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Celebrate notable organizations and individuals who dedicate their efforts to better society as we highlight their admirable actions for the greater good.“Every single person on this Earth has the power to change the world. And when we all come together, our power becomes irresistible. Now we must use our power to tackle the biggest threat humanity has ever faced.”~ Emma ThompsonBritish Academy Award-winning actress

Food for Life Global: World’s Largest Vegan Food Relief Program

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Food for Life Global: World’s Largest Vegan Food Relief Program

Food for Life Global (FFLG) was founded in 1995. It is headquartered in Delaware, United States, and helps to coordinate, train, expand, and promote charity vegan food distribution throughout the globe. FFLG has become the world’s largest food relief program with thousands of volunteers that have supplied over 7 billion free meals since its founding. Only pure vegan food is provided. Guided by the ancient Vedic philosophy of spiritual hospitality, the organization offers food “to the disadvantaged, malnourished and victims of disaster.” Good quality plant-based meals are daily prepared to nurture not only the bodies of those in need but also their minds and souls. One of the goals of the movement is “to revive the ancient Vedic culture of spiritual hospitality, teaching through example that spiritual equality exists among all beings.”FFLG’s origins trace back to a project started in 1974 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, or Srila Prabhupada, who is also the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Srila Prabhupada believed that “By the liberal distribution of prasadam and sankirtan (congregational chanting of the Holy name), the whole world can become peaceful and prosperous.”Founded on this notion, FFLG members understand how to keep the highest purity of body and mind and the importance of giving people clean vegan food for their health and spiritual development. They have a lot of deep, loving thoughts while cooking to ensure God’s energy augments its quality. The head chefs always make an offering to God first before giving it out to the public, thus making sure it is blessed by the Divine.To expand its reach, FFLG invites everyone to participate in feeding the hungry. The goal is to propagate a social change movement that anyone can participate in and readily understand the spiritual and health value of vegan sanctified food.Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Gratefully present Food for Life Global the Shining World Compassion Award, plus a US$15,000 humble contribution to further its goal of feeding the vulnerable with pure vegan meals, with great admiration and high praises. May God richly bless you for daily bringing nourishment to those in need worldwide.”
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2022-05-16   278 Visualizzazioni
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2022-05-16

Compassion in Action: Jangsa Animal Saving Trust

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Compassion in Action: Jangsa Animal Saving Trust

Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche of Bhutan was born in 1970 into the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism and studied under many great Masters, including His Holiness Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. In 2000, while he was at Kalimpong, Lama Rinpoche witnessed the arrival of five bull-people at the monastery. They had seemingly escaped from a local slaughterhouse and were seeking refuge. The incident made a deep impression on the Master and inspired him to found the Jangsa Animal Saving Trust in Bhutan. In the Trust’s early days, representatives regularly visited city dog-people pounds, offering nourishment and medical care for the detainees. Searching for a solution to the population problem, the Trust eventually arranged for Vets Beyond Borders and Humane Society International to collaborate with the government and conduct a national “sterilization and release” program. When asked to explain the rationale behind his work, Lama Rinpoche points to the enlightened principles of Bhutan’s first kings. For the happiness of society, they banned the killing of animal-people. This law established Bhutan as a Dharma kingdom with a culture of compassion conducive to Mahayana Buddhism. In 2015, with support from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Lama Rinpoche and Trust volunteers embarked on a nationwide tour of Bhutan’s 20 districts to promote the vegetarian diet. At each location, the master of ceremonies explained to the audience that they are free to make decisions – like selecting what to eat – but they cannot be free of their choice’s consequences. Through the truth of interdependence and the power of spiritual aspiration, the activities of Jangsa Animal Saving Trust are like potent seeds that will enhance our world’s collective karma as they germinate. Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Respectfully present Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche the Shining World True Monk Award and a humble offering of US$20,000 toward the Jangsa Animal Saving Trust’s noble mission. May all The Buddhas in the ten directions forever bless your saintly soul in the upward spiritual Elevation, for the sake of needy sentient beings in the six Realms. Namo AMITABHA BUDDHA.”
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2022-05-11   391 Visualizzazioni
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2022-05-11

The Honorable Maneka Gandhi (vegan) and People for Animals, Part 2 of 2

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The Honorable Maneka Gandhi (vegan) and People for Animals, Part 2 of 2

