HONY'S Impact on The World

HONY'S Impact on The World

Brandon Stanton is focusing on much more than New York

Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton takes a trip overseas every year to feature other countries the same way he does New York. It began two years ago when he took a trip to Iran, which is where he will be ending this year's venture as well. But before he left for Iran this year, he spent time in Pakistan, and came across one of the world's most important activists: Syeda Ghulam Fatima, better known as Pakistan's Harriet Tubman.

In Pakistan, the most common and cheapest building material is brick, and because of that, there are 20,000 brick kilns across the country. The laborers in these kilns are illiterate and impoverished workers who, under contract with the kiln owners, work tirelessly making bricks in order to pay off a small loan borrowed from the owners. The laborers are originally only contracted to work for a period of time; however, when that time is up, the laborers find out that their debt has grown, and must now work longer. As their debt grows, the laborers end up working for the rest of their lives, and once they die, their debt gets passed down onto their children. This illegal practice is called bonded labor, and is one of the last remaining forms of slavery.

These kiln owners are some of the most powerful people in the country, with the ability to put their family and friends in the legislature, and intimidate and bribe police to keep them from saving these laborers from the cruel and relentless acts of violence that the owners carry out. Fatima has spent most of her life working tirelessly to relieve these laborers and fight for their rights in the country. She has been electrocuted, shot, and repeatedly beaten for her revolutionary acts, and Brandon Stanton wanted to bring her into the world-wide spotlight.

Her admirers do their best to thank her when they can. At a time when Fatima and her brother were shot, the local hospitals were told not to help her, so in order to get treatment at a private hospital, she had to sell her house. Various laborers lined up with the small amount of rupees that they had, only five to 10 per person, and gave them to her, as well as all donated blood to help.

Stanton didn't think this was enough. Knowing that everything Fatima did was out of her own funds, he started a fundraiser to blast to his many social media followers for Humans of New York. In eight days, the many people that followed Fatima's story donated $2,310,660, and that amount is still rising.

(courtesy of INDIEGOGO Life)

Few people really understand the power of social media to spread the importance of a cause. This beautiful movement has sparked a lot of hope for our humanity's care for the well-being of others. For a cause irrelevant to America, the country has taken it upon itself to make a difference in thousands of other people's lives, and it's beautiful.

To follow the rest of Brandon Stanton's european trip through his last stop in Iran, go to https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork?fref=ts&r....

Cover Image Credit: Brandon Stanton

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?


Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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