessities. Initially, the plan was to distribute the backpacks on a quarterly basis, but it was so clear that the project was making a difference in many lives that the couple decided to do it daily throughout the year. Mr. Newman shared, "We’re very happy to be doing it; it’s a labor of love." On one day, the group walked nearly 130 kilometers over the span of 16 hours to find those in need.Mr. Newman, Mr. Conner and the volunteer team bring not only physical comfort to the homeless, but they also touch their hearts by showing them that they are acknowledged, cared for and loved. Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Thankfully present the Shining World Compassion Award to Backpacks For The Street, plus a humble, loving contribution of US$10,000 to support this benevolent endeavor, with all love, gratitude and best wishes, in Heaven’s grace.”
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2021-08-26   913 Преглед
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2021-08-26

SEA LIFE Trust: Safeguarding Marine Life and Habitats, Part 1 of 3

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SEA LIFE Trust: Safeguarding Marine Life and Habitats, Part 1 of 3

In today’s show, we are going to introduce a group of good people who are devoted to protecting the world’s oceans and marine lives. SEA LIFE Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales, United Kingdom, and a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. It champions, “the need for plastic-free oceans and an end to the over-exploitation of marine life through global projects and campaigns,” and runs marine animal sanctuaries. “We do that in three main ways. We campaign to make that difference for marine life. We’ve campaigned successfully to help create new marine protected areas across the world. We’ve campaigned to reduce plastic pollution as well and encourage people to change their behavior to help reduce that problem.” “We have a seal sanctuary in the UK, which rescues, rehabilitates, and releases sick and injured seal pups every year. And our newest sanctuary is actually a world first. It's the Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland, which will be home to two whales coming from an aquarium or water park in Shanghai in China to live in a bay in Iceland in a more natural environment.” “So the other way we work, every year on June 8, World Oceans Day, we run a global beach clean in partnership with SEA LIFE across the world. We start at sunup or in the morning over in New Zealand and go throughout a 24-hour period across the world with SEA LIFE staff and volunteers going out onto beaches across the world and removing plastic litter from the beaches.” In January 2019, along with giving the SEA LIFE Trust the Shining World Compassion Award to recognize its noble work, Supreme Master Ching Hai also made a “humble contribution of US$15,000 towards the charity’s dolphin and whale care, with all love and gratitude in God’s mercy. May you and all involved as well as the whales, be protected always by the Providence.”
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2021-04-05   864 Преглед
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2021-04-05

SEA LIFE Trust: Safeguarding Marine Life and Habitats, Part 3 of 3

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SEA LIFE Trust: Safeguarding Marine Life and Habitats, Part 3 of 3

On today’s show, we invite you to join us in enjoying the touching moment that the two belugas, Little Grey and Little White, return to their original home - the ocean. “And the great thing that happened, in moving Little White and Little Grey from China to Iceland, was that four of their carers in China actually committed to move with the whales, which is absolutely amazing.” Upon arrival to Iceland, the belugas were first placed in the sanctuary’s care pool to acclimatize for a short period of time before being moved out into the wider bay. Finally, on August 8, 2019, Little Grey and Little White were sent to a safe, natural home in Klettsvik Bay, Iceland. It was the first time that they had swam in a natural environment after being captive for 10 years. The goals of the sanctuary are to provide a more natural life for the belugas in their care, advance beluga-related knowledge through research and education, and support the protection of belugas in the wild. Caring for Little White and Little Grey is the starting point, and hopefully will be a model for releasing hundreds of other captive whales. “Another important part of our project is actually the research we do alongside. And what we can learn from Little White and Little Grey as ambassadors for those other Beluga whales in captivity. There are hundreds of other Beluga whales in captivity at the moment.” Lastly, Mr. Bool would like to thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for Her support of the SEA LIFE Trust’s Beluga Whale Sanctuary. “I can't thank the Supreme Master enough for the support that's been given to our Beluga Whale Sanctuary so far. And we can't hope to achieve what we want to with Little White and Little Grey, and with other Beluga whales, with those other 300-plus Beluga whales in captivity at the moment, without support from organizations, from individuals like Supreme Master and from others. So, thank you very much for the support so far. And we hope that we can continue to rely on support as we move forward.”
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2021-04-19   1217 Преглед
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2021-04-19