An excerpt from Ms. Gandhi’s Chairperson’s message on the PFA website reads: “Without earthworms, the soil would deteriorate. Without butterflies, flowers would disappear. Without monkeys and birds, many forest trees would vanish. Without turtles, our waters would become polluted… Without camels, life in the desert would come to a halt. Without tigers, forests would be cut faster for fuel. And without forests, there would be no rain, no rivers and eventually no life… Each and every species from the bees to the bears form a protective shield for human life. The quality of our lives depends on them. When we eat them, exploit them, interfere with natural patterns by breeding one kind, and killing another, we destroy our own lives. As each species disappears, so does the future of our children.” Ms. Gandhi has toured from city to city, and from school to school in order to make children, lawyers, police academies, resident welfare associations and social clubs aware of the laws and rationale behind safeguarding animal-people welfare. She is also consulted by municipalities on animal-people management. Her book “Animal Laws of India” is the only compilation of all the animal-people protection laws of India and is used by judges, lawyers, police, university students and activists. “Unfortunately, people don’t realize that all the violence between human and human starts by a human being mean to an animal. Therefore, it’s so important to put this into school curricula, to teach them what are animals. Animals are not ours to wear, to use, to eat, or to be mean to. And if we respect them, then we would be much better off.” The Honorable Maneka Gandhi and PFA also promote veganism while informing the public about the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of championing the interests of animal-persons. “One of the ways to change the world is to be vegan. And the quicker you become vegan, the more you benefit yourself, the more you benefit your brain, your heart, your health. And if you are healthy, then you will change life around. But, there are two kinds of veganism. One is, do not eat meat, do not wear meat, do not wear animals. The second is to plant trees, to assist in feeding, to be proactive in looking after the rest of the world.”
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2022-04-18   224 Visualizzazioni
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2022-04-18

The Honorable Maneka Gandhi (vegan) and People for Animals, Part 1 of 2

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The Honorable Maneka Gandhi (vegan) and People for Animals, Part 1 of 2

Ms. Gandhi is a Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion recipient who founded the caring nonprofit organization People for Animals (PFA) in 1994. It is currently India’s largest animal welfare organization. Working nationwide, PFA aspires to establish an animal welfare center in each of India’s 600 districts.She is an exceptional and compassionate lady. Born in Delhi, India, she married into the politically influential Gandhi family. This benevolent leader has been a minister in four Indian governments and is currently a member of India’s parliament. She is not only a famous politician but also an involved activist focusing on animal-people welfare issues.India’s first and oldest animal-people shelter was built by Ms. Gandhi and is called the Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre, which is the largest hospital-and-shelter in the whole of India and perhaps Asia. Over the years, the shelter has been home to an average of 3,000 residents, with facilities to rescue, treat, and rehabilitate animal-people.Ms. Gandhi uses her political muscle to protect our animal-people friends. She pursues new government laws and regulations to boost their welfare, such as those preventing the dairy industry from using a certain drug on cow-persons. Ms. Gandhi achieved great feats during her time as Minister for Animal Welfare and Minister for Environment and Forests. Whenever needed, she does not hesitate to take actions to protect animal-people.In 2010, Supreme Master Ching Hai presented the Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion to the Honorable Maneka Gandhi, along with a US$20,000 humble contribution. Ms. Gandhi, in turn, transferred the funds to PFA. A letter from Master to Ms. Gandhi stated: “Thank you for all you have already done to ennoble humanity by awakening us to universal kindness and the wisdom of compassion.” In 2018, Master kindly donated US$20,000 to People for Animals. Over the years, Master has contributed a total of US$40,000 towards Ms. Gandhi’s charitable work.
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2022-04-11   288 Visualizzazioni
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2022-04-11

The Extraordinary Crusader Neeraj Murmu: Championing Child Mine Laborers

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The Extraordinary Crusader Neeraj Murmu: Championing Child Mine Laborers

