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This man is not the sugar coated man this article makes him out to be. He is devious, cunning, vicious, and will revoke his loyalty at a whim for his Almighty Dollar. He is a thief and a bully. and an all around bad person.
Ask him about his days in the Israeli Army and he will say he was a cook. REally though he was a sniper. And the list of unsanctioned kills and unauthorized acts of violence that followed his career were carefully hidden when he whisked away to America to avoid punishment. He hides with his family his true nature and his true character.
from drug use , to shady real estate deals, to extortion, bribery, fraud, assault, robbery, larceny, illegal guns and manufacturing, the list goes on.
He is a sociopath at best and will not hesitate to double cross you. you've been warned


Jul 21, 2021 @ 04:30am

I would like to thank One World Blue for acknowledging me as a Spotlight Artist. Their feedback on my music has been inspiring and deeply appreciated. I commend their mission to Unite the Greater Good in Music that touches the world. Their Slogan "See Good, Share Good, Do Good" is harmony that touches the heart!
Ebonie Paris


Jun 10, 2021 @ 04:18pm

I liked working with One World Blue Media. It was a fun process for me. Everyone is unique and they are sharp people to work with.


Jun 8, 2021 @ 01:54pm

Great music; great presentation!


May 23, 2021 @ 03:09pm

Great music; great presentation!


May 23, 2021 @ 03:08pm

Tom is a gentleman and a scholar, as well as a cross industry visionary and one cool guy. He'll restore your faith in civilization (and in yourself!)


May 16, 2021 @ 04:26pm

Russell simply rocks!


May 12, 2021 @ 03:43pm

David is a capable and skilled audio engineer and a gifted interpersonal facilitator. When amidst recording sessions, tight timelines, dual creative and production decisions, I've been impressed with David's ability to discern what's needed, communicate it in clear friendly terms. With Concert Series prep also, David showed real industry understanding on spec; he thrives off of team environments and achievements. David has also been adaptive in fulfilling audio and production needs from Satellite, using calls, video, screen sharing and available software to advance immediate project phases while maintaining the guiding vision.


Mar 17, 2021 @ 11:25am

Amazing photo! Delphi, home of the Oracle, "Hello Weary Traveler...you are welcome in this Shrine!" "Oracle" Soundcloud.com/iracaplan!
Thanks Joel! Your Synergy skills continue to soar higher and higher.


Dec 22, 2020 @ 09:18pm

One World Blue Media wishes Patrick a very happy Birthday and successful year. May all your dreams come true Patrick ????️


May 30, 2020 @ 12:45pm

Dany, One World Blue Media wishes you the happiest of birthdays. This year is the beginning of your career moving forward more than ever. Keep climbing higher. Rise on and reach for the stars!! Happy Birthday


May 28, 2020 @ 05:57pm

Interviewing Dr. Lawrence was a true experience in the best sense of the phrase; I added to my knowledge of Self-Care, Alternative Care and where patterns of lack of care are born.


May 15, 2020 @ 03:53pm

Just wanted to also say and acknowledge Gedaliah truly for the time and effort to make the Spotlight a great piece! An incredible interview experience. Thank you Gedaliah and One World Blue


May 13, 2020 @ 01:38pm

I just wanted to say Thank you to One World Blue for featuring me and encouraging me and doing such a wonderful and professional job with my EPK Spotlight. Thank you to Gedaliah Aronson for such a great job on my interview. I am looking forward to working with you more in the future.


May 13, 2020 @ 01:07pm

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May 11, 2020 @ 06:00pm

Hi Russell, would like to speak with you about Artist Image and related topics; would you please touch base with me so I can arrange a time and channel with you? Thanks; my best! Ira Caplan


May 5, 2020 @ 04:32pm

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May 4, 2020 @ 06:17pm

Coach Edwin, You Have a Gift. Thank you so very much for sharing your heart, your wisdom and your courage with The One World Blue Community. Love you always my friend. Partner in One World Blue India


May 2, 2020 @ 12:47am

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National Children's Day
June 14, 2020

National Children & Youth Week of Action, Washington, DC
June 14-June 20, 2020

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June 20, 2020

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:23pm

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 10/13
Muddy Creek Cafe, Sparta, NC 730-10

Sunday 10/21
Salvage Station, Asheville, NC "Rebuild the Village Music Festival"
5-630 Tin Can Stage
Friday 11/2
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10
Friday 12/14
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:22pm

Fine folks of Sparta and the surrounding areas. Bill and Shana have given me the green light to start a little early on Saturday night to squeeze in some more tunes. Hope to see yall out there!!!

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:15pm

One World Blue wishes Attila Domos great success this weekend as he is on a mission (October 6th and 7th), to once and for all OFFICIALLY break the handcycling world record of 403.8 miles traveled in 24 hours!! GO ATTILA!!! "NEVER BE AFRAID TO CHASE YOUR DREAMS - Lets do Something Amazing" Attila Domos Musician/Athlete/Writer/Entrepreneur. www.attiladomos.com. Check out Attila's Campaign Page Here on One World Blue

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:10pm

One World Blue Promotes WIZDOM REGGAE!! This Sunday October 7th Taco Regae Jam 2- 6 pm Bella Terra Vinyards, Hunker PA. COME FEEL THE ISLAND VIBE!!!

May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!


Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

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One World Blue, LLC Launches Blupela.net, The Social Good Network
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PITTSBURGH (September 14, 2021) – One World Blue, LLC, a multifaceted organization with a goal of spreading positivity and improving people’s lives today announced the official launch of Blupela.net, “The Social Good Network”. Blupela.net was an idea conceived and developed by CEO, Joel Pirchesky beginning with an essay he wrote when he was a young elementary school student.
Joel Pirchesky stated, “When I learned about Martin Luther King and his goals and vision I was immediately awestruck by his strength and empathy. Upon learning of his story, I was inspired to work towards making the world a better place. After receiving a Master’s in Public Policy, I started the framework for One World Blue and www.BluPela.net.” [Click here to purchase the essay and blessing Peace in the World Essay and Blessing by Founder of One World Blue ].
www.BluPela.net is a social network that provides a platform for crowdfunding and contributing to posted works of positivity, creative talent, and charitable deeds. With a “Stand and Unite” friending system, it also lets small businesses, artists and individuals who are working towards making a difference come together and help spread the good around the world. This is a global opportunity to make meaningful impacts in the lives of people. We have spotlight features that people and organizations can create on their own or we can help create them. All the fees we charge are significantly less than other sites that offer far less in services.
Joel Pirchesky continued, “Together we can be strong, and Unity is the Key. It takes a lot of bricks to build a house, but they must be laid one by one and side by side. The goal of BluPela.net is to let people help in tiny incremental ways. Those small bits of help build and build and something great can be accomplished. Lao Tzu said, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. A perfect example of this is our project to bring clean water to the Kodiiri Village in Uganda. We have brought water filters to this village and impacted the lives of hundreds of children.” [Click here to read more about The Blue World Water Project and get involved]
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Votes1 DateOct 13, 2021

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Jewish - Arab Cultural Fellowship Exchange

