Half the Sky- Premiere tonight on PBS

2012’s most inspirational film airs on PBS: Mon. & Tues. 9/8pm C. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premieres tonight at 9/8pm CT. on Independent Lens | PBS!

Please share, and invite your friends to join you tonight!


Boy Creates a Dog Bucket List To Thank His Dying Service Dog

  • Open Group
  • Please help Cole grant his last wish for Bingo who is his Hearing/Medical Service/Therapy Dog. Bingo is dying and Cole w

    ants more then anything to grant Bingo’s last wish…dog treats from around the world!

    While all offers of help are appreciated, financial donations will not be accepted. If you are not able to send treats and feel you you may donate money to your local shelter in Bingo’s name. Please do not use Cole’s wish for his dog into a promotional event. If you are a business owner we appreciate you not creating a “If you purchase” opportunity for your business as this is merely a request to help fulfill a child’s wish for his dog. Please allow it to remain that way. Thank you.

    Please, send dog treats to:

    Cole Hein/Bingo Hein
    PO Box 413
    Shilo, MB
    R0K 2A0

    Any inquiries can be emailed to heinsight2020@hotmail.com

    Please read Cole and Bingo’s truly heroic story and journey over the last 7 years.

    Cole has made up a ‘LICK IT LIST” for Bingo instead of a “Bucket List” humans use!

    1) This is where the Lick It List comes from Cole would like his friends and family to send Bingo dog treats from where ever they live so that Bingo can ‘TASTE” world.

    2) Take Bingo for one last “public” outing to Ruckers. It is a place that you go and play video games etc…

    3) To walk around the block twice with Bingo but Cole broke it down to 1 block one day and then the 2nd block the next day.

    4) A photo shoot with just Bingo and Cole (this has already been arranged)

    Bingo was trained by Dani Forbes as a certified Hearing/Medical Service Dog by National Service dogs in Ont, Canada in May 2005.
    National Service Dogs website is

    In June 2005 Bingo was trained by George Leonard and certified by MSAR Manitoba Search and Rescue as a MSAR Elite Service K-9 she is trained to work in the field of therapy
    MSAR’s facebook page is
    MSAR’s website is

    Bingo being a MSAR Elite Service K-9 she is trained to work in the field of therapy
    Bingo was allowed to visit Cole in the hospital when he had under gone numerous surgeries, hospital stays and medical testing. Having Bingo by Cole’s sides during many of these difficult times made a huge difference for Cole. Cole didn’t have to face anything alone with Bingo by his side

    What makes Bingo so unique is she is the world’s only hearing dog that barks!

    Please help Cole and his best friend! Send Bingo a treat and help us spread the word about Bingo who is a very heroic dog!

    Cole was born premature and has a potentially lethal form of apnea – he stops breathing unexpectedly and needs help to start again. Since birth, this has meant constant supervision.

    In 2005, Bingo took over the job. Enabling Cole’s Dad to deploy to Afghanistan and most of all Cole’s Mom was finally able to raise her 3 children for the first time alone in 4 1/2 yr.

    Bingo enabled the family to live without the 24/7 care of nurses and health care workers that were in there home constantly from the time Cole and his twin brother come home from the NICU!

    Bingo is a Jack Russell service dog, trained to alert people when Cole needs help. In the first 6 months, she saved Cole’s life 3 times. A constant companion, Bingo has given Cole freedom and safety, devotion, and friendship.

    Bingo was retired as a Medical/Hearing Dog in Aug. 2010. Cole since the age of 8 has been able to somehow control his body so that when he does “retch, dry heave or gag” he will continue to breath again on his own. Thank fully, Cole no longer requires a Service Medical/Hearing Dog.

    Bingo has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CCDS), seizures, and arthritis. Bingo’s medical conditions are being treated by a great Veterinary Clinic.

    Bingo is now a very old dog. At thirteen, Bingo will soon take up her last post. Cole wants to thank his friend and see her through in comfort and style. So Cole wrote a canine – a Lick It List – of the things he wants to do with his friend while there is still time. He wants to take Bingo on a global culinary adventure.

    Cole needs your help: since he and Bingo cannot travel to world to seek out new dog foods, they need to food to come to them! They need you to send a sample of your (or better yet, your dog’s) favourite dog treat. Or something nice and exotic and especially foreign to Canada.


    (Your dog treat donations will be put to excellent, dog-drooling use. What Bingo doesn’t get around to eating will be donated to a local shelter.)

A Prayer For Children

Ina Hughs

 A Prayer For The Children

We pray for the children who sneak Popsicles before
supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can
never find their shoes. And we pray for those who stare
at photographers from behind barbed wire, who can’t
bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who
never “counted potatoes,” who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money. And we pray for those who never get dessert, who have no safe blanket to drag behind them, who watch their parents watch them die, who can’t find any bread to steal, who don’t have any rooms to clean up, whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser, whose monsters are real.

We pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday, who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, who shove dirty clothes under the bed, who never rinse out the tub, who get visits from the tooth fairy, who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool, who squirm in church and scream in the phone, whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime, who will eat anything, who have never seen a dentist, who aren’t spoiled by anybody, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep, who live and move, but have no being. We pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must, who we never give up on and for those who don’t get a second chance. For those we smother and…for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

Someone sent this prayer to us many years ago in an email message. We recently learned it was written by Ina Hughs, a newspaper reporter for the Knoxville News. The prayer reached a worldwide audience when it was read aloud during UNICEF’s World Summit For Children.

empowering young girls

About the Foundation

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Empower Nepali Girls, originally established as the Madhav Ghimire Foundation in 2001, was created to help provide educational opportunities for the most neglected children of Nepal, especially young girls from the lowest caste who would otherwise be unable to attend school and how may be at greatest risk to be sold into domestic or sex slavery. The guiding mission of the Empower Nepali Girls is to raise funds from individuals and organizations to assist and mentor girls with the greatest potential to transform their communities and country. Girls are selected based on financial need, as well as academic potential and performance.
It costs so little money to sponsor a child’s education, just $100 per year, which provides fees, school uniforms, books, and supplies for one year in primary or secondary school. It costs $2,500 per year or more to support a girl in higher education. Most of our girls wish to become doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers, and even enter politics. Since the founders and administrative staff volunteer their time and expertise, there are few administrative costs and little overhead–three-quarters of all money donated goes directly to the children’s education. We are currently supporting close to 200 children in 11 different villages and almost every region of the country.
Empower Nepali Girls is tax exempt charitable organization that is supported totally from contributions and volunteer efforts. It is registered in both Nepal and in the United States as a 501(c)(3).

it will be a great day….


transforming nonviolent movements

“Transforming nonviolent movements do not start in Washington or state capitols or with politicians — they start with individuals like us in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, parent and civic associations, congregations, schools and in Freedom Schools which teach and model social justice, empower children and young adults to make a difference, and spark a love of learning, service, and civic activism for life.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Children’s Defense Fund

“The ultimate test of American democracy is whether we can protect our voteless, most vulnerable group – children – without whom there is no future.” Taylor Branch #CDFcon2012 http://bit.ly/A4AiL2