Being Guardian Angels for Each Other, Part 2 of 2

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Being Guardian Angels for Each Other, Part 2 of 2

Your small, kind actions may save a person’s life. Such is the case for our first story from Texas, USA. Since 1984, Mr. Marcos Perez, a Shining World Compassionate Hero Award laureate, has been donating platelets every two weeks. As of March 2021, he has donated 962 times, totaling more than 450 liters, and saved about 3,000 lives, according to Ms. Ashley Frolick, the communications specialist at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. Initially, his action was inspired by Tony Aguilar, a coworker of Mr. Perez’s father. In the 1960s, there was no blood bank. Mr. Aguilar was the one who rolled up his sleeves for a transfusion to save Mr. Perez’s life when he was born prematurely. When Mr. Perez reached the age that allowed him to donate platelets, he started his good deeds to pay it forward.In a January 2, 2006, lecture in the UK, Supreme Master Ching Hai elaborated on how we can make miracles for others. The following is an excerpt. “Just think good for others, do good to others, and that’s the miracle that you are making every day. You are the miracles. You are the miracles for other people, for yourselves, for the less fortunate. That’s what Heaven is made of. We comfort them with our thoughts, with our speech, with our loving kindness. So, we have a chance to do that every day. Maybe just 50 cents to a homeless for a warm tea, maybe one pound for someone else who is sick and couldn’t work. Something like that.”Being of service to those in need is in the heart of Mr. Jim McIngvale, the founder of Gallery Furniture in Texas, USA. This February, an unusual winter storm hit Texas. The severe weather event forced the state to adopt a rotation of power outages. This caused thousands of Houston residents to stay home without electricity for long periods of time. The outside temperature was minus 5 degrees Celsius. Without hesitation, Mr. Jim McIngvale opened his mattress showrooms to shelter hundreds of people in Houston and offered them hot food.
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2021-09-14   1294 Преглед
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2021-09-14

SEA LIFE Trust: Safeguarding Marine Life and Habitats, Part 2 of 3

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SEA LIFE Trust: Safeguarding Marine Life and Habitats, Part 2 of 3

Today, we continue our interview with Andy Bool, the Head of the SEA LIFE Trust. He will tell the story of the Beluga Whale Sanctuary and the challenges involved in returning the two beluga whales from the water park back to the ocean. “There have been many challenges in creating this world's first sanctuary for whales coming from a captive environment to a more natural environment. Firstly, it was about finding the right location. And that took the longest period of time, actually four years, until we ultimately found Klettsvik Bay on the island of Heimaey off the south coast of Iceland, which is the perfect environment for this sanctuary. It’s the most beautiful bay, enclosed on three sides by cliffs.” “But once we’d found that location, really the next big challenge for us was how do you move two whales, Little White and Little Grey, 6,000 miles (~9,700 km) from one side of the world to the other, from the water park in Shanghai where they were living to Iceland, which will be their new, permanent home in Klettsvik Bay. And that took a lot of planning and preparation to do, and really that was a good solid 18 months of preparation and planning in making sure that the move went well for Little White and Little Grey.” “So a lot of time was spent in preparing them physically for that journey, if you like, and mentally. But then the next part was about training them and desensitizing them to the equipment that would be used to transport them. Because it's a complex journey and it involves a journey by road first from the aquarium in Shanghai to the international airport, on the back of a lorry; they’re then taken from that lorry, put onto a plane and flown for 10.5 hours from China to Iceland. And then at the other end, they were offloaded again onto another lorry which travels for 3.5 hours down to a ferry port, which is half an hour from the island. And then the last leg of the journey is half an hour by ferry to the island. So it's quite a complex journey.”
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2021-04-12   779 Преглед
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2021-04-12

Empowerment Plan – Bringing Warmth and Opportunity to Unhoused People

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Empowerment Plan – Bringing Warmth and Opportunity to Unhoused People