At only 22-years-old, Neeraj Murmu, from Giridih district’s Duliyakaram village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, is already a recognized global hero. Neeraj was one of 23 young Indian people, all under 26 years old, to accept the highly celebrated Diana Award in 2020. It was given for his selfless and remarkable humanitarian work in educating disadvantaged children.He worked as a child laborer in the mica mines for 4 years. He was only 9 years old when he became a mica mine child laborer. It was when Neeraj was 13-years-old that his fortunes first changed. He was rescued from a mining life by members of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF). Mr. Satyarthi has worked diligently for 40-plus years to protect children’s rights and has gained international fame. In 2014, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, shared with teenager (at the time), Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.After independently completing his second year in college, he felt confident to establish a village school in 2018. Like his mentor, getting the word out about his free school, advising youth to leave the mines, enrolling new students, and persuading parents that education develops skills for a better life, are key objectives of Neeraj’s mission. Thanks to his school, Neeraj has helped 200 underprivileged children in his village get an education. He has also rescued 20 child laborers from mica mining and enrolled them in his school.So, what’s next for him? “After completing my BA, I want to complete [a] B.Ed so that I can open more schools and give new life to underprivileged children,” says Neeraj. He wishes to study further and doesn’t plan to stop studying and teaching until his last breath. Supreme Master Ching Hai is “pleased to present the Shining World Kindness Award to Neeraj Murmu, plus US$20,000 to help out with the children’s school’s needs, with all love and high praise for your dedication to the less fortunate children. May Heaven bless you and all under your care toward a bright future ahead.”
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2022-04-04   224 Visualizzazioni
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2022-04-04

ASPAS: Guardian of Wildlife-people and Biodiversity, Part 2 of 2

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ASPAS: Guardian of Wildlife-people and Biodiversity, Part 2 of 2

Today, we will continue our interview with Madline Rubin, the director of ASPAS. “In France, there is one thing that is quite exceptional, but in the bad sense of the word. By default, all land in the country is part of the hunting zones. Even private property.” ASPAS says France is the only European country in which people can hunt every day of the week during hunting season. ASPAS is seeking to ban hunting on Sundays so that joggers, walkers, and cyclists can enjoy their leisure time peacefully and safely. “ASPAS asks for a major and in-depth reform of hunting. Why? Because today there are safety rules that are not respected at all.”Globally, the populations of wild animal-people, including mammal-, fish-, bird-, amphibian-, and reptile-people, have been decimated by an average of 68% since 1970 according to the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF, a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. Biodiversity is declining faster than it has at any other time in human history. Humanity is destroying our planet and Ms. Rubin worries about the direction we are headed.Despite being designated as national parks and nature reserves, hunting and logging in these protected areas are frequently permitted by the government. The charity has concluded that land acquisition in wilderness areas is essential to help leave the next generation the unique natural heritage of the nation. ASPAS-created wildlife reserves are sanctuaries where human intrusion is kept to a minimum and nature freely takes its course. Among 5 zones in existence, the largest one is Vercors in Drôme.We salute you, Madline Rubin and ASPAS members, for taking proactive steps to safeguard the animal-people of France by opposing cruel hunting practices and promoting biodiversity by setting land aside to remain undisturbed by human activities. May you enjoy much success in achieving your noble goals and endeavors in the years to come.
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2022-03-21   259 Visualizzazioni
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2022-03-21

ASPAS: Guardian of Wildlife-people and Biodiversity, Part 1 of 2

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ASPAS: Guardian of Wildlife-people and Biodiversity, Part 1 of 2

ASPAS, or the “Association for the Protection of Wild Animals,” is a non-profit entity based in southern France that was established in 1980. We had the honor to interview Madline Rubin, the director of ASPAS, about the organization. “I have been the director of ASPAS for 16 years. The association is 40 years old, and since the beginning, it has chosen not to receive any government funding. It runs only with private donations and membership of its members, private donors, and it fights to preserve wildlife, both the animals and their habitat.”The organization has conducted awareness campaigns to mobilize public opinion on safeguarding flora and fauna. At the same time, it seeks to persuade government officials and lawmakers to protect the natural environment and animal-people. Since 2014, it has been purchasing land in France and creating nature reserves, with 1,224 hectares preserved thus far. “We buy territories and we say: ‘In these areas, there will be no hunting allowed, there will be no fishing, no logging.’ In fact, we will reduce the human impact, letting people walk around, of course, But we try to leave these zones free to evolve, to preserve as much biodiversity as possible.”Penned hunting involves wild animal-people who are trapped within enclosures. The targeted “game” are raised to be shot and confined within a few hectares, having nowhere to flee. ASPAS was the first association in France to denounce this way of hunting. The charity has created a petition that requests an end to the horrific practice of penned hunting. It is addressed to the president of France, His Excellency Emmanuel Macron and other high officials.“In France, they have French game species or even exotic species that are introduced just for these hunts.” “These exotic species, if they are released into the natural environment, if we remove the fences, they will end up with our indigenous species. And they will breed together. They will mix. And that will create genetic pollution, which is forbidden.”
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2022-03-14   376 Visualizzazioni
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2022-03-14

