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BECAUSE THE CHILDREN MUST HAVE BETTER LIVES #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes A young Afghan woman, born during a Soviet air attack on her village and raised in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan, decided she must help the children displaced by the wars of today. “Our generation was born in war,” Andeisha Farid said. “We grew up in war. We may die in war. But I really want to do something for the next generation." For Farid, that “something” was the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO), a non-profit that provided a safe haven for orphans on the streets of Kabul. When the Farid family first left Afghanistan, they settled in a refugee camp in Iran where education was denied to girls. Her parents sent her alone to Pakistan, where she was able to attend school while living in a camp hostel. She went to university in Islamabad, and returned to Kabul, ready to help her country’s war orphans to achieve better lives. Farid takes great risks to educate the next generation, especially the girls—and most of the children in her orphanages are girls. The AFCECO facilities have armed guards to protect against attacks, kidnapping, and child trafficking. Andeisha Farid remains undeterred from her goals for the children under her care. “I’m not afraid. In fact, I’m hopeful. I have to be optimistic that we can create a happy future for the children. We have to look forward; we have no other choice. I want my four-year old son—and every other Afghan child—to feel they need not be afraid to imagine an Afghanistan with possibility and opportunity — that’s my dream for them and for all of us as well." You can follow her work at Like this Giraffe? LIKE this Page! We just passed 10,000 Likes. Let’s go for 100 thousand! SHARE Giraffes with Friends. We all need to know there are real heroes among us.

ORGANIZING KID POWER #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut When Christopher Yao was 14 and received his commendation as a Giraffe Hero, he had already been involved in community service for five years. While his peers were focused on video games, television and hanging out with friends, Christopher was raising awareness and money for causes he believed in and to getting other young people involved making a difference in the world. In addition to his many personal projects, he spends hours researching, organizing, fundraising, and running his non-profit, “Kids Change America.” One of the most popular parts of his website is the Education Preparation Program where there are videos and educational materials to help young people learn how to do well on the standardized tests they must pass to move ahead with their school learning. Judith Adler, the Student Council advisor at Jericho Middle School told us: “In my years of teaching for the Jericho School District, I have never come across a student with the same commitment, drive and caliber of Christopher Yao.” Keep track of his work at Like this Giraffe? LIKE this Page! We just passed 10,000 Likes. Let’s go for 100 thousand! SHARE Giraffes with Friends. We all need to know there are real heroes among us.

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Every once in awhile, we just have to post a great photo of a "small-g" giraffe. (Our human Giraffes are always capitalized.) Thanks Kent Junge and Hal Seligson for sending us this one.

DOING NURSING CARE RIGHT #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut When Cordelia Taylor RN was the Administrator of a nursing home in Milwaukee, she was told by its corporate owners to make decisions based on the company’s need for profits, not her patients’ need for good care. Unwilling to comply, she complained bitterly to her husband, who said, "Open your own." And she did. They renovated their old place and created "Family House," a licensed, nonprofit, community-based, residential facility whose mission is to prevent people from being institutionalized, and to give them a family-living experience. Many of the houses that the Taylors have acquired have been occupied by drug dealers, whom they’ve had to evict. Taylor has testified against dealers and has confronted them on the street, telling them that the neighborhood is not about drugs and that they should leave. Her other plans include a community center, classes on parenting and budgeting, and job training at Family House. The House is funded by donations from faith-based groups, foundations, and individuals. Fueling it all is Cordelia Taylor’s philosophy: "To change a life, not just one part of it, but the whole thing, isn’t that the goal?" Like this Giraffe? LIKE this Page! We just passed 10,000 Likes. Let’s go for 100 thousand! SHARE Giraffes with Friends. We all need to know there are real heroes among us.

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