Today we present the Empowerment Plan, a non-profit organization based in Detroit, Michigan, United States, which employs unhoused parents to produce sleeping bag coats for the larger community of homeless people. Founded in 2011, this Shining World Compassion Award recipient’s mission is to uplift the unhoused, help them regain confidence and independence, and halt the generational cycle of poverty and homelessness. Let’s meet the person behind it all, Veronika “The Coat Lady” Scott, a Detroit-based entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan. A Detroit-native, Ms. Scott grew up in poverty. While a student, she was assigned a class project to create a product that fulfilled a need in her community. She chose a cause that was deeply personal to her: people experiencing homelessness. During her research to better understand the local community’s needs, Ms. Scott visited various emergency shelters around Detroit. She observed that shelters don’t meet an individual’s emotional needs for independence and self-reliance. This became the inspiration for her to design a warm coat for those without homes – better known as the EMPWR coat. During a visit to test out the coat’s design at a local shelter, Veronika was scolded by one of the regulars, who yelled, “Look, what you’re doing is pointless. I don’t need a jacket – I need a job!” At that moment, she realized that a coat only provides a short-term solution and doesn’t have a lasting impact. Ms. Scott immediately committed to providing jobs to help end the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and just like that, the Empowerment Plan was born. The Empowerment Plan employs low-income, single parents living in shelters. They are trained to sew the EMPWR coats for those living on the streets, giving the workers the opportunity to earn money and find housing, while regaining their independence. In April 2020, along with giving the Empowerment Plan the Shining World Compassion Award to recognize its noble work, Supreme Master Ching Hai also made a humble, loving contribution of US$20,000 “to support this benevolent endeavor, with all love, gratitude and best wishes in Heaven’s grace.”
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2021-01-18   600 Преглед
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2021-01-18

Unsung Heroes - Frontline Workers

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Unsung Heroes - Frontline Workers

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have become aware of the importance of frontline workers. Frontline essential workers now include grocery cashiers and other supermarket employees, bus drivers, farmworkers, childcare providers, and many others. Their dedication and courage have enabled nations to continue functioning during this unusual time. A large percentage of frontline workers are immigrants and migrants. In Europe, a shortage of medical staff has led many nations to turn to immigrants from the Middle East and Africa to fill healthcare jobs. Dr. Mohamed Alfalasi, an Emirati neurosurgeon, stated, “I decided to stay in France simply to honor my job as a doctor.” Supreme Master Ching Hai has worked tirelessly on behalf of refugees. She spoke about the contributions of immigrants and refugees in a conference with Supreme Master TV team members in January 2019: “They do anything; they really work hard to earn money, to take care of themselves and their families. They are motivated. They are not born spoiled. So, this will be a very good workforce for any country. Any smart country would take in migrants, and give them citizenship and all that, so their children can also have a good education and then contribute to the country. The whole world is a global village anyway. The whole world is a home.” In the case of Covid-19, the coronavirus vaccine breakthrough came from two married German scientists – one an immigrant from Turkey and the other a child of Turkish immigrants! Their extraordinary research provided the world with the vaccine needed to control the epidemic. The work of this amazing couple has saved countless lives. One shining story has been of a Malian immigrant to France named Mamoudou Gassama, who the French call “Le Spiderman.” When he saw a 4-year-old child hanging off a 4th floor balcony in northern Paris, he immediately began climbing the building to save the child. Mr. Gassama was hailed as a hero and met with the French President, His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, who gave him French citizenship.
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2021-10-11   469 Преглед
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2021-10-11

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 16 of a Multi-part Series: Youth Football Coach Rozma Ghafouri

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 16 of a Multi-part Series: Youth Football Coach Rozma Ghafouri