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 21 of a Multi-part Series: Tan Le – Technology Innovator & Entrepreneur

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 21 of a Multi-part Series: Tan Le – Technology Innovator & Entrepreneur

Tan Le (Lê Thị Thái Tần) was born in Âu Lạc, also known as Vietnam, in 1977. It was a turbulent period in the country’s history, and the little girl’s parents decided that she and her sister would have a better future somewhere else. They migrated to Australia, where they overcame the challenges that refugees often face and started new lives. Ms. Le’s youthful enthusiasm for helping other refugees earned her public recognition that motivated her to pursue bigger dreams. She would eventually advance the practical application of neuroinformatics and be named one of Australia’s 30 most successful women under 30.Ms. Le took her responsibility seriously. She enrolled in Monash University at 16 for a combined degree in law and commerce. Meanwhile, her mother had opened a beauty salon, and sometimes Ms. Le would help wash women’s hair. The customers were mostly migrants who were having trouble with domestic violence and adapting to their new country. The aspiring lawyer felt compelled to help them apply for government benefits and counseling programs. Ms. Le’s efforts over the years led to her becoming president of what is now called the Australian Vietnamese Services Resource Centre.After reading about the history of Silicon Valley in the United States and its forward-looking companies, Ms. Le was inspired to become involved in technology. She strongly wanted to create something new that would impact people's lives. At 26, she decided to explore the connection between the brain and functions of the human body using electroencephalography (EEG).When Ms. Le reflects on her life’s journey – from refugee to volunteer social worker, then from lawyer to high-tech visionary – she sees that each phase was a necessary steppingstone. Perhaps the bravery she inherited from her mother laid the foundation for her unstoppable success. Her experiences were sometimes painful but they taught her self-discipline and perseverance. She says she will always be grateful to Australia for giving her a new home and the chance to expand her horizons, to pursue opportunities she never would have had otherwise.
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2022-03-07   377 Visualizzazioni
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2022-03-07

Jill Robinson (vegan) and Animals Asia: Ending Bear-people Exploitation, Part 2 of 2

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Jill Robinson (vegan) and Animals Asia: Ending Bear-people Exploitation, Part 2 of 2

Jill is an extraordinary person who has dedicated her life to helping all animal-people. She founded Animals Asia after a visit to a bear-people bile operation, where she saw the terrible suffering of the bear-persons who spent their lives in tiny cages with endless days of pain.Animals Asia recently completed the largest bear-person rescue ever, transporting 101 bear-people from a former bile factory in Nanning, China, to one of its sanctuaries. A beautiful film called “Moon Bear Homecoming” was made about the extraordinary rescue. Due to Covid travel restrictions, Jill was unable to go to China for the rescue, but she was able to oversee the operation remotely through CCTV and video calls.Jill has said that, “The difference between cruelty and kindness to animals is education.” Animals Asia has several programs to educate the public and bring about positive change for our animal-people friends. “Education is everything. Our progress has come about because we always look at this issue, this campaign, holistically. It's not enough just to rescue bears. It's really not. You have to be working in the country to talk to the government, to collaborate with government officials. And we have regular clinics where the traditional doctors will go along and talk to the general public about the herbal alternatives to bear bile and how easy it is to be replaced.” “We have three main programs. We have ‘Ending Bear Farming,’ we have ‘Helping Captive Animals’ in China and Vietnam, and we also have ‘Ending the Suffering of Cats and Dogs’ as well.” “We've got a program called ‘Doctor Dog’ that goes to hospitals and disabled centers and helps to cheer up the lives of patients that need a four-legged best friend.”Thank you so much, Jill Robinson and Animals Asia, for your hard work and dedication to making our planet a more peaceful and joyous place! We are all inspired by your achievements.
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2022-02-21   190 Visualizzazioni
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2022-02-21

Jill Robinson (vegan) and Animals Asia: Ending Bear-people Exploitation, Part 1 of 2

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Jill Robinson (vegan) and Animals Asia: Ending Bear-people Exploitation, Part 1 of 2

