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what a wonderful story. I had a similiar thing happen when I was camping years ago.

in

May 23, 2017 @ 10:01am

I know this is an issue that is swept under the rug. Many people I know feel this issue should get more attention. Please continue to advocate on Blupela and keep us updated. Thanks!

in

May 23, 2017 @ 09:57am

You guys are awesome. Love your music and the dedication!

in

May 23, 2017 @ 09:54am

It is not who wins but rather how one runs the race

in

May 8, 2017 @ 09:31pm

I just saw your post Sean. Thank you for sharing! I just recently joined this network. I agree with your words. There are so many positive things here...

in

May 6, 2017 @ 11:12am

I am Grateful for this positive place to share good things. Nice to have a place to focus on those who have done good and those we care about. Thank you Blupela!!

in

May 6, 2017 @ 11:09am

Very very cool!! Please post videos after walk is complete.

in

May 5, 2017 @ 02:28am

You've captured the goal of One World Blue in stating we have to unite the world and our youth for positive goals to make the world a better place. Welcome to One World Blue!

in

Oct 10, 2016 @ 04:09am

fish and vegetables goes together .. from farm to table ..grow your own food and eat healthy

in

Aug 21, 2016 @ 12:18am

Wonderful to have you aboard!!

in

Jul 15, 2016 @ 06:21pm

"Live with all your heart and live for your dreams. Be a blessing to the world". Andy's message to the graduating class of 2016. This spotlight today is dedicated to them. Please see second video.

in

Jun 19, 2016 @ 10:06am

Your grandfather is surely aiding you from heaven and feeling your love and sending you his.

in

Jun 7, 2016 @ 01:40am

The best to you, your mom and family. Thank you for you and all that is yours!!

in

Jun 1, 2016 @ 05:43am

Happy Birthday Issa!!

in

Jun 1, 2016 @ 05:41am

Thank you Gedalia for Posting

in

Jun 1, 2016 @ 05:38am

Great Sound!!!Awesome, Resonating in Harmony and Balance

in

Jun 1, 2016 @ 05:37am

The One World Blue Community will be honored to participate in the planning of any events to support St. Judes Hospital. Thank you to all who are on the front lines every day working to make this world a better place, One Good Deed at a Time.

in

May 22, 2016 @ 02:38am

Guten Yontif to all family and friends. Leman Shemo Beahava

in

Apr 28, 2016 @ 03:32pm

The world was created for Adam and only Adam, He alone. Since he was the highest of All of Hashem's Army, he fell the furthest. The higher you are the futher you fall. Since each and everyone of us are all a collective part of Adam, this song Oneg, is fitting on this eve of Passover. If not only each of the members of Israel can all say this, Hashem would take us home. But He still will regardless because of His Love for us and All of Creation. Whatever happens to us starts within. The outside only reflects what is in. If we remove from the inside the problem we have, the outside problems will also disappear. Thank you to the great great grandson who gave me the blessing just not so long ago. Thank you also to Naphtali Noah who spent the night with me in the Kever, of this tzadik so many years ago. You are a blessing. I give you a bracha you complete yourself as well. In the highest world we are truly one, in these lower worlds we are also all truly One. We just dont realize it down here. Thank you to Reb Gutman for thereisone. May we all truly be blessed with peace first in our hearts and then in the world. Oneg you have also now served such a great deed to mankind with your song Only I you have written. I myself take full responsibilty in my life for all of my successes and failures. I would like to ask forgiveness in those areas where I have not done the best I can. I do realize it starts with me. Only me.....We are all truly One. Please let us all realize that. My love and blessings, 14th Nissan, 5776.

in

Apr 22, 2016 @ 03:06am

Love this! Tim is an inspiration!

in

Apr 21, 2016 @ 03:37pm

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Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Only 25 hours left to see our documentary just released of Chiropractic now for Free. So now it's time to open your last present, our latest documentary! It took Jim Chester and I two long years to bring it to completion and it's free to watch until New Year's Eve! So please give it a view and share it with your friends, especially to those who may not be in the best of health. Click the link on our Spotlight here on Blupela.com. Please also share with the media buttons on Facebook, Twitter and others and please spread the word. Only 25 hours left to see it now for Free.

Nov 9, 2015 @ 10:46pm

Join us for a joyful Welcome Back Party with Tempa Lama!

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Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Please join us for a joyful Welcome Back Party with our resident teacher Tempa Lama. Food and beverages will be served. Please bring your family and friends – children are warmly welcome!

At the Welcome Back Party our executive director Susan Stringfellow will also share about exciting capacity-building efforts that are now underway.

In 2016, we are poised to develop dynamic efforts to disseminate the Bon wisdom teachings to an even wider audience by offering live streaming of retreats, empowerments and dharma talks; ecourses that provide an in-depth opportunity to study the ancient wisdom teachings at any pace, and more of the popular continuing education classes for professionals.

Nov 9, 2015 @ 04:58pm

You are cordially invited to an acoustic evening with:
Mike Stout and the Human Union
Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm
Point Breezeway Café, 7113 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA
Featuring:
Laura Daniels – Keyboard
Kevin McDonald – Guitar
Dave McLaughlin – Violin/Fiddle
Dan Schlegel – Bass

PRICE: Whatever you can afford /or feel like contributing

Come hear original songs spanning 16 CDs, of Pittsburgh History
And the men and women who made our world a little better

Aug 24, 2015 @ 04:28pm

The Project to End Human Trafficking:
Women and Children of Uganda Gallery Exhibition
Photography by Maranie Rae
Curated by Natalie Grandinetti
SEPTEMBER 10
LEARN MORE
6:00-9:00PM
Opening Reception
Square Café
1137 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition Duration:
August 29th - September 30th, 2015
The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) has been working in Uganda for the past 5 years and will be returning in November 2015. Attendees of the Exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation and purchase prints. All proceeds of this event will directly support ongoing projects and initiatives.