Today, we would like to share with you an encouraging story about a young Afghan refugee in Iran – Ms. Rozma Ghafouri, who is a football coach dedicated to helping to inform Afghan refugee children and their parents about the importance of school through sports. She is also the winner of the 2020 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award in Asia.For Rozma, football was not just a sport, but it also meant happiness in her childhood. Since that time, Rozma has vowed to help people like her to be happy, smile and forget about the tough challenges in life. Having seen what sports can bring to a person’s life, Rozma understands the importance of helping children to engage in football. In 2015, with the help of the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs of the Iranian Ministry of Interior and UNHCR, Rozma, at the age of 24, established the Youth Initiative Fund (YIF) in Iran's southern city of Shiraz, her adopted city. The YIF aims to use sports as one way to help Afghan children stay in school. It also provides emotional support, and encourages children to access literary and numeracy classes and counseling. Since being established, the YIF has offered support to around 400 youth yearly, including Iranian children.The YIF has made a great impact on the lives of Afghan refugee children, especially girls. What the YIF team has done is to open the doors to different paths where girls may decide their future rather than giving in to the societal norm imposed on them. Through these activities, they have a chance to learn, relax, communicate, acquire knowledge about the world and be whoever they want to be.With tireless efforts, the YIF’s work has slowly changed cultural norms in some Afghan communities about girls playing sports, including football. It is also making positive changes in the Afghan community around the world by positively reshaping people’s conceptions. Bravo, Rozma Ghafouri, for your incredible and amazing work.
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2021-10-18   660 Преглед
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2021-10-18

Compassion for All Equines: Horse Plus Humane Society, Part 2 of 3

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Compassion for All Equines: Horse Plus Humane Society, Part 2 of 3

In Part 1, we learned that the mission of this Tennessee, USA-based organization is to rescue vulnerable horses. Unfortunately, a large percentage of horses auctioned off in the US are exported to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. They are transported abroad because killing horses for human consumption is illegal in America. The charity saves many equines by purchasing them at auctions. "These animals need help, and I believe that we were put on this Earth to take care of the Earth and the animals that are here, and they need somebody to be their voice because they have none. We go to these auctions and see some horses in horrible condition, and if we weren’t there, we wouldn’t be able to tell their stories. We wouldn’t be able to be their voice to say this is what’s happening." "We’re able to rescue those horses; we bring them back to our shelter. They’re given veterinary care; they’re given farrier care; they’re given all the care they need. Then we find them homes. That’s our goal. We only have roughly 50 acres (20 hectares), 40 - 50 acres (16-20 acres) that we can use, and we could fill that up and then we’d be done. And then we’d have to say no to all the horses that are being shipped to slaughter. So, we find them homes; we adopt them out. We have horses in Hawaii; we have horses all over the United States, down in Florida. It’s fantastic that people are willing to open their homes to horses that need help. And every time a horse finds a home, we can rescue another horse."As we’ve heard, Tawnee and Jason are both steadfastly determined to save horses from abattoirs. They also have something else in common – they were both born into vegan families. “And in my mind, I don’t differentiate between eating a cat, eating a dog, eating a horse, eating a cow, eating a chicken; to me, they are all living animals.”
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2021-02-08   911 Преглед
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2021-02-08

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 13 of a Multi-part Series: Joseph Pulitzer – Father of the Modern American Newspaper

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 13 of a Multi-part Series: Joseph Pulitzer – Father of the Modern American Newspaper

Born into a wealthy family in Hungary, young Joseph had private tutors and learned both French and German. When he was 11 years old, his father died, and the family went bankrupt. Joseph became determined to become a soldier. He was soon offered a job as a reporter at a German-language newspaper. Then, he acquired another paper and later combined it with his first one to create the “St Louis Post-Dispatch.” The paper was successful under his management and circulation continually climbed. Pulitzer had an almost religious belief in democracy and the role journalism played in it. He once stated: "There is only one way to get a democracy on its feet, and that is by keeping the public informed." He kept his populist point of view, running stories that focused on the common people. In 1884, Pulitzer was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He soon realized that his true passion and the best way to serve the nation was through his newspaper. He quit Congress after one year and returned to the “New York World.” In addition to reporting the news, Pulitzer also wanted the newspaper to be a sort of handbook for immigrants arriving in New York City. He knew they needed help understanding this new nation and a culture that could seem so strange.All of his instincts paid off. When he bought the “New York World,” it was selling 15,300 papers a day and losing US$40,000 a year. He then made it the most successful paper in the entire country and possibly in the whole world. When he passed away in 1911, he made provisions in his will that would ensure that his journalistic legacy would carry on far into the future. First, he left an endowment to Columbia University to create a school of journalism. In his will, he also left money to create the award with which his name is most associated - the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded every year to recognize the most outstanding examples of journalism, including the fields of investigative reporting and public service. Joseph Pulitzer’s most enduring legacy is to have made Americans a nation of newspaper readers. He created the aspect of the American spirit that believes in staying informed by reading the news every day.
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2021-07-12   1077 Преглед
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2021-07-12

