After thinking of what to write for AGES. I decided to talk about people who have made a difference to the world, here’s just 5 of them.
1. Somaly Mam:
Somaly Mam was an orphan who lived in a small village until a man picked her up and promised to find her father. She became his slave. Mam was abused by the man until she was approximately 14, when she was sold to a brothel and forced into prostitution. She was also forced to marry a stranger who beat and raped her. She was forced to prostitute herself on the streets and made to have sex with five or six clients per day. Somaly eventually escaped her captors and set about building a new life for hersel.
Today, Somaly is a global face of the anti-trafficking movement in Cambodia through her non-profit group Afesip, she now frees other trafficked women through brothel raids that have attracted controversy.
2. Dr. Abdul Kalam:
Rumana thinks Dr. Abdul Kalam deserves to be on this list because she read the first chapter of his biography called The Wings of Fire.
The reason why we think he’s cool is because he came from a poor background and started selling newspapers at an early age to supplement his family’s income and earned to support his further education as an aerospace engineer and in 2002 he served as the11th President of India. He launched his mission for the youth of the nation in 2011 called the What Can I Give Movement with a genuine effort to defeat corruption in India, which is a a really bad problem in the country.
3. Jon Bon Jovi:
Okay, the first thing I like about him is he’s STILL married to his high school sweetheart. How CUTE is that!
Jon Bon Jovi is also a philantrophist, the founder of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. He has also worked on behalf of the American Red Cross and many other groups.
4. Oprah Winfrey:
Born in rural poverty, then raised by a mother on welfare in a poor urban neighborhood, Oprah became a millionaire at age 32 when her talk show went national.
Aside from all the amazing charity works she has done, the coolest would have to be her he school in South Africa for smart girls from impoverished backgrounds in South Africa.Even Nelson Mandela praised Oprah for overcoming her own disadvantaged youth to become a benefactor for others.
5. Jane Goodall
Okay, she is really cool. First of all, she is an anthropologist(among her many other professions), but today, Dr. Goodall’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. That’s something I would like to do some day.
People like these remind me there is faith in humanity, no matter how screwed up the world may be today. 🙂