The Mandarin: “Ladies, children, shield…
Some people call me a terrorist.
I consider myself a teacher.
Lesson Number One: Heroes. There’s no such thing.”
These are the lines from the famous movie Iron man 3. Everybody knows heroes don’t exists, the men and women with superpowers, Superman, Batman, Iron Man, in fact I believe heroes are ordinary people with extraordinary talent. Everybody has a hero inside of them but it is just a matter of time that they find it. So really search your soul, your inner self for this hero. This piece is dedicated to ordinary people doing extra ordinary things for the good of mankind.
Brad Corrigan has made abundant visits to Managua, Nicaragua where poverty and social injustice is prevailing. Today, he continues his fight against the distressing living conditions there with supporting and founding Love Light & Melody, a nonprofit organization. Light and Melody works in Managua and is dedicated to battling physical, emotional and spiritual effects of extreme poverty.
Duane Silverstein runs a nonprofit organization with the sole focus of preserving island environments and cultures around the world. Seacology has launched 199 projects on islands around the world, conserving 159,312 acres (644.71 km2) of global habitat and 1,012,686 acres (4,098.19 km2) of marine ecosystems, and supporting indigenous island communities with schools, health clinics, and fresh water systems.
Leigh Blake started Keep a Child Alive in 2003 after an encounter at the AIDS Research and Family Care Clinic, a place which she helped fund, in Mombasa, Kenya. A woman brought her 3-year-old son for medical care, refusing to leave until she received the “drugs that is available in America for children. Blake who was already involved in the AIDS epidemic, using her background in the music industry co-founded the Red Hot Organization. Leigh told the lady with a 3 year old that she would pay for the drugs and so the idea for Keep a Child Alive was born. Keep a Child Alive brings attention to the already 30 million people that have been killed by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and the millions more that are threatened and orphaned by the disease. KCA’s efforts continue to focus on sub-Saharan Africa as it remains the worst-affected region in the world.
John J. Wood is the founder of Room to Read which focuses on gender equality in education in Asia and Africa that has reached over 6 million children. He is also the author of “Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy”, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children and the children’s book Zak the Yak with Books on His Back. Wood’s co-founded Room to Read in 2001 with Dinesh Shrestha and Erin Ganju. Currently operating in ten countries throughout Asia and Africa Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia). Room to Read programs develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills. As of July 2012, Room to Read has established over 1,600 schools and 13,500 libraries, distributed 11 million books, and published 707 local-language children’s books—benefiting 6 million children to date.
I salute these heroes and wish them luck in their mission.