Jul 6, 2015 @ 04:16pm

On Sunday July 12 from 2-5 p.m., Glimpses of Humla, a fundraiser for the Humla Nursing Education Project, will be held at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in Shadyside. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, and One World Blue LLC. The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh is located at 605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

Jun 1, 2015 @ 08:18am

Blupela Founder Joel Pirchesky will be one of my guests on Pittsburgh Sportsline tonight! We will talk about sports and One World Blue at the Royal Place ( 2660 Library Road, Route 88). Filming starts about 7:30 pm for our TV show!

Apr 24, 2015 @ 03:09pm

Join us at Dukes Rib House & Grille (1910 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220)when we film another Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show with great guests from 7:30-8:30pm!

Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:58pm

Watch my Live Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show every Tuesday night from 7-8 pm on Verizon TV Channel 32 in the Greater Pittsburgh Area!!!

Apr 13, 2015 @ 05:50pm

Join us tonight when we do our Monday Night Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at Dukes Rib House & Grille 1910 Cochran Rd, Pgh, PA 15220! Here is our FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/728314603947758/

Apr 13, 2015 @ 03:45pm

Art and Unity for Social Change, Issa Nyaphaga Art Opening, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Friday May 1, 205, 7-9 pm. 605 Morewood Avenue, Pgh, PA 15213

Mar 30, 2015 @ 04:26pm

Pittsburgh Sportsline

March 30·

Watch our Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show from Monday night at Smokehouse Bar and Grille, 2500 West Liberty Avenue! Thanks for watching our show!!!

Feb 23, 2015 @ 11:25am

Visit us March 18 2015 at the Springdale PA Library at 6 pm to view our new documentary film, "Under the Umbrella Tree."

Feb 12, 2015 @ 01:12pm

FEB 22 11am-12:30 Cedarhurst, NY Concert in support of Kids with special needs. Tickets are $18 at www.onegshemesh.com

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Today This Week This MonthTop World Spotlights

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*Music

Stop the Madness

Andy Gross
I see a world controlled by greed...
Large corporations, privately owned nations,
Poisoning our air, our soil, our seas,
Poisoning our food, our seed,
Imprisoning protesters, animals, minds
And Dragging The World Into War
My 1979 song Ten More Gallons talks about America dragged into war in "Iraq, ..., Afghanistan." I am still singing that song. My 1981 recording OIL, which played on radio stations in ten states in the U.S., talks about the frustration of seeing big industry throwing our world into the toilet. Here's a record jacket from 1981:
I went through a big change in the 90's. I realized that it is not about "us" versus "them"; it's about "us." "We" are free; free to figure out how much we personally contribute to the problems. Are we going to shut our mouths and follow the program or are we going to find a way to live without them? Are we going to shout and speak and teach about what it will take for mankind to survive?
I'm not thinking about national revolution; revolutions are pointless. The same greedy people just rise to the top in the guise of some new ideology. I'm talking about the whole world of "us", banding together in our common cause. I'm talking about a global acknowledgement of the insanity, the greed, of man. We've got to reach out to one another, because nothing else can save us.
Below you'll find two of my videos. One is a recent version of my song Ten More Gallons. The other is a song that I wrote when my daughter Sarah graduated from college. I hope that you enjoy them.

Ten More Gallons
I'll Be There

Votes13 DateOct 27, 2015

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*Men

No More Excuses Richie Parker (Guy With No Arms) Of Hendrick Motorsports Inspirational Video

Sylvester Omeje

If he can do it, anyone can. Don't let your situation or condition beat you down but rather, take charge of them and your environment...go beyond your limits ....learn from Richie Parker and others out there making positive changes where and while they can .....

Votes11 DateMar 5, 2015

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*Earth

Blupela in the Himalyas

One World Blue, LLC
Blupela and the One World Blue Corporation want to thank our long time advisor, Tempa Lama, and his cousin Surendra from Firante Expeditions for spreading the Blupela message to the Earth's magnificent rooftop touching the heavens in the Himalaya mountains! The One World Blue Coporation is indebted to Tempa for his nearly decade of service as serving as an advisor to the corporation in its journey to bringing the message of this network and the ideals of the corporation to life. The service of the One World Blue Network through Blupela.com is dedicated to bringing social healing to our world and being a catalyst to achieve balance to the Planet in Conservation, Sustainability, Social Harmony and Peace, where it can be achieved.
Thank you Tempa and Surendra for being our messengers and ambassadors for good will to the most sacred place of the Himalayas.
Blupela and One World Blue is grateful to Tempa and Surendra for including us in their prayers and meditations on the trip in 2015 and bringing to us these incredible photos from the "rooftop" of the world,
You are welcome to visit Tempa Lama at his center:
Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
From the Olmo Ling site:
To read more about Tempa and Olmo Ling, please visit:
www.olmoling.org
Tempa Dukte Lama

Votes9 DateNov 9, 2015

Most Recent Up & ComingActive World Spotlights

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Bob Marley

Sean Whitaker
My life growing up would not have been the same without Marley
Here is some brief info and some videos, enjoy!!
Nesta Robert Marley, more widely and commonly known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician born on February 6, 1945. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Bob Marley had a number of children: three with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita’s previous relationships, and several others with different women. The Bob Marley official website acknowledges eleven children.
• Sharon, born 23 November 1964, daughter of Rita from a previous relationship but then adopted by Marley after his marriage with Rita
• Cedella born 23 August 1967, to Rita
• David “Ziggy”, born 17 October 1968, to Rita
• Stephen, born 20 April 1972, to Rita
•Robert “Robbie”, born 16 May 1972, to Pat Williams
• Rohan, born 19 May 1972, to Janet Hunt
•Karen, born 1973 to Janet Bowen
•Stephanie, born 17 August 1974; according to Cedella Booker she was the daughter of Rita and a man called Ital with whom Rita had an affair; nonetheless she was acknowledged as Bob’s daughter
• Julian, born 4 June 1975, to Lucy Pounder
• Ky-Mani, born 26 February 1976, to Anita Belnavis
• Damian, born 21 July 1978, to Cindy Breakspeare
He died on May 11, 1981.
Retrieved from:
https://genius.com/artists/Bob-marley

