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This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world. [Read more...]

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Every Sunday this Stylist Gives Haircuts to the Homeless

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Even though Sunday is his one day off, New York City hair stylist Mark Bustos still cuts hair. He not charging money though – he’s here to do something good for the world. Walking the streets he looks for less fortunate people who would appreciate a new haircut, simply saying, “I want to do something nice for you today.” [Read more...]

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Video Reveals Surprising Life Stories From the Homeless

Wednesday 07.23.2014 , Posted by
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It’s easy to think that homeless people are far different than ourselves – but just a short conversation can quickly reveal how easy it is to lose your footing in society. Forget about drug problems and being mentally disabled, a lot of homeless are just like us. [Read more...]

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Watch This Heartwarming Timelapse of a Homeless Veteran Getting a Makeover

Friday 11.08.2013 , Posted by

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Putting vanity aside, looking good can be a huge boost to your ego and make a big difference in your life. That’s the chance that Degage Ministries recently gave to homeless US army veteran Jim Wolf. After decades of dealing with poverty, homelessness and alcoholism, he volunteered last September to go through this physical transformation and have it filmed as a timelapse… what a difference a few minutes can make. [Read more...]

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Refugees Pose With “The Most Important Thing” They Couldn’t Leave Home Without

Sunday 08.04.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve all asked ourselves the question: “If your house were burning down and you could only save one thing, what would it be?” For me it would be my pictures- or my computer, which has most of them in digital format, but thankfully I have never been in a situation where I’ve really needed to make that decision. However, 43.7 million refugees around the world have been less fortunate, forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. NYC based photographer Brian Sokol featured some of the people who have made that painstaking decision to abandon their homes and the lives they once knew to protect themselves and their families. In a series for the UN Refugee Agency called The Most Important Thing, Sokol took captivating black and white photos of refugees from Syria, Mali, and Sudan with their most prized posessions. [Read more...]

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Gravity Light to Help Dark Villages Around the Globe

Tuesday 02.26.2013 , Posted by

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With a growing knowledge of the world’s needs, comes a rising intelligence to better respond to them. It is fairly well known that many areas of the world do not have access to electricity, which prevents them from having quality light at night. The nighttime is lit up by dim kerosene lamps, much like the oil based examples used for thousands of years before the light bulb was invented. Kerosene costs money and with families that don’t have much to begin with, it’s just one more expense they would prefer to do without. [Read more...]

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How Hitchhiking is Helping Street Children in Uganda

Monday 05.28.2012 , Posted by

Quitting your good job at Cambridge University to go hitchhiking to Uganda is foolish, right? Why give up such security, status and comfortable living? For Pawel Huk the answer was street children. His heart was moved by the reality that there are over 10,000 children who have to survive on their own in Uganda. So, he quit his job and decided to hitchhike to Uganda while raising money and awareness about the social issue throughout the journey. The support he raised was donated to the UK based organization Street Child Africa. [Read more...]

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