Migdal HaTorah
Tolerance, coexistence: How did a yeshiva end up in the UAE?
The yeshiva head stressed that it was “truly remarkable” to see how the Jewish community felt so safe in the UAE, especially considering how antisemitism is increasing in so many places.
Tolerance and coexistence were the key words last week for Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah as it became the first gap-year yeshiva to travel to the United Arab Emirates since the Abraham Accords were signed.
Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah seeks motivated students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to serious Torah learning and desire to become independent learners and thinkers. If you are a mature student who is ready to grow, question, and be challenged while enjoying the beauty and wonder of Israel, then Migdal is for you.
Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah's educational approach is rooted in both offering an intellectually challenging and inspiring Torah curriculum alongside promoting individual achievement and excellence, all in a thought-provoking Modern Orthodox environment.
Rabbi Aryeh Wasserman
Director of Student Life & Ra”m Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah
This was the question in the recesses of all our minds; staff, students, parents. Yet you will be shocked to discover who actually verbalized the query aloud. It wasn’t us. Keep reading to find out.
When we were urged by our generous sponsors to begin thinking about a yeshiva trip during a world pandemic for a group of non Israeli citizens from Israel to the United Arab Emirates - well lets just say I was skeptical about the possibility of success. Yet, with G-d’s help, after several coordinated vaccine runs, navigating through Israeli bureaucracy to receive dozens of entry permits, the improbable expedited renewed US passport in Israel, cancelled flights due to the impeccable timing of operation Guardian of the Walls, and almost 150 negative covid tests later, we succeeded in bringing all of our students from Israel to Dubai and back again. Was it all worth it for an excursion to Dubai? Why would any Yeshiva value such a trip?
(The purpose of this reflection is not to summarize the actual Yeshiva trip - read this article from the Jerusalem Post to familiarize yourself with the details of the trip for reference before continuing.)
As the one responsible for planning the trip, I gained valuable insight into the true tolerance that is practiced in Dubai. In a strange way it saddened me. For as much as I love Eretz Yisrael and I truly believe that the future of all Jews rests with the modern return to our ancient promised land, we as a government and as a people, have much to improve upon before we are worthy of complete redemption. There are some valuable lessons we can learn from our cousins in the Persian Gulf state. Much of the “difficulty” in planning this trip stemmed from Israel bureaucracy; in contrast, the flexibility and understanding that came out of Dubai allowed us to proceed with our trip, even when the prospect of actually going was still tenuous a week before scheduled departure.
I had the distinct honor of befriending H.E. Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, founder of the Crossroads Museum of Civilization, a fascinating collection of museums which sit right next to the Dubai Creek, with original artifacts ranging from items belonging to Suleman the Great to a copy of the Guggenheim Bible, writings of Aristotelian thought to draft plans to extend the Hijaz from Baghdad to Chaifa under the British Mandate. Before meeting him, my only significant interaction with an Arab was when a teenager from a nearby Arab village threw a rock at me, smashing my windshield on my way to a student's wedding. In contrast, this amazing human being was honored to have me visit him. “Dearest Rabbi” he would start many of his messages to me over Whatsapp. I arranged for a meeting with him in person at his museum to see what he and his museum was all about and to gage how much time we should dedicate during our group visit. As I waited for him in one of his galleries, looking at the fascinating pieces of history on display, I thought we would spend a half hour to an hour together. I really was unprepared for what was about to happen.
In walked Ahmed, dressed in his traditional Emirati clothes with a warm smile on his face and an excitement in his eyes. He proudly gave me a private tour of his brand new Holocaust exhibit - the first and only exhibit of its kind in any Islamic country. He welcomed constructive critiques of display signs and he took suggestions for some of the Hebrew sources he wished to use in the museum. We then moved on to some of the other galleries and we discussed differences between shared stories of Islam and Judaism, we argued about what was and was not part of the cannon of the Jewish Bible, and we spoke peacefully about a replica of the Dome of the Rock which he referred to as Al-Aqsa. Despite the different worlds we were products of, we embraced each other and our commonalities, and he was excited to help me in any way he could to plan this unprecedented trip - from calling some friends of his to see about additional educational speaking opportunities, to inviting the entire Yeshiva to have dinner in the majlis at his residence. He truly inherited the hachnasat orchim of our shared ancestor Avraham Avinu. He has been a pioneer in peaceful Arab-Judeo relations years before the actualization of the historic Abraham Accords. We ended up spending several hours together. It was only after that meeting that I did a bit more research about who he was and realized that he wasn’t just some random guy who owned a museum, but a well known public figure who served many roles in the UAE government before retiring to work on sharing his passions for knowledge and peace with the world.
A conversation I had over the phone still rings with me. I called up a resort to inquire about pricing for a falcon show (a traditional art and sport of the Bedouins of the region). The person whom I spoke with, after I informed him our group would be coming from Israel couldn’t help himself, “are you Christian?” he asked. I responded, “I am Jewish - I hope that’s okay”, to which he hurriedly assured me, “no, of course it is - our government has made it very clear that there is zero tolerance for no tolerance for any peoples from any faith - I just never thought I would ever actually be having a conversation with a Jew.”
I walked around the streets of Dubai and rode the Burj Khalifa elevator to the heavens with my tzitzit out and my kippah revealed. While at first I was hesitant, the more people I met, and the longer I was in Dubai, the sense of anxiety of publicly expressing my Jewishness dissipated. To my pleasant surprise, the Chabad informed me that the hotel I was looking at for our group would have a kosher ready kitchen by the time we were scheduled to arrive. When I met with the managers of the Hilton Al Habtoor to discuss our group, they were thrilled to accommodate us and have us be their inaugural kosher guests. They treated us like royalty and were honored by our presence. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it were possible.
After returning to Israel armed with my newfound sense of security, I informed the students and parents that contrary to their concerns of going incognito, it was extremely safe for a Jew in Dubai - perhaps safer than in Israel! We could wear our kippot no problem. I was extremely excited but also nervous that the Israeli government would prevent us from going due to the insanity of obtaining entry permits; a stark contrast to the people of Dubai who were waiting for us with open arms.
Then began Operation Guardian of the Walls. Flights from Israel to Dubai were being cancelled, and political tensions were sky high. I was requested to look into security options for our group in the event that we could still go. (This was less than two weeks before our scheduled departure). The response I received from Dubai was stunning. Messages of support and safety from the incoming barrage of rocket fire. Responses to my tentative “we may have to cancel messages” of “we totally understand and are flexible with your situation - we hope you will still be able to come and will work with you to ensure accommodations can be confirmed last minute.” The bus company basically laughed at my request for security quotes informing me that Dubai is safe for all peoples - “no need for security sir.” This was totally not what I was expecting. Maybe not all Arabs should be lumped together? We as Jews should understand this more than anyone - yet here I was reviewing this ethos in practical reality from our cousins in Dubai.
Yet my hesitations and concerns were understandable based on my upbringing and based on modern Jewish history. I consulted many people in Dubai that I had met, both Jews and Arabs, about whether in light of the political situation, it was wise to bring a Jewish group to the United Arab Emirates, despite the show of peace and the Abraham Accords. As mentioned, no one in Dubai seemed to think there was a reason for us to not come. The black sheep of the group, an ultraorthodox Jewish businessman whom I met in the course of trip planning, was the only one who questioned whether it was responsible to take the Yeshiva in light of the operation and the political mood. Despite the good show of faith, he shared with me that there were plenty of antisemitic social media posts that were liked by his “so called Emerati friends”. Yet a few days later he sent me an article featuring a picture of him in his very Jewish traditional garb embracing an Emerati dressed in his kandura and bedecked with his ghutra at a Holocaust memorial ceremony held in Dubai. His accompanying message to me with the linked article was “Did you see this one? A bit embarrassing for me…”
It was during our visit to Ahmed’s museum that we bumped into Dr. Essam Al Najdy, Director of ICOM-UAE (International Council of Museums), who was visiting the museum to give it special international certification. He was intrigued by our group. While I was busy with the logistics of the busses and food, he spoke to another faculty member inquiring if there was a way he could address our group during our stay. While our schedule was already jam packed, I offered him a slot during the final dinner, right before we were to depart for the airport as that was really the only time which could work. Although not ideal, he agreed anyway, and came with his lovely wife to the hotel where we were having dinner.
I really had zero idea who he was or what he wished to speak about - so while the students were getting food and finishing Mincha, I sat with them first to get to know him a bit and get a sense of what he would speak about and how best to frame this random speaker for our students. He shared with me what he does for ICOM, his Egyptian upbringing, and his academic work with Metatron Academy. It was fascinating to me that this Islamic Egyptian professor spends his life sharing ideas from the Book of Enoch, an apocryphal work attributed to the biblical character of Chanoch. In the Jewish canon, Chanoch receives very little attention - a brief mention in the lineage from Adam to Noach in Genesis. Yet this man’s teachings and life work was due to this relatively insignificant character to the average religious Jew. What was more, during my conversation with him we spoke about his knowledge of the Holocaust. He shared with me that while growing up in Egypt, he had never even heard of the Holocaust and to this day, in Egyptian schools, there is no education on the subject. Only his individual curiosity led him to this knowledge. When I asked him if an exhibit like Ahmed’s could be done in Egypt, his response was, “it would take a lot of bravery”.
While he has lectured and taught for many years, he shared with the group that he was a bit nervous because it was the first time he had the opportunity to address a group of Jews. The most striking thing was when he looked at the group and asked unabashedly, “Do you hate me? Do you hate me because I am an Egyptian Muslim? Do you hate me simply because I am different?” I hope you can appreciate the irony of the moment: a group of Jews sitting in an Arab country being asked by an Egyptian Muslim, “do you hate me?”. It was inspiring to hear this professor espousing a message of love and a common goal to discover truth.
When dealing with government agencies in the UAE it was really a breath of fresh air compared to the very challenging months dealing with the Israeli government for entry permits. In order to enter Abu Dhabi, (a separate Emirate with individual governance) we were all required to procure a PCR test to enter. As we approached the checkpoint to cross over the border, I informed every participant on the bus to have their passport and PCR test ready in hand. I was nervous about the extra time it would take, as we were already going to arrive slightly late for our appointment at the Grand Mosque. Upon arrival, a border officer boarded the bus and I explained the nature of our group and that all the students were ready with their passports and PCR tests in hand. He looked at my passport and PCR test, and then went off the bus and brought back a pack of ice cold water for us and wished us a nice day. I wish I could say with confidence this could have happened in Israel.
Another example: in the airport, when we attempted to check in for our return flight, I was faced with a heart stopping moment when the check-in attendants informed me that the Israeli government was requesting individual verification for each and every student. Even though I explained to them the nature of our trip and that all students had the exact same documentation the Israeli government was insisting to make the process much more arduous and time consuming than necessary. Thankfully the attendants on the Dubai side were extremely helpful and ensured that we all got through in a timely manner. Hopefully the Israeli government can learn from our friends in Dubai and continue to improve on the bureaucratic level.
This trip was an incredible experience on many levels especially for me personally. It gave our students, and all those following our trip virtually through Whatsapp and social media, an incredible peek behind the Arabian curtain. It showed us a glimpse of a world where we can co-exist with our cousins, and dispelled many assumptions we may have had. It is my hope that as the friendship between Israel and the UAE continues to blossom some of the amazing traits and middot of their country rubs off on ours.
I sent out a survey about the trip to the participants upon our return to receive feedback about what went well and which things could use improvement. The final question (multiple choice) I asked them to answer was, Would you describe this trip as educational, fun, or eye-opening? The answer was unanimous: eye opening.