Today, we will meet Shining World Compassion Award recipient Jill Robinson, the founder and CEO of the Hong Kong-based Animals Asia, which is also a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. Ms. Robinson is a true hero who has changed the lives of so many people from the animal kingdom. Her single-minded determination to transform the world for our co-inhabitants has led to many other honors, including Queen Elizabeth II awarding her an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1998.Jill’s greatest accomplishments are in her work to end the bear-people bile industry, and her organization has rescued over 648 bear-persons. She worked diligently with the government of Âu Lạc, also known as Vietnam, to create a Memorandum of Understanding to eradicate all bear-people bile operations nationwide and rescue all bear-people currently in captivity for bile by the year 2026. In addition, she has established award-winning sanctuaries for rescued bear-persons in both China and Âu Lạc (Vietnam).Jill and Animals Asia have worked with traditional Chinese and Aulacese (Vietnamese) medicine practitioners to promote herbal and synthetic alternatives to bear-people bile. She is a Council Member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies Herbal Committee.Animals Asia spent eight years trying to relocate bears from a former large bear-people bile operation in China located on land purchased by a Buddhist who did not want the bear-people to continue to be caged.For her efforts to advance animal-people welfare, Supreme Master Ching Hai presented the Shining World Compassion Award to Jill Robinson and humbly contributed US$10,000 to her cause in 2007. Master kindly donated US$15,000, and then US$20,000, to the Animals Asia Vietnam Bear Sanctuary in 2018. For partnering with the Jakarta Animal Aid Network to rescue 40 macaque monkey-people in Indonesia, Master presented Animals Asia with the Shining World Compassion Award plus US$20,000 in 2020. Over the years, Master has contributed a total of US$65,000 to Animals Asia.
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2022-02-14   446 Visualizzazioni
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2022-02-14

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 20 of a Multi-Part Series: Activist Singer-Songwriter M.I.A.

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 20 of a Multi-Part Series: Activist Singer-Songwriter M.I.A.

Like refugees in previous episodes, M.I.A. is also among these outstanding individuals. M.I.A. is a British-born Sri Lankan rapper, singer, record producer, visual artist, model, fashion designer, and activist of Tamilian descent, who is famous for her politically charged music. She was the first artist of Asian origin to be nominated for an Oscar and Grammy Award in the same year and is the only artist to be nominated for these five key awards— a Grammy Award, Academy Award, Brit Award, Mercury Prize and Alternative Turner Prize.Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, best known by her stage name M.I.A, was born in Hounslow, West London, UK, in 1975. When she was just a baby, her parents moved the family back to their native Sri Lanka. In 1986, Maya and her family returned to and settled in London, where they were given shelter as refugees. Arulpragasam uses many elements in her music from various cultures and musical genres, such as grime, hip-hop, dancehall, baile funk, ragga, electro, etc. Additionally, M.I.A is an outspoken artist who often lyrically blends different issues together in her songs, such as political themes, social concerns, and sexism. Critics have acclaimed the unique and distinctive style of her music. Her debut album, “Arular,” released in 2005, was universally praised by the music industry. Her second studio album, “Kala,” released in 2007, was also highly acclaimed. Her third album, “Maya,” released in 2010, has become her highest-charting work in the UK and US to date. In addition to refugee and political issues, M.I.A. also mentions feminism and environmental issues in her work. In her single “Bad Girls,” she highlights women being prohibited from driving in some countries. To raise awareness of environment protection, she collaborated with clothing giant H&M for World Recycling Week by releasing “Rewear It,” a song addressing sustainability and environmental issues. She has been active in the fashion world in other respects as well. Beyond her musical achievements, the hip-hop star also engages in charitable work.
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2022-02-07   581 Visualizzazioni
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2022-02-07

Amy Jean Davis (vegan): LA Animal Save and Love Always Sanctuary Founder, Part 2 of 2

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Amy Jean Davis (vegan): LA Animal Save and Love Always Sanctuary Founder, Part 2 of 2

LA Animal Save, like other Animal Save chapters, holds many animal-person vigils with the mission, “Bear witness, Come close and Help the animals.” “That is what we do at the slaughterhouses. We don't turn away. We come as close as we can to these animals, and we do something to try to help them.”By bearing witness to those animal-person friends being sent into slaughterhouses, LA Animal Save aims to influence people to stop eating meat and change their diet to a vegan one. “They're taught to not think about them and just think that this dismembered body on your plate is food and don't think about how it came to be on your plate. So by bearing witness, we're seeing the individuals, and by doing that, we are actually inspiring so many people to stop eating animals and further to become activists themselves.”Although beginning later, LA Animal Save was the first branch of Animal Save to introduce arts and music into the vigils. It also made waves by attracting celebrities to join its activities. LA Animal Save has not only increased the visibility of the Animal Save Movement but has also helped to reach more people and convince them to stop eating our animal-people friends.The vigil campaign is by far the most impactful thing that Amy believes she has been a part of. She says there are not much more powerful moments than standing face-to-face with somebody who is about to be driven away to their death and you can do nothing to change it. Even with all of the frustration, she still insists on organizing the vigils on a love-based approach. She also makes efforts to ensure the events feature positive attitudes and energy from participants. “So, we actually have to focus on being very loving, at the least having some sort of neutral energy about ourselves. So, by learning about communication, I'm better able to communicate with the attendees so that they understand our primary goal is the animals and to try and create a nice, loving, neutral space for them, or we can see them and share their faces on social media.”
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2022-01-31   254 Visualizzazioni
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2022-01-31

