13 year old Filipino wins $130,000 Children's Peace Prize

At the age of 4, Cris "Kesz" Valdez was homeless and on his own.  Kesz ran away from an abusive and drug addicted father.  He went to a nearby dump site in the capital city, Manila, to join other homeless kids seeking food and shelter.  One day he fell into a burning pile of tires and yelled for help.  His current guardian came to the rescue.

On his seventh birthday, instead of asking for gifts for himself, he asked to give gifts to other homeless children in Manila thus starting his "Championing Community Children" charity.  His charity gives gifts, flip flops, educates kids, and mends their wounds.

Kesz is now being honored with the Children's Peace Prize of 2012 for all of his good work.  Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu gave Kesz his beautiful award.

 

 

Keep up the wonderful work Kesz!!!!  You are doing amazing things for the world. 

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

 

Read more...

The Philippines send peacekeepers to Liberia

Although on opposite sides of the world and 8 hours time difference, The Philippines and Liberia are finding a way to come together.  Liberia is still slowly recovering from a civil war that claimed the lives of over 250,000 Liberians.  The UN established a peacekeeping mission in 2003 to ensure Liberia continues to improve.

The Philippines has recently deployed 115 individuals as part of a UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia.  The 16th Philippine Contingent consists of 107 enlisted personnel, 1 medic, and 7 officers.

It is beautiful to see nations from around the world helping each other.  We are in a large ecosystem all interconnected.  Both of these nations hold a special place in my heart because of family in each location.  Thank you Philippines for helping out in Liberia!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

 

References:

http://manilatimes.net/index.php/news/nation/27867-ph-deploys-peacekeepers-to-liberia

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=63&articleId=771684

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Mission_in_Liberia

Read more...

Stray Dog follows cyclists for over 1,000 miles

A stray dog who ran an incredible 1,100 miles across China with a group of cyclists has finally found a basket to call her own.

Internet sensation Xiao Sa had the good fortune of being adopted by one of her new friends from the race and flown to their home in Wuhan, Hubei province.

 

The cross-country cyclists bade their canine companion farewell as she was packed into a crate to embark on a fresh adventure - living with cyclist Zhang Heng.

 

Xiao Sa followed the team's race for 24 days along 1,100 miles of highway from Kangding, Sichuan Province to Lhasa in Tibet.

 

Nobody knows where the white dog came from, but she has now been flown back from Tibet to the home of Mr Heng.

Xiao Sa has been dubbed the 'dog with determination' and the micro blog 'Go Go Xiao Sa', which details her adventures, has attracted more than 37,000 followers. 

 

Speaking of the moment he first met Xiao Sa on highway G318 in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Mr Heng said: 'She was lying tired on the street so we fed her and then she followed our team'.

 

From that point on, Xiao Sa followed them the entire way, climbing 10 mountains higher than 4,000m. 

 

Mr Heng, 22, said: 'I and Xiao Sa met on the road, but she recognised me as a good friend and owner. I won't leave her alone.'

After that, 'Little Sa' simply refused to stop following.

 

Since then she has become a celebrity in her homeland and a micro blog recording her life online has attracted more than 37,000 followers in two weeks.

 

 

More than 4,000 comments on a micro blog online were left congratulating her after a picture was posted of Xiao Sa in the arms of her new friend in front of the Llasa's Potala Palace.

 

Mr Heng, a student in Wuhan, Hubei province, had decided to cycle to Llasa as a graduation trip with friends when he met a lonely dog.

They thought she was following for fun, but found she insisted on sticking around them day and night.

 

We felt she might want to come along with us, so we decided to bring her along to the end.'

 

A week later, Mr Zhang and his friends opened the micro blog account for her.

 

'We thought the dog was encouraging us, and wanted others to know its story,' he told China Daily.

 

They created the name Xiao Sa by combining xiao, meaning 'little', with the last syllable of Lhasa.

 

During their journey, Xiao Sa, Zhang and his team covered 1,138 miles and climbed 10 mountains higher than 4,000m.

 

Xiao Sa just ran up the mountains or along dirt roads.

 

'Many people stopped cycling in some sections, then took the bus, but the dog made it,' he said.

 

Zhang put the dog on the back of the bike when the team was riding downhill.

 

'The speed can reach 43 miles per hour, impossible for the dog to catch us.'  Then word began to spread of the cyclist and the homeless dog.

 

Wang Penghao, 24, from Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan province, said: 'I've heard about her from other friends who rode to Lhasa on the road before I met her.

'They told me to take care of her if I saw her, and give her some food and water like they did.

 

'She followed us for three days, running behind our team but sometimes leading us. She's very smart and knows the route, because she never got lost even when we passed through mountains.'

 

After following Wang, the dog lagged behind and met another cyclist, Wang Zi, on May 4.

'She may be the first dog who ran to Lhasa along this route,' said Wang Zi, who was followed by the dog one day.

 

'I have a special feeling about her, especially when I found she was never lost, waited for us at milestones on the road, and ran all the time, making me feel that she never feels tired,' he said.

 

Wang Zi will continue to the foot of Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in the West, after he arrives in Lhasa.

 

'If possible, I would like to take the dog with me, taking her to see a more splendid scene.'

 

Mr Heng, who accompanied Xiao Sa for 20 days, called her 'a buddy and a friend'.

 

'I would like to take the dog home and take care of her. She has been a stray on the road for a long time. She needs a home.'

 
 

 

 

Watson, Leon.  "A basket of her own: Stray dog who ran incredible 1,100 miles across China with team of cyclists finally finds a home". DailyMail.co.uk. 1 June 2012. Web. 

View original article at dailymail.co.uk:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2153152/Xiao-Sa-Stray-dog-ran-unbelievable-1-100-miles-China-team-cyclists-finds-home.html

Read more...
Subscribe to this RSS feed