I ran across the website www.onmywaythrough.com where I read a very thoughtful and inspirational posting called Facets of Freedom. Please check it out.
THE PEOPLE OF THE JOURNEY
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50 in 52 Journey is a non-profit company inspired by one woman and formed with the help of an incredibly diverse group of supporters.
Dafna Michaelson is the JourneyWoman whose idea and vision started it all. Click HERE to learn more about her.
The Co-Pilots are the Board of Directors of 50 in 52 Journey. Click HERE to meet them and learn who they are and why they believe so strongly in this project.
As a non-profit, The Journey relies on the generous support of businesses and individuals who believe in the mission of 50 in 52 Journey: To find the people who are moving America forward; to share and celebrate the incredible ways in which ordinary people do extraordinary things every day; and to bring together both problems and solutions with idea-generators and problem-solvers through the 50 in 52 Journey foundation.
This is a heart warming, inspiring story of a beautiful family adopting a special needs child from Reece's Rainbow in Eastern Europe. Click to read Kristin's blog. Pictured are parents (who also happen to be my cousins): Kristin and Jim with their three children (L to R) Allen, Michael, and Josi.
FROM GOODWEAVE.ORG: The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children. GoodWeave is helping to combat this problem and transform the handmade rug industry by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children. The GoodWeave program is implemented by RugMark International.
photo from Goodweave
More from Goodweave.org's website:
At the age of five, Manju was already working on the rug looms. While she has since been found and freed from illegal carpet work, some 250,000 children throughout South Asia still toil in obscurity. Through the GoodWeave certification program more than 3,600 kids like Manju have been rescued, rehabilitated and educated, and thousands more deterred from entering the work force. MORE CHILDREN'S STORIES
Her name is Lora Innes. She writes and draws a webcomic/print comic called The Dreamer by IDW. After attending a human trafficking conference she was inspired to do something to help. She came up with Comic Creator's Alliance. Her fundraising project to fight human trafficking brings together the talents of other comic illustrators to create a computer wallpaper comprised of female comic heroes. The fundraiser was launched on Human Trafficking Awareness day, January 11th. If you want to submit an illustration click here for more information or email Lora at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations will go to Love 146 and Gracehaven
Straight from her website Lora says: "I wanted to split the proceeds between an organization working here in the US, and one focusing on a global effort. I'm sure there are many other charitable organizations working to end the same problems, but these are the two I've selected."
Children are being trafficked and raped daily and slavery is one of the darkest stories on our planet. This physical, mental and emotional trauma can leave children broken and scarred for life. Interventions for these children are critical to their survival and restoration. For us, the hope of abolition is a reality today.
GracehavenGracehaven is a faith-based non-profit organization started in 2008 for the expressed purpose of providing shelter, security, and rehabilitation to girls under the age of 18 who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in central Ohio. Gracehaven is a long-term rehabilitation facility allowing girls to stay as needed until they reach the age of 18. We will then help them transition to the next step in their life. While at Gracehaven, the girls will be able to earn their GED, as well as receive counseling and treatment for the horrible trauma and exploitation they have been forced to endure. Gracehaven is in the process of purchasing a house situated on 10 acres in an undisclosed location in NW Ohio. Once renovated, the house will be large enough to hold up to 10 girls at a time.
Click on the image to watch the short film with an important message about reducing paper use in the United States.
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The Goldman Environmental Prize
Grassroots environmental heroes too often go unrecognized. Yet their efforts to protect the world’s natural resources are increasingly critical to the well-being of the planet we all share. Thus, in 1990 San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman (1924-1996) created the Goldman Environmental Prize. The Goldman Prize continues today with its original mission to annually honor grassroots environmental heroes from the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America.
The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. Each winner receives an award of $150,000, the largest award in the world for grassroots environmentalists. The Goldman Prize views “grassroots” leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.
Vinyl Records bowl
I ran across this blog on the Internet and thought it has some interesting and creative ideas worth sharing. Check out these vinyl record bowls! They are just heated in an oven or put in the microwave. Don't know how toxic that is, which might be considerable, but I like the concept of finding a new use for something old. With the idea of consuming without exploiting, which is what we should all be doing, Eileen shares what she has learned following a year of not buying anything new! Click the image to check out her blog.
Straight from their website:
The International Freedom Coalition promotes building strong families in order to eradicate child abuse and neglect. As an advocate for all maltreated children–including the unhealed child within the adult–we promote prevention through:
by Betsy Seeton