In the last 40 years, one man from Majuli island in India has been able to single-handedly create a huge, beautiful forest bigger than New York’s Central Park by planting a tree every single day. Jadav Payeng was alarmed by the devastation caused to the land after a bout of extreme flooding and drought in 1979.
Focused on saving his homeland and preventing further soil erosion, Jadav who was then just 16 years old decided he would plant a sapling everyday on the then bare land. 39 years later, Jadav is now the proud owner of a lush woodland that covers 1,360 acres. What’s more is that the vast woodland is home to Bengal tigers, rhino, vultures and 115 elephants.
In 2007, a photo journalist by the name Kalita, was out taking pictures of birds around the Brahmaputra river, which flows around Majuli Island, when he accidentally discovered Jadav’s beautiful creation.
In his documentary, Forest Man, Kalita recalls, “I saw something strange… it looked like a forest far in the distance. I began walking towards it and when I reached it I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had found a dense forest in the middle of a barren wasteland.”
Kalita was amazed by Jadav’s story and took time to learn and further understand his lifetime’s work. He then went on to publish the story in a local paper. The story was then picked up nationally and Jadav was soon hailed as the ‘Forest Man of India’.
Jadav and his wife are both farmers and get their upkeep from selling cows’ milk to the locals says he will continue planting his saplings until his last breath and has a goal of covering 5000 acres.
While planting has gotten easier now, Jadav says the difficulties he currently faces include threats from poachers and illegal loggers. “Humans consume everything until there is nothing left. Nothing is safe from humans, not even tigers or elephants.. I tell people, cutting those trees will get you nothing. Cut me before you cut my trees.” He said.
Jadav’s work has been recognized far and wide and in 2015 he received a Padma Shri civilian award from the Indian Government.
“Payeng has already shown the example that if one person can, at his own effort, do this kind of plantation, then why not others.” Dr Arup Kumar Sarma from the Indian Institute of Technology said.
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Jim Caviezel is being interviewed by Dave Cooper. In the interview, Caviezel went to great depths to help people understand what it means to play the crucified Savior.
These were some great insights both into an actor’s method as well as a devoted Christian and artist showing his own passion for his work.
After watching this, I have even more respect for him as an individual and someone who tries to better himself by following the teachings of Jesus Christ and loving God and all people.
This incredibly compelling interview shines light on such an amazing actor who was witness to the presence of God during the making of the movie.
He explains all the supernatural phenomena and the struggles that he and the crew making the film had to endure to make it a reality. For instance, Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning twice while making the movie, once was while filming the Sermon on the Mount scene and a second time reenacting the crucifixion.
Finally, he finishes with a powerful, inspiring and touching speech that will move you. When the interviewer asks, “What part of this had the greatest affect on you? Is it possible to isolate a moment or time?”
Jim Caviezel says,
“ Oh boy, I’ll be honest with you, there are things that I went through that I can’t even talk about. I felt like a great presence came within me at times when we were filming. This prayer that came from me was, ‘I don’t want people to see me. I just want them to see Jesus. And through that conversions will happen.’ That’s what I wanted more than anything, that people would have a visceral effect to finally make a decision whether to follow Him or not.”
Blind Teen Who Can’t Speak English Belts Out Whitney Houston Classic Exactly Like The Legendary Singer!
Most times, when you hear a singer trying to cover a legendary song, you cringe not knowing what it will sound like or if they will do it any justice. More so, when the huge song being covered belongs to a legendary singer like Whitney Houston, its almost a sure bet that it will hardly compare to the original song. But one blind teen was recorded singing the hit song ‘I Will Always Love You’, and it is safe to say, the teen gives the late Whitney Houston a run for her money!
In the video clip, Elsie, from the Philippines, who has now gone viral thanks to her incredible talent, passionately sings the classic acapella style, and beautifully hits all the high notes while maintaining the rhythm of the song just as we know it.
Elsie lives in a small fishing village in the Philippines. What amazed people the most about this talented girl was the fact that she does not speak any English and only learns songs through repetition after listening to them since she cannot read the lyrics because she is blind and has never been to school.
The video that was shared on Facebook already has more than 21 million views. Darrell Burnett, who shared the video, captioned it, “This is Elsie again with another song. She is blind since birth, cannot speak English but she memorized these songs and sings like an angel”
“She has never been to school, never learned English. She listens to songs and learns the song. She has one of the most Amazing voices I have ever heard. She lives in a small fishing village in the Philippines.” He added.
One person said, “She is so beautiful and so is her voice – she made me cry, it’s that beautiful.”
Another said, “She needs a music company to hear her. Her voice is absolutely amazing.”
