On the People of Change’s day-to-day routine, we meet a lot of good people with great stories and inspiring messages. That was our experience with the Cidades Sem Fome team, who have showed us the possibility of a sustainable future. And it is with great happiness that we present a piece of this story… with much more to come!
People of Change was born with the objective of showing the work of those who make a difference. We’re sure there are several people in all corners of the world, including in urban gardens in the middle of São Paulo! Sounds interesting, right? For us, working with the team of Cidades Sem Fome [Cities Without Hunger], the organization from our next documentary, was an incredible experience. We sure learned a lot during the process and made good friends with those who are making a sustainable future a reality for us. Check out the portraits of these heroes and let us know what you think!
(As usual, all photos were taken by our amazing photographer, Daniel Lenço).
I usually take this opportunity to share what has been accomplished in the past quarter. It’s a tradition we started this year in order to openly communicate with our community; yet, this time around, I want to do something different. Not because we don’t have any news – on the contrary. News are part of our daily accomplishments. I want to take this time though to look towards the future. And I don’t mean just the future of People of Change. I mean the future as a whole.
The future is vast – in every single way. I don’t know what comes to your mind when you think of it but I tend to place it on a personal level (and I imagine I’m not alone here). We all have our goals and objectives, and these are all clearly projected into the future. It’s usually a matter of locating where we want to be in 5, 10, 20 years. But what we tend to forget is that we are all part of the future. There isn’t a singular future, after all.
Imagine a typical day in your life. Now imagine how much of it is caused in consequence of the future of those who lived before us. Our footprints in this minute leave a consequence for the following. Now, think of when you were a child and the infinite possibilities that lay ahead of you. Flying cars, talking robots, waterless showers (well, maybe that was just me). But given the experience that we’ve acquired in the meantime, shouldn’t we think of even greater futures?
I’ve been seeing many science fiction films recently and the current tendency among them is to present a rather dark and pessimistic future (I highly recommend watching this video, by the way). If we envision a pessimistic future, it’s precisely because of what we’re living nowadays. And truth is, it’s not just up to the tech companies that come up with new gadgets, nor to the third sector which is creating new solutions for imperative problems, nor to the government which is sanctioning new laws that reflect today’s necessities. All of our decisions have an impact and that’s the entire foundation of our future.
We don’t want to just share a light on today’s problems; we want to show solutions to build a better future. And even if we don’t have many reasons to think positively, I’m hopeful that despite the huge steps we’ve taken backwards, we’ve compensented with numerous others smaller steps forward.
And these are the news we want to share with you, so that together, we can build the future we want to live in.
I find it fascinating whenever I meet people who although having known tragedy still continue to have a happy spirit, one that is always willing to live and to give. That’s why I instantly became impressed with the origin of Gandy Orphans for Orphans’.
Imagine losing a parent and even worse both parents at a young age. Imagine being on a vacation in a foreign country and suddenly becoming an orphan. How would you react? Would you blame life, or even God, for its unjust ways? Or would you rebound with more energy to give back to the world and your fellow people?
Two British brothers, after having unexpectedly lost their parents at a young age in the 2004 tsunami that hit Sri Lanka, found the energy, love and courage to create a project that gives back to other orphans from all over the world. Rob and Paul have started a flip-flop brand, with much the same ideology of Tom’s, in order to give back to orphans the world round. Their goal is to open their first orphan home in India, in 2014; the 10 year anniversary of the tsunami that killed their parents.
Although most of the department stores that sell the flip-flops are in the UK, you can still become a Gandy’s ambassador. Just visit the page to learn more about how you too can contribute to such an amazing project that helps children who lack the love and support of their parents.
It’s not easy living without the love and support of parents, and the brothers themselves find it hard to talk about their loss, but they are converting their suffering and mourning to help others like them. May their story inspire us all.