Kindness is never wasted

Posted: Μαΐου 11, 2013 in activism

Check out the amazing video below of college students performing random acts of kindness all over their college campus and share their ideas. Making someone smile is such a simple act of kindness. And do not forget: Love brings Love!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Iram J. Leon won the Gusher Marathon on March 9, 2013 pushing his 6 year old daughter, Kiana, in a borrowed stroller for just over 26 miles.  The most miraculous part of the story is that Iram is 32 years old and  has terminal brain cancer.

«After crossing the halfway mark at just under 1:31, I couldn’t see anyone ahead of me and asked a cyclist how far back I was. She said there’s no one ahead which floored me. Was there a possibility that I could win not a division, not an age group but a marathon with my inspiration directly in front of me? Right about that time, the speaker started playing “It’s the time of your life so live it well” from A Bugs life and Kiana who had slept a good chunk of the first half… woke up and started singing it», he writes in his personal blog.

Here you can donate for his daughter’s college fund.

This motivating and inspiring story makes me think but makes me smile too. Hope it does the same for you!

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Two years of bitter conflict in Syria has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people who now have no means to provide for themselves. Food is getting more and more expensive and bread shortages have been reported across the country.

Here are three people doing their best to get through the conflict with help of food from WFP.

A mother who lost her home 

“When I happen to come across a mirror which I don’t even have, I look at my face and cannot even recognize who I am anymore. I don’t look like 27. I don’t feel like 27. My face, body and spirit aged a lot in the last few months. We have all aged»,she says.

Souad fled her home in Deir Ezzor with her husband and 3 year old son and took refuge in the city of Qamishly in Al-Hassake Governorate 8 months ago. Her son has also a development problem and cannot get the proper medication or treatment. At the age of three, he cannot walk on his own or say any words.

A chef who lost his restauraunt

In the  town of Altinozu, former chef and restaurant owner Hossein Mohammad struggled on a crutch to shop with his wife. “We were in a firefight and while we were fighting, all of a sudden I got six bullets in my stomach.»

“I’m selling 700-800 flatbreads a day. I started out by selling them at the camp but now that there’s an agreement with the Red Crescent and WFP, citizens started shopping in the town centre, so local shops have started to earn money and it’s good for business,” he said.

 And here you can see how a family lives in the   dark. 

Violence against women is uncivilized

Posted: Φεβρουαρίου 14, 2013 in inspirational people
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Today is the largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls. Because of that day, watch the Professor Angelou reciting her poem, «And Still I Rise,» from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

Dr. Angelou’s words continue to stir our souls and heal our hearts!

Success has many names…

Posted: Φεβρουαρίου 8, 2013 in ink to think and action
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Today in Ethiopia, babies are named at birth. Watch the video below and find out why this is a revolutionary idea!

Keep clean without running water!

Posted: Φεβρουαρίου 5, 2013 in inspirational people
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‘Dry Bath’ inventor Ludwick Marishane, achieved with his product invention a new way to take a bath sans water.  He may be just 23 but companies all over the world are clamouring for orders of his innovative bath-substituting cream.

For people without proper access to water,  DryBath provides empowerment as an affordable tool to achieve lifesaving personal hygiene.

He started all of this from his childhood dream of not having a bath. Just like all of us, i suppose. He then proceed to research the ingredients found on different skin products to find out a formula for a dry bath lotion.

When he was in college, he studied more about his drybath lotion and made a business plan. With his small allowance, he made prototypes and tested them on himself.

Ludwick was awarded as the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and was invited for a talk at TED Talks. Watch the video below:

The Afghan girl sold to be a child bride

Posted: Ιανουαρίου 29, 2013 in ink to think and action
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«I had to sell my six-year-old daughter Naghma to a relative to settle an old debt,» Mr Mohammad says, staring blankly at the tattered tarpaulin roof of his small mud shelter.

A shy girl with a smiling face, Naghma is now engaged to a boy 10 years older than her. Mr Mohammad says his daughter may have to leave for the boy’s home in Helmand’s Sangin district in a year.

His wife and mother-in-law sob inconsolably as they try to protect Naghma and her seven siblings from the harsh Afghan winter outside.

«Everyone in the family is sad,» says Naghma’s grandmother, who was herself a child bride. «We cry. We are in pain. But what else could we do?» she asks before answering her own question.

«The relatives wanted their money back. Taj couldn’t pay, so he was forced to give them Naghma.»

Silence descends on the small, one-room dingy shelter, one of hundreds at the Qambar refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul.

The long pause is broken by the hoarse cough of a child.

«To keep my family alive, I took a loan of $2,500 [about £1,600] from a distant relative,» Mr Mohammad says.

Years of war and poverty forced Mr Mohammad to leave his home in the southern province of Helmand and take refuge in Qambar’s mud shelters.

He says he was struggling to come to terms with the loss of his three year old son and an uncle, both of whom died in the cold earlier this month, when the distant relative sent a message demanding his money back.

«He wanted his money back. But I couldn’t pay. No-one would lend money to me,» he says.

«Then a relative suggested that I give my daughter in lieu of money.»

Naghma is too young to understand the ramifications of her father’s decision.

«She only cries when we talk to her about it,» Mr Mohammad says.

«If I can give my relative some money, then I can delay the marriage until Naghma is 14 or 16 years old.»

The legal age for marriage in Afghanistan is 16 for women and 18 for men.

Janan, Naghma’s three-year-old brother, died a month ago

Dost Mohammad, the would-be groom’s father, also lives in the Qambar camp. He agrees it is illegal to buy a child bride.

«The government doesn’t allow it,» he says, but adds quickly: «I consulted the tribal elders and this is their decision.»

Despite the fact it is illegal under Afghan law, the practice of marrying off child brides for money is widespread in many parts of Afghanistan.

No accurate figures exist for numbers of children involved, but human rights campaigners say it is not uncommon for girls as young as Naghma to be sold.

Mohammad Musa Mahmodi, who heads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), expressed his concern at what he said were «traditions and economic situations that would force families to submit to the practice of selling their children».

Cases like Naghma’s go on all over Afghanistan, but are rarely reported.

Before I leave, Taj Mohammad tells me: «Our eyes are dry – even the tears are not coming to free us from our pain.»

bbc.co.uk