An animal is euthanized every 11 seconds in US shelters. But instead of accepting this without thought, one 9-year-old boy from the Philippines, Ken, did the unthinkable: he started a “no-kill” shelter in his parent’s garage.
It’s not hard to describe what it is about these photos that make them so profound, but one word that immediately came to mind was ‘sacrifice’. Judging by these photos we can only assume this is a father who devoted his own life in one of the most difficult and low paid jobs in order to send his son through college.
Here’s your feel-good story of the week. WQAD8 interviewed Lillian Weber, from Iowa, who makes a dress almost every single day. She donates them to the organization Little Dresses For Africa, a Christian nonprofit group that distributes the dresses to children in Africa and other countries. If that isn’t impressive enough, Lillian is 99-years-old and has currently sewn over 840 dresses in the past two years. She plans to make at least another 150 by May 6th, 2015, bringing the total up to 1,000 dresses by her 100th birthday. Dayum. Linda Parcell, Lillian’s daughter, told WQAD8, ”She personalizes them all. It’s not like good enough that she makes the dresses, she has to put something on the front to make it look special, to give it her touch.” So not only does Weber make these dresses from patterns, she also adds personal elements that differentiate them from one another. She’s clearly one fabulous lady who isn’t letting old age hold her back.
Meet Mark Bustos, a 30-year-old hairstylist at Three Squares Studio, a posh New York City salon. Every Sunday, Bustos goes around the city offering haircuts to people who can’t afford them.Bustos began cutting hair for impoverished people on a family visit to the Philippines in May 2012. Bustos provides free haircuts to as many as six people every Sunday. His motto is simple: “Be awesome to somebody.”
This is Dobri Dobrev. Aged 98, he is a Bulgarian WWII veteran.
He lives 10km outside Bulgaria Capital, Sofia. Everyday he walks the 10k to the city capital, to beg for money.
Believe it or not, there are about 150,000 stray cats and dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. That’s 150,000 animals that are left to roam the streets with 14 million human beings. Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are so many people in the city of Istanbul, no one is willing to give these animals food, water and shelter. Luckily, a Turkish company called Pugedon decided to create a few awesome vending machines that feed the stray animals and double as recycling receptacles, keeping trash and litter off the streets.
These vending machines have the ability to store and dispense food for stray cats and dogs.
Nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River sits Majuli Island, a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, home to some 150,000 people. It is also the location of the 1,360 acre Molai Forest, one More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began planting seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India’s Assam region.
It was 1979 and floods had washed a great number of snakes onto the sandbar. When Payeng — then only 16 — found them, they had all died.
"The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms," Payeng told the Times Of India.
"It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me," he told the newspaper.
Now that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest, home to several thousands of varieties of trees and an astounding diversity of wildlife — including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers.
The forest, aptly called the "Molai woods" after its creator’s nickname, was single-handedly planted and cultivated by one man — Payeng, who is now 47.
According to the Asian Age, Payeng has dedicated his life to the upkeep and growth of the forest. Accepting a life of isolation, he started living alone on the sandbar as a teenager — spending his days tending the burgeoning plants.
Today, Payeng still lives in the forest. He shares a small hut with his wife and three children and makes a living selling cow and buffalo milk. According to the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia, it is perhaps the world’s biggest forest in the middle of a river.
Filmmaker William Douglas McMaster recently wrote and directed this beautiful documentary short titledForest Man from the perspective of Payeng’s friend, photographer Jitu Kalita.