Votes1 DateMay 25, 2017

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*Men

A Tribute to Sholom

Naphtali Ziff JP
Sholom Epstein is trying to hasten the Ultimate Redemption,
in an attempt to make this World a better place to live in -
Now...
Praise G-d; Amen.
SEE
THE NEW LIGHT
By Reb Sholom Stan Epstein
A little light eliminates a great deal of darkness. The new light that will be prevalent in the world when the MOSHIACH (Messiah) comes, will elevate the physical to the mystical.
Light is the symbol of the divine. The change in the nature of light will increase the level of G-dliness in a profound way.
The darkness of war, injustice, and ignorance will become obsolete with the new holy illumination.
Let the new light prevail and usher in peace, integrity and growth
The New World
We have the here & now, which is the essence;
the past & the future too.
Until now, we have been in exile - gulus, after
the redemption, or the judgement, we will have
- gaula, or the new world.
A world of peace, where the righteous will prosper
& the wicked will glare for all to see, in their iniquity.
Miracles, the third temple & the resurrection of the
dead, are all elements of this glorious change.
More G-dliness, can be seen now as we approach
this metamorphosis; albeit it's tumultuous, so as it
is with all great change.
Now is the time for tomorrow, the new reality -
" For we will have been as dreamers "...
Sholom
G-d works in mysterious ways-
NO-
Not to the Tzadik...
Truth is stranger than fiction-
NO-
Fiction is stranger than truth-
Categorically...
Utopia
By Reb Sholom Epstein
Aqui y ahora, here & now.
Where corruption and evil,shall give way to purity and goodness and superstition will no longer enslave the mind.
Peace on Earth!
Time to learn & grow...
The dream is coming into fruition;
finally- thank G-d.
Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with thy G-d.

Votes1 DateMay 25, 2017

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*Music

CHILLENT (JEWISH SOUL STEW)

Gedaliah Aronson
On Feb. 12, 2017 we entered Tonic Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with engineer Doug Kasper and crew, with an 8 hour block of time to work. We had been talking about this recording for a while and we had been having the opportunity to play the material a lot live. Zamir Zahavi, owner of The Park House, a pub on the north side of the city, has been so gracious to us to give us a slot on the calendar each month. We played, and continue to play there one Tuesday a month. We had complete musical freedom to explore this material and get it real tight and in front of an audience as well, and these gigs along with a hand full of other shows got us in shape for the studio.
We wanted this album to be live as much as possible, meaning that there would be as few overdubs as possible; just straight raw playing. I should say that we weren't even sure if we'd get an albums worth of material recorded and certainly not in one session; there was some talk of making this a "solid EP" .
The set up took 3 hours, getting all the instruments mic'd and sound checked, setting up room mic's, checking various levels of volume and tone, etc. We then had 5 solid hours to play, and thank G-d we just went for it and got down 10 tunes in 40 takes total. It was a very cool feeling, kind of like running a marathon and having an endorphin rush, but from playing music! All vocals were added in later sessions; but the music was all captured live with no overdubs, we picked our favorite takes of the 40 we captured that sunday.
We're so proud, happy, grateful, and blessed to be able to share with you our first album JEWISH SOUL STEW
Our CD Release show is June, 8th which is also the online release date

https://chillentfunk.bandcamp.com
Our first single can be found there, at the band camp site as well for free streaming or purchase; it was mixed and mastered by our good friend, multi/instrumentalist and producer Brian Fitzy who also added hammond organ to the track "Universe in Miniature"

Votes3 DateMay 15, 2017

What would you do to heal or change the world?

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I envision a world where people are not profiled by race or religion but rather by the merit on which they stand.

Mustaffa IbrahimMay 9, 2017 @ 09:18pmMore

I would make democracy a true democracy by creating a virtual town hall meeting platform where every citizen can log on and voice their opinions and caste their votes for all policy issues.

Angela HorneMay 6, 2017 @ 10:07amMore

Reduce carbon emissions by every citizen receiving incentives to own and use bikes.

Sean WhitakerMay 5, 2017 @ 02:24amMore

Roscher would engage government specifically Minister of justice and minister internal affairs for a review of the penal code. Roscher would also take on board the court users association by offering advocacy trainings, Roscher would also engage with district civil society networks for across the country and witchdoctors so that we should have a day to promote rights of the albino in Malawi.Albino people will be invited to all these meetings.

moir walitaDec 4, 2016 @ 06:29pmMore

Programming: CCDR uses the CSP Enviro Programme Model where C-Caring, S-Supportvive, and P-Protection interventions across all the domains of child and youth development to achieve its goals. CCDR also mainstreams gender, HIV and AIDS, climate change, and human rights in all its programmes. Partnerships: CCDR has partnership as one of its core values. So far, CCDR is working with stakeholders at local, national , and international levels such as VDCs, ADCs, District Councils, YODEP, Embassies, POSIVO Malawi, MACRO, Charitable Foundations, Plan, NYNCC, Africycle, Christian Aid and others. Our Geographical Coverage We are working in the 3 regions of Malawi, Southern, Central and Northern Malawi Central: Lilongwe, Kasungu, Dowa, Ntchisi, Salima,Nkhotakota, Ntcheu and Mchinji districts. We are currently working close to 60,000 people across Malawi with hope to scale our projects.

Centre for Child Development and ResearchOct 15, 2016 @ 09:10amMore

I want to work with youth to heal them to unleash the champion in them. They are filled with power and I will help them unleash that my motivation and coaching.

Edwin Anthony PaulOct 9, 2016 @ 01:55pmMore

I listen to individiual, study and show thier challenges and help them to over come those challenges. Help them with road map for better life and career. Show them the best they have and help them to unleash the champion in them.

Edwin Anthony PaulOct 5, 2016 @ 04:41amMore

To strengthen the communities in which we work and live, giving everyone more opportunity to compete as artists by having thousands of places to compete for a chance to be on TV and Win while experiencing more opportunity to be recognized by professionals in the music industry and allow local businesses to experience more influx of growth in sales at an a alarming rate, and at a price that’s affordable!