Protectors of Colombia’s Elderly: Albeiro Vargas and the Guardian Angels Foundation

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Protectors of Colombia’s Elderly: Albeiro Vargas and the Guardian Angels Foundation

Today, we are excited to present the inspiring, special and wonderful work of the Albeiro Vargas and the Guardian Angels Foundation. It is located in the city of Bucaramanga, that is part of Colombia’s department of Santander. Albeiro Vargas is a gerontologist well known for his life-long dedication to transforming the lives of seniors in Colombia. Albeiro was born in a large, humble family, the seventh of eight children where he was raised and educated with much love and respect. With the help of his mother, he slowly started to realize a dream that was born in his heart: to provide love and care to other elderly people in his neighborhood. Living in such a marginalized neighborhood and being such a young child, it was challenging to receive the help needed to assist the grandparents of his community. However, thanks to the journalist Euclides Ardila of the “Vanguardia Liberal” newspaper, who interviewed him in 1988 when Albeiro was only 10 years old, his work became well known in the city of Bucaramanga and in other countries. As a result of Euclides Ardila’s interview, a journalist traveled from France to Bucaramanga to make a documentary about the daily life of Albeiro Vargas. He titled it “Little Angel of Colombia.” Thanks to the exposure from the film, Albeiro obtained financial assistance from people in France for his project. With the support of his charitable and affectionate mother, he began working on this selfless, generous path. Discovering that he alone could not carry out all the tasks required, he approached his peers, motivating them, in turn, to help out with those so desperately in need of caring hands and hearts. Gradually, an affectionate and dedicated group was assembled. The Guardian Angels then began to enthusiastically support his objective of providing basic care infused with love, safety and respect to the elders of the area. Perseverance and great effort resulted in Mr. Vargas’s dream coming true: a suitable space affording the elderly with comforts where they can remain active, perform different cultural, artistic and recreational activities was established.
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2021-08-02   580 Преглед
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2021-08-02

Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions: A Haven for Rescued Bird-people, Part 1 of 2

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Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions: A Haven for Rescued Bird-people, Part 1 of 2

We are excited to share with you the story of this noble pigeon-people rescue organization in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area that has true love for our feathered friends! This non-profit organization rescues abandoned, displaced, and wounded bird-persons. It kindly offers foster care, avian vet treatment, and adoption services in Northern California.We had the honor to interview Jill McMurchy, a vegan, and the Bird Care Coordinator of Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions. “Elizabeth Young, our founder, was volunteering at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control in the Smalls department. At the time, pigeons had no advocates. They had no rescue groups. Every other animal has a rescue group. Reptiles, bunnies, guinea pigs, every other animal; pigeons did not.”The organization primarily takes care of domestic pigeon-people that would otherwise be killed in shelters due to the lack of adopters. There are several points to note when rescuing a wild pigeon being. “If a pigeon or dove can live in the wild, we want them to live in the wild. We really ask people, if you find a wild bird, please get it to a rehabber. Don't try to raise that bird yourself. You can do a lot of damage if you don't know what you're doing or what to feed them. So wild birds should live wild; domestic birds need our help.”Palomacy conducts numerous compassionate outreach programs to raise the public’s awareness about pigeon and dove beings. “We want to erase the stigma that people have regarding pigeons. They're just so amazing. We just want everybody to know. I feel like we're in on the biggest secret that these are such amazing pets, and they really do require so little. They're not high maintenance birds.”Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Thankfully present the Shining World Compassion Award to Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions, plus a humble, loving contribution of US$10,000 to support its benevolent work, with all love, gratitude and best wishes, in Heaven’s grace.”
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2021-11-29   738 Преглед
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