Amy Jean Davis (vegan): LA Animal Save and Love Always Sanctuary Founder, Part 1 of 2

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Amy Jean Davis (vegan): LA Animal Save and Love Always Sanctuary Founder, Part 1 of 2

Amy Jean Davis is an American actress, pop singer and film production manager. She was a top 24 Finalist on season 7 of the famed singing competition “American Idol.” Besides being a celebrity, she is also known for her animal-people rights advocacy and being a spokesperson for the Animal Save Movement. Before being involved in animal-people rights, Amy had been a vegan for years.Amy has established an animal-people center in Sun Valley, California, called the “Love Always Sanctuary” for around 70 residents rescued from animal-people factories and elsewhere. “We need people to see that these animals are amazing, just as amazing as the dogs and cats that they know. A lot of people don’t know that turkeys love to cuddle. You sit down on the ground, and they’ll come right up to you and want to sit in your lap. Basically, any animal, whether they were bred for food or not, will behave this way if they’re cared for and they’re loved.”Besides running the sanctuary, Amy has other avenues to also help more precious animal-people friends. In 2016, Amy started LA Animal Save, which is the Los Angeles chapter of the Animal Save Movement, an organization co-founded by Dr. Anita Krajnc, a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. “And the mission of Animal Save Movement is to bear witness at slaughterhouses to every exploited animal. We also are working to reverse climate change by defunding animal agriculture. And we also want to make plant-based diets accessible to everyone, so everyone has the ability to eat a healthy diet and have a long, healthy life.”Animal Save Movement’s events have had a very measurable impact on the public. Many realize they no longer want to be part of a barbaric food system that kills and hurts our animal-people friends. “Those are the common stories that happen because of the power that an individual has just for existing. And when you witness that individual’s suffering, you're changed in a way that you want to live so you're not participating in that.”
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2022-01-24   535 Visualizzazioni
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2022-01-24

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 19 of a Multi-part Series: Supermodel Adut Akech

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 19 of a Multi-part Series: Supermodel Adut Akech

Today, we are going to introduce to you a beautiful South Sudanese-Australian supermodel, Adut Akech, who was born in what is now South Sudan, grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya, and immigrated with her family to Australia when she was eight years old. Now, Ms. Akech, only 22 years old, is a well-known fashion model worldwide. As a prominent member of the fashion world who cares for others, Adut has participated in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s #EveryoneCounts social media campaign to support refugees worldwide. Her refugee background has made her achievements incredible and inspiring. Hunger and fear were the norm in the camp. However, those years also taught her the power of gratitude and developed her inner strength. In Adelaide, thanks to the Australian government, Ms. Akech had the opportunity to receive an education. She said, “I was this tall, super-shy, awkward kid. I had a weird name, and a gap tooth.” She told Allure magazine that one day, the mindset of “I don’t care” entered into her mind, and “I told myself I was beautiful.” Ms. Akech started her professional modeling career at the age of 15. In December 2018, Adut Akech was named Model of the Year by those in the fashion industry. Ms. Akech was honored the following year with the Model of the Year title from the British Fashion Council. Growing up in a refugee camp, Adut has accomplished remarkable success in five years. Within that timeframe, she has made an impact in the modeling industry by speaking out for refugees and against racism. “I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else,” she said during a British Vogue cover shoot in New York, USA, in 2019. “You know I come from nothing. I'm a refugee, and I'm very proud of that. That's just… it's a part of my story. That's who I am, and it's something that I'll never ever be ashamed of.” She said to i-D magazine, “I don’t want to be known as just a model - I want to be remembered as someone who did something, someone who made a big impact.”
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2022-01-10   492 Visualizzazioni
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2022-01-10