StarQuest Tv ChallengeAug 25, 2016 @ 03:28pmMore

The purpose of moving our work forward is to strengthen the communities in which we work and live. The StarQuest TV Challenge is a primary vehicle to help communities grow financially through our multi level marketing infrastructure. We give local businesses the opportunity to get recognized and promote them at a fraction of the cost of regular advertising campaigns. Most network Reality Singing competition shows, cattle call thousands of people to a stadium and less than half the people get a true opportunity to audition or be seen by producers and get the opportunity to compete. It’s demoralizing and at your inconvenience and to the networks financial gain. StarQuest TV Challenge is more politically correct because we have trademarked a way to add value to the people and businesses in the Pittsburgh Marketplace, giving everyone more opportunity to compete as artists by having thousands of places to compete for a chance to be on TV and Win while experiencing more opportunity to be recognized by professionals in the music industry and allow local businesses to experience more influx of growth in sales at an a alarming rate, and at a price that’s affordable!

VanGo Media GroupAug 24, 2016 @ 02:42pmMore

The UTOPIA Projects (TUP) encourages families to organically grow their own foods through a modern high yield and simple farming system. Seeing families throughout the world accomplish this is the TUP's goal.

UTOPIA ProjectsAug 19, 2016 @ 04:21pmMore

This site is About University of world so you can choose your desire University for your Higher Education , so please visit site and choose live add on the site and click the add you will get more information n more

USA University EducationJun 24, 2016 @ 10:58pmMore

I am passionate about youth development and community building, I will utilize my skills and that of others to instill optimism and education in the mind of our young ones, helping them discover their strength through creativity and ingenuity that results in a chain reaction one person or group of youths at a time. "Leadership must be close enough to relate to others, but must be far enough ahead to motivate them" - John C. Maxwell

Sylvester OmejeJun 7, 2016 @ 02:35pmMore

I want to change the world through the mission of my organization GERAS CAMEROON whose mission is to ensure that humankind lives in harmony with the other living and non-living components of the environment. GERAS CAMEROON works in carrying out massive sensitization on the need for environmental protection, and partnering with like-minded organizations to share ideas. GERAS CAMEROON envisages a World in general, and Cameroon in particular where every human being is conscious about his or her role in environmental protection.

Ndzishepngong KelvinMay 27, 2016 @ 02:20pmMore

my goal is to empower farmers by training and teaching best farming practices for sustainable growing while building business and commerce in cameroon. with the aim of promoting sustainable economic growth in undeveloped areas based on reconciling the strategic objectives of wealth creation, food security, and fight against unemployment, improving living conditions of population. The purpose of this project is to develop farming systems that are productive, profitable, conserve energy, are environmentally sound, create healthy mineral packed produce, conserve natural resources, which that ensure food safety and quality. I seek to build sustainable soils, commerce, and trade with farmers while creating business opportunities and jobs to the underprivileged residents of the country and region. Using this model to enhance the lives of women and empowering them to create food, income, credit and a business.

Chiaga EricMar 11, 2016 @ 02:50pmMore

I am training women and youths on organic vegetable farming and sound soil management practices in Buea, Mt Cameroon Region Our project descourages the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and encourage organic methods of cultivation vegetables.

APELLA MagellanMar 9, 2016 @ 05:06pmMore

I listen...one person at a time.

Linda LovecraftFeb 7, 2016 @ 11:58pmMore

Continue to invest time and resources and collective good will into Blupela.com, The One World Blue Corporation, which is a vehicle for bringing Social and Planetary Healing to the world.

One World Blue, LLCJan 10, 2016 @ 03:38amMore

I would like to see that all mankind, all animals, birds, wildlife and every single creation from Heaven live in peace and harmony in the entire world. May we all live side by side in unity as was our Creator's plan from the beginning. May we all have an abundance of clean pure water and partake of every holy nourishment from the Garden of Eden. May Heaven and Earth soon become united as one entity. This is my humble prayer for all to live in peace. Iris Ziff Pirchesky Director of Animal Welfare and Co-founder of One World Blue, LLC

Iris PircheskyJan 4, 2016 @ 12:30amMore

I would take responsibility for my own actions. Taking a good hard look at oneself will heal and change the world. "Be the change you would like to see in the World" Forgiveness and love for all fits it with this precept and idea. Deciding that nothing too big is above forgiveness both personally to oneself and others. It will free the world and G-d will shine brighter in our hearts. much love to all, Edie

Edie BrozanskiDec 31, 2015 @ 03:31amMore

As a practical answer: First; each individual must count the good things that they have in their life and stop focusing on the negative things. There will always be both good and bad in everyone's life. Whichever you focus on will determine your mental state, your outlook, and that will greatly influence the way you treat others. Next; Know that we are all on a journey, a journey that goes on past this life in this world. This world is where we create our portions in the next. Pack your bags carefully.

Gutman LocksDec 29, 2015 @ 10:28pmMore

Create an environment of understanding, acceptance and laughter

Bart FoleyDec 28, 2015 @ 02:42pmMore

I want to support efforts to see fellow humans,animals and our earth as our friends, travelers on our journeys together. I hope we all work to eliminate prejudice of all types and work for human rights, clean water, education, medical care, economic opportunity for ALL.

Pamela BootonDec 23, 2015 @ 04:43amMore

We educate people about albinism and the challenges that come with it by giving talks and presentations, disseminating information, and providing external resources for people to consult at their convenience. Many of the problems that people with albinism face are universal, especially those who deal with self-esteem and bullying all related to being “different.” Therefore, we also give talks on self-esteem and anti-bullying. We vigorously support efforts to combat bullying and promote a culture of tolerance. No one should succeed in making anyone else feel worthless.

LaTisha JonesDec 17, 2015 @ 01:24pmMore

Roscher would engage government specifically Minister of justice and minister internal affairs for a review of the penal code. Roscher would also take on board the court users association by offering advocacy trainings, Roscher would also engage with district civil society networks for across the country and witchdoctors so that we should have a day to promote rights of the albino in Malawi.Albino people will be invited to all these meetings.

Roscher Youth Development CenterDec 16, 2015 @ 11:13amMore

Working harder to uplift all orphans lifestyle in all human aspects of life as much as God wish.

