Favela Painting Project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I work in an electric power substation, the other day a switch exploded initiating a strong short circuit which caused a fire. A colleague ran to get an extinguisher to quell the fire, risking his life; he confessed to me that the experience turned other than to be scary quite exciting too. At the end of this mishap all colleagues applauded for his courage.
(Español) ASOCIACIÓN DE JÓVENES POR RIO NEGRO - Colombia
ASOCIACIÓN DE JÓVENES POR RIONEGRO -ASOJORIO - is a group of teenagers and children in a rural community in Colombia which have been working for several years under the slogan 'With Heart, Faith, Creativity and Leadership’. They have proposed to initiate positive social change in order to bring Peace, Harmony and Health - both emotionally and physically to their community by providing access and training opportunities, reinforcing values and youth participation in civic life. The association organizes awareness campaigns, training workshops, promotes art and culture, integration and cultural exchange, in this matter they contribute to build an entrepreneurial, cooperative, supportive, equitable and peaceful community. This 26 and April 27 they are organizing a Festival for Peace, we know that a social reality in many countries is crime and violence; however the work of groups like these can inspire and truly develop long term change in new roots, young citizens.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
L.A. Green Grounds is initiative taking place in South Los Angeles and beyond that was established in 2010. They advocate for access to healthy fresh food in communities that have scarce access to it. Some of their work includes converting residential lawns into communal edible gardens, as well as being active and speaking up about multiple subjects such lack of healthy foods, injustice, poverty, etc. In addition they organize and participate and events to create awareness and educate people about these issues. The initiative works in a volunteer-grassroots base, they are a wonderful case that shows how if people come together to work for a great cause change can happen and influence the life of many in positive ways. Up till now they have installed more than 27 gardens and continue reaching out for more. Keep up the great work!
Through this little story and a photograph of a statue that is located close to a Fire Station in the center of Puerto de Veracruz I would like to pay tribute to firefighters. This figure represents the courage in each of them, as well as the calling they have taken passionately in order to provide assistance to their fellow citizens when needed. THANK YOU for your great work.