Sisu Refuge - A Safe Sanctuary for Saved Pig-people

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Sisu Refuge - A Safe Sanctuary for Saved Pig-people

The Sisu Refuge, also known as Sisu, was established by two beautiful souls, Erika Lovato and her husband Joseph Purington, in North Carolina, United States. Since its establishment, Sisu has directly rescued or helped to rescue over 350 animal-persons. Sisu’s story started on September 14, 2018, when Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States. The heavy rain and strong winds not only forced people to flee from their homes, but millions of animal-kingdom persons were also left behind and could only count on themselves to overcome the floodwaters. The kind animal-people lovers and vegans, Erika and Joseph, although at the time not animal-people activists, took immediate action to respond to the urgent calls to save the pig-persons. However, just when they thought things would be back to normal, they were notified that 42 piglet-people, all just 3-months old, were to be culled by a pig-person raising operation because they were either too sick or weighed less than 22 kilograms. After taking in the 42 pig-persons, Erika and Joseph worked to find permanent homes for them. In 2019, the compassionate couple were able to secure a 19-hectare property, a pastured farmland with fencing. With this permanent home, they were confident to launch the Sisu Refuge, a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to rescuing animal-persons from animal-people factories and elsewhere. With the outpouring of endless love, these people from the animal kingdom can finally live free and happy lives. They also make friends with each other. Everyone has their own incredible tale. Marley was a piglet-person found after being in an accident. She fell from a pig-people factory truck. When Erika and Joseph heard the news about the poor piglet-person, they immediately rushed to the local animal-people shelter where Marley had been brought to. The compassionate couple took Marley home and gave her tireless care and endless love. Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Gratefully present the Sisu Refuge the Shining World Compassion Award, plus US$10,000 to humbly further its love-filled mission, with much appreciation and admiration. May God forever shield you and the sweet animal residents.”
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2022-01-03   392 Visualizzazioni
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2022-01-03

Dr. Kwane Stewart – The Street Vet

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Dr. Kwane Stewart – The Street Vet

Dr. Kwane Stewart, who goes by Dr. Kwane, is an American veterinarian, compassionate animal-people lover, and a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1997 and has been a practicing veterinarian for 24 years. The non-profit American Humane (AH), through its No Animals Were Harmed program, supervises productions to ensure the humane treatment of animal-people actors in filmed media. In 2013, Dr. Kwane joined AH as Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director of the No Animals Were Harmed program, protecting around 100,000 animal-persons acting in movie productions every year. Out of love and compassion, Dr. Kwane decided to further help the most vulnerable and relieve the pain of their furry friends. He started his undertaking by providing free veterinary care to those on the streets. He traveled around with his medical supplies in California’s cities to look for homeless people who might need veterinary care for their animal-person buddy. To help change misconceptions of homelessness, Dr. Kwane decided to make the TV series, “Dr. Kwane: The Street Vet” in 2017. It is a program about Dr. Kwane’s basic care and, in some cases, life-saving assistance to the animal-people companions of some of the most disadvantaged groups in society. It is an international show and has been aired in 30 countries. In April 2020, along with presenting Dr. Kwane Stewart the Shining World Compassion Award to recognize his benevolent work, Supreme Master Ching Hai also made a humble contribution of US$15,000, “in support of your noble efforts, with all love, gratitude and praises. May Heavens shine on you and all those you help with forever blessings and protection.” Additionally, Supreme Master Ching Hai also offered US$3,000 for the treatment of the blind homeless dog-person under his medical care.
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2021-12-27   375 Visualizzazioni
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2021-12-27

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 18 of a Multi-part Series: Zimbabwean Actress Chipo Chung

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 18 of a Multi-part Series: Zimbabwean Actress Chipo Chung