Melkizedeck Bernard WanjaraDec 5, 2015 @ 12:04pmMore

I would like to see a subluxation free society!

Jim ChesterDec 4, 2015 @ 03:04pmMore

Mission Statement of the Natural Chi Foundation Our mission is to create a future where each human being has the opportunity to live a peaceful, healthy life and experience a peaceful death.

Natural Chi FoundationNov 23, 2015 @ 07:46amMore

I would educate people to know that we don't have to fight wars over oil; that we have the imagination and intelligence to use and find alternative energies. I would educate people to understand that although our world is controlled by greed, if we raise our voices, others will hear; that if enough of us raise our voices, we can bring change.

Andy GrossOct 27, 2015 @ 07:06amMore

Given my best to do good and achieve positive results.

lawal AbdulsalamOct 23, 2015 @ 12:11pmMore

I envision a world where technology is used to solve humanities grand challenges.

Andrew GottliebOct 8, 2015 @ 08:05pmMore

Today This Week This MonthTop Initiatives

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*Health

Humla Nursing Education Project

Olmo Ling
The Humla region of northwestern Nepal is one of the most stunningly beautiful, as well as, geographically isolated and underserved areas of Nepal. Healthcare resources are scarce, with only one hospital in a region the size of Connecticut and a population of over 50,000. Many villages lack even a single trained healthcare worker, forcing villagers to walk days to access basic health services.
The Humla Nursing Education Project plans to address this need by identifying local students in Humla who aspire to careers in nursing in their home villages. We will cover the cost of tuition, books and other supplies throughout their education in exchange for a commitment to serve the Humla region as community healthcare workers. The cost of 4 years of education in the capital city, Kathmandu, is less than the cost of a semester at some US public universities.
SANGITA our first student:
Our first student, Sangita, has already passed entrance exams and is studying at nursing school thanks to private donations. With your help, we can ensure that she finishes her education and returns to serve her remote community at the top of the world. Your sponsorship and in-kind donations will help us reach this goal and expand access to healthcare for the people of Humla.
YOUR SPONSORSHIP CAN HELP FACES LIKE THESE:








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PLEASE GIVE TODAY AND SHARE THE BEAUTY
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Votes12 DateFeb 25, 2015

Funded: 3 $105.00 / $5,000.00

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*Youth

BringHome100

BairFind
The BairFind Foundation's goal is to revolutionize the search for missing children in the United States with a campaign in 160 American cities in the summer of 2015! BringHome100 is a unique nationwide awareness-building campaign that will engage the power of over 40 million Americans throughout Minor League Baseball! (Minor League Baseball draws more fans every year than the NFL and NBA combined!) The BringHome100 platform opens a brand new path for millions of everyday people to act on their natural impulse to get involved and increase the odds of finding a missing child.
In 2014, BairFind placed signs in 24 Minor League Baseball stadiums in Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida featuring each area's missing children. Our signs attracted over 3 million views, and SIX of the kids we featured were located safely! That raises our grand total to TWENTY FIVE KIDS FOUND since we began our efforts in 2009!
We are the FIRST EVER organization to set a benchmark goal - that we will raise awareness for missing children until 100 that we feature are found. We are on our way to realizing our goal! ! Please contribute so that we can design, construct, and deliver concourse signs to all 160 Minor League Baseball ballparks for the 2015 season! FOR EVERY $1,000 WE RECEIVE, WE CAN PLACE A SIGN IN A STADIUM! Help us to rise to the challenge to BringHome100 missing kids!

