3 Modern Day Folk Heroes
Folk heroes are people we admire. While some do deeds as renegades who go against the grain and challenge authority, others quietly give of themselves to do what most of us believe to be valuable and important work. A recent article by Hestie Barnard Gerber provides examples of such super human beings. Here are three modern day folk heroes who do things that will benefit others.
From life as an illegal immigrant to presidential citizenry, this man understood the hunger pangs of illegal day laborers who were also homeless. Ready, willing, and able, he took on the task of feeding these under-the-bridge dwellers on a regular basis. His warm, cooked meals were served, come rain or shine. Estimates are that he has provided meals to more than 70,000 people in the Queens area of New York. Since his citizenship in 1987, he has paid for the food primarily with wages he earns as a school bus driver and donations from others. His efforts earned him the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal by President Barack Obama.
It was a visit to a female prisoner in Kathmandu that this Nepalese student earning her degree in social work first encountered children living behind bars with their mothers. The scene motivated her to establish the non-profit Early Development Center and Butterfly Home that provide daycare, education, meals and medical care as well as other services. Along the way, she has also found time to help the women in prison learn handcrafts that can help them earn money to help pay for the care their children receive.
As a very young boy he became a child soldier. Chosen by the Khmer Rouge, he laid thousands of mines and fought for the Cambodian army. He later applied his skills to clearing out landmines and, in time, collected enough of the defused artillery to create a collection that in time became known as the Cambodia Landmine Museum. He funded his effort by charging tourists a dollar each to see the material. In time, he switched from this illegal clearing to creating a non-governmental organization. Cambodian Self Help Demining allows him to legally clear out landmines. Along the way he has adopted injured and abandoned children in the villages he visited.
Modern day folk heroes abound in today’s globalized world. We owe them gratitude because they are making a difference that benefit us all. To read the complete article, click here.