She is an actress who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, United Kingdom and graduated from Yale University in the United States. She has had an excellent acting career on stage, television, and the big screen. You might have seen her in various television roles such as on the popular British science fiction series “Doctor Who,” and in the 2015 TV series “A.D. The Bible Continues.” She was also selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Most Fascinating Women of 2013. Ms. Chipo Chung was born as a refugee in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1977. In the year 2015, her captivating character in the TV series “A.D. The Bible Continues” was Saint Mary Magdalene, a prominent disciple of Lord Jesus Christ. This series was widely praised for its cast of international and multi-racial actors. Being of an unusual mixed race, where she isn’t fair like many Chinese or very dark like some Africans, Ms. Chung said that she failed to get some roles because of the way she looked or even her skin tone. However, as she developed this awareness, she became an activist supporting The Act for Change Campaign. Founded by British actor Danny Lee Wynter, the campaign is a movement to increase diversity in Britain’s live and recorded arts. Chipo Chung also co-founded a UK-based charity of her own with British actor Nick Reding. S.A.F.E KENYA focuses on HIV/AIDS education and Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Abandonment, among other areas. Furthermore, Ms. Chung helped launch S.A.F.E. Maa in order to intervene in the barbaric ritual of female genital mutilation among a community of the Maasai people in southwestern Kenya. The project uses traditional songs and poems to change the culture in the community towards accepting alternative, non-harmful rites of passage. Chipo Chung is also active with the international charity Peace Direct in its support of Envision Zimbabwe Women’s Trust (EZWT). Ms. Chung said, “My mission is to help the arts to enact positive social change. It is my belief that true social change happens through culture, the creative communication of ideas, inspiration and vision – this is how hearts and minds are changed.”
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2021-12-20   590 Visualizzazioni
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2021-12-20

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   761 Visualizzazioni
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2021-11-29

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 17 of a Multi-part Series: Shabana Basij-Rasikh – Bringing Afghan Girls the Treasure of Education

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Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 17 of a Multi-part Series: Shabana Basij-Rasikh – Bringing Afghan Girls the Treasure of Education

Today, we would like to share with you a story about a brave and exceptional Afghan lady, Ms. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who is an educator and philanthropist. She co-founded the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA), the first boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. She is also the founder of HELA, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Afghan women through education. While studying at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, she was awarded a Davis Peace Prize and received US$10,000, which she used to build nine wells to supply clean drinking water to communities in Kabul. After Shabana graduated from college, her achievements were further broadly recognized. She was named one of CNN International's Leading Women of 2014 and one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers. In 2018, she was awarded the Malalai Medal by the Afghan government to honor her work in promoting girls’ education. In 2019, she was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in the social entrepreneurship sector. Shabana was born in 1990 in Kabul, Afghanistan. When she was six, the Taliban came to power. Due to the ban by the Taliban, Shabana and other girls had no choice but to risk their lives to attend secret schools. Her early experiences around schooling have profoundly influenced her life. Being one of the lucky ones to have had schooling, Shabana feels privileged and obligated to make a positive difference in the lives of Afghan girls and women. In 2008, during her second year of studying at Middlebury College, she co-founded the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA) in Kabul when she was just 18 years old. The reputation of SOLA is growing, and throughout its history, it has provided a secure learning environment for girls. “If there’s one thing I ask of the world, it is this: do not avert your eyes from Afghanistan. My commitment to the women and girls of my country, just like my commitment to my students, is unwavering. They are the fires that will never go out. Finally, I want to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support.”
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2021-11-26   403 Visualizzazioni
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2021-11-26

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

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

YouCare is an innovative internet search engine that transforms users’ searches into good deeds. When users “surf the net” through the YouCare browser, revenue is generated from advertisers. After a specified number of searches, users can use this revenue for a “good deed,” such as providing meals for the animal-people in shelters, planting trees, drilling water wells in Africa, or cleaning up the ocean. “In the humanitarian field, we offer drinking water to disadvantaged populations. We have already started in Benin with two wells which have already been inaugurated. We have two wells also in Benin, which are under construction and we will be able to publish the photos before the summer. When you bring a well with drinking water within a short distance, the children, instead of going back and forth all day to get water, will be able to go to school and thus increase the level of knowledge of the village, and therefore the wealth of the village.” “We have launched a second one where we are helping the children's schooling. We have exceeded 4,000 hours of funded schooling for children in Kenya. Also, we will carry out several similar programs in various places in the world to help children in developing countries who need financial help to educate their population. As a last good deed, we have the coral. We finance the replanting of square centimeters of coral in coral reefs.”Thomas frequently uses the YouCare platform to promote compassion towards the people of the animal kingdom. “Whenever a member of the team has a dog, they can bring their dog to the office. We're a dog-friendly company. Pets are welcome.” Our most gracious Supreme Master Ching Hai explains that technology helps to improve our world in a spiritual way, too, because improved communications make it easier for people to meet an enlightened Master and thus to know God. “Due to God's grace, the spiritual atmosphere, the spiritual blessing, has been bestowed upon our planet, and we have become more and more advanced in all kinds of aspects of life, and our life has become more and more comfortable, more and more elevated.”
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2021-11-22   297 Visualizzazioni
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2021-11-22
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