Votes2 DateJun 23, 2021

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To sing a song of love and hope while encouraging one to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams .

Ebonie ParisJun 1, 2021 @ 11:03pmMore

Help every person realize they are loved, valuable, and capable of doing great things.

Leaders of TransformationFeb 16, 2021 @ 03:27pmMore

I would focus on Mental Illness and Anger. I would love to create more programs that are top notch at helping people deal with their emotions and learn how to use emotions in a postive way. There are so many people in the world with Mental Illness that need help and need to be undestood and given tools to live a healthy positive life.

AJ Jansen MusicFeb 9, 2021 @ 12:51pmMore

I would like to heal the world through my music. I like to write music with positive lyrics, with a good beat to dance to. It makes sense, that it heals me when I compose my music, that that would in turn, heal its listeners. One song at a time, I want all peoples to feel like they belong in this world. Everyone matters...

Michelle Kaye MusicDec 29, 2020 @ 12:36pmMore

Care Foundation would want to address grassroots issues contributing to increased number of children living in and on the street. The organization is intending to withdraw, prevent and protect these children from COVID-19 and other form of abuse, sensitize communities on providing care and support to vulnerable children, support identified vulnerable households with an income generating activity to reduce number of children going to the street trying to make ends meet, provide direct support to children identified in the street to stay in school, procure and distribute COVID-19 sanitary materials and distribute among parents and guardians of children identified in the street, sensitize the communities on COVID-19 and preventive measures, provide ongoing psycho social support services to children to heal them from psychological trauma and rehabilitate them through learning for life sessions. The program will strengthen strategies and scale up withdraw of children from the street and prevent those on the verge of being in the street through different interventions at Boma point and other trading centres within the district where children work in the street. The approach will strengthen systems for protecting boys and girls from COVID-19 and different form of abuse, exploitation and violation. The project will work in collaboration with community development structures, key district stakeholders and other partners of the same interest for experience sharing and capacity Building

George MlowokaJul 29, 2020 @ 02:46amMore

Do everything in my power to see that the world no longer have hunger or hate And instead have peace, harmony for humanity to just "get A long and kind to one another"

Laurie GumbleJul 23, 2020 @ 03:07pmMore

For the human race to not see color but to see the human heart.

Tabitha FairJul 17, 2020 @ 11:21amMore

We need to take the stigma out of mental health and we need to fuel hope both by celebrating the power of human connection to music, and by directing people towards the resources they need before it’s too late - because suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Sounds of SavingJun 2, 2020 @ 11:09amMore

to help heal the world from its predilection in separating us which has come to a head with the whole Covid-19 pandemic we want people to get together to sing to dance to love and take care of our earth our mother

Groove ScondrelsMay 14, 2020 @ 07:26pmMore

would love to bring goodness into the world of the listener, a message of hope, peace and harmony, and most of all, LOVE. It's the answer, it's all we need.

Divincemoore MusicMay 13, 2020 @ 01:57pmMore

Healing the world one note at a time.

Jeff HamesMay 4, 2020 @ 04:54pmMore

I am a good listener and have heart to support individual and society to over come the issues.

CoachedwinApr 30, 2020 @ 10:57pmMore

The world needs to be kinder to one another especially in the times we are in now. Take a step back and relax and treat one another with kindness.

Dany Vavrek AcousticApr 28, 2020 @ 05:57pmMore

Step through life with honesty and integrity, recognize the humanity of others, donate your time, skills, and money to a great cause without the expectation of anything in return. Teach others how to love one another...

Kim ImNotTellinApr 18, 2020 @ 03:08pmMore

I advocate for justice

Trent St. JamesApr 18, 2020 @ 11:38amMore

Get rid of racism. Redo the laws cause they aren't for black people.

Nyree MatthewsApr 18, 2020 @ 06:55amMore

Just to try and show love and to be love. I would join any initiatives that is about improving the world and making it a better place for future generations; where no matter our differences we can ultimately and eventually live in peace and harmony. For me its all about raising our positive vibrations and living in love and unity.

Jacqueline DavisApr 17, 2020 @ 05:09amMore

Love is the answer. Love your friends, enemies, and the world.