Votes12 DateNov 23, 2014 ClockEnded

Funded: 1 $54.00

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*Planet

Attila Around the World

Attila Domos
My name is Attila Domos, and I'm a T11/T12 paraplegic, since September 22, of 1993. I had my falling accident the same night my former band and I signed a recording contract. You could say it was a Yin/Yang kind of an evening. I was always an ambitious person, and very goal driven. While I was born into a musician family, I was also, and still am an athlete. Most recently I've been competing in hand-cycling events.
I've competed in many sports both in my youth and adult life. Some include water polo, soccer, baseball, American football, Martial Arts, power lifting and as I said earlier... hand-cycling. I was always drawn to physical challenges. I'm the type of person who was always driven by a desire to make a difference, to be a force for good. I've used what ever talents I was born with to make a difference in the lives of others, and what I'm working towards now, will be by far my biggest challenge ever, but it will also allow me to do a lot of good around the world.
I'm putting a team together, and with the help of this team I will circumnavigate the Earth. This will be accomplished in four steps.
Step 1: I will become the first paraplegic to swim the Atlantic Ocean, from New York City to either Spain or Portugal, by doing two 3 hour swims every day, from 9 am - noon, and from 2 pm - 5 pm. We will have a ship with a full crew (Captain, 1st mate, nurse, electronics expert/TV producer, my personal aid, etc...) It will be very difficult and I anticipate it to take about a year (give/take). I will not use a shark cage, but I will have two guys in the water with me, one in a kayak and one in a raft. Should I run into trouble, hopefully they can pull me out of the water before I'm injured or eaten.
Step 2: I then will hand-cycle across Europe, the Mid East and Asia.
Step 3: Kayak from Japan to Hawaii, then from Hawaii to Los Angeles.
Step 4: Hand-cycle from Los Angeles back to the original starting point in New York City.
This will be a massive undertaking, and will require at least $10 million to launch. This is where Hollywood comes in.
I need to get to Los Angeles for a couple of months, to sell this idea to a top agency. One with connections to some of the world's biggest stars. They all have causes they champion, and these are the types of people who understand big goals and big projects. The idea is to turn what we're going to do into the world's biggest fund raiser. Most of the details are worked out, and I can't get into specifics about every detail for obvious reasons, but this thing will be massive.
We will have cameras everywhere on the ship and in the water. We're going to have the cameras set up to allow people to watch us anytime, 24/7, via any camera they choose.
We also will host a 1-hour daily talk show. It'll be a great way to keep in touch with people around the world, and it will allow them a chance to get to know us.
We will have an app that people can download. This will also give them a chance to follow us, watch us and get reminders and updates from us, etc...
People will be able to donate via the app or online, and will be given a number of ways they'll be able to host events, to help raise funds for our charities.
The goal is to turn that initial $10 million investment into $100 million, and likely more. This trip will take between 4 and 5 years to accomplish, and the app alone will likely generate that amount in the first year or two.
We will have an independent bank handling the money, and will hire firms to audit and make sure that all of the money is going where it's supposed to go. In addition, I'm openly inviting "Anonymous" to do their own investigation, since I will be too busy accomplishing this massive task, hosting the TV show and doing live satellite feeds, to be able to also keep my eye on where every penny is going.
I'm taking only one percent (1%) of the money for myself, and that will be after our monthly expenses. The other 99% will go to the charities. Here's an example of how it will be divided.
Hollywood star A donates $1 million up front. We end up raising $10 million, to make Around the World a reality. That would mean that Star A put up 10% of the funding, so in return, his charity will receive 10% of all money raised. Wich... if we only raise $100 million in the time it takes to finish the journey, Star A turned his $1 million investment into $10 million for his charity. The more a person or charitable organization puts in upfront, the bigger the return, and the more people we can help.
There are many other things we're going to do for fundraising, including auctions, live shows when we're on land, and more, but this should give people an idea of how big this is going to be. I am very much a people person, and I wish to use every talent I have to help make the world a better place.
I'm working on putting together a video specifically for this event, but for now you can check out my website, and see for yourself some of the things I've done, and what it is I do. I'm a musician, athlete, writer, digital photographer, film maker, entrepreneur and much more.
I will also be giving rewards for your donation. The goal right now is to raise fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) to get out to LA for a few months. While there, I'll need to rent a hotel room, use a cab to get around, buy food, drinks, and have a little money to wine and dine some of these Hollywood types. By raising this amount, I will also be able to show the agencies and stars that this is something people want to see, ergo... their investment in to the Around the World project won't be a risk.
I will also add your name to an email list, which I will use to send at least weekly emails detailing our progress.
I would urge you to get involved, and make a financial contribution. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of history. Imagine if you could have invested in Christopher Columbus' journey to the Americas, Magellan's trip around the world or have had direct access with the Apollo astronauts while they were taking that first trip to the moon? I hope to inspire generations to step outside their comfort zones, and reach for their dreams. What ever those dreams may be... I intend on showing them that anything is achievable, with one baby step at a time.
Thank you,
Attila Domos
www.attiladomos.com
(Please allow 4-6 weeks from the time the $15K goal is reached, for your "non-electronic" rewards to arrive. Also... if you choose to keep your email "private", that's OK, but please send me an email to, so I can send you your rewards. Other wise, I have no way of contacting you.)
For more information about Attila, please visit the website listed above. There you will find much more information not only about Attila and his many accomplishments, but also more detail about "Attila Around the World".

Votes11 DateMay 15, 2015

Funded: 16 $1,005.00 / $15,000.00

Today This Week This MonthTop Culture Spotlights

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North America

The Cajuns

Bernard Asper
The Cajuns are descendants of Roman Catholic French Canadians whom the British, in the 18th century, drove from the captured French colony of Acadia (now Nova Scotia and adjacent areas)who settled in the fertile bayou lands of southern Louisiana. The Cajuns today form small, compact, generally self-contained communities. Their patois is a combination of archaic French forms with idioms taken from their English, Spanish, German, American Indian, and African American (usually “Creole”) neighbors.
Pres. Teddy Roosevelt was a proponent of the ‘melting pot’ philosophy. The movement was led by people in Louisiana such as Progressive Luther Hall, elected governor in 1912. In July of that year, the legislature passed an act allowing the Department of Education to select all books and curricula for public schools. Starting the next year, English was stressed throughout the curricula, essentially banning French from the schools. In 1916, the state legislature approved Act 27, which required that all children attend public school where English was to be the language. This implicitly meant that the Cajun children that were brought up speaking French in their homes would have to learn English. The events were completed in 1921 when the Louisiana Constitution was changed so that all school proceedings had to be conducted in English. This succession of events led to many Cajuns growing up without learning their ancestral language. Stories abound of Cajun children being punished for speaking French at school.
Most of the parents of children in school for the first few decades of the century had grown up speaking French and still spoke it in the home. Children would learn English at school, but still learned some French in the home. As that English-educated generation grew up and had their own families, the use of French in the home was decreased with each generation. Some Cajun families, especially in more rural areas, continued to pass along the Cajun French language throughout the twentieth century.
Things began to turn around in the 1960s. Faced with the prospect of losing their language, CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) was established in 1968 to help bring interest in the French language back to the educational system. Less than 5% of Cajuns born in the last fifty years speak French as their primary language. The French being taught by CODOFIL was not Cajun French. Still, it was a move leading to French language preservation amongst the Cajuns. French immersion programs can now be found across Acadiana, Cajun Louisiana.
Zachary Richard founded Action Cadienne to advocate for the Cajun French language. The group maintains that the language is integral to the continuation of Cajun culture.
Cajun cuisine reflects the mixture of cultures in Louisiana. Among its classic dishes are alligator stew, jambalaya, gumbo—actually a Creole dish, made with a roux—and crayfish (or other seafood) étouffée, served over rice. Many dishes are prepared with some variety of sausage, such as boudin or andouille (a smoked sausage made with pork), and tasso (a pork shoulder preparation borrowed from the Choctaw). Essential seasonings include filé powder (made from sassafras leaves), cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Cajun music likewise shows a blend of several influences, including French, Creole, and Celtic songs. Cajun songs are usually sung in French. Typical ensemble instruments are the fiddle, the diatonic (button) accordion, the guitar, and spoons or the triangle. Tempos can range from a mournful waltz to a lively two-step, but, whatever the tempo, Cajun music is meant to be danced to.
Article mostly from http://www.acadian-cajun.com/clang.htmin content and http://www.britannica.com/topic/Cajun

