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LEADING WITH LOVE #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Dolly Kiffin says that she was "just a housewife back then," a Jamaica-born dressmaker raising six children at Broadwater Farm, a huge housing project outside London. Tensions between black and white tenants, already high, intensified after the head of the tenants' association appeared on television spouting white-supremacist prejudices. Kiffin wanted to end the hatred she saw in Broadwater Farm; she thought there could be a sense of community for the 3,000 residents of the project if they tackled their problems together. The Broadwater Farm Youth Association (BFYA) was formed after Kiffin led a series of meetings in her apartment. From the beginning, Kiffin insisted that the BFYA center had to be something that would help bring the whole community together. Young and old, blacks and whites, began to know one another. Over 100 young people were soon employed in seven co-op businesses that provided vital community services, and more co-ops were starting. To the embarrassment of social-welfare experts and government bureaucrats, Dolly Kiffin's work was successful. She proved that low-income people could help themselves with only a minimum of government support. "I did it out of determination, for I could not sit down and accept racism. I do it to show that ordinary grassroots people can do something to stop racism." 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.

HE STARTED AT FIVE AND "JUST CAN'T STOP" #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Kyle Amber has raised over $100,000 to improve the care of critically ill children. He runs programs that provide the kids and their families with counseling, toys, clothes or financial assistance, and the fulfillment of dreams. In the eleven years Kyle’s been creating all this, he’s put in thousands of unpaid hours and he’s put up with peer insults you wouldn’t believe. Kyle Amber is 16. It all started when he was five and his older brother, Ian, was diagnosed with leukemia. There isn’t much a kindergartener can do about such a thing, but Kyle found a way. Kyle had to learn not only how to sell things to raise money but also how to pitch groups and individuals for donations. Kyle’s Kids That Care Pediatric & Cancer Fund is an all-volunteer non-profit run by kids, for kids. When asked how in the world he manages to do so much beyond his school work, Kyle Amber says, “Once you start, you just can’t stop.” UPDATE: Now in his 20s, Kyle is Doctor Amber, doing medical research at the University of California/Irvine. 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.

STANDING UP FOR AFGHAN GIRLS #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Malalai Joya is the perfect picture of a liberated Afghani woman. She ran a secret underground school for girls under the Taliban and once their regime was overthrown took off her burka, won a seat in parliament, and challenged religious fundamentalists. Hers is not, however, a happy tale. After she publicly denounced the presence of what she called "warlords and war criminals" in the Afghan parliament, death threats began raining down on her. Joya was suspended from her elected position for "insulting" fellow politicians, and as of 2012, there have been six attempts on her life. Joya has written a memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. "I realized women's rights had been sold out completely," Joya says. "They will kill me," Malala Joya has said, "but they will not kill my voice, because it will be the voice of all Afghan women. You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring." 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.

DOING A 180 INTO A LIFE OF SERVICE #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut The early years of Robert Alsbrooks’ life did not bode well for him or for anyone around him. As a 17-year-old drug dealer he had a flashy car, cash to burn and a reputation for being dangerous. That reputation was proved out when he was sentenced to seven years for shooting a rival dealer. Now, he’s a dad, a computer programmer, the founder of a nonprofit that’s transforming his old neighborhood, and co-founder of another one that’s bringing hope and change to communities in Africa. Alsbrooks has made repeated journeys to Tanzania to assist in community development. Back home, one of his many nonprofit programs teaches entrepreneurship to people in his own neighborhood. 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.

SHOWING THE WORLD AFGHAN WOMEN'S LIVES #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes The skies over the Iranian town suddenly darkened, heavy with an oncoming sandstorm, as Denise Zabalaga – a foreign woman traveling alone, hidden under heavy veils – climbed into a taxi with four unknown men to cross the border into Afghanistan. She had left behind her New York apartment and her job as a photo editor to travel alone into post-Taliban Afghanistan, intent on photographing the signs of hope, joy, and new life she felt certain would be emerging after the Taliban lost its control over the country. But instead of finding uplifting scenes – promises of new life – she was confronted by a land and people suffering the consequences of terrible violence and tyranny. And particularly, she saw the effects of the total cultural oppression of women. “People say I was brave to travel like this,’ says Denise Zabalaga, “but I am not the courageous one. I could leave! These women, they cannot leave – they have no choices. They have to stay. I am not the brave one, they are.” See her photos here: 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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This is Sister Megan Rice, a nun for most of her 80+ years and a peace activist since the 1980s. She had been arrested more than three dozen times and had done time twice when she and two other peace activists performed what was called the most serious security breach in the history of US...


Andy Hall, a Brit, works for Finnwatch, a world-wide nonprofit that spots human abuses around the world and works to stop them. When Hall called out Thailand's National Fruit Company for the way it treats its workers, he asked to work...


This is Catherine Hamlin MD, who left her home in Australia in 1959 to provide gynecological care to poor women in Ethiopia. At 90, she's still doing that, focusing on one of the most distressing medical/social issues imaginable: obstetric fistulas.

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This is Hanna Hopko. She braved snipers' bullets in Kiev during a citizens' uprising that brought down a corrupt government there. Now she's leading a rapidly growing citizens' movement that's doing more than rising up and demanding...


Imagine you're 11 years old and your body is twisting from scoliosis, causing you constant physical pain and making you look very different from other kids. You're scheduled for surgery to straighten your spine and your mom takes a "before" picture so you'll have a history of how you once...


Bob Bajek, a reporter on a small-town newspaper in Illinois, came up with a Big Story: the town's recreational lake, where residents fished, swam, and boated, was highly toxic--a now defunct military base had dumped Agent Orange in the water....


There were no protections for whistle-blowers in South Africa when businesswoman Wendy Addison reported her own corporate bosses for breaking the law. She was fired, got death threats, and was blacklisted, even in England, where she took her...


This is veteran environmental activist, Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. He's 12. And he's been working to save his beloved Colorado for half of his life. It started when he saw that the forest near his home was changing. Trees were dying, plants...


Allan Adam is Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan nation, whose lands lie within Alberta, Canada. These First Nation people have formal treaty rights that protect their lands from being taken or used by outsiders, but that treaty has been...


Sangduen Chailert, known as "Lek," puts in 18-hour days caring for sick and injured elephants in a protected reserve she co-founded, the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand.

The dwindling elephant population is a world-wide...


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