Crawdad JoeApr 8, 2020 @ 04:52pmMore

My goal as a conflict resolution professional and educator is to create constructive changes in the approach to chaos and to help evolve conflict experiences into ones that bring peace and meaning in a collaborative manner. This requires evolving and essentially transforming mindsets, conditionings, beliefs and emotions. Transformative mediation facilitates the changing of perspectives and assumptions from which to view conflicts in one’s life and in the world. I also believe in my own vulnerable sharing because it is critical to lead by example in a field such as conflict resolution, where with its vast difficulties and intensities, it is vital to illustrate the type of conduct that produces true resolution and healing especially to young people. Conflict resolution as an educational discipline has the potential to create self aware and interpersonally sensitive people who can contribute substantially towards society. I also use evolutionary astrology to understand the nature of and patterns in the psyche, helping one become aligned with His/Her correct karma and destiny and ensuring that His/Her unique gifts and lessons manifest in a positive and abundant way. Having a strong Libran emphasis, I have always been drawn to understanding the dynamics that bring peace and harmony to relationship conflicts and difficult, entangled situations. I have also been greatly influenced by the spiritual teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz and A Course in Miracles (ACIM).

Anjali SoiApr 4, 2020 @ 11:20amMore

I want to spread love, generosity and self healing into the world. I want people to know they matter, they are heard and valued.

The Best You Dating and Life Coaching, LLCMar 30, 2020 @ 09:18amMore

Help people to be friendly with each other and to encourage others to respect people's differences of opinion.

Patrick McGregorMar 24, 2020 @ 03:35pmMore

To help heal the world by being a person that is always learning and growing from everything and anything. Being the light that shines ever so bright. Treat others with the way I want to be treated. Being loving, kind, and compassionate to every person from all walks of life and cultivating a domino effect. Cultivation of a small dot and small hole within the thinking of one person will create a ripple effect in others. This one step is all the is needed to transform the world. All it takes is one person having a dream and taking one step and then the next step to bring the dream into reality.To speak/teach all over the world about: Mindful Sensorium. Integration of the approach of occupational therapy skills learnings, teachings to combine with promoting consciousness via functional skills and activities to help cultivate present moment awareness. To help change the world by cultivating world silent meditation for 15 minutes.

Chanie MessingerFeb 27, 2020 @ 06:27pmMore

Working along side One World Blue Media we hope to use our music to spread joy to everyone across the land and beyond!

Static in the AtticFeb 17, 2020 @ 01:24pmMore

I’d like to give all school children the opportunity and hopefully passion for yoga, gardening and cycling. Bicycles, vegetable gardens and yoga / meditation could make a healthier planet for healthier children.

KristinJan 23, 2020 @ 03:38pmMore

I wish to live in a world where everyone is treated as an equal human being and there are no forms of judgment placed upon anyone where we exhibit peace and patience instead of war And conflict with one another my personal goal Is to positively impact as many people in my life as I can

David GumbleJan 20, 2020 @ 04:20pmMore

If I could change the world I would start with enforcing: Truth, Equality, Opportunity, Fairness and Justice Act for all. This I believe would change the mindsets and heart of man and create fair opportunities for the underprivileged and those that are discriminated against. If we as a nation could truly live and stand one nation under GOD, live by HIS Golden Rules and have HIS attributes embedded within our hearts, this the world would most certainly be a better place for us all. We must go back to respecting ourselves, the environment and loving one another regardless of race or color of our skin. If everyone in the world could take on this mindset I believe it would create a peace of mind for the under priviledge families and for those that have been discriminated against. If I could change the world I say again, it would be enforcing Truth, Equality, Opportunity, Fairness and Justice Act. Executing this Act of law I believe will change and create more positive mindsets of the people. This I truly believe would bringsforth positive mindsets and happy people that have been given the opportunity to provide for their household in the right manner. This is what I would change...

Cassandra KellyDec 12, 2019 @ 06:36pmMore

I would start by talking less, listening more and treating others the way I would like to be treated.

Sonya DiGiornoNov 15, 2019 @ 04:29pmMore

Care and support every individual physically and spiritually.

Bnai Emunah ChabadNov 13, 2019 @ 03:30pmMore

We will change the world by lifting up all children. We will work to ensure that all children have access to health and quality education, are safe from abuse and gun violence, that all children have economic security and sustainable world to live in.

National Children's CampaignNov 6, 2019 @ 01:26pmMore

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Enhancing Child Protection

George Mlowoka
Children living in and on the Street face different form of abuse as they are fighting for survival, most of these children are vulnerable who are subjected to hazardous and unhygienic condition putting them at risk of infections, drug and substance abuse and introduced to crime. A lot of children have been seen working and begging in the streets of many cities in Malawi and most of them are out of school with undecided future. These children are mostly seen selling commodities like clothes, plastic bags and agricultural products in order to get money to meet their needs. It is of major concern to observe how these children live, some live under bridges, unfinished houses and vacant places.
Major issues forcing these children in the streets includes domestic, economic and social disruption which include poverty, breakdown of families sexual, physical or emotional abuse, domestic violence mental health problems, substance abuse, sexual orientation or gender identical issue. Some children may end in streets due to cultural and religious factors for example girls are forced to engage themselves in sexual activities for the benefit of families economically
With great concern, these children are very at risk of COVID-19 as they are vulnerable due to unfavorable conditions being exposed every day, they are working and begging in the street, it should be noted that most of these children interact with a lot of people each day who may be a great threat to the society if some of them can be infected with COVID-19, culturally children are very close to their grandparents as most of them lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS. If these children can catch the virus may destroy the whole community within a short period of time as they are too mobile moving from one point to another trying to make ends meet. Old people are very at risk of COVID-19 due to weak immune system hence the need to prevent the spread of the virus among children who may easily transmit the virus to them.
With this background, Care foundation has introduced a "HELP THE CHILD CAMPAIGN" for the period of three months (90 days) to mobilize resources to sustain the implementation of program activities, so far among others the organization has planned to conduct fundraising dinners, coffee morning in churches, making and selling of face masks, buying and selling items to well wishers to support a child and will have a farm for producing maize and sell to community members. We therefore seeking funding opportunities from well wishers across the world of good will to support the initiate. Money raised will provide direct support to vulnerable children to stay in school, facilitate withdraw of children from different form of abuse (child labour, child trafficking, child prostitution, child labour, child marriages and those living in and on the street) the initiate will also empower vulnerable household economically through small scale businesses for improved household income levels while promoting community participation in providing care and support to children. Care Foundation programs will focus on school support, community empowerment and child rehabilitation as major programs implemented which will enhance life and vocational skills development, economic empowerment, school support (direct support, bursary, advocacy and capacity building, repatriation, psycho social support services.