Votes7 DateSep 1, 2015

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Asia

Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremony Chanoyu

Nathaniel Pantalone
Matcha ceremony (Chanoyu) is very complicated. Students of Chanoyu go to University to learn and study every aspect of it! Books that are written about it cannot hold all of its complexities within. Nonetheless, in this Spotlight, we will endeavor to shed a faint light on one of the most beautiful and complicated ceremonies in the world: Chanoyu.
What is Matcha?
"Matcha is a first class type of powdered, extra-fine ground tea that is used for the Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu, during which the tea is whisked with a bamboo tool called a chasen, in a handcrafted bowl called a chawan. Quality Matcha is always a pea-green, extra-fine powder with a distinctive, grassy aroma. The foamy infusion is fresh and deep green with an unforgettable, intense taste. Its health benefits are endless! We recommend that it be enjoyed after dessert or with a Japanese sweet, but never drink it on an empty stomach!" Taken from Dobra Tea
Matcha is made from the leaves of the Gyokuro tea plant. Gyokuro that is shade grown for more than 20 days is harvest by hand. The leaves are preprocessed into tencha by steaming and drying. When ground in a milstone (think giant granite stones), the tencha becomes matcha.
Two styles of matcha are served during the tea ceremony. The first, thin-style matcha, called usucha (oo-Soo-cha) is served to each person. The second, thick-style matcha, called koicha (Koy-cha) is shared among the guests.
What is Tea Ceremony?
Japanese tea ceremony is about four elements: wa, kei, sei, and jaku or harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. When one includes all elements, one can enjoy the simplicity of drinking tea. Harmony can be created through cleanliness; the ceremony is held in a room without clutter and with elegant decorations, like flowers in a vase or a flag of calligraphy. Respect is created by thoughtful consideration of everything and everyone involved in the ceremony. Topics that can lead to arguments are not discussed during tea ceremony. Purity comes from the cleaning of the utensils and the boiling of the water. Tranquility is achieved after the calm consumption of the tea.
The Five Parts of Chanoyu, Simplified
The Yoritsuki (receiving room): The receiving room is prepared to comfort the arriving guests. In the room, guests may prepare themselves for the tea ceremony by changing their cloths (kimonos are popular choices) or using the bathroom. Usually a pot of hot water is available to the guests to refresh and cleanse their palate. Sometimes the hot water is made with toasted rice. Relaxation is important before the tea ceremony.
The Roji (passageway): In traditional tea ceremony, after preparing in the yoritsuki, the guests move outside to the garden. The garden is specially prepared as a passageway to the tearoom. Stepping stones surrounded by moss are common. The ground is lightly sprayed to mimic the clean look of a gentle rain. The passageway is meant to create tranquility by experiencing the beauty of nature and refreshing the mind.
The Tskukubai (symbolic cleaning): Within the roji is a special place for guests to cleanse their hands and mouths called the tskukubai. It is made of carefully placed plants, stones, and pebbles. a stone basin filled with constantly flowing water allows the guests to physically clean before the ceremony, refreshing the body.
The Machiai (waiting room): The machiai is a waiting area comprised of a wall with a small roof and bench beneath. It is an area for guests to wait for the rest of the group and quietly enjoy the tranquility of the garden. The host appears after everyone has gathered in the machiai. The guests greet the host with a simultaneous bow. With a gong, the host invites the guests into the tearoom.
The Chashitsu (tearoom): After the drum of the gong fades, the guests walk to the unique entrance of the tearoom. The entrance, called nijiri guchi, is small, only about three feet high and two and a half feet wide. All guests must humbly stoop to enter the tearoom. Upon entering, guests slide toward the alcove, which displays artistic calligraphy, typically the work of a well known Zen priest, and bow to show respect. Flower arrangements and incense holders are also present. After examining the artwork, guest move toward the host to inspect the teakettle and utensils. After inspection they take their places for the tea ceremony.
The tearoom gives the sense of elegance and peace. Soft light shines through the shoji screens, highlighting the objects on display, and incense perfumes the air. The soft sound of boiling water is heard. Beginning the gathering, the host opens a sliding door that connects the kitchen to the tearoom and enters the tearoom. Everyone, including the host, quietly bows with respect. The host welcomes everyone and explains the special reason for the ceremony, if there is one. The guest of honor, or main guest, thanks the host on behalf of the other guests.
Description of Ceremony
A door made of rectangular rice paper windows opens. Two outstretched hands reach through the doorway and place a utensil on the floor. The hands, now pressed on the floor, allow their master to shuffle into the room. The master is a Japanese woman, dressed in beautiful green robes (kimono) with a large belt and a bow tied in the back. She picks up the utensil, places it ahead of her again, and shuffles toward it a second time. Finally within the room, she stands, walks slowly toward the flag of poetry enshrined on the wall, kneels and bows to it. She then approaches the kama, the water vessel in the room, inspects it and the ornate vase misisashi next to it. Since everything is correct, she walks to the corner of the room, by the door to kneel and rest. She is guest.
This description is from a tea ceremony watched by the author
Tea Utensils
Tea Bowls - Chawan
Tea Scoops - Chashaku
Tea Whisks - Chasen
Tea Containers - Natsume
Water Scoop - Hishaku
Cloth Napkin - Chakin
Silk Napkin - Fukusa
Tea Kettles - Kama
(And more!)
UPDATES TO FOLLOW!
Written by Nathaniel Pantalone for OWB LLC.

