It was a sunny day. I was walking in one of the sectors more dangerous in Bogota, the Jimenez Avenue. There inhabit indigent people. They did not have covers, not even the basic needs such as a home for living, a dish with food, etc. Besides, their rights had been violated because the policemen were going for this avenue and they saw to the indigents lying down in the street and began to hit them. read more →

At a freeway off ramp stood a man with a shopping cart. He was painfully thin. In the child seat of the shopping cart was a cute dog with a flowered hat. He would walk back and forth asking for money and talking to the dog, and she would bark in response. read more →

I was sitting in a beautiful cafe in Bali enjoying a delicious meal, ($7), one that would be luxury for many Balinese, when I noticed through the dark of the night, opposite, in the dirty doorway of a closed store, a Balinese woman lying on the ground with an adolescent girl and an infant draped over her, asleep. She was begging. Foreigners passed by her looking away – tens, twenties, thirties, maybe more. read more →

What makes the world a better place.
I was at the counter in a convenience store paying as two young girls (probably 7 and 9) came in and told the guy behind the counter they didn’t have any money, they were hungry, can they have a lil something off the shelf. He said of course and they each got a bag of chips, said thank you and went to the car waiting in the parking lot.

Having lived in my car myself, I could tell this family of four was living in their vehicle. Mom was very stressed and in tears, dad behind the wheel probably trying to save gas just sitting there. read more →

True generosity.
In my school in Dubai, we children are not allowed to carry money to buy food from canteen, instead we have our canteen card in which our parents can fill money online and we need to use this card if we need to buy from canteen.

One day at dinner table, I heard my sister asking my dad “what is the balance in my canteen card?” On hearing this dad was surprised as my sister had never used her canteen card (it is her 4th month in school and she has never used her card even once. My sister prefers to take lunch from home and never visits the canteen).

He said the balance is full and she can use it without any hesitation. My sister replied that today her friend forgot to bring lunch from home and was very hungry. My sister took her to the canteen and used her canteen card to buy her friend a packet of biscuit and milkshake. She asked my dad was it okay to buy food for her friend in case she forgets her lunch. My dad was moved to tears and very proud of my sister. He told her to help her friends and not to worry about the balance in the card.

The very next day my dad received a thank you call from the parents of the girl whom my sister helped.

It was a very simple act of kindness shown by my sister and I adore her for being so kind. – Refa 😀

I find out every day how many kind people there still are. When I shop in any market that is too large to walk, I use a motorized cart because I have trouble walking, losing my balance. However, so many people in that market, anyone of them, ask me if I need help. I am so grateful for these great people.

When I retire for the night I ask God if he saw how these people treated me, and would he Bless them for their kindness. And I thank him for being there for me.  read more →

Real generosity is giving.
My parents were not wealthy and struggled to put food on the table for us 5 kids. One night, a homeless man knocked on our door and told my mom he just moved into the neighborhood and he had no food in the house, so would it be ok to ask for a sandwich? read more →

Good deeds make me feel alive.
One day me and my brother went out to eat something late at night around 1 am to a restaurant.

After we were done eating, we went to a mini market where all the small shops like pharmacies, small burger spots for all the poor people usually remain open through whole night.

My brother went to get himself some cigarettes. I was in the car waiting for him to come back. I was just looking around when I saw an old man eating a packet of chips which only costed like 5 rupees (which is 5 US cents in dollars I think). I thought maybe he didn’t have enough money to get him something real to eat like roti which is our main course food here in Pakistan. read more →

GordonthehomelessmanMy family and I went into the city yesterday (Melbourne). It’s not something we do often as we live an hour or so away, but as my youngest son is highly interested in modern architecture, he loves going to see the tall, shiny buildings. My eldest son couldn’t wait to explore the magic shop and my husband and I love wandering through the gorgeous old arcades and cute little shops.  read more →