Votes2 DateJul 29, 2020 ClockEnded

Funded: 0 $0.00 / $5,000.00

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"But don't expect the heavy metal of Joe's past, expect the soulful feel of Gregg Allman and the jam licks of Tedeschi Trucks Band and the soul of Bill Whithers."
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"I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for One World Blue taking the time to contact me to begin with. What you have done for me is above my expectations. I also feel that talking with you is like we have been friends for a long time. The write up that Russell Johnson gave me was very overwhelming and I feel like I have been friends with both Russell Johnson as well. You made me feel comfortable which I feel is important for customer relationship. I have gotten a lot of exposure already within a few days. Thank you again One World Blue for your work and diligence!" Patrick McGregor Music
"I just wanted to say Thank you to One World Blue for featuring me and encouraging me and doing such a wonderful and professional job with my EPK Spotlight. Thank you to Gedaliah Aronson for such a great job on my interview. I am looking forward to working with you more in the future." Divincemoore Music
"I'm so pleased to have joined One World Blue. Their professionalism is awesome. They have brought me into the Family and made me feel so welcome. I was struggling to do what I have always dreamed of since I first heard Rock and Roll. I am in the Company of so many prominent individuals now that it amazes me, the writing by Russell Johnson, the spiritual tone of my conversations with Joel and the awesome website introduction put together by Bernard are excellent. I stand amazed and Blessed to be involved here at One world with all of you. Thanks again for propelling me forward to reach my Destiny." Alan Blade
Danny Vavrek Acoustic
The Music of Jeff Hames
"One World Blue World Spotlight. Give Thanks for the positive vibes and support to The Flow Band. Tropical Soul Vibes from the island of Pittsburgh. Tuff Going since 1982. Bringing Positive Uplifting Vibes to the World. More Love. More Life. One World Blue Spotlights has helped us manage our tours and schedules effectively. Respect to One World Blue!" Uzell Finney Jr. The Flow Band Pittsburgh

Votes8 DateMay 12, 2020

Funded: 13 $4,322.00

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David Gumble Project Sales Leader One World Blue Media

David Gumble
Prayer is very powerful. If not for prayer, I would not be where I am today.
David Gumble, of the One World Blue Network, is no stranger to adversity though he refuses ever to be defined by it. One minute before Thanksgiving, on November 25, 1992, David’s soul entered this world. He was premature and born via a turbulent Caesarean Section that David suspects is the cause of him living with Cerebral Palsy. This condition necessitates that David utilizes a wheelchair for his daily mobility. He was born as well with a visual impairment that was not discovered until well into his first year of life. It required surgery to ensure that whatever eyesight he did have would be saved.
Everything in our lives happens for a reason.
David was born with Epilepsy and suffered continuously throughout childhood with intense seizures. By the age of 5, his hip was routinely jolted from its socket, and he was in excruciating pain, prompting the doctors to recommend surgery.
I lied on the ground, and I prayed with all the strength I could muster. I prayed like my life depended on it, because it really did. The pain stopped, and when I returned to the doctors, they were shocked to see that my problem had corrected itself. This was my first very revelatory encounter with God, and showed me the power of prayer and connecting to the Almighty.
By the age of 9, David's parents had split up, and six months from that point, the house that he and his mother called home burned entirely to the ground. Miraculously, no one was home, but the house and all therein was destroyed.
"As my mother cried, I had a strong realization that I could be very thankful that we were all still here and safe, and that all we had truly lost was just stuff. Additionally, the house was not adequate for us, and I looked forward to the new possibilities with a positive resolve.."
This positive resolve has continuously lifted David through odds that the vast majority of us would find insurmountable. At the age of 10, David underwent surgery to lengthen the tendons in his legs. This operation was undertaken with the intention that David would be able to walk from its success. He remembers waking up in agonizing pain mid-operation, as they had not administered the proper amount of anesthesia. The surgery was not completed, and David was stitched up as quickly and safely as possible and underwent many months of physical therapy.
"I moved toward a mindset of acceptance and gratitude for what I did have. I said to myself, "Hey, I've got all my limbs; I don't need to walk; it could be even worse." Rather than a life of endless surgeries and their possible complications, I chose to live a life of acceptance of my circumstances and the pursuit of happiness. I look for no pity; I am a human being like anyone else and deserve no pity or special treatment. I let my life experiences be my teacher and though there has been immense pain, I strive to find meaning and joy in all things."
With all that David had endured up to this point, he vividly remembers that around the age of 12 or 13, he decided that he had to pave his way. He became grounded in his principals and morals and forged his way forward, refusing to ever succumb to a victim mentality.
I was blessed with strength and an extraordinary family.
Throughout high school, David was regarded by the administration as basically an incapable person; he was considered someone who was slow, stupid, or too disabled to pursue his dreams. David faced this all with tremendous strength, courage, and determination to never allow the outside world to define him and his abilities.
In high school, I really followed my own way. I was never one to follow trends and didn’t care to be socially accepted as a measuring stick of my worth and success. I just put my head down and focused on getting through. Though I had much opposition at every turn, most rigorously from the school itself, I was blessed with a mentor and advocate in my U.S. History teacher Brian Minich. Brian believed in me like I did myself and encouraged that inner resolve in me.
David developed an intense passion for music during this time; listening to music became his escape from quite a hostile world. He was never one to delve into drugs and alcohol. He was interested in really feeling alive. Music gave him life and joy. His interest in pursuing music in some capacity was met dismissively in his sophomore year of high school, but it was a dream on which he would never give up.
In 2010, David was a senior in high school and on the verge of graduating, when he developed a cyst the size of a softball underneath his thigh. He was determined to graduate but was bedridden in a hospital. He finished his requirements from that hospital bed, and with the help and advocacy of Mr. Minich, they pushed the school to allow him to graduate on time.
The following three years would be another very trying time for me. It took that long to heal from the cyst, diagnose the underlying issue, and successfully treat it. It was determined that I had inverse acne, a skin irritation that develops underneath the skin, not on the surface. For one of those years, I was completely bedridden. My family took total care of me, and I truly did not leave the bed for anything. My inner will was never crushed, but it was certainly tried. Prayer is truly powerful.
In 2015, David remembered another direct encounter with the Divine. Still deeply enamored with music, David made and still maintains a close personal friendship with a band called, “The Chesapeake Sons,” whom he has seen at least 40 or 50 times to date. While attending a show and caught up in the ecstasy of the music, he heard his soul speaking to him.
I had been pondering the idea of pursuing music production and recording but struggled with hesitation and some self-doubt. Lost in the music that night in 2015, it was like angels came to me and said, “David, go do this, you can do this; you are ready.” It was an incredibly powerful evening, and the following year I enrolled in the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts in Phoenix, Maryland.
David's experience in college was the complete opposite of his high school years. He was immersed in learning what he loved, and all in a nurturing environment with supportive teachers and peers.
David graduated in 2017, with a degree in audio engineering, a dream he actualized against all the odds.
David has never let others define him or limit his abilities, and despite all he’s been through he’s never allowed himself to fall into despair. David is truly an ambassador of goodness, kindness, strength, and conviction.
In late 2019, he joined the One World Blue Network at https://www.blupela.com as a Project Sales Leader. The world is a brighter place because of David Gumble’s refusal to let the world define him, and his insistence that it becomes the world it was created to be.

