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I will help to get the word out. I will lead them in Sing for the Climate and upload photos and videos to the FutureFlash! Project on facebook and twitter. And during lunch I will project facebook and twitter posts from the Peoples Climate March in New York City.
It will be a video that explains my point of view of where we went wrong and what is wrong and how it could be in the future; both good and bad, but only if we change.
To me, compassion is "to suffer with" meaning to understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. Feeling compassion is “putting on other‟s shoe” or ‟live‟ the other‟s life. I am a graduate in Psychology from University of Dhaka, working in Bangladesh Navy as psychologist. I learned compassion from my family. I lost my father in 1971 war and was reared by mother and grandmother. I started practicing “compassion” since 1996 as an active member of a university student organization. We mostly work for underclass people. I do my part as follows: (1) Free counseling to poor people. (2) Free career counseling to young students. (3) Awareness building (education, health etc) for slum dwellers. (4) Sponsoring few poor students. (5) Dispensing surplus ration to the needy people. It doesn't cost much to practice compassion – just need an empathetic heart inside. I personally believe in humanity. Serving others is serving God. Practicing compassion is not a new concept to me. "He prayeth best, who loveth best"
For this project, we will first need to get land somewhere that is convenient and accessible to all people. We may have to write a letter to the government to provide us with this piece of land, and raise donations for other expenses. After that, for a whole day or more, we will welcome members of the community to help prepare and plant the park. After everything has grown- which should take no more than 3 months-, the park will be open to the public. To maintain the park, it will be divided into different sections and each section will be put up for adoption, so the park will be run by the community. We will also employ the local unemployed people in the community to help maintain the park.
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My project was to complete the day of compassion assignment for Scott Plous' Social Psychology course on Coursera by making a significant contribution to a high-impact charity and writing about the thought process behind it, in an attempt to educate more people about the most effective ways to give. I did this by donating $1,000 to Population Services International, which does very effective work in improving the lives of people worldwide, and then writing about it to spread the word about how to give effectively. If one cares about maximizing the one's positive impact in the world, some ways are better than others, and it's often quite hard to tell what works and what doesn't just by thinking about what a charity does or considering things such as its overhead costs. For example, if you care about making people healthier, there are lots of possible choices. For example, one could donate to a charity that deals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or you could donate to an organization that prevents the spread of malaria by distributing bed nets in developing countries. The best evidence suggests that it costs around $50,000 to add a year of healthy life for the former case, and about $30-40 in the latter; thus, if you care about making the world much healthier, the largest impact would be to donate to the latter cause. My donation was enough to make most of someone's entire adulthood healthy (the work Population Services International does adds a year of healthy life for about $35), and I was able to do so from the comfort of my own living room. By combining the head and the heart, we can make a much bigger impact on the world. If you're interested in learning more about this concept, search the internet for "effective altruism" to learn more about how with a little thought, anyone can make the world a much better place.
Through my project I'll be bringing out stories of ordinary citizen who are stepping out to help others and bring about positive social change. For this, over the next few months, I have chalked out following activities - a) Creating a platform to connect the underprivileged kids with those who want to help (I have started working on it.) b) Bring out stories of every day heroes, through videos and photos, so as to encourage others to volunteer. c) Bring out the issues effecting people living in the slums – use it as descriptive norm to draw people’s attention to it d) Creating a website for such NGOs/ Project that help these kids. e) Work with prominent social activist (currently working with Dr. Sandeep Pandey - Magsaysay Awardee 2010, India) to understand the social issues.
We plan to visit the centre two times during the school year. On our visits, students will be reading books and doing some alphabet activities. Students have created alphabet books in Bahasa/English to share and leave with them. We have also arranged a drive for milo drinks and vitamins.
Do you remember a moment in which someone, without any obligations, had a gesture of kindness or compassion to you? Who did it felt? You can infer where this is going, the point is grabbing a piece of paper and write something kind to someone else and give it to him, and you can do it in two ways: Leaving the piece of paper somewhere in the street (for example, bus stop, public phones, on a mailbox…) or give it directly to someone you know is having a tough moment and will benefit of being the receptor or a compassionate act (it could be a face-to-face deliver or you can do it in a more subtle way (for example, leaving it in his/her bag, door, notebook…) On the paper, you can write anything you want, recognizing that just as you, it’s probable that the person who reads it had experienced recent discomfort, maybe in that exact moment he or she is experiencing pain… and that just as you, that person wants to be free from suffering. You can write a poem, a phrase, maybe just a “have a nice day”, whatever you think might help that person…
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1. Learn and understand - all about an estuary, what is actually happening to the water of Long Island Sound, what impact do we the citizens have on it. 2. Students will be involved in citizen science project - A Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River, collecting samples for scientists. 3. Learning from New York State Department of Environment Education experts how to make the necessary changes to improve the quality of water entering the sound. Planning , taking the actions, and educating our community.