Votes7 DateJul 30, 2015

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Africa

Ibrahim, the Coach on the Wheelchair

Issa Nyaphaga
Ibrahim Abdoulaye –
Since ever he was a child, Ibrahim barely remembers the last time he stood up and walked. Ibrahim was victim of Polio disease at the age of one and half year old in his village in N’ditam. Because of the lack of information in his family, his parents were not able to provide Ibrahim with Polio vaccination. But Ibrahim showing that even sitting the wheelchair you can accomplish your dream.
Mobility with dignity
The physical condition of Ibrahim has made him resilient to the challenge he faces in his every day’s life. From the age of three to nine years old, the young boy crawled down most of his childhood. In a rural African village, taboo is rampant in the communities. Fortunately, Ibrahim has less prejudice in Nditam and also the support of his entire village. In 2002, Ibrahim was granted with his ever first tricycle donated by HITIP (Hope International For Tikar People) a community-based organization working to improve the quality of life of the marginalized, indigenous people in Mbam and Kim region, where Ibrahim is from. The wheelchair has helped the young boy to gain his dignity – he couldn’t any longer be carried to run little errands such as going to the toilet, getting himself around the village and with his friends. The same tricycle helped Ibrahim to complete his primary education. Almost a decade after Ibrahim received his first wheelchair; he has become a strong young leader and a man with a vision for his life.
A gifted soul
In Nditam, a lost village in the middle of the equatorial rainforest, with no infrastructure – no running water, no electricity and medical center, Ibrahim has developed skills of a technician – he is the tech repair guy of the village. He fixes flashlights, radios, wheelchairs, bicycles and even generators. The villagers are amazed how the talent of a young individual with disabilities has become a tremendous support to the community.
Beside his passion as technician, Ibrahim is a great fan of soccer/football game. In Cameroon, Soccer/football is not only a game as we would think, it is a religion, and everybody is involved; children, adolescents, women, adults and elders. And for those who are not naturally granted with two legs, they can go play with braces or crutches. Ibrahim knows early in his life that he wouldn’t play the ball himself, and for a while he cheered the teams sitting on a wheelchair and one day he felt like not only waiting next to the stadium, he wanted to be in the game and field on the grass under the wheels of his tricycle, since he cannot stand and run.
Fair winner
In the Summer 2009, HITIP, the same local organization launched the soccer/football championship among the villages. And the event took place in Nditam his home-based village; it was the perfect opportunity for Ibrahim to show how much he could contribute to the championship. Quickly, Ibrahim formed a team of young soccer players and started training them three times a week. And he baptized his team; Meliti Football Club of N’ditam. Meliti is the name of the most famous tikar gods, symbolized as a character of a mask, which are the spirits of Tikar ancestors. The mythology of Meliti is known as the son who committed a matricide – the murder of his mother. With his oval and flat back head, Meliti has an impressive appearance, and has a single red feather on the top of his forehead, that gives him a particular look. Meliti has one extraordinary affect on the Tikar people; they adore and hate him in the same time, mostly women and young females. However, this name brought luck to the team of coach Ibrahim who has won the first soccer/football tournament. Since then, Meliti Football Club has doubled final cup winner of the Championship in N’ditam.
Along with his exciting hobby as soccer lover, Ibrahim has been a fellow for the computer and solar provided by Linux Friends Solar. The young coach on the wheelchair is now preparing to complete the secondary education.
The movie star in rural African
In the countryside of Africa where superstitious beliefs are rooted in the culture, taboo and prejudice are the daily challenge of women, poor or the disabled. Ibrahim’s achievements were brought to the attention of Narcisse Sandjon; a Cameroonian filmmaker based in the city of Yaoundé. Early in the summer 2015, a local Narcisse Sandjon came to interview and follow Ibrahim for documentary film project on his life. Narcisse said he was interested to film him because Ibrahim is one the rare person with disability who doesn’t beg. Then I thought maybe the coach on the wheelchair is kind of cool story.

While filming Ibrahim in N’ditam, the young man said: “Then years ago, my dream was to stand and walk. Today my dream is to leave this village to go beyond the borders of my country to receive knowledge and come back to make significant changes.”
At Blupela, our answer is: Why not! If you were able to change things in the daily of your village and give two victories to your village, you can inspire the world.
Good luck Ibrahim!
To connect with Ibrahim Abdoulaye, contact:
Issa N. Nyaphaga
Artist, Cartoonist & Human Rights Activist
Professor of Contemporary African Art, Social Justice & Cultural Diversity
Santa Fe, New Mexico – USA - January 25, 2015.
connect@hitip.org

www.hitip.org
All photos by O. Mebouack©

Votes6 DateAug 31, 2015

Today This Week This MonthTop Planet Spotlights

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Oceans

Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

One World Blue, LLC
Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

Votes9 DateMay 6, 2015

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Wildlife

The wild chickens of Kauai

Jonathan Wayne
In March of 2008, I had the privilege to join my father and sister on a trip to Hawaii's northernmost island of Kauai. We spent 5 days exploring the lush countryside and experiencing a completely exotic land. Along our travels, we encountered so many chickens roaming around everywhere, that I wondered how and why this came about. In one instance I was relaxing on a beautiful sandy beach near the Kauai Marriot Resort, and a rooster, hen and their two or three chicks (a whole family) came pecking towards me threatening to tickle my toes. Some people there told me that hurricanes in the past let chicken coops loose, and others said that since there are no natural predators there, chickens had no enemies (other than humans) who would eat them. It all made sense, but I wanted to know more about the wild chicken invasion of Kaui (and the rest of Hawaii) that have made this in itself a tourist attraction.
Here's an interesting article from the New York Times, written on April 6, 2015, that sheds some light on the wild chickens of Kauai:
In Hawaii, Chickens Gone Wild
The pictures you see here I shot myself (or my sister did) on this trip. I'm also in a few of the photos as you can see. Guess if you're ever homeless and hungry, this is the island to be on! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!



Votes7 DateAug 17, 2015

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Natural wonders

Earth from space

Gary Lindner
Hello my name is Gary Lindner, Director of Planet Sanctuary and Senior Vice President of One World Blue. I would like to introduce the completion of Planet Sanctuary and take a moment to explain our platform. The purpose of the platform is to give all readers and "do-gooders" the ability to spread information concerning "OUR" natural world on Planet Earth. This information should contain positive research, videos and data on people, places and animals that have been or will be affected by the good deeds of people around "OUR" Planet Earth. This is going to be a fantastic way to focus on these good deeds and ultimately motivate more. Here is a video of the great planet Earth from space. I am inviting and encouraging readers to participate in the distribution of information that they are passionate about. Every week I will share information that has caught my attention. As I continue to search for information about "OUR" Planet Earth, I hope to see your videos and articles showing the vast detail on "OUR" planet with a positve human touch.
Sincerely,
Gary Lindner
PS PLEASE BECOME A REGISTERED USER.

Votes7 DateMay 7, 2015

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