Votes5 DateFeb 14, 2020

Funded: 1 $553.50

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South America

Culture in Esmeraldas

Bernard Asper
Marronage—the flight of enslaved men and women was a common occurrence in the Americas and Caribbean from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Originally believed to be of Spanish origin (cimarrón; French marron), the term "maroon" is now thought to derive from a Hispaniola Taino root meaning "fugitive," which combined with the Spanish cimá (mountaintop). The term was originally applied to livestock in the Hispaniola hills and to fugitive Amerindian slaves.
Known variously as quilombos (Jaga ki-lombo, "war camp"), mocambos (Mbundu mu-kambo, "hideout"), and palenques (palisades or stockades), Maroon settlements developed from the southern United States to South America.
Until a few decades ago, the area around Esmeraldas Ecuador was accessible only by sea. The only inhabitants for centuries were native people of the Tumaco and La Tolita cultures that spread over the modern borders of Colombia and northern Ecuador.
Maroons developed a variety of military, social, and political relations with Amerindians as allies, domestic slaves, spouses, and advisers of chiefs. When slaves were being brought to the New World to work the growing sugar plantations, the mines, and other jobs, some of them escaped shipwrecks and swam ashore on the Esmeraldas coast. They overcame, first by violence, then by reproducing, the local cultures, and created in northern Ecuador the Republic of Esmeraldas which became a haven for escaping slaves from other Ecuadorian provinces.
Esmeraldas took its name from Spanish colonizers, who hoped to find a rich source of emeralds, but also for the lush tropical vegetation of the area. Runaway slaves from Brazil and surrounding settlements and plantations joined with the communities and together these groups held off the Spanish colonial powers for many years. The intense mixing and merging of cultures from different sides of the globe is evident in the music of the region today.
The base of the music is made up of rhythmic drumming and the warm and distinctive marimba, a wooden xylophone, accompanied by singers and a traditional dance. In Esmeraldas and the Pacific Coast of Colombia a branch of the genre, marimba salsera, has more contemporary influences of the salsa culture popular in most parts of Ecuador and throughout Latin America. The esmeraldeños celebrate this cultural and musical legacy in various festivals and performances such as the Festival Internacional de Danza y Musica Afro, and music accompanies and is part of different religious practices.
Forms of entertainment mainly got influenced by West Africa. The main thing that they used for their daily entertainment were dancing and music. Dancing and music were very traditional, but music has changed to story-telling. The most popular dance in Esmeralda is called the Currulao otherwise known as the Marimba dance, this dance was played to a specific song. A marimba is an instrument that was made out of wood and was played using metal mallets.
The inhabitants wore informal and formal clothing. Informal clothing included hats. ponchos, and shirts that had very specific details. In some villages in Esmeralda, females would wear very vibrant colored skirts. They wear sombreros even when they aren't farming. Normally sombreros were used during agriculture. Their traditional clothing you can see being worn for their shows consisting of dancing and music. When women dance, they normally wear those big full skirts with embroidery and vibrant colors.
Isolated for so many years, the black and indigenous cultures interwove and created a culture that remains vibrant today. With the coming of roads, the development of the port, and the establishment of Esmeraldas as the site of Ecuador's largest oil refinery for the Trans-Ecuador pipeline bringing oil from the Amazon, the city of Esmeraldas has become a large commercial and tourism center. At the same time, ecologically concerned citizens have created wildlife reserves and mangrove conservation groups.
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Votes1 DateNov 15, 2020

