CNN 2012 Heroes

The Year is coming to an end! 

 And in Keeping up with the tradition, CNN has released their  


1. Pushpa Basnet - Butterfly Home - A home for kids with  incarcerated parents - NEPALS

2.Thulani Madondo - Kliptown Youth Program - South Africa

3. Wanda Butts - The Josh Project - Teaching underprivileged kids  how to Swim - USA

4. Leo McCarthy - Scholarship Program for teens who pledge ( Mariah's Challenge) against Under Aged Drinking - USA

5.  Mary Cortani - Operation Freedom Paws - Using dogs a s a therapeutic medium to help veterans with PTSD - USA

6. Razia Jan - Zabuli Education Center - Provides free education to girls in rural Afghanistan

7. Connie Siskowski - Youth Advocate for teens who are the primary care givers for their family members - Florida

8. Catalina Escobar - The Escorbar Foundation helps teen mothers with education, counseling and job training - Columbia

9. Malya Villard - Appolon - KOFAVIV - provides counseling and legal help to rape victims - Haiti

10. Scott Strode - Phoenix Multisport - Using sports as a rehab therapeutic medium for drug addicts - Colorado

La Leçon 
There are millions of non-profit organizations out there. Each addressing  a specific target group or injustice. Most are successful, not because of funding but by the generosity of people who volunteer their time and talents. 
It doesn't matter what you believe in. 
It doesn't matter what part of the world you live in.
Where ever you are. In your petite niche, there is someone who needs your help. Help can come in various forms. Financial, craftsmanship, handyman, role model, counselor, office work, friendship,and etc

When was the  last time you HELPED a stranger? 

Do you know the  salvation army donation bin in your town?

Do you know the food donation pantry in your town?

Do you know the  homeless shelter in your town?

Are you aware of the youth programs to help underprivileged teens in your town?  
 
In the words of John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
 

So whether you like it or not, we are all affected by these circumstances. 
Directly or indirectly. 
If we want change, then we have to become part of the solution. 
Go out there and BE NICE. Smile at someone :)...Wish them a good day and be a helpful neighbor.