if you haven’t heard it today, I’m proud of you. I’m proud of everything you’ve accomplished and everything you will accomplish. I believe in you and I know you’ll do wonderful things in life.
I love you. Don’t ever forget it.
photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
This is how me and my family are living these months.
My mom has a great job but doesn’t make enough to support all five of us. She’s working extra hours but it isn’t enough and with school starting for my brothers and them needing over priced uniforms, we’ve all reached the end of our rope.
On top of this, my mom also has diabetes and sometimes has trouble getting the money for her medication. And as people who have/are dealing with this kind of disease you know that everything is so much more harder for her. When she gets a paper cut it can last a month and when she gets caught in the rain, she is guaranteed to get sick and as she says so many times “[she] cannot afford to get sick”.
Right now we are trying to move from this house into a smaller, more affordable one but the chances of that happening anytime soon are dwindling. In addition to this, my mom wants to visit our sick grandfather in New York who has multiple myeloma. If anyone who has heard of this would know that it affects your organs and there is no cure for it. We are all hoping for one last visit before he passes on.
I’m asking that you please help us. I don’t like this life for my brothers who have to wonder if it was okay that they are ramen for breakfast or that my mother can’t see her father one last time. Anything and everything you donate will be used to help my brothers and mother have an easier more enjoyable life.
SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASE
Followed the link to help & it’s closed. The goal was $2000 and they received over $4,000. I’m crying, so many amazing people in this world!
SIGNAL BOOST THIS NEWS! Seriously, how come this isn’t all over tumblr? Angelina Jolie presided over the largest ever global anti-rape summit. She is using her celebrity for good. She is addressing rape in wartime and in conflict zones, which is where it is perpetuated on the most massive scale and in which context always has been used as a weapon.
Feminists of tumblr should get behind this woman. Let’s stop the perpetual erasure and trivialization of women in the media through their sexualization and start looking at the work that they do. Her acts here are easily in danger of being eclipsed by her image in the tabloids which is more concerned with her relationship to Brad Pitt and the fact that she is a sex symbol than the important feminist work that she is performing RIGHT NOW.
I am such a fan of this lady… and she does not deserve to be trivialized for being a woman, a sex symbol, and a celebrity. Here, she is working for social justice for women all over the world. She’s doing what’s right.
Jada’s case shares an eerie similarity to last year’s Steubenville rape case. That incident, too, involved the assault of a teenage girl, and that case, too, saw photos and videos of the unconscious girl spread like wildfire across the Web.
But unlike the Steubenville case, to which the reactions ranged from disturbing to downright egregious, Jada’s story is receiving an overwhelming outpouring of support. While the initial purpose of #jadapose was to make a mockery of a young girl’s sexual assault, her supporters have come out in droves to back her.
There are so many fruits you haven’t tasted
so many beautiful songs you have not discovered
spices you’ve never heard of
and intriguing conversations you haven’t had
there are oceans you have not felt
and plants you’ve never seen
books you’ve never read
and souls your heart has not touched
this Earth is incredible.
Keep badmind outta heart, keep negative outta ma thoughts. Me kno si it easy to pree the wrong way but Jah Jah please guide me everyday.
Daily Mantra : Konshens - Realest Song 💜💜 fun fact : I haven’t been to church since my nephew/godson was introduced in the church. Yet I’ve never felt closer to God and my brothers&sisters(YOU). #wordsofwisdom #church #praise #thedanforth #toronto #nojudgmenthere #positivevibesonly #iloveyou #loveyourself #prayers #meditation #God #patois #spirituality #okimdone
What’s in my bowl❓❔❓ #oats #gojiberries #chiaseeds #flaxseed sweetened with #blackberries #blueberries #rasberries 👌 My #vegan journey came to a speed bump at 16 days! Had #peachrings at the movies, checked the ingredients later&bam ➡️”May contain eggs”⬅️kinda glad I saw it after because peach rings are/were my favsss 😜 so out went my vegan..ism(❓❔) Butttt I was back at it on day 17 😊 #Vegetarian #vegan #aspiringvegan #healthy #clean #oneness #cleaneating #haitian #toronto #goodeats #okimdone
how cute is it that humans make homes for birds??? humans are so cute
pretty cute, but when was the last time a bird made a house for a human? that’s right, never. it’s time it fucking goes both ways.
Maybe if humans would stop cutting down all the fucking trees you wouldn’t have to do it in the first place