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Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Bernard Asper
Warul Kawa (Deliverance Island), Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia.
There are an estimated 274 small islands in Torres Strait, which separates Australia's Cape York Peninsula from Papua New Guinea.
The islands and their waters and reefs are home to many rare and unique species.
Torres Strait is named after a Spanish captain, Torres, who sailed through the strait in 1606 on his way to the Philippines. In the first half of the 19th century, trader ships regularly sailed up Australia's east coast and through the Torres Strait on their way to ports in India and Asia.
In the 1850s western traders discovered the seas close to the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Straight were rich in the much-sought after sea animal bêche-de-mer (Sea cucumber).
By the 1870s, there was a rush on pearls in the waters around the islands and before long the Colonial Secretary in Britain decided to annex the profitable territory to the then colony of Queensland.
In the Torres Strait, families travel from island to island by small boats
The Torres Strait Islander peoples are of Melanesian descent, as are the people of Papua New Guinea, with whom they share similar cultural traits and customs. These islands can be divided into five cultural groups, which are represented by the white five-pointed star on the Torres Strait Islander flag: the Eastern (Meriam), Top Western (Guda Maluilgal), Near Western (Maluilgal), Central (Kulkalgal), and Inner Islands (Kaiwalagal). The flag's green, black, and blue stripes represent land, people and sea.
Designed by the late Bernard Namok of Thursday Island, the flag symbolizes the unity and identity of Torres Strait Islanders.
Like the Aboriginal flag, the Torres Strait Islands flag is recognized as an official "Flag of Australia" under the Flags Act 1953.
The Torres Strait Islander peoples speak two distinct languages. The traditional language spoken in the Eastern Islands is Meriam Mir, and in the Western, Central, and Inner Islands the language spoken is Kala Lagaw Ya or Kala Kawa Ya, which are dialects of the same language. Since European colonization of Australia, the Torres Strait Creole (Kriol) language has developed as a mixture of Standard Australian English and traditional languages. The Torres Strait Islander peoples use Creole to communicate with each other and with non-islanders.
The spirituality and customs of the Torres Strait Islander peoples reflect their dependence on the natural world of their home islands and the surrounding waterways. Torres Strait Islander culture and spirituality are closely linked to the stars and the stories of Tagai, a great fisherman and spirit being who created the world in their traditional religion before Christianity was introduced to the islands by missionaries, created the world. Tagai is represented by a constellation of stars in the southern sky. Torres Strait Islander law, customs, and practices are shaped by the Tagai stories. The Torres Strait Islander peoples’ deep knowledge of the stars and sea provide them with valuable information regarding changes in the seasons, when to plant gardens and hunt for turtles or the manatee-like dugong, and how to circumnavigate the seas.
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Votes1 DateAug 2, 2019

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Planeta Sano

Planet Asano
Planeta Sano is an association dedicated to the research, implementation, training and promotion of a healthy life through native organic food and the correct use of medicinal plants and renewable construction materials.
Planeta Sano es una asociación dedicada a la investigación, implementación, entrenamiento y promoción de una vida saludable a travez de alimentación orgánica nativa y el uso correcto de plantas medicinales y materiales de construcción renovables.
We offer face-to-face and online courses with everything related to a healthier and friendlier lifestyle.
Ofrecemos cursos presenciales y online con todo lo relacionado a un estilo de vida más saludable y amigable con
We always look for new ways to perfect or improve the activities we carry out
Buscamos siempre nuevas formas de perfeccionar o mejorar las actividades que llevamos a cabo
We do what we preach. We strive to produce in a way that both ourselves and those around us are motivated to copy.
Hacemos lo que predicamos. Nos esforzamos por producir de una forma en que tanto nosotros como aquellos a nuestro alrededor se sientan motivados a copiar.
Are you interested in taking care of your health and that of the planet? We are happy to help you with whatever interests you, from building green focused facilities to planting in your home corridor.
¿Le interesa cuidar su salud y la del planeta? Entonces estamos felices de ayudarle con lo que le interese, desde construir facilidades con enfoque verde hasta plantar en el corredor de su casa.
"You are not always happy when you are good, but you are always good when you are happy."
"Uno no siempre es feliz cuando es bueno, pero siempre es bueno cuando es feliz."
Oscar Wilde
We have decades of experience working with national and foreign volunteers, so we are sure that Planeta Sano will be an experience that will not only enrich you, it will make you happy.
Tenemos décadas de experiencia trabajando con voluntarios nacionales y extranjeros por lo que estamos seguros que Planeta Sano será una experiencia que no solo te enriquecerá, te hará feliz.
Quepos, Costa Rica
+506 8701 5946

Votes1 DateMay 24, 2020

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8 Billion Trees

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The mission is simple: change the world one tree at a time.
By subscribing and becoming a part of 8 Billion Trees' global initiative, 8 Billion Trees will save 100 existing trees and plant at least 10 new trees per month on your behalf.
8 Billion Trees thinks it's something to smile and feel good about. And so do the animals you're helping to save.
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We all know deforestation is destroying habitats, fueling climate change, and increasing pollution. But most people just don't feel it's possible to do anything to help.
Planting trees won't solve all the world's issues. But it's something tangible that we CAN do that will make a BIG difference and start saving the lives of millions of endangered animals immediately.
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8 Billion Trees was founded with a simple idea: if people can destroy the Earth, they can also help to rebuild it.
Co-founders Michael Powell and Jon Chambers were inspired by groups like Ecosia and Trees for the Future, but saw the opportunity to do something even bigger: plant and save 8 billion trees.
Taking their passion for entrepreneurship and channeling it into a cause for greater good, 8 Billion Trees was born on November 10th, 2018.
At 8 Billion Trees, the goal is to become the most environmentally aware company on the planet. 8 Billion Trees doesn't simply want to reduce the negative impacts of habitat destruction, deforestation and irresponsible forestry--it wants to use these issues as fuel to completely revitalize what it means to be environmentally friendly. By changing our environment and spreading awareness, it is hoping to make a global change.
It also hopes to serve as an example for other companies by proving that focusing on social and environmental responsibility just as much as profit is a sustainable business model.
Everything 8 Billion Trees does as a company is dedicated to furthering its environmental mission.
8 Billion Trees' mission is really to restore the Earth and fight against the evils of deforestation. 8 Billion Trees is always striving to find new ways to revitalize and restore the environment. Ultimately, we are here to leave the world a better place than we found it, while inspiring others to do the same for an Earth of tomorrow that is greener and brighter for all.
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