Parents Kill 7-Year-Old Son – Then Doctor Finds A Note In Boy’s Hand That Crushes My Heart
Child abuse is, sadly, still a nightmare, a big number of children across the world have to live through. In the U.S., between four and five children die every day because of abuse and neglect. Ivan, a seven year old boy, was a victim to such animosity. While this story is thought to be fictional, the message behind it is incredibly important and should be a driving force for all of us to take a stand against this evil.
“My name is Ivan and I’m 7-years-old. I love my mom and dad, but I’m also very afraid of them. They often hit me and I don’t understand why. This morning I woke up and went to school. I am a good student and my teacher likes me.
I like all my classmates, too, but I have no friends. That’s why I usually stay indoors during breaks. Nobody wants to play with me. I tried to make friends with the other children, but they rejected me and said I was disgusting. They laugh at me because I wear the same worn-out jeans, t-shirt and torn shoes every day.
One day after school I went into the coat room and stole a jacket that was hanging there for a long time, nobody seemed to be missing it. Then I went home alone through the snowstorm. I was shivering with cold and it was hard to walk against the strong wind. Suddenly someone pushed me forward, I fell down in the snow and someone pressed my face into it. Then they said, “No one likes you. Idiot!”
They kicked me in my back and in my stomach, then they ran away and left me in the cold snow. I cried. Not because I was cold or injured, I cried because I did not have a single friend, even though I liked everyone else.
As soon as I got home, my mother ran over and grabbed me by the hair. “Where have you been? Why are you so wet and dirty? Blasted child, no dinner for you, go to your room and stay there.” I did as my mother told me, I went into my room and did not get out until the next day, although I was very hungry and freezing cold.
My grades got worse and worse, and every time dad was informed, he hit me hard. Once he hit me so hard that I could not move my index finger, I never got back the movement in my index finger and all the children laughed at me for it. Time went by and one day I got a lot of pain in my chest.
Mom and dad did not care I was hurt. In the evening I lay in my bed and I only wanted one thing. I wish I would not hurt more, because I did not want to annoy Mom and Dad. I love them so much, I really do.
The next day at school we were tasked to paint our biggest dream. The other children painted cars, rockets and nice dolls. I did not. Not because I don’t like those things, but because what I wished for most of all was a loving mom and dad. So I painted a family. One mom, one dad and their son. They played games and everyone was happy. As I painted, I cried silently. I would love to have a mom and dad who loved me.
When it was my turn to showcase my painting for the class, everyone laughed at me. I stood in front of the class and explained:
“My biggest dream is a family”.
The laughs got louder. I began to cry and said,
“Please don’t laugh at me, this is my biggest dream! You can hit me, you can hate me, but I beg you, please don’t laugh at me.
I want parents like you have, that hug and laugh with me, who pick me up after school and are happy to see me. I know I’m ugly and weak, I know I have a crooked finger, but please don’t laugh at me.”
The teacher tried to wipe my tears, I think some children understood me, but many continued to laugh.
One day when I got a test back, I immediately saw that I had a bad result. I knew my mother would be very upset. I was afraid to go home, but I did not know where else I would go. I slowly walked home, but I did not want to arrive. My mother became furious.
She grabbed me and threw me on the floor, I hit my leg hard on a chair. Then she hit me in my head twice. I just lay there, I could not get up. It really hurt. But mom just left me there on the floor.
When she came back she told me to clean up the mess, otherwise when Dad came home he would really beat me. I begged Mom not to say anything to him, but when I looked up, I saw that he was already in the doorway. When Mom told him about the test, he pulled me up from the floor, he shook me and hit my face.
Then I don’t remember anything. I woke up in the hospital. I looked at my hand, I could not touch any of my five fingers. I looked out the window and cried. Outside, I saw parents playing with their children, throwing balls together and hugging. Do you know why I cried?
I don’t know how a hug from my mom feels like. My parents just beat me, but I love them anyway. I’ve always done my best, I’ve been good at school, but they do not like me still.
One day I spilled some of my tea, then they hit me again. Suddenly I got pain in my chest again. I told my mom – but she did not care. After a while, I had to go to the hospital again, no one came and saw me. The doctor said that mom and dad would probably come the next day, but they did not. I waited and waited, but nobody came. I love my parents anyway.
Two days later, Ivan died of his injuries. In his hand the doctors found a letter that he had not written clearly. “Dear mom and dad, I’m terrified because I’m ugly, disgusting and stupid. I’m sorry because you can not love me.
I never wanted to annoy you. All I wanted was to get a hug and hug from mom, and hear that you loved me once. Dad I just wanted you to play with me, hold my hand for a walk or sing for me. I know I’m a shame for you. I will never be those things.“
Then